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Watching movies on GT50 via USB, NO AVI's - easiest conversion and video format(s)?

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I am really struggling with my P60GT50. I am not very technical. Most of the movies I watch are downloaded, so they are either .avi or .mp4's.
I understand this tv won't take .avi, which is a huge pain. It looks like I now have to convert every .avi movie to watch it via a USB.
I did some googling and downlaoded Handbrake for conversion. It gives two options, MP4 or MKV. When I convert to MP4, the tv says "cannot read" error.
Even movies I have downloaded that were already MP4's won't play via USB.

I can't believe Panasonic made such an expensive tv with no ability to view .avi files, unbelievable inconvenience! mad.gif
Can anyone help? What is the best format to convert to, and what software is used, etc.
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Originally Posted by rollme1kenobi View Post

I am really struggling with my P60GT50. I am not very technical. Most of the movies I watch are downloaded, so they are either .avi or .mp4's.
I understand this tv won't take .avi, which is a huge pain. It looks like I now have to convert every .avi movie to watch it via a USB.
I did some googling and downlaoded Handbrake for conversion. It gives two options, MP4 or MKV. When I convert to MP4, the tv says "cannot read" error.
Even movies I have downloaded that were already MP4's won't play via USB.

I can't believe Panasonic made such an expensive tv with no ability to view .avi files, unbelievable inconvenience! mad.gif
Can anyone help? What is the best format to convert to, and what software is used, etc.

I'd recommend picking up the WD Live set-top box. It's only $89 and it has a USB input and an HDMI output. The box will playback any and all formats and files. A buddy of mine has the box and uses it exactly as you plan too and swears by it. My FP will playback all file formats natively, so I can luckily just wire my hard-drive straight to it, but his has the same issues as yours and this STB solved all of his problems. It'll also handle certain SS formats. Check it out.

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=330
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Thx for the fast reply Hooz! Where does the HDMI connect to? My tv is wall mounted and I had all the wiring hidden with cable covers, so I really
don't want a cable hanging from the tv.....also what is SS format? Like I said, I'm not technical...does the WD box work as the transmitter or does it also hold media?
Edited by rollme1kenobi - 6/8/13 at 11:24am
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Thx for the fast reply Hooz! Where does the HDMI connect to? My tv is wall mounted and I had all the wiring hidden with cable covers, so I really
don't want a cable hanging from the tv.....also what is SS format? Like I said, I'm not technical...does the WD box work as the transmitter or does it also
hold media?

The WD Live merely acts a source device, you plug your hard-drive into the WD TV Live's USB input, and then run an HDMI out of the box into your display . They also offer the WD Live Hub which comes with a 1TB hard-drive built in if you wanted to go that route. An SS format is a surround sound format. The HDMI would connect to your TV (or AVR if you happen to have one.) You may need to pick up another wire cover to hide that HDMI cable given that the WD Live needs a display device (like your TV) to function properly.
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I kind of get what you are explaining now. So with a media player box, would I be able to stream these .avi movies to the tv, or would the tv
still not read these files? With a media player, will the tv play movies on tv in any format or am I still restricted to only the audio/video formats that the GT50 will accept?
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I kind of get what you are explaining now. So with a media player box, would I be able to stream these .avi movies to the tv, or would the tv
still not read these files? With a media player, will the tv play movies on tv in any format or am I still restricted to only the audio/video formats that the GT50 will accept?

With this STB, the STB itself is reading/interpreting the files, your TV is merely accepting the HDMI signal from the STB and playing back the content provided. Again, the STB takes care of reading/playing-back all of the file formats. So your GT50 just accepts the HDMI signal and plays it back, voila, no conversion or etc. needed.
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Originally Posted by rollme1kenobi View Post

I kind of get what you are explaining now. So with a media player box, would I be able to stream these .avi movies to the tv, or would the tv
still not read these files? With a media player, will the tv play movies on tv in any format or am I still restricted to only the audio/video formats that the GT50 will accept?
With an external media player box that supports USB memory devices, connected to the TV via HDMI, the player does the playing so it is what supports various audio/video formats rather than the TV. The TV is merely a passive monitor display in that scenario.

The Panasonic plasmas built-in media player supports only a limited set of formats including MKV or MP4 container with H264 or MPEG2 video formats, with AC3 or MP3 or AAC audio formats.
Many external media players (such as WD) support a much wider set of formats and containers including AVI and the older DIVX video format for example.
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