With television screens becoming larger and multiplication of display technologies (3D, LED. ..), image quality has significantly been improved since the VHS era. To fully enjoy this new features, a few settings and adjustments are required.
The video formats
- The WMV format is often used for video streaming/downloading. It requires the Windows Media Player for playback.
- AVI is one of the most common. It is compatible with most video playback software .
- The MOV format can be used for high definition videos. This format can be read with Quicktime .
- DivX and Xvid formats are widely used : they allow a lighter video without lost image quality. They can be read by most software, provided you have the appropriate codecs.
- The MPEG 4 is the high-definition format used for Blu-ray discs.
Watch movies on a PC
Choosing the right software
- Windows Media Player plays the majority of formats and comes with a simple interface .
- Media Player Classic is recommended especially for old computers. It is also able to play most formats.
- VLC is one of the lightest and complete software.
- DivX Plus is specially oriented for the DivX format. It is also compatible with the MKV .
- Foobar2000 is an underrated player, able to handle a wide variety of video formats.
Displayed content from your computer on your TV screen
- If the computer is equipped with an HDMI or DVI connector, connect it to your TV using the proper cable. HDMI can transfer sound and image, while DVI only transfer video.
- Alternatively you can me use of an S-video cable to connect your TV to your PC
- Adjust computer settings accordingly
- Choose the multimedia content you want to display on the TV screen .
Streaming content from your portable device
- Take into account the size of the file . The storage space available on a tablet or smartphone may indeed limit the weight of a video.
- Choose a compatible app to read the video.
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Published by jak58
Latest update on September 18, 2013 at 09:24 AM by jak58.