Nov 012012


Micrsoft has made an important step to support the playback of MPEG-4 on Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 Pro. Windows RT has excellent support for MPEG-4, most typically comprised of H.264 video and AAC audio. Fragmented MPEG-4 and 2K/4K resolutions are also possible to playback on Windows RT. However, there is still limitation in playback of video in many formats. Windows RT still cannot play VOB, MKV, AVCHD MTS,FLV, RM, RMVB on Windows RT. And any device that run under Windows RT including Surface RT won’t support playback of VOB, MKV, AVCHD MTS,FLV, RM, RMVB either.

Since VOB, MKV, AVCHD MTS,FLV, RM, RMVB, etc are also not supported by Windows 8 Metro style app, to play these video formats, we will need to convert them to WMV for play in Windows Media Player on Windows RT devices (Such as Surface RT) or convert these video formats to H.264 MP4 to play in Windows Media Center or other Metro Style app on on Windows RT devices (Such as Surface RT).

Windows RT supports playback video up to 1280*720p. This article will guide you step-by-step to convert VOB, MKV, AVCHD MTS,FLV, RM, RMVB to Windows RT compatible WMV, HD WMV in 720, MP4, HD MP4 in 720 to play on Windows RT device Surface RT.

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Oct 312012

MP4 to Surface – How to Successfully Play MP4 on Microsoft Surface or any Windows RT device

According to Microsoft, Windows 8 RT or Windows 8 Pro will support playing MP4 if it is coded with H.264 or MPEG-4 (Part 2). Any device including Surface with Windows RT or Windows 8 Pro will support play H.264 MP4 or MPEG-4 (Part 2).

As for H.264 MP4, Surface playback is limited to up to 10 Mbps with resolutions of 1920*1080, 30 frames per second; Baseline, main and high video profile (up to level 4.1); Audio profiles must be in AAC, 2-channel, Low Complexity. For MPEG-4 Part 2 video, Surface playback is limited to up to 5 Mbps with resolutions of 1280*720, 30 frames per second; Simple Profile and Advanced Simple Profile; Audio profiles must be in AAC, 2-channel, Low Complexity.

If the MP4 video does not meet the requested specification, such as MP4 with 5.1 AAC audio, the MP4 will either fail to add to Surface RT or Surface Pro or unable to play on Surface. Even some MP4 files can be played, sometimes there is no audio when video is playing or audio and video is out of sync.

If you have issue in playing MP4 on Surface, you can follow this detailed guide to convert MP4 to Surface RT, Surface Pro or any Windows RT device.

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Oct 302012

How to Convert WTV, DVR, TiVO, TP to Windows RT Supported Video for Play on Windows RT Device (Surface included)


Microsoft Windows RT (formerly known as Windows on ARM) is a version of the Windows 8 operating system for ARM devices such as tablet and the Microsoft Surface that was released on October 26, 2012.The Windows RT system will not support any Windows software but will need users to download or purchase app through Microsoft’s Windows Store

Windows 8 RT support playback video in WMV, AVI, H.264 MP4, DV. However, Windows RT does not support playback of the recorded TV shows format including WTV, DVR, TiVO or TP. To play WTV, DVR, TiVO or TP on Windows RT device like the Surface RT, you will need to convert WTV to H.264 MP4 or WMV.

This article includes a step-by-step guide to convert WTV, DVR, TiVO and TP to Windows RT Surface and other Windows RT devices supported video format H.264 MP4, WMV.

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