hard drive and USB problems

July 14, 2012 at 08:38:02
Specs: Windows 7
I have purchased a Panasonic blue ray player, with a USB port that was made for music and only supports mp3 files, I was completely unaware of this when I purchased it. I have an external hard drive with MP4 files on them and was wondering if there is any possible way around that, so that these files can be played on my hard drive through the USB port on my blue ray player, or if there is anyway of converting the files into a format that is supported by that USB port??

if anyone has any helpful information on this it would be muchly appreciated thanks!

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July 14, 2012 at 09:25:17
File formats have not one thing to do with a usb port.

A file is opened by some application. Try VLC.

Google is evil

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July 14, 2012 at 17:38:19
The VLC video player is obtainable here: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html

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July 17, 2012 at 18:47:34
Hi danny1234,

I am Makarand P from the Dell Social Media and Communities team,

With regards to your issue, as rightly suggested by jefro, file formats have nothing to do with USB ports. If you want to convert the files from mp4 to mp3 format you could use a freeware called "Format Factory" and can be downloaded from the link below.


You could also try playing the files using VLC player since it can literally play almost any format ever designed.

Kindly revert for further clarifications.

Thanks and regards,
Dell Social Media and Communities Responder.

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July 17, 2012 at 20:25:12
Guys, read his post again. He has a Panasonic stand-alone Blu-Ray player.
He is not going to be able to install VLC on it.
Makarand, what would be the point of converting a video to an audio format?

Danny, if your player only supports the mp3 format, then there is really nothing you can do to play other formats.
However, I have yet to see a Blu-Ray player limited to only playing mp3 files, even older DVD players will do pictures and in some cases several video formats. Can you post the model number? I would be willing to bet your player is capable of more than just mp3.
Your player might not be able to power an external drive but it will work with USB thumb drives.

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