How to convert videos for playback on the Roku 3 through USB stick

# 04/06/2014 à 10:46 Anncarrie (site web)
According February 8 Sohu digital news, if you plan to buy a streaming media player, then you can choose any one of the three products in the following: Chromecast, Roku and Apple TV. They are not the only commercially available streaming media players, but it is the most popular - mainly because of the price that several devices are under $ 100 , along with a very high value for money .

If I can only recommend a streaming media box, then I would choose Roku 3. For the following reasons:

The Good:

The Roku 3's excellent interface and speedy processor makes it feel quicker and more responsive than any other streaming box. More than 1,000 channels are supported, including Netflix, Amazon Instant, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Pandora, MLB.TV, Amazon Cloud Player, Vudu and (finally) Youtube. It also has cross-platform search that scours several major TV and movie services to find content. And Roku's nifty remote has a built-in headphone jack that lets you listen without disturbing others.

The Bad:

The Apple TV still works better within the Apple ecosystem. And the Roku 3 isn't the best option if you're mostly looking to stream your personal digital media collection.

The Bottom Line:

The Roku 3 is the best streaming-video box yet, with tons of content sources, lightning-fast performance, and an innovative remote with built-in headphone jack.

Tips: If you want to know more about streaming media player like Chromecast, Roku and Apple TV, click here

As a mighty streaming video machine, you don't have to rely on the Internet to play videos on your Roku 3 —you can do it from a USB drive. The Roku 3's USB port opens up the option of playing video files from any USB drive, whether that's a USB stick or a full portable hard drive.

Before we know about how to play a video on your Roku 3 from a USB drive, let us use the converter to rip the Blu-ray/DVD to enrich our USB stick.

USB stick as a storage container, small and convenient, is our preferred mobile storage devices. But when we want to play our Blu-ray/DVD collection, the device showed significant deficiencies. Mainly because we have no way to backup Blu-ray/DVD information to the USB stick. To solve this problem, we need a powerful software, which must be able to backup and convert Blu-ray/DVD discs on our computers, then we can copy the video files to our USB stick, with the help of roku 3, and enjoy our favorite Blu-ray/DVD movies anytime, anywhere.

Here recommend the Pavtube BDMagic, which is one of the best BD/DVD disc handling tools on the market. It not only can convert 3D Blu-ray discs, 2D Blu-ray discs, and standard DVDs to your computer with desired HD and SD media formats including MPEG-4/H.264 MP4, MPEG, RM, QuickTime MOV, MPG, Xvid, Divx, 3GP, FLV, VOB, ASF, SWF, DV, MP3, AAC, OGG, FLAC, etc, but also can is capable of 1:1 copying BD/DVD Disc content to local computer or external hard drive in original file structure with all subtitle tracks and audio streams preserved.

Simple operation available to everyone

Note: If you convert Blu-ray to your computer, you must put Blu-ray onto Blu-ray drive before ripping Blu-rays. If you are mac user, you can try Pavtube BDMagic for Mac.

Step 1: Insert your Blu-ray disc into your BD drive, run the Pavtube BDMaic and click "File" icon to load movie from DVD and Blu-ray source(Disc, folder, ISO).

Step 2: Click the "Format" option, and choose the format.


1. The Roku 3 can play MKV, MP4 and MOV files. So you can choose HD Video > MKV HD Video(*.mkv) as output format. You can also select H.264 HD Video (*.mp4).

2. If you like, you can click "Settings" to change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc. as you wish. Keep in mind the file size and video quality is based more on bitrate than resolution which means bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss, and vice versa.

Step 3: Click the convert button under the preview window, and the BDMaic will start the conversion from Blu-ray DVD movies to MKV on Windows/Mac.

After conversion, you can stream Blu-ray/DVD movies to your USB stick. And you also can stream Blu-ray/DVD movies through Roku 3 to HDTV or Samsung Galaxy Tab, or other DLNA-compliant devices.

Now watching blu-ray movies on portable devices becomes easy and you can really lie back, relax and enjoy your favorite blu-ray movies. Now let's learn how to play a video on your Roku 3 from a USB drive.

1) Install the Roku Media Player channel, either through the Channel Store on your Roku or via Roku's website.

2) Add the video file to your external USB drive from your computer. The Roku 3 can play MKV, MP4 and MOV files.

3) Connect the USB drive to the Roku 3's USB port, located on the right side of the box.

4) Launch the Roku Media Player channel and select Videos.

5) Choose the drive that's attached to the Roku 3.

6) Navigate to the folder that has the video file you want to watch. Click OK to open the folder.

7) Select the video to watch and click Play on the remote.

I'm just simple text, if you want to know the details of the user interface, please click here. There you can learn use the Roku Media Player channel to listen to music or view photos from a USB drive.


Aiming to improve customers' experience and product improvements, Pavtube Studio recently launched its new official website - with the new website, Pavtube has migrated its all BD/DVD Copying & Ripping software products to the new site with some brand new names, fantastic discounts waiting for you:

Blu-ray Ripper (Windows/Mac) -> BDMagic (Windows/Mac)

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