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How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku

Updated on Feb 19, 2021

How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku

About Roku’s Features and Roku DVD Issues

How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku

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Roku is popular practical video streaming player. Small but powerful, Roku is able to support 1800+ streaming channels including YouTube, HBO, Netflix and offers more than 20000 movies and TV episodes. Meanwhile, it supports files of MKV (H264), MP4 (H264), MOV (H264) and WMV (VC-1, firmware 3.1 only) which means you can play Roku video on most of those latest platforms.

But just imagine if you have some DVD movie disks but have no DVD player, or in another circumstance, you are leaving for a trip and you cannot tote

around many DVD disks to pass customs for legal issues. What should you do if you still want to enjoy DVD movies on HD TV while Roku is not a DVD player without a disk drive?

How to Convert DVD to Roku in a Safe Lossless Way?

The best way to stream DVD to Roku is to use professional DVD rippers. You may think of HandBrake as it is renowned. However, HandBrake is only able to decode unprotected DVDs and as for those decrypted by DRM and CSS, HandBrake can do nothing. But still, there is an alternative to HandBrake that can help finish this job.

WonderFox DVD Video Converter is a quite multifunctional video converter and DVD ripper. With the latest advanced decoding techniques, it is going to decrypt almost all kinds of DVDs you see on market; even copy those badly encrypted ones like Disney, Warner and Paramount.

Moreover, WonderFox DVD Video Converter provides more than 500 formats and codecs for you to choose from including MP3, MP4, AVI, WMV, H264, MPEG4, VP9, and H265 and so on. With this feature you can easily convert your DVDs to Xbox One, DVD to OneDrive, iPad and other devices. The high video compression ratio will also save you quite a lot storage space with no quality loss in the course of ripping process.

Free download the best DVD ripper to play DVD on Roku with ease.

3 Steps to Convert DVD to Roku Formats

Insert your DVD to the disk drive and launch WonderFox DVD Video Converter. In the popped up window, go to the bottom and preset the output folder first. Then click on the big icon of “Load DVD” and choose the movie you want to rip and convert. Hit “Okay” to start analysis.

How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku

Ready to start DVD analysis

During analysis, DRM and CSS protection will be removed and the main movie which you are going to convert is colored in blue.

Option 1: Go to the right side and click below “Output Format”. In the new popped up window go to the TV tag and hit the icon of the type of television you want to watch on.

Option 2: You can also use “Settings” and choose MP4 (H264) which is widely applied to most TVs as the

How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku

Ready to start DVD analysis

output format. Parameters can also be changed by increasing resolution, adjusting aspect ratio and boost fps to 60.

Click on “Run” to start DVD Roku conversion. It only takes a few minutes before a 2-hour-long DVD gets copied (as for mpeg, it only takes several minutes).

How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku

Start DVD ripping

Stream DVDs from PC to Roku

Now you have gotten an MP4 (H264) video which comes from your DVD. The next thing you need to do is:

1. Stream the video from PC to Roku with a USB or SD card.

2. Make sure you have installed USB Media Player Channel from Roku Channel Store.

3. In the Roku home screen, select the Roku USB Media Player channel then you will find the movie.

4. Select the movie transferred from your PC and let it play.

More Special Features of WonderFox DVD Video Converter

In the case that you have got some great DVD movie discs for enjoying on weekend but just find your DVD player broken. How terrible! You only got a Roku at hand. Well, can you enjoy such DVD movies with Roku? Of course! Roku can make your idea come true..

As a streaming media player, Roku supports more than 1800 streaming channels including YouTube, Netflix and offers no less than 20000 movies and TV episodes. It is easy to access to streaming content as well. However, you cannot play DVD directly on Roku, you need to transfer DVD disc into some Roku supporting file formats then you can stream the video file to Roku for watching.

Convert DVD to Roku Compatible Format

As you know, Roku doesn’t equip with a disk drive so you cannot play DVD disc directly on Roku. Thus, the best way to stream DVD to Roku is to use a powerful and prefessional DVD ripper. To get everything go smoothly, VideoSolo DVD Ripper is highly recommended.

As a multifunctional video converter and DVD ripper, VideoSolo BD-DVD Ripper can convert DVD into more than 300 video formats like MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, MOV, etc. It can easily get rid of the limitation of physical disc DRM protection. More importantly, with this program, you can get high quality converted video file with super fast speed. If you like, you are able to customize the DVD video with the edition function to create your personal video and have a unique watching experience.

The Windows version of VideoSolo BD-DVD Ripper released a new version which has big changes compared with the old version. But the new version for Mac is still under the development. That means the interface and the operation of Windows and Mac will be different.

To know the details about the new version, you can read on the article: A New Version for BD-DVD Ripper (Windows) Released! See What Changes

# Step 1. Import DVD File

When you finish installing and launching the VideoSolo DVD Ripper, you need to insert the DVD disc to the computer’s DVD-ROM and load the DVD content to the program by clicking “Load DVD”.

How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku

# Step 2. Choose Output Format

As the converted video files are going to stream to Roku, you need to transfer the DVD disc into some Roku compatible formats. Roku supports the video files of MKV(H264), MP4(H264), and WMV(VC-1, firmware 3.1 only). Therefore, click the “Rip All to” section and choose the above mentioned format as the output format. In this article, let’s take MP4 as the compatible format.

How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku

# Step 3. Select Destination Folder

Then, you need to choose a right destination for locating your converted video files so that you can get easily.

How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku

# Step 4. Rip DVD into Roku Readable Format

Here, simply click the “Rip All” button to rip DVD into Roku compatible format.

How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku

DVD to Roku: Stream Ripped DVD Videos to Roku

Now you have got the MP4 video file coming from the DVD disc, then you need to transfer the files to Roku via a USB drive.

Import the Roku USB Media Player Channel.

Insert the USB drive into the USB port on the Roku.

Open the USB Media Player Channel and select “Movie”.

Choose the one ripped from the DVD and you an find it on the “Media Player”. Now you can enjoy your movie on Roku.

How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku

So far, you may know how to stream DVD disc on Roku with VideoSolo BD-DVD Ripper. If you have no DVD player and want to watch DVD movies with good experience, Roku is your prior choice and this is the good way for you to try. Enjoy your movies!

Your Roku not only offers access to streaming media content from various online services, but also it gives you a convenient remote and interface designed for controlling from your couch. You can use it to watch video files you’ve downloaded or ripped yourself with a USB drive or over the local network. Though Roku claims to support the MKV file format, many users find some certain MKV videos not playing on Roku. For example, you cannot play MKV files on Roku with its built-in USB port, or the video plays but there’s no audio. Or you can play them back all you get is audio with a blank screen.

How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku

Roku Won’t Play Some Certain MKV Files – Possible Reasons

Why some MKV files not playing on the Roku? Actually, it can be caused by various reasons as below.

1. MKV format/codec is not supported.

According to Roku’s official site, MKV with the following video and audio encoding is natively supported by Roku:

Video encoding: H.264/AVC, HEVC (H.265), VP9
Audio encoding: AAC, AC3, WMA, FLAC, PCM, DTS, ALAC, Vorbis

This means if your MKV is encoded with the above video and audio codec, it should be able to direct play on Roku. However, MKV is just a video container, which can be encoded with a wide range of codecs. While Roku has poor compatibility with some of the codecs, such as Dolby True Audio, which will make MKV not playing on Roku.

2. MKV video with with higher bit or frame rate than specifications.

The Roku Ultra, Roku Premiere+, Roku Premiere and 4K Roku TV models all support streaming 4K up to 60 (fps to give you smooth and clear motion no matter how frantic the car chase or drawn-out the instant replay). If your MKV video is in higher bit rate or frame rate, MKV will goes unplayable, stuttering, dropping frames and so on.

3. Your MKV is packed with soft subtitle streams.

You know, MKV container is able to store video, audio and subtitle streams. That’s why many people make their videos in MKV format. However, to play MKV files with soft (*.srt, *.ass, *.ssa) subtitles using Roku, such subtitles need to be burned on the video. Roku Media Player is only able to play embedded subtitles on MKV files, for some reason. Although it is possible to embed SRT subs in MP4, and many players will recognize them, Roku Media Player does not.

4. MKV file is corrupted.

MKV won’t play if your MKV file is corrupted or the information in the container is wrong.

5. Incompatible USB Drives.

Some Roku devices include a USB port to which you can connect an external USB drive for the purpose of playing locally stored movies or vidoes. But USB drives may be formatted with different file systems. Roku Media Player supports drives that are formatted with the FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, EXT2, EXT3, and HFS+ file systems. If none of the above is true, it might be an issue of USB, which is not compatible with your Roku.

Broadly speaking, MKV format/codec incompatibity and the soft subtitles lie in the major cause of MKV playback or streaming issues on Roku. In this case, you can transcode your MKV files or embed the soft subtitles to MKV files in advance, and then add the converted MKV files to USB drive, Plex library, or you can use Roku Media Player to connect to DLNA server on your local network and wirelessly stream videos from where you locate your movies for further playback.

100% Working Solution to Fix Roku MKV Playback Issues

– Convert problematic MKV files to MP4 (With Subtitles) for better compatibility

Transcoding should be a very helpful method. To get the job done, you’re recommended to adopt EaseFab Video Converter for help. This program is easy-to-use yet powerful MKV converter. It allows you to convert MKV to Roku highly compatible MP4 format in HEVC, H.264 with fast encoding speed and zero quality loss, as well as burn soft subtitles to video easily. Besides, with this video converter, you can also convert various common formats to MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, VP9, and more with 420+ optimized profiles, adjust video parameters like resolution, frame rate, bit rate etc., trim video length, crop video frame size and more.

Download 32-bit installer here ↓ for macOS 10.14 or lower

How to convert MKV to MP4 (with Subtitles) for Roku?

After free downloading and installing the EaseFab Video Converter, fire it up on your computer.

Step 1. Click “Add Video” button to load your source MKV files. Drag & drop also works. Batch conversion is supported, so you can load more than one file to save time.

How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku

Step 2. (Optional) After loading MKV files, the program can automatically detect subtitles from source MKV files and list them in each video title for you to choose from. Check the files that you want to keep subtitles, on the file displaying list, click “Subtitle” drop-down list and select one of your favorite subtitles to output. As you see, you can also add external soft subtitles to your converted MP4 files.

Step 3. Click “Profile” and move mouse cursor to “Common Video” category and select MP4 (h264+aac) as output format. Of course, HEVC MP4 is also a nice choice if your Roku supports it.

How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku

Tip: There are also some optional tinkering you can take to make the videos look better on a HDTV screen, such as changing the aspect ratio or specifying the video resolution. Just click the Settings (beside Profile) icon to do it.

Step 4. After everything is ready, hit the big “Convert” button to begin the MKV to Roku MP4 conversion. Once done, you can play the transcoded MKV files on Roku from USB drive, or via Plex or local netwrok without any trouble. For more details, you can go to How do I use Roku Media Player to play my videos, music and photos >.

by Vita

Updated on May 25, 2021

Typically, Roku MKV no sound problem can be caused due to incorrect settings or unsupported audio codecs. And the latter is the chief cause. Therefore, I will tell you how to convert MKV to the format supported by the Roku media player. First, install the video converter:

MKV No Sound on Roku Media Player

Q: When I use the Roku Media Player to play movies from my USB drive, the videos show up and play but there is no sound. The movies are all in .mkv format and they play great on the laptop. MediaInfo shows audio stream as AAC 5.1 surround sound. Can Roku play MKV? What do you guys do as a workaround?

A: Roku Media Player allows you to watch videos, films, TV series and other video files from your USB drive using Roku device’s USB port. Does Roku play MKV? Definitely, MKV is a video format supported by Roku. But if you are experiencing the Roku MKV no audio issue, the most possible cases are the incompatible audio track formats or inappropriate Roku audio settings. The following parts show you how to fix Roku media player no sound problem to play MKV on Roku without hassles.В

How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku

Play MKV on Roku without Compatibility Problems

WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro can help you convert MKV videos to file formats supported by Roku in batches so that you can play MKV smoothly. It’s easy, fast and powerful.

A Good Solution to Fix Roku Media Player No Sound When Playing MKV Files

In fact, Roku supports 2ch AAC, 2ch MP3, pass-through AC3, and DTS. If your MKV videos use AAC 5.1 surround sound, the video will play normally yet there is no sound in Roku media player. In such cases, you can convert the MKV with 5.1 surround sound AAC to 5.1 Dolby Digital AC3 as Roku can easily stream pass-through AC3 to an HDTV. Therefore, a good Roku MKV converter is necessary. WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro offers conversions between 500+ video & audio formats and popular devices. It can help you to solve the problem with ease.

How to Convert MKV AAC to AC3 in a Breeze

How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku

Before start, please free downloadfree download and install the software on PC.

Step 1. Add MKV Videos into the Roku MKV Converter

Run the program and open “Converter”. Click on the Add Files button on the top left corner, browse and select MKV videos from your PC, or directly drag and drop the files into the video converter.

Tips. WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro supports batch conversion mode so that it can process multiple files at the same time.

How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku

Step 2. Choose MKV as the Output Format

Click on the Output Format button on the right, go to the Video tab, and choose MKV.

The software supports various video formats and offers the best presets for popular devices, such as Samsung TV, LG TV, Apple TV, the iPhone series, Android phone, etc. В

How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku

Step 3. Set the Output Audio Codec as AC3

To play MKV on Roku, click on the Parameter Settings button below the format profile. In the new pop-up window, go to the Audio settings section, open the Audio Encoder drop-down list, and select AC3. Then choose 6 channels under the Channel drop-down list. Click on OK to save the changes.

Tips. You can also change other video and audio parameters, such as changing video resolution, adjusting aspect ratio, and modifying bit rate.

How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku

Step 4. Start the Conversion Process

You can select an output folder for the converted MKV files. Just click on the inverted triangle icon at the bottom of the software. Finally, click on the Run button to start the conversion, WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is reputed to be the fastest video converter.В In moments, it will prompt you to open the output folder and check the converted MKV files.

Converting MKV to Roku supported formats can solve most of the Roku MKV no sound issues. Download the software now to work it out. However, if Roku media player no sound still exists, you can try to Press the Home button on your Roku remote, then scroll down to the Settings > Audio > Audio mode, switch the options right there, which should be useful.

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WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro

The powerful software can convert DVD discs to digital videos so that you can transfer DVD movies to USB, stream them to Roku, and play movies on TVs without a DVD player. It’s easy to handle and full-featured.

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After the latest update (9.2.2) Roku Media Player can’t open 4K HDR titles anymore. It tries to open them but freeze up and the tv (TCL R625) reboots.

This was not an issue before the latest update.

I have tried everything from attempting known files that worked before to doing a complete factory reset, and nothing helps.

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Are you trying to play your own Media files or stream?

If this is happening (and I suspect it is) on a particular Streaming Channel you

should contact them directly. You can try lowering the resolution to see if that helps

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It is via the official Roku Media Player app with files being sent to it via an external USB drive.

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And otherwise it works fine.

I had success with FAT 32 filesystem

Are you using the newer USB type 3?

4K Video – H.265/HEVC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV); VP9 (.MKV)

Thhese are the recommended file types.

The Media Player is finicky. Its not the update.

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Yes it works fine with other files.

Only 4K HDR titles are the problem. They worked fine a month ago so I don’t understand what the problem is now since it started after the latest firmware update.

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I could recommend a hardware update but thats can be costly.

I just Mirror everything over from one of my computers With a HDMI cable.

You can get very long ones.

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Thanks for reaching out.

Are you able to successfully play these files using the Plex media player channel?

Could you please send me a private message with your Roku account email address, the TV’s serial number from Settings>System>About, details about how you previously played these files including the media player channel you are using, and a link to a shared folder (Google Drive, DropBox, etc.) with an example video file in it that we can review and test with. Please also include an issue tracker report ID generated after the issue occurs. You can create one by pressing the Home button 5 times, followed by the Back button 5 times on your remote.

I’ll follow up with you directly from there to assist you further.

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Yes it works fine with other files.

Only 4K HDR titles are the problem. They worked fine a month ago so I don’t understand what the problem is now since it started after the latest firmware update.

I can concur with using a different device for local H.265/HDR content. If your media is from a ripped UHD Blu Ray, as mine are, the Roku simply can’t keep up with the bitrate over Ethernet, and even over .11ac wireless you still might have issues. I cannot successfully watch my ripped UHD movies on any Roku device I have.

However, I do have a number of 4K/HDR demo files, which are a low enough bitrate that I don’t have any network bottleneck. It’s been a week of so since I’ve played any of them, but my Roku is in use right now, so I’ll try some when it’s free.

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  • How do I get DVDs to stream to my Roku?

    I find it astonishing that it’s this difficult. I have DVDs. I have a whole host of programs, including DVD Shrink, DVD Decrypter, Nero 2014 Platinum, AutoGK, HandBrake, etc etc etc., and yet I have been unable to successfully stream from my server to my Roku.

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    We’ll get you up and running. First step is to rip your DVD. If you can play the ripped DVD using media players or other devices, then Mezzmo should be able to read it and add the video titles from the DVD into your Mezzmo library. Once you have your DVD titles in your Mezzmo library, then you should be able to connect to Mezzmo from your Roku and simply browse and play the videos.

    If you are getting video, but no audio then it suggests the Roku device profile may need some tweaking. Go to the Media Devices dialog and check that you have ‘Roku Streaming Player’ device profile assigned to your Roku device. If not, then change it and try streaming again.

    Assuming your device profile was set OK, then right-click on a video that you have pre-transcoded and click ‘Get FFmpeg Information’. Email this to us at support [at] conceiva [dot] com. Next, right-click again on the video and click Properties. On the Properties dialog, go to the Transcoding tab and select your transcoded file and click the ‘Get FFmpeg Information’ button. Email this information to us as well.

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    How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku

    Enjoy streaming your favorite shows through Roku TV, a streaming device that allows you to watch media content across the internet. Aside from media files like movies and videos, you may also want to stream other files from your PC to your Roku TV. However, it may be difficult for you to find a feasible way to do it. To show you how to do it, we listed some workable ways and tools to cast PC to Roku below.

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    How to Cast PC to Roku

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    How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku

    Roku TV has a screen mirroring feature that is based on Miracast standards. With this feature, you can stream games, watch movies, play music, or access your favorite apps from your PC and have a different visual experience with a more enhanced and high-quality display. To learn how to mirror PC to Roku TV, here are the steps to follow.

    Enable screen mirroring on your TV

    Before connecting your PC to TV, you must check if the screen mirroring feature is enabled on your TV.

    • First, click “Settings” on your Roku home screen. How to watch downloaded or ripped video files on your roku
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    How to watch ESPN on your Roku device

    1. From your Roku home screen, select “Streaming Channels.”

    2. Search for “ESPN,” or find the “Sports” category and then scroll until you see ESPN.

    3. With ESPN highlighted, press “OK” on your Roku remote.

    4. Go back to your home screen and find ESPN in your channel list, and open it.

    5. Select your ESPN account provider and then log in. Navigate to the ESPN activation website using your PC or Mac computer, and enter the code on your TV screen.