Summary: If Samsung Galaxy S5 fails to play MKV, AVI, VOB, WMV, Tivo, MPG, FLV/F4V videos, you may have to convert these videos Galaxy S5 supported video format first.
With a 5.1″ 1080p screen, 16 MP camera and 2 GB of RAM, the Samsung Galaxy S5 might not be the utmost specs beast that the Android world has to offer, but it comes with plenty of new features, both in comparison with its predecessor, the S4, and when measured up to the other flagships. The heart beat sensor, for instance, is unique for the Galaxy S5, while something like the Finger Scanner can also be observed on the iPhone 5s, but in a rather different implementation. Samsung also introduced two new launch colors, including Copper Gold, and a brand new perforated design for the rear cover. The addition of Snapdragon 801 chipset brings on LTE-A download speeds, and 4K video recording, to an already superb handset. When playing local content, Samsung Galaxy S5 impressed us by supported versatile video and audio file types/formats:
Music Formats: MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC
Video Formats: MP4, DivX, XviD, WMV, H.264, H.263
If, however, Samsung Galaxy S5 refuses to play a video, it could be due to one or more of the following reasons:
- Unsupported codec (e.g. AC3)
- Huge file size (that exceeds maximum 4GB file size)
- High bitrate (e.g. camera footage taken at 18-25mbps)
- Unsupported video format (e.g. *.vob format)
- Protections (e.g. iTunes videos)
In order to play all MKV, AVI, VOB, TiVo, MPG, WMV, FLV/F4V videos on Samsung Galaxy S5 properly, you’d better convert videos into Galaxy S5 supported MP4 files first before transferring videos to Galaxy S5. Along with some help from third-party software, this can be done effortlessly.
The best program I can recommend for encode/re-encode videos for Galaxy S5 is UFUSoft Video Converter (available for Windows or for Mac users), a quite fast (NVIDIA CUDA & AMD AAcceleration support) yet powerful high-quality video converter, player and editor. If you’re getting video playback errors with Samsung Galaxy S5, chances are you already installed this great utility. If not, download it it from below.
1-> Launch the Video Converter for Samsung Galaxy S5, and import your source materials. Batch conversion is supported so that you can add multiple files for conversion at a time.
2-> Click “Format” bar, you can easily find the optimized videos for Samsung Galaxy S5 under “Android > Android H.264 Video (.mp4)”. The output videos could fit on the Android based tablet perfectly.
3-> You can also click “Settings” to change the video encoder, frame rate, resolution, etc. Remember 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. According to my experience, for watching movies on the Samsung Galaxy S5, 1080 x 1920 with 1500kbps~2000kbps is just all right.
4-> Finally, Press the “Convert” button to start MKV/AVI/WMV/VOB/FLV/MPG/F4V to Samsung Galaxy S5 MP4 conversion.
Editors’ note: There, now you know how to get your movies onto your Samsung Galaxy S5 so that you can watch them on that gorgeous green! Keep in mind that some of the settings can be tweaked to improve the video quality but it’s a balance between quality and size.
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