Play DVD Movies on Roku from USB Drive

For DVD movie collectors, sometimes, you may come the need to ripping your DVDs to a external USB hard disk for viewing on Roku just as the conditions listed below:

“Hi folks, my roku is still new to me and I am still learning. I have a 300 GB external USB hard disk. I want to rip some of my favorite DVDs and put the files onto this hard disk for playing on my roku USB channel, this will save me the trouble of digging through my collection to find the movie I want.”

Roku supported file formats

Some Roku devices including Roku 2/3/4/Ultra include a USB port to which you can connect an external USB drive for the purpose of playing locally stored photo, audio, and video files with Roku Media Player apps. However, to play video on Roku Media Player from USB port, the formats must be supported by your Roku devices listed below:

Video – H.264/AVC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV)
Audio – AAC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV); MP3(.MP3, .MKV); WMA (.ASF, .WMA, .MKV), FLAC (.FLAC, .MKV), PCM (.WAV, .MKV, .MP4, .MOV), AC3/EAC3 (.MKV,.MP4. .MOV, .AC3), DTS (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV,.DTS), ALAC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV, .M4A)

The following media formats are supported on Roku 4 and Roku Ultra that support 4K
4K Video – H.265/HEVC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV); VP9 (.MKV)
4K Video – H.264

Rip DVD for Roku Playing from USB drive

After you’ve get Roku supported file formats, the next important step is ripping DVD to Roku playable file formats listed above. Due to the complicated encryption used on DVD disc, you will need a powerful DVD Ripper program to bypass that protection. Here, we highly recommend Pavtube DVDAid to you. The program can automatically bypass the DVD copy protection and region code in the background with its built-in disc decrypter, you can then make a digital copy of the movies on DVD disc without any limitation.

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With the program, you can not only rip DVD to Roku 2/3 playable H.264 MP4/MKV/MOV formats, but also convert DVD to Roku 4/Ultra compatible 4K H.265 MP4/MKV format. What’s more, thanks to its hard-ware encoding acceleration feature, you can get up to 6x faster H.264 codec encoding speed if you run your computer on Graphic card that supports Nvidia CUDA or AMD App technology or up to 30x faster H.265 codec encoding speed if your computer runs a Graphic card that supports Nvidia NVENC technology. However, since the highest resolution of DVD is 720×480 for NTSC or 720×576, therefore, we won’t suggest you to upscale SD DVD to 4K resolution, which will bring great quality loss to the output video. Here, it would be a good option for you to rip DVD to HD H.264 format for streaming to Roku 2/3.

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Step by Step to Rip DVD for Roku Playing from USB Drive

Step 1: Import DVD Movies.

Download, install and run this DVD ripper.  You can load DVD by clicking “File” > “Load from disc”. Or load DVD Folder by clicking “File” > “Load from folder” or load DVD IFO/ISO image by clicking “File” > “Load IFO/ISO”.

Load DVD movies

Step 2: Output Roku supported file formats.

Click the “Format” drop-down list, select Roku 2/3 compatible “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category.

Output Roku 2/3 supported file formats

Step 3: Adjust output profile parameters.

Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, in audio section, from “Codec” drop-down list, select Roku supported AAC or MP3 audio formats. You can also change other settings according to your own needs.

Step 4: Begin the final conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the ripping process from DVD to Roku 2/3 playable file formats.

When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then follow the steps below to play video on Roku from USB drive:
1. Install the Roku Media Player channel, either through the Channel Store on your Roku or via Roku’s website.
2. Add the video file to your external USB drive from your computer.
3. Connect the USB drive to the Roku 2/3’s USB port, located on the right side of the box.
4. Launch the Roku Media Player channel and select Videos.
5. Choose the drive that’s attached to the Roku 2/3.
6. Navigate to the folder that has the video file you want to watch. Click OK to open the folder.
7. Select the video to watch and click Play on the remote.

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