Video to TV via a USB drive?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by iaddict, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. iaddict
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    macrumors 6502

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    Can I transfer movies to my USB drive to plug into the USB port on my tv and watch the movie? What format would be necessary to do that, if possible?
     
  2. ermoore
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    That USB drive is for software updates for the TV and other developer needs.

    You cannot plug a USB drive into your tv directly and play video.

    You can plug in a USB to an Xbox 360 or a PS3 and watch the videos.
     
  3. iaddict
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    thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ugh!

    Thanks. I was hoping that would be a simple fix. Oh well....
     
  4. PRvideoGuy
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    multimedia hard drives

    You could also try a multimedia hard drive like the Western Digital TV Live (WDTV Live) or Lacinema Mini HD. Both are external hard drives, and contain the necessary hardware to play video files on the a TV via HDMI or composite (Yellow, Red, White). They are built to play just about any video format - from H.264 mp4 & divx/xvid avi (common formats) to many AVCHD varieties (odd/rarer formats & some home movies).

    According to the Lacinema product page:
    I have the Lacinema Mini HD, and it rocks!

    Lacinema Mini HD ~$200
    http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?id=10461

    WDTV Live ~$130
    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=735
     
  5. iaddict
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  6. MisterMe
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    Not true. Because the OP gave neither his brand or model TV, there is no way to know if he can play a video through his USB port. My LG 32LE5400 LED HDTV can directly display photographs or video stored on a USB drive.
     
  7. iaddict
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    thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Here's what the specs say:

    Model of TV is Vizio SV370XVT. The specs say that it has a "multimedia and Service" USB. Underneath that is listed: " Music(MP3), Video (MPG) and Photo (JPEG). So, correct me if I am wrong about this, but to me this means that I could put music on a USB flash drive and play it through my tv if it is in a MP3 format, play a movie, if it is in MPG format or view pictures that are JPG. Is this correct?
     
  8. KeithPratt
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    There's a simple way to find out! BTW, if 'MPG' is more likely to mean mpeg-2, or failing that mpeg-1, than mp4. And there's miles per gallon I suppose...
     
  9. MisterMe
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    Lacking evidence to the contrary, I must agree.
     

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