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Viewing Movie Files On TV?  
User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 16
Posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1361 times:

I'm regularly viewing movie files on my computer (mostly AVI), but I would like to know if there's any way for me to view my files on the TV?

I was thinking of buying a DVD recorder/player with an HD, but is that just for recording stuff (on TV) or can you actually transfer files from your computer to the DVD player/recorder somehow?

If not, is there any other way to do this? I already have a DVD player that plays files compatible with DivX, but you have to burn the files onto a CD first, which is rather costly when we're talking about 1 GB a month... and sometimes, my files can't cope with DivX.  irked 

Any help appreciated.  Smile


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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21406 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1349 times:

You can generally connect your computer to your TV... it just depends on what your TV is capable of. Which kinds of inputs does it have?

User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1346 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 1):
You can generally connect your computer to your TV... it just depends on what your TV is capable of. Which kinds of inputs does it have?

 blush  it's an old a*s Panasonic tv... I think it's from bloody 1997 or something  crazy . It's got NOTHING... scart-plug, and those odd audio output things... that's it.  sigh 



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User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1342 times:

No 3-color RCA jacks?

User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1339 times:

Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 3):
No 3-color RCA jacks?

That is probably what I described as "audio outputs"  cry  I'm a n00b when it comes to TV plugs, I apologise..



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21406 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1338 times:

SCART isn't all bad - if you're lucky, it even has RGB in there which allows for pretty good quality. If not, your best option would be the composite SCART input - it depends on your computer model whether you'd need a separate composite converter (some have it built in).

But it's a pretty safe bet that you can connect the computer to the TV in any case.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21406 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1336 times:

Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 3):
No 3-color RCA jacks?

SCART contains those three inputs among others.


User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1331 times:

Then as long as her video card has a TV-Out, she should be good to go video-wise. As for audio...

User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21406 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1328 times:

SCART generally has composite video in & out and audio in & out; Simple and unmistakable connection to VCRs was the point behind its introduction. In some cases there is also the option of RGB in, but not every TV uses those signals.

User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1321 times:

Do I need some sort of cable then?

The guy I spoke to in a HI-FI store last month was more than eager to sell me some sort of Sony (I believe... or was it Panasonic?) device that'd be able to connect my computer and my TV wirelessly, but this thing cost like 300 GBP, so if I just need a simple cable, this guy was definitely trying to rip me off, big time...  eek 



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21406 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1319 times:

Wireless connections for analog signals will always deteriorate the signal. It would be the worst possible solution unless it was the only viable one.

But if I remember correctly you had a laptop; A direct cable connection should be feasible then.

Most important would be which exact computer model you've got. It will determine which kind of cable and/or adapter you'll need.


User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1292 times:

My DVD player can play Divx, and Xvid files. I haven't tried any other types yet, but I record them on DVD+R discs, and they play fine.


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User currently offlineItsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2768 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1290 times:

Quoting Kunoichi (Reply 9):
Do I need some sort of cable then?

See if your computer has an S-video port. It's round, about 1/4" in diameter and looks like a connection for a mouse cord (before USB came on the scene). If so, you should be all set. Just run an S-Video cable from your PC to the TV. As for audio, you'll need a cable that brings the two audio plugs (usually white and black) into one plug that you then plug into the 'speaker' or 'headphone' jack on your PC. I'm not a big fan of Radio Shack but if you have them there (or any electronics store, for that matter) explain what you're trying to do and they should be able to hook you up (literally).

[Edited 2007-04-10 10:09:35]

User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12214 posts, RR: 35
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1277 times:
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Quoting Itsjustme (Reply 12):
two audio plugs (usually white and black)

White and red  Smile (with video being yellow)



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User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1261 times:

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 11):
My DVD player can play Divx, and Xvid files. I haven't tried any other types yet, but I record them on DVD+R discs, and they play fine.

So does mine, but...

Quoting Kunoichi (Thread starter):
already have a DVD player that plays files compatible with DivX, but you have to burn the files onto a CD first, which is rather costly when we're talking about 1 GB a month... and sometimes, my files can't cope with DivX



As for the S video thing, it doesn't look like it has that...

Quoting Klaus (Reply 10):
But if I remember correctly you had a laptop; A direct cable connection should be feasible then.

Nopes...  Sad I had an iBook that drowned... now, I'm stuck with the family computer... an HP Pavillion A230...  sigh 



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21406 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1254 times:

Quoting Kunoichi (Reply 14):
Nopes...   I had an iBook that drowned... now, I'm stuck with the family computer... an HP Pavillion A230...

My condolences. What kinds of video outputs does its graphics card have?


User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1249 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 15):
My condolences. What kinds of video outputs does its graphics card have?

Ohhh, waddya know... it DOES have "S-Vidout" Big grin

Looks like it'll be easier than I thought...  Smile



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21406 posts, RR: 54
Reply 17, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1242 times:

Quoting Kunoichi (Reply 16):
Ohhh, waddya know... it DOES have "S-Vidout" 
Looks like it'll be easier than I thought...

Not necessarily - the SCART input of your TV may or may not offer S-Video input capability. The only certain thing is that it will support conventional FBAS composite video (as known from most VCRs).

Do you still have the manual of your TV with its specifications? If not, the exact model number could help to find out which inputs it supports.


User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1242 times:

Is this what I'm looking for?
Cable type: Video/audiokabel
Supports: S-video / combined video / sound
Left connectors: 3 x RCA - male ¦ 1 x TOS Link - male ¦ 1 x 4-PIN mini-DIN - male
Right connectors: 3 x RCA - male ¦ 1 x TOS Link - male ¦ 1 x 4-PIN mini-DIN - male

The male/female cable thing is kinda creepy...  scared 



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User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1240 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 17):
Do you still have the manual of your TV with its specifications? If not, the exact model number could help to find out which inputs it supports.

I'll check right away.  Smile



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User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1238 times:

Couldn't find the manual, but the type of inputs it has:

AV1
AV2
Audio-out
and the odd TV signal input that's round with a round bit in the middle and didn't have a name on it...  embarrassed 



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12214 posts, RR: 35
Reply 21, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1235 times:
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Quoting Kunoichi (Reply 20):
and the odd TV signal input that's round with a round bit in the middle and didn't have a name on it...

Coax  Smile



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User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 16
Reply 22, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1232 times:

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 21):
Coax Smile

Thanks! Big grin



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21406 posts, RR: 54
Reply 23, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1227 times:

Quoting Kunoichi (Reply 20):
Couldn't find the manual, but the type of inputs it has:
AV1
AV2
Audio-out
and the odd TV signal input that's round with a round bit in the middle and didn't have a name on it...

The coaxial plug is the RF input for the antenna connection.

AV1/AV2 are probably two SCART sockets, I assume. Unfortunately the presence of SCART doesn't say whether it just has a basic Composite input or RGB or S-Video as well, that's why I was asking for the manual or the actual device type.

You can probably use an S-Video to SCART cable. Even if the TV can't handle S-Video, the computer's output should be switchable to the lower-quality composite signal on the S-Video output. But whether the computer can do that is an important thing to check first.

Which graphics card does it have? Is there a separate Composite Video output (one plug like the two audio outputs on your TV)?


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