How to Play Videos Through an SD Card on a TV

Updated February 21, 2017

SD, or Secure Digital, flash memory cards are common storage devices used in digital cameras and cell phones. They typically contain photographs and even videos. If you want to showcase your video files on a television screen, three options are available. The first two are available on newer televisions through an SD card slot or USB port. The third is an option on all other TVs, although you will have to utilise files captured on a digital camera.

Insert the SD card into the appropriate slot on your television. Press the "Input" option, then choose "SD" to view the contents of the SD card. Scroll through the files stored on the SD card with the TV's remote control, then press "Play" after you select the video file.

Plug the USB cable running from the SD card reader into the USB port on the television. Insert the SD card into the SD card reader, then press the "Input" option on the television and choose "USB." All the information stored on the SD card will appear on the screen. Push the directional arrow button on the remote control, choose the video file and press "Play" to view the content.

Insert the 3.5mm end of the cable into the "Video Out" port on the digital camera. Plug the red, white and yellow RCA audio-video ends of the cable into the "Video In" ports on the television. Turn on the TV and choose "Video." Turn on the digital camera, then choose the video file that you want to view. Press "Play" on the video camera and the content will be displayed on the TV screen.

Things You'll Need

  • SD card reader
  • 3.5mm-to-RCA audio-video cable
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Greyson Ferguson is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in film and television. He currently resides in Lansing, Michigan where he works on independent film projects and writes for numerous publications. Ferguson primarily focuses on computer and electronic articles. Greyson produces, focusing on only upbeat news stories with daily updates.