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Video File Format for USB Playback

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I have looked everywhere trying to find what format to put video files on a USB drive to watch videos in the Smart fortwo 2015 factory NAV system. Any help would be awesome. I found one place say try "ipod touch" format and that did not work. Thanks.

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At the risk of asking an obvious question, what does the manual for the nav radio say? :)
Yeah, I looked through all of my manual and nothing. I found a 2017 manual and it had some information, but doesn't give codec details. I'm hoping someone out here has figured it out with the stock NAV radio. Thanks everyone so far.

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Awesome... have you had any luck converting video and getting it to play in the car?

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Haven't really tried as it's not something I'm interested in. :)
Thanks for your input though :)

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I used MPEG2 format modified for the Bosch Nav screen. Settings below. I used Adobe Media Encoder. Not sure of any other easy way to encode, i.e., a free converter online.

PAL format
720x405 pixels
Widescreen 16:9

I believe this worked, it's been a while since I encoded anything for my 2013 Smart.
I will try this, I would think that since its American, it should be NTSC I wonder. Thank you for this answer. I will report back if I get to try it out soon.

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I suspect Bosch produced only one version of this radio and that's why it's PAL. I could be wrong but I think it was a low-production model and they didn't bother with creating an NTSC version. I hope the above settings work for you.
I might be missing something here, but PAL and NTSC are only applied when using DVD or TV Format, and now video files that you would play off a flash drive and such? Sorry and thanks.
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