- 10-26-2012, 06:22 PM #1
I am trying to decide if I want to buy Surface RT or iPad 4. So far I am leaning toward Surface RT but from what I can gather from searching on the web from Surface RT reviews, I heard it can only play .WMV and .MKV file formats only? Can someone with Surface RT verify this? Most of my video files are in .MP4 and .AVI format so I would hate to convert them to .WMV.
10-26-2012, 06:35 PM #2
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There's a great app on the Windows Store called PressPlay:Video, it's opened just about every video I've thrown at it. If you have Windows 8 on your PC maybe check that out before deciding between iPad or Surface.
One thing I will say though as an iPad owner (3rd gen), they're a ***** for video, you'll need to convert all your videos to an Apple-friendly format and sync through iTunes, it's far from convenient.
- 10-26-2012, 08:58 PM #3
- 10-26-2012, 10:01 PM #6
It is good to know that there is at least 3rd party app to play commonly used video format.
- 10-26-2012, 10:34 PM #7
edit: possibly other formats as well, but I haven't tried them all yet.
edit 2: A list of what the tegra 3 on windows supports: http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/tegra-3-uk.html
Last edited by HooDooMagic; 10-26-2012 at 10:53 PM.
10-27-2012, 07:52 PM #9
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So to summarize Surface can play some video formats out of the box, and if you do download PressPlay:Video from the Marketplace then you can play more.
Now the question if I play an MKV file on PressPlay:Video will it play it smoothly? I remember iPad 1 & 2 played MKV files with a 3rd party app but they kept stuttering, it was annoying, iPad 3 though played it smoothly. So I really hope Surface plays MKV files without any stuttering. Someone try it out and let us know.
- 10-30-2012, 07:48 AM #11
- 10-30-2012, 12:24 PM #12
10-31-2012, 03:44 PM #13
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what videos are you guys trying to play by the way? I know it plays mp4 because I tried yesterday and it works.
I also tried wmv and avi, and those did not work.
also someone above mentioned not wanting to sync through iTunes. you can drag and drop if you set to manual.
the only gripe I have actually is that the movies (digital copies) I have in iTunes, I cannot get them on my Surface.
- 11-08-2012, 05:36 PM #15
Just tried an avi I have on my plex server (just from the network share though using explorer) it fired up Xbox video, and then said unsupported file format (xvid 1280x528 25fps 5mb/s with ac3 384kbps audio)
But the next one I tried which was also xvid/ac3 but at lower spec (720x304 2mbps) works fine, so its not just a codec thing.
Bluray rips in MP4 work just fine though, donit might just be the xvid that's not 100% compatible I tried.
Pretty much everything besides that I've tried though seems to play, although I use plex web and hacked the ie flash trust to allow it, plex is just easier all ways round, and the web app seems OK till we get a propped app.
In Xbox player
Last edited by charlas; 11-08-2012 at 05:45 PM.
- 11-14-2012, 11:55 PM #17
The reason you cannot get MKV videos working on Microsoft Surface is simple: the default and downloaded player on the Microsoft Surface Tablet cannot find a suitable decoder for the codec in the MKV file.
So to solve these problems, a great method is to convert MKV to Surface RT compatible video formats along with some help from third-party tools.
To achieve your goal smoothly, here i will take the all-in-one Video Converter as an example to help you encode MKV to MP4 for viewing on Surface talbet. The equivalent Mac version is the Microsoft Surface Video Converter Mac, which can convert MKV to Surface RT on Mac OS X (Include Lion and Mountain Lion).
Last edited by Phyllis11; 02-02-2013 at 06:57 PM.
- 11-15-2012, 08:33 AM #20
11-15-2012, 08:48 AM #21
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Both mp4 and mkv file formats are containers which contains media streams(subtitles, audio, video, chapters), not codecs. If you have some mkv files just demux them and remux again as mp4. Converting instead of remuxing mkv to mp4 is waste of time and also quality degradation.
- 11-15-2012, 10:35 AM #22
I still want to see a video player for Windows RT that can handle MKV (including DTS audio, subtitle support, etc.) but this will do for now.
- 11-16-2012, 01:00 AM #23
The _only_ thing missing is a MKV filter because the Tegra3 obviously can handle 99% of the streams contained in said container.
- 12-26-2012, 07:21 PM #25
After testing, the RT tablet supports AVI video in DIVX, XVID, MPEG code well, but if AVI in MSMPEG codec, it doesn't. I tried to use the Xbox video player, PressPlay Video and mobile.HD Video Player to play MSMPEG AVI, but I failed.