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.
Prepare: Free download MP4 to Surface Converter – Total Video Converter
Step 1: Load the unsupported MP4 files
Press on “Add Video” button to add the unsupported MP4 files to the program. Or you can drag & drop your files to the program interface. All your files will imported in a second.
Step 2: Set output profile
Click on “Profile” drop-down and select “H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4)” under the “General Video” category.
If your original files are HD 1080p or 720p, to play 1080p/720p MP4 on Surface RT or any Windows RT device, select the output prorile as “HD H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4)” from “HD Video” category.
Step 3: Convert MP4 to Surface
Press on the “Convert” at the bottom right to convert MP4 to Surface.
Step 4: Copy MP4 to Surface for play
When the conversion is finished, you can copy and transfer the converted MP4 files to play on Surface RT, Surface Pro or any Windows RT or Windows 8 Pro devices