How to Play Any Video Files on Xbox 360 with Mac (Mountain Lion)

This is a step by step Tutorial on how to Play video files on Xbox 360 from your Apple Mac computer. How to play files on Xbox 360 on Mac - The $35.00 way that is as easy as pie:

Here Is What You Will Need:

  • Xbox 360 - Preferably the Elite version… just cause its black. And has black controllers.
  • Apple Computer - iMac, MacBook Pro, Apple Air, etc.
  • Video Converter for Mac  Only $35.00 - Has a Free Trial!

How to play any video file on your Xbox 360 with your Mac:

1Convert videos to MP4 format that compatible with Xbox 360.

Choose a small video to test for you first video, as encoding and conversion times can be lengthy if you choose a full movie. Try downloading a trailer for a movie in your favorite format that the Xbox 360 can't read. Like: AVI, MOV, and a lot of other weird formats.

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Install and open up Video Converter for Mac. Video Converter for Mac is a phenomenal video conversion tool, it can convert video formats from one to another with perfect output quality and high conversion speed for Mac OS X users. It supports all popular video formats including MP4, M4V, flv, AVI, MOV, MPEG1/MPEG2,  3GP, 3G2, M2TS, MPEG TS/TP (for HD Video), etc.

In the format list, choose MP4 as the output video format. You can choose Xbox 360 as the output format.

At the bottom right, click on the "Converter" button. Then wait… once you get the delightful "ding" then you are ready to go to test to see if it worked.

2connect your Mac and Xbox 360

Before you start configuring, open up Terminal (in Applications -> Utilities) and type "ifconfig en0" (zero, not a capital-o). You're looking for the bit that says "inet xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx". Second, note down the IP address of your wireless router.

On your Mac

1. Connect your Mac to your wireless Internet connection
2. Connect your Xbox 360 to your Mac via Ethernet
3. In System Preferences, choose Sharing, enable your Internet Sharing between your Airport and Ethernet connection

On your Xbox 360

1. Start up your Xbox and navigate to the Network settings menu
2. Under IP address, enter the number you got from the "ifconfig en0" command earlier on, but with the final number one place higher.
3. Input subnet.
4. Under router/gateway, enter the number you got earlier from the "ifconfig en0" command. 
5. Move onto DNS. Enter the IP address of your wireless router  in both the primary and secondary IP address fields
6. Leave PPPoE and Advanced settings blank (i.e. OFF and Automatic)
7. You should now be able to connect to Xbox Live via your Internet sharing Mac

3Play Video File on Xbox 360:

First, on your Mac, open up your new file in VLC and in Quicktime. Make sure it can play in both (Not necessarily at the same time). If you have done that, now it is time to move to your 360. Follow these instructions:

Tun on your Xbox 360

Xbox 360 - Dashboard

Navigate over to the "Media Tab", and select the "Videos" option.

Xbox 360 - Dashboard - Media Tab

IMPORTANT! Since the Xbox 360 Dashboard update of about 6 months ago, once you click on"Videos" it will just show you all of the videos on your Xbox 360 hard drive. So press "X" to change the current source. Then browse down to your Apple / Mac computer. Mine is an iMac.

Click on the "Movies Folder". That is where you should have saved the file there earlier.

Now browse through your video files and select your sweet, newly converted video file, and play it!

Xbox 360 - Dashboard - Media Tab - Connect 360 - Browse Video

Watch and Enjoy! Nothing like watching the TMNT trailer in all of its Hi-Definition glory!

You're Done! You did it! Now you can follow that same process when play any video from Mac to Xbox 360 .

akhokhar
This article is way old. Any chance you can make this more up to date?
BSupino11
I have followed the instructions to connect, and it seems to have worked. Though my mac still doesnt show up when I test pc connection. it says connected yet then says pc not listed. also when i go to videos there is no option to click x and change folder. It seems to want me to connect my >PC> and use windows media player? I cannot figure out how to change the folder im going to.... Please help
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