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If you have a Nissan or Infiniti vehicle with the in vehicle entertainment system, you probably noticed that USB was an optional video source. You might have even put some videos on a flash drive and tried to play them. But as of 2014, the Nissan system is still using a 13 year old Codec called DivX. It's not the greatest quality, and the files are big, but it does work and it was really cheap for Nissan. To put it bluntly, that $2000 entertainment systems uses the same format that your $50 10 year old DVD player uses. That being said, this guide will show you how to convert any videos you have, DVD rips, downloads or home videos, into the proper format so that you can play them in your car.

Step 1: Gather Up Your Videos!

The first thing you'll need to do is to compile a list of videos to put onto that flash drive. It's easiest if you put them all in one folder, but if you're organized, that's not really critical. There are lots of guides to teach you how to use Handbrake to rip DVDs or use http://keepvid.com/ to download YouTube videos (Technically against the ToS) so I won't go into that here. Most likely you're doing this for your kids so that you don't have to change discs or press play for them, after all this is 2014! I've found all sorts of great kids materials online and we've ripped several movies for them. A great idea is two Flash drives, one with short clips for short trips, and other discs full of full length videos. Since you can often get a digital copy when you buy a Blu-Ray, you can use those too.

Step 2: Install WinFF

Now you'll need to convert those videos into a format your car can recognize. To do this, you'll need to do what's called "Transcoding" which is to convert them from whatever format they are currently in, to a DivX compatible format with the Right FourCC code. The easiest, legal and free solution I've found is to use WinFF which is really just a graphical interface to the ffMPEG transcoder. They make a similar OSX version as well http://www.iffmpeg.com/, but this guide is for Windows and Linux Users. Download the latest version of WinFF from here: http://winff.org/html_new/downloads.html

If you have a new computer, you probably have a 64Bit Operating System. You always want to use the 64-Bit version of software if you can since it can use up all that powerful hardware without limitations. But if you try the 64 bit version and it doesn't work, just download the (all windows versions)

To install it, just download the installer, run it and choose all of the defaults. It doesn't install any other junk, so you're safe.

Step 3: Configure WinFF Presets

1) Start WinFF. It's installed under Programs >WinFF > WinFF

2) Now you'll need to setup the Nissan DivX preset but going to Edit > Presets

3) Create a Preset for Nissan Divx Widescreen

Option A) Simply import the NissanDivXWidescreen.wff file I have attached.

i) Download the NissanDivXWidescreen.wff file.

ii) Click Import

iii) Select the NissanDivXWidescreen.wff file

iv) Click Open

Option B) Manually create a new preset

i) Click the top ------ line

ii) Set the following values:

Preset Name = NissanDivXWide

Preset Label = Nissan DivX Widescreen

Preset Command Line Parameters = -f avi -r 29.97 -vcodec libxvid -vtag dx50 -vf scale=704:384 -aspect 16:9 -maxrate 1800k -b:v 1500k -qmin 3 -qmax 5 -bufsize 4096 -mbd 2 -bf 2 -trellis 1 -flags +aic -cmp 2 -subcmp 2 -g 300 -acodec libmp3lame -ar 48000 -b:a 128k -ac 2

Output File Extension = avi

Category = AVI

Click Save

Step 4: Prepare Your Flash Drive

You can use any size flash drive from about 1GB up to 64GB, but you'll want to use a sufficiently sized flash drive! With the DivX codec on this screen 1MB ~ 15 seconds of video

I recommend this since it's tiny in size but huge in storage: http://smile.amazon.com/SanDisk-Cruzer-Low-Profile-Drive--SDCZ33-064G-B35/dp/B00FJRS6QY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1407692245&sr=8-2&keywords=low+profile+usb+flash+drive

Format the drive as FAT32

1) Go to My Computer

2) Right click on the Flash drive and select format

3) Be sure the File System is set to FAT32

4) Check Quick Format (Not necessary, but much faster)

5) Click OK

Step 5: Add Your Videos to Convert

1) Choose Convert to: AVI

2) Select Nissan DivX Widescreen

3) Choose the output folder. This can either be your USB Flash drive or a local folder if you'd like to save the files for later use on additional devices.

4) Choose the files to convert by clicking Add and selecting the files you want on your drive. (Try with just a single short video before doing a massive conversion!)

5) Click Convert!

Now you just have to wait. A black DOS screen will come up as it converts the video, frame by frame into the right format. Depending on the speed of your computer and the amount of videos you're converting, this could take from 5 minutes for a single video clip up to hours for several full length films. Just be patient.

Step 6: Great Ready...

If you did everything correctly, you'll now have a USB flash drive full of AVI files.

1) Close the drive and any programs using your flash drive.

2) Right click on the USB Icon by your clock (The one with a green check mark on it)

3) Select Eject on your USB Drive. (I'm using a Cruzer Glide but your's will probably be different.)

4) Pull out the Flash Drive form your computer

Step 7: Install the Flash Drive in Your Car and Test It!

In you center console, you'll see a USB Port behind a little dummy door. Open that door and insert your flash drive.

Now power up your system. You can use either the front screen or the remote to change the source to USB. Press Play and Viola! You should start seeing your videos playing on screen. By default, they'll just play in alphabetical order which might be fine. If you'd like to change the order, just stick he drive back in your computer and put a number in front of each video. Since the system will sort by numbers before letters, it will let you order the videos however you'd like. You also have the option of sorting files into folders which you can skip via the remote or the front screen.

If you need to control the rear DVD player, just press the AUX button. You can even press List button to see all of the files on disc. In case you didn't know, you won't be able to see the video on the front screen unless you press the parking brake.

Enjoy!

<p>I was able to play the video in my car but no audio, any idea why?</p>
<p>Hi! I would like to burn movies to a dvd and when I do, it doesn't work. I have done the divx for the USB, but I would like a burned dvd option. Any suggestions on how to burn a movie so it works in a 2016 QX60? Thanks!</p>
<p>unless you have A DVD player in car, you cannot play disks,this hack is for USB's with a/v on them.</p>
<p>Thank you very much for your instructions.</p><p>After hours of frunstration, I finaly found your advice and it's working!!!</p><p>We have a 6 hour road trip next week, and you saved us a lot of grieve!</p><p>thank you!</p>
<p>Hi, I have a 2016 pathfinder which has the premium dvd outdated useless system, i followed the steps but when i play the file in the vehicle it wont play the file says unableto read, any suggestions</p>
<p>hi, I tried this process on the my new Nissan qashqai with Nissan connect but it doesn't work. Could you give suggestions about? Thanks</p>
<p>what resolution for nissan juke. in this setings not working</p>
<p>thank you for the step by step tutorial, i have a question, how come you didnt make the resolution 720x480, and instead its 704x384?</p>
Glad it was useful. That is the exact resolution of the screen in a Nissan Finder and most of the screens I've seen in these vehicles. It saves a little space and ensure no cropping or resizing of the video.
<p>Hi, I have a 2014 Infiniti Q50, I followed your step by step instruction to convert video to Avi format to play in my car via USB, everything looks fine on the computer after the conversion but when I plug the USB in my car it says &quot;no music file found in the device&quot; even though is a new USB with no other file in it. Please help.</p>
<p>do you have the $2000 entertainment/theater package. cause the video player is only present on rear entertainment package</p>
<p>just the front navigation screen and the bottom screen. So this will not work for the front screen even with the parking brake on? I have seen a video on youtube that someone use the nav screen to watch video the only problem is he wont explain how he did it.</p>
<p>can use the front screen with parking brake on only if you have the rear entertainment package. Navigation is not enough to enable the video player</p>
thank you for that info, i have the 2014 infiniti qx60, not sure what the native resolution is. I used the presets you gave and in the vehicle the playback does not seem smooth, it feels jittery. But when I play it back on any other pc or smartphone it plays fine. But when I used cyberlink mediaespresso to convert playback is smooth in the infiniti, but the program divx encoder is limited to 640x480, which creates black bars in the car.
<p>I figured out why the video was jittery, it was converted to -r 29.97</p><p>So I changed the preset to -r 23.98 since all my movies are blu-ray rips, and now it plays perfectly.</p>
<p>For the Infiniti QX60, the native resolution is 720x406</p><p>I found a faster converting software, Divx Converter 10.6</p><p>Set to custom Profile, Divx Home Theater</p><p>Fit to Divx Profile</p><p>Custom Resolution 720x406</p><p>Video Bitrate 1500 Mbps</p><p>And this software plays perfectly on the Infiniti QX60, and the video converts 5 times faster than WinFF</p>
<p>You are a god. Works perfectly in 2016 QX60.</p>
<p>You're amazing .. Thank you</p>
<p>Thanks for your information. It enlight me.</p>
<p>All followed all the steps correctly, still not paying on my 2014 Infiniti QX60. Any ideas?</p>
<p>can anyone tell me whether i can play video in Nissan Altima SL 2013 with navigation model. through USB or no ?? i have tried to play DVD but no. is it only Audio or there is option for Video playback. ?????</p>
On the Pathfinder you must have the parking brake on to see video on the navigation screen. There is a hack where you cut the wire from the parking brake to the radio that bypasses this and there are even kits if you don't want to make it permanent. Try it with your parking brake on. If a DVD works, this USB trick should too.
<p>I used these instructions this weekend... great job! I now dont have to worry about scratched DVDs in the back of our QX60! Any way to have chapters work with this format?</p>
<p>I use myFFmpeg for Windows. From the makers of iFFmpeg</p><p>Pretty much the best GUI for FFmpeg - nothing comes even close. It has support for multiple audio streams, soft and hard subs, video filters, audio filters, creating dvd iso, merging files, ..</p><p>Highly recommended</p>
<p>Awesome car hack. Thanks for sharing!</p>

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