The Galaxy S4 comes with a wonderful display! Similarly to many high-end Android handsets this year, its diagonal measures 5 inches. Have you made up your mind to get one? If you get your new S4, one issues will bother you is the Galaxy S4 movie playback.
As you see, Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with 5” big screen and full 1080p display is an ideal device for movie enjoyment. While, from the Galaxy S4 spec list, we can find Galaxy S4 can only play MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8 files. But when you import MKV, AVI file into it for playing, you will find that Galaxy S4 gives no support for the videos. Here I share the tips about How to play 1080p MKV, AVI videos on Samsung galaxy s4.
Tip 1. Download a video player on your phone
Download a video player on Samsung galaxy s4 is the simplest way in order to watch most of the common videos on the handset without conversion, anytime and anywhere.
Pros: We can install video player like Mobo Video Player, MX Video Player, or Dice Player on the Galaxy S4, as they all can play MKV, AVI, WMV, MOV, FLV movies and videos on the device. So when you know this you’ll get it easy to play your favorite MKV, AVI or other formats movies or videos on your phone without conversion.
Cons: I cannot ensure smooth playback on Galaxy S4 all the time as like MKV, AVI are both container format with different video/audio codecs. They are a bit difficult to handle no matter for the built-in video player on S4 or the 3rd party video app.
Tip 2. Reformat MKV, AVI and other files with a video converter app
Pros: To have a powerful video converter app, you can reformat any type video to Galaxy S4 best video format. Plus, with a video converter, you can adjust the video, audio parameters to get a perfect output video with the best video, audio settings. You will not meet any video playback trouble on Galaxy S4.
Cons: You possibly need to spend money on a professional video convert tool.
If you wanna encode your video files, follow the below guide I share with you.
You can get one video converter from the market. aPubsoft Video Converter(or get the Mac version) is the one I recommend here. It can be used as an all-in-one video conversion app for Galaxy S4. Besides AVI, MKV, it can also help you encode/re-encode almost all 1080p/720p HD videos including VOB, MPG, MOV, TiVo, MTS etc. for Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S3 and other portable media devices with high quality and fast speed. Follow the steps below to transfer MKV/AVI movies to your Samsung Galaxy S4 for smoothly playing.
Step 1: Install and run the aPubsoft Galaxy S4 Video Converter to your PC, click “Add Video” or “Add from folder” to import your source AVI, MKV videos. Batch conversion is supported so that you can add multiple files.
Step 2: Choose output profile for Galaxy S4. Here I recommend you “Android > Samsung Galaxy S II Video (*.mp4)” which is a format specially designed for Galaxy S3 but also works for the S4.
Step 3: If you like, you can click on Settings you could easily set bitrate, frame rate, codec, channels, sample rate, etc to adjust parameters that affect video quality and file size for the video you prefer. Keep in mind that bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss, and vice versa.
Step 4: Hit the “Convert” button to start converting MKV/AVI to Galaxy S4 optimized MP4 videos.
After the conversion, you can click “Open” button to get the generated files and transfer the videos to your Samsung Galaxy S4 via USB connection or sync with Samsung Kies. Then, it will be easy work to play MKV/AVI files on Samsung Galaxy S4.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Video/Audio format:
Video Format: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8
Audio Format: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3