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Sony A600: Help needed re playback of media files through SD card


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Hello all,

 

I recently purchased the Sony A600 and have been extremely impressed with its quality and functionality. Recently, I was playing back some recorded videos on the camera (through an SD card), by displaying them on my TV using a mini-hdmi to HDMI cable.

 

I realized that the playback of these recorded videos on the TV was remarkably smooth, and therefore, I wondered if I would be able to view previously downloaded .mp4 videos (not recorded on the camera) on my TV in this way (by storing on the SD card). Unfortunately, I have not found a suitable way for this to work. I have copied the .mp4 files to the correct directory, but they do not show up when scrolling through the viewable media on the camera.

 

Can someone please offer a solution to this problem? Many thanks!

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What kind of TV? Some displays can't dig into folders so don't bury them there. Just place onto root level of card. Not all mp4 files created equal. Might change mp4 to m4v. I have software that doesn't recognize Sony 4K mp4 format but changing to mv4 allows me to bulk stitch them all together and save as a REFERENCE file for review purposes that plays them all continuously just fine.

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The system doesn't do that. The

a6000 is NOT a media player. It

recognizes only its own files.  

  

As it's impossible to use a digtal

camera without a computer to

support your photography, just

use the computer as a player. If

you need a smaller more easily

portable player, sadly the a6000

is not it. You could use a small

tablet or iPod-like device instead.   

   

   

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If ... IF ... Sony offers an app to

facilitate use as a media player,

attempting to deal with that will

likely be frustrating or hopeless,  

a situation that will convince you

to use a separate device. I have

no idea whether Sony has such

an app and Sony is not an open

source platform. I don't deal with

immensely frustrating stuff, so I

can't offer you any particulars.   

  

If you want a well supported, but

much heavier and less versatile

photo system, there's a few other

camera brands. I chose Sony for

a compact versatile system, but

that was a conscious trade-off :-( 

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Is he trying to play those odd & non camera generated files FROM / OFF the camera itself? If so it won't work. My post above assumed he was playing directly off the card / thumb drive straight INTO the TV. From my experience, camera will never recognize a non-camera generated video file from another source let alone output them via HDMI to a TV. Playing them off the card or USB device directly plugged into set WILL work.

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"Unfortunately, I have not found a suitable way for this to work. I have copied the .mp4 files to the correct directory, but they do not show up when scrolling through the viewable media on the camera."
 
 
Yep this is most likely intentional and wise on Sony's part. By only allowing the camera to recognize it's own files it is a protection which helps limit damage to the camera that could be caused by being able to read spurious non-sony approved data.
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