Panasonic LCD tv TX-L37D28EW and MP4 video?

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#1

Hello everyone. I just bought a Panasonic LCD tv, D-Series, TX-L37D28EW. The specs for the tv can be found at this link.

I was doubting between this and other tvs in the same price range, but chose this one because it seemed to offer playback of a wider variety of file types. (I have yet to by a wifi LAN adapter and am copying video files from my computer to a USB pen drive or SD card.) I have not had any trouble playing back video files this way until now.

The specs mentioned above say the tv has:
AVCHD / SD-VIDEO / Motion JPEG [Lumix] / MP4 [Xacti] / DivXPlusHD / MPEG4 / JPEG / MP3 / AAC / WMV / WMA playback
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Yet whenever I try to play an MP4 file, the tv does not even register the file - as if it weren’t there! :frowning:

Now, I know there could be any number of compatibility issues or codec problems :confused:, but I was hoping a kind stranger might be able to give me a simple answer and save me a lot of hassle: will my tv play MP4 files?

Thanks you very much in advance for all your help!


#2

Well, this may not be the answer you want but: Yes and No. MP4 isn’t actually a format. It is a container (think envelope) that can hold a number of different formats (types) of video. So if the MP4 container contains AVC, DivX, WMV or another video format (codec) that your TV understands then yes. Otherwise, no.


#3

Thank you very much for your quick reply, olyteddy. Even though the answer wasn’t as simple as I had hoped, at least I understand what you’re saying! :stuck_out_tongue:

So, the question really is not if my tv will “play MP4s” but what kind of MP4 I am trying to play. Is that right?

If I look at one of the MP4s I was really hoping would work on my tv, the properties tab tells me that the file is an MPEG-4 (.mp4) ; the file info tab in Quicktime tells me that the file format uses the codec H.264, 740 x 320, AAC, Stereo (I D) 48,000 kHz. This, if I understand correctly, is a standard codec that shouldn’t pose any problems.

And, according to the specs I linked to in the last post, MPEG4 are listed as playable. But this one isn’t! :sad:

How do I know what sort of file I have? Are the tv specs enough to know if it is compatible, or do I need more info?

Thanks again for so much help!


#4

Sorry to be a pest :bigsmile:, but I’m still struggling with my tv, and I’m sure that someone out there must know something!

I just hooked up my 5.1 stereo to my receiver/dvd recorder and my tv station channels sound like a movie theater! Ironically, my movies sound like they’re being played in a cheap dollar theater… :frowning:

Playing a regular .avi file directly through the tv (SD slot) means no surround sound because the source isn’t hi-def. The tv is connected via optical to the sound system, so surround sound is possible even if the source is not the receiver/dvd. (Right?) I just need the tv to play the right files - or I need to be clear about which files will play, and which won’t.

Help! Anyone…?