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How to Play RMVB on Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Samsung Galaxy Tab, including the older model Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 & Galaxy Tab 3 and the latest Galaxy Tab S 8.4 & 10.5, is always the best tablet for watching movies. Take Galaxy Tab S as an example, it is shipped with the latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS, as well as the large, high resolution Super AMOLED screens, providing the best user experience for watching full HD 1080P videos and even 4K UHD videos. However, though it is a great video playing gadget, as an Android-based device, it is incapable of playing some types of videos like others. Therefore, many users ask questions like this:


Can You Play RMVB File in Samsung Tablet?

There're tons of video formats, and of course, not all the formats are supported by Samsung Galaxy Tab, including the Tab S. Therefore, to figure out whether you can play a video (format) such as RMVB in Samsung Tablet or not, first you should check the supported format list as shown below:

Supported Codecs Video: H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
Audio: MP3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC
Note: Codec ≠ format. A format such as MP4, AVI, MKV, MOV, etc, is a wrapper that may include different video/audio codecs. Galaxy Tab supports the codecs above means that if a format is encoded by both the supported video and audio codec, it can be played by the Tab, and otherwise, it will fail to be opened. If you failed to play some video formats in Galaxy Tab, you can solve the problem by using the method below.
Not Supported Codecs Video: H.265(HEVC), VP9, MPEG1, MPEG2, DivX, XviD, RMVB, Libtheora, QuickTime, SWF, etc.
Audio: AC3, AIFF(PCM), APE, WAV(PCM), Wavpack, Apple Lossless ALAC, Shorten, etc.

RMVB, as one of the most popular formats for distributing video contents on file sharing platforms such as BitTorrent, eDonkey and Gnutella, is not supported by Galaxy Tab. That's because it is a variable bitrate extension typically used by the RealPlayer and it is not compatible with other media players. Besides RMVB, from what you can see above, Galaxy Tab does not natively supports many formats including the most popular AVI(DivX, XviD) and MOV(QuickTime). However, that doesn't mean you cannot play these videos in Samsung Tablets since there're many workarounds!

How to Play RMVB File in Samsung Tablet?

Solution 1: Use Third-party Video Player Apps

Playing videos on Android devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, can be frustrating from time to time, But we've found that there're some 3rd-party video player apps that offer the best balance between features, compatibility, and ease of use.

Caution: Installing 3rd-party apps means taking risk to your device and a potential privacy leaks.


#1 BSPlayer

Key Features:

  • Plays most popular video formats, including those not natively supported by your phone/tablet
  • Multi-core hardware decoding for supported hardware and video formats
  • Play local videos or network streams
  • Supports external subtitles in SRT, ASS, and SAA format, built-in subtitles from MKV, MPV, and MOV, etc, as well as finding subtitles automatically

Cons of BSPlayer: Free with ads, $6.75 for Pro

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#2 MX Player

Key Features:

  • Hardware acceleration can be applied to more videos with the help of new H/W decoder
  • The first Android video player which supports multi-core decoding
  • Easily zoom in and out by pinching and swiping across the screen
  • Subtitle gestures: scroll forward/backward to move to next/previous text, etc.

Cons of MX Player: Requires a manual codec download to play certain videos, particularly those with DTS audio

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#3 RealPlayer

Key Features:

  • Access any file format your device supports
  • RealAudio and RealVideo (rmvb) support
  • Online video search, that searches YouTube, Bing and other sites
  • Optimized graphics for high-res devices
  • Metadata discovery using the Gracenote database

Cons of RealPlayer: Not very stable and often fails to download YouTube Videos

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Solution 2: Recommended All-in-One Software

Though using 3rd-party apps can help you solve the video playback problems most of the time, each of these players may have their own shortcomings like what we've mentioned above. Besides, if you don't want to take risks to your device, or disclose your privacy to others, you'd better not install 3rd-party apps. Instead, you can use this all-in-one video converter to solve all these problems!

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  • Ultrafast and batch convert all unsupported videos to your Android/iOS devices;
  • Freely edit the videos before conversion: trim, crop, flip, rotate, watermark, etc.
  • One-click downloading online videos from 150+ websites like YouTube, Vimeo;
  • Automatically retrieve or manually add/edit video metadata;
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How to Convert RMVB to Samsung Galaxy Tab S?

Step 1 Add Source RMVB Files to the Software

First and foremost, you need to click the "Free Trial" button above to get the Video Converter (free trial version), install and then launch it on your computer.

Once opened, you'll see there're several buttons listed on the upper toolbar. Click the "Add Files" button to load the source RMVB videos to the program. Besides RMVB, you can add and convert any video formats to Galaxy Tab-friendly formats with ease.

Tips: Click the "Download" button, you can freely download (and if needed, convert) online videos from YouTube, Vimeo, etc.


Step 2 Choose Output Format & Do Output Settings

All the imported video files will be listed on the main interface. Beiside each imported item, you can find a format icon. Click the icon, or click the "Profile" menu bar on the lower bottom, open the format list, and then choose the output format as per you need. As for converting videos to Galaxy Tab, you can hit the "Samsung" column and select the Galaxy Tab output preset directly.

After selecting the output format, you can press the "Settings" button near the "Profile" bar to set/change the detailed output video/audio parameters such as encoder, bitrate, resolution, etc.

Tips: As the converter provides a practical built-in video editor, you can take advantage of it to edit the imported videos before conversion. For example, you can trim a video into several clips, crop the unwanted black bar, change the aspect ratio to 16:9/4:3, flip the video horizontally/vertically, rotate the video 90/180 degree, and more.

Step 3 Start Converting RMVB to Galaxy Tab S

When you finish all the needed settings and editing, remember to "Preview" the final effect. If you are satisfied with the result, press the "Start" button on the lower right to launch the conversion from RMVB (or other formats) to Galaxy Tab S.

Since the converter supports bacth conversion, you can get all the imported videos converted automatically in a little while. Thereafter, connect your device to your computer, and then you can freely transfer the converted videos to it and play on it smoothly and seamlessly.

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