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Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:19 am

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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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:50 am

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?
 
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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:55 am

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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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:59 am

No 3-color RCA jacks?
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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:02 am

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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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:04 am

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.
 
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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:07 am

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

SCART contains those three inputs among others.
 
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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:10 am

Then as long as her video card has a TV-Out, she should be good to go video-wise. As for audio...
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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:20 am

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.
 
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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Tue Apr 10, 2007 10:04 am

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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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Tue Apr 10, 2007 10:18 am

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.
 
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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Tue Apr 10, 2007 5:01 pm

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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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Tue Apr 10, 2007 5:06 pm

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).

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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:13 pm

Quoting Itsjustme (Reply 12):
two audio plugs (usually white and black)

White and red  Smile (with video being yellow)
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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Wed Apr 11, 2007 1:50 am

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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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Wed Apr 11, 2007 2:10 am

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?
 
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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Wed Apr 11, 2007 2:19 am

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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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Wed Apr 11, 2007 2:29 am

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.
 
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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Wed Apr 11, 2007 2:29 am

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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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Wed Apr 11, 2007 2:30 am

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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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Wed Apr 11, 2007 2:40 am

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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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Wed Apr 11, 2007 2:42 am

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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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Wed Apr 11, 2007 2:59 am

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 21):
Coax Smile

Thanks! Big grin
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RE: Viewing Movie Files On TV?

Wed Apr 11, 2007 3:56 am

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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