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Supported Video formats and codecs on the Xbox

Below is a table of Video containers and codecs (and their corresponding audio codecs) supported by the Xbox. These can play natively from Hard Disk, DVD Disk or USB device.

File Extension Codec Video Profile Maximum Bit Rate Audio Profile Comment
.avi,.divx

XVID/Divx (5.0 and above)

 

Simple and Advanced Simple Profile 5 Mbps with resolutions of 1280 x 720 at 30fps Dolby Digital 2 channel and 5.1 channel, MP3

From Advanced simple profile, supports Bidirectional Frames (BVOPs), Interlaced Frames, Quarter Pixel Motion Compensation, Global Motion Compensation, and MPEG Quantization

The Xbox does not support the extra features of some Divx files such as subtitles, multiple autio tracks and menus although it will try and play them.

.mp4, .m4v, .mp4v, .mov

H.264 codecs

 

Baseline, main, and high (up to Level 4.1) profiles. 10 Mbps with resolutions of 1920 x 1080 at 30fps 2 channel AAC low complexity (LC)  
.mp4, .m4v, .mp4v, .mov MPEG-4 Part 2 Simple & **Advanced Simple Profile 5 Mbps with resolutions of 1280 x 720 at 30fps 2 channel AAC low complexity (LC  
.wmv   WMV7 (WMV1), WMV8 (WMV2), WMV9 (WMV3), VC-1 (WVC1 or WMVA) in simple, main, and advanced up to Level 3 15 Mbps with resolutions of 1920 x 1080 at 30fps WMA7/8, WMA 9 Pro (stereo and 5.1), WMA lossless  

 

 

Other things to keep in mind are:-

  • Higher Video Bitrates are playable but these have been tested by Microsoft. Anything higher cannot be guaranteed.
  • The maximum Video file size support is 4GB is played from a device. If it is streamed, it can be higher.
  • Video Artwork is supported. The format of this is that if the video is called <videoname>.avi, the artwork must be called <videoname>.jpg and be in the same folder. For an MP4 file, it can also be embedded in the file itself and must not exceeed 512KB.

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