Do you know what video formats Microsoft Surface RT can play? Do you want to convert and copy MKV with DTS, AVI, VOB, Flash FLV/F4V, Tivo, WMV, MPG videos to Surface RT? Do you like to watch Blu-ray and DVD movies on Surface RT tablet?
As Microsoft Surface RT hit the market, it has been of great concern. Unlike its competitors, Microsoft has largely stayed out of the hardware business. They have the Xbox and a line of input devices, but coming up with the Surface RT was a big step for them. And the Surface RT is a genuinely different computing experience, one that can be enjoyable in the right circumstances. For its users, aside from do business, having entertainment on Surface RT is also a nice choice. There are a pile of movies on its Xbox video store. And you would be eager to know what video formats can Microsoft Surface RT play?
Here we list the Microsoft Surface RT supported file types according to my multiple-testing result.
From the formats table, you can know Surface RT can play MP4, MOV, M4V, etc formats well, but frustratingly, the other files like MKV, VOB, MPG, TiVo, FLV, etc are not compatible with Surface RT. So, how to add videos to Microsoft Surface RT for smooth playback?
We searched the solutions to the problem. Some users offer the responses that Surface RT can play some video formats out of the box, and if you do download PressPlay Video from the store then you can play more, but limitation always exists there. Some movies files like MKV still cannot be supported. If your movie isn’t already in one of the Surface RT supported formats or it’s still on a DVD or a Blu-ray, you may have to encode/re-encode it first. Here’s how:
Free Download and install the App: Pavtube Surface RT Video Converter
It’s an all-in-one app right for you, the program can help you compress 1080p Blu-ray to Surface RT, rip DVD movie to Microsoft Surface RT tablet and convert HD videos to Surface RT, including MKV, AVI, MPG, VOB, TiVo, Flash videos and more, everything can be transferred to Surface RT optimized formats at ease. If you are a Mac user, you can use its equivalent Mac version – Mac Video Converter for Surface RT to achieve your goal smoothly.
Guide: How to transfer HD Videos and Movies to Microsoft Surface RT?
The quick start guide below uses the Video Converter Ultimate Windows (Windows 8 included) screenshots. The way to convert video files to Surface RT on Mac is almost the same. Just make sure you get the right version according to your computer operating system.
1. Add media files to the Video Converter for Microsoft Surface RT.
Once run the Video Converter for Microsoft Surface RT, you can click “Add Video” to load video files like MTS/M2TS, MKV, VOB, MOV, TOD, TiVo, etc or click on “BD/DVD disc” icon to load movie from DVD and Blu-ray source(Disc, folder, ISO).
2. Select output video format for Surface RT.
Click “Format” bar to and select MP4 from the format list (MP4 is highly compatible with Surface tablet). You can easily get the optimized videos for Surface RT under “Windows -> Microsoft Surface Windows RT/Pro H.264 Video (*.mp4)”. The output videos could fit on Surface RT or Pro perfectly. If you like, you can click “Settings” to change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc. as you wish.
3. Set output quality (Optional)
If you like, you can click “Settings” to change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc. as you wish. For watching videos on the Windows RT based Surface tablet, 720p with 1500 or 2000kbps is just all right. According to my experience, 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, and vice versa.
4. Start converting video/movie to Surface RT
After above steps, just go back to the main interface and click “Convert” button to begin converting DVD, Blu-ray and various formats of 1080p video files to Surface RT MP4 videos. When the ripping task is completed, you can click “Open” to find the ripped videos. Bingo! Now just transfer the converted video files to your Surface RT Tablet and enjoy the movies!
If you have no idea about Surface file transfer, you can check out the post The Ways Transferring Files to Your Surface RT to learn more.