How to play movies from�a USB to a tv

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How to play movies from�a USB to a tv
A movie stored on a USB flash drive can be played on a HDTV. (flash drive image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

High-definition televisions (also known as HDTVs) often include a USB port that can accept a USB flash drive. A video movie file stored on the USB flash drive can be played on the HDTV, once it has been copied to the drive from a computer. The movie must also be converted into a video format that the HDTV can recognised, typically being the MP4 format. You can convert the movie to the MP4 for copying to a USB flash drive on a computer using software that is included with the computers' operating system. No special experience or expertise is needed.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Insert the USB flash drive in a USB port on the computer. Wait for the USB flash drive icon to appear on the desktop.

  2. 2

    Launch the default video player included with the computer's operating system. For a Mac, double-click on the QuickTime Player icon inside the "Applications" folder. On a PC, select the Windows Media Player from the "Start," "All Applications" pop-up menu.

  3. 3

    Drag the video movie file onto the icon of the video player. The Windows Media Player icon is in the Toolbar at the bottom right of the screen on a PC, while the QuickTime Player icon is in the Dock at the bottom of the screen or to the left of the screen on a Mac.

  4. 4

    Click the "Play" button on the control panel at the bottom of the video window to ensure that the video movie file is playing normally. Then click the "Stop" button on the control panel at the bottom of the video window.

  5. 5

    PC users should then go to "File" and select "Save As," while Mac users should select "Export" from the "File" drop down menu.

  6. 6

    Change the name of the video movie file in the "Name" column at the top of the window that appears to "TV movie." Select "MP4" from the "File format" drop down menu on a PC, or select "AppleTV" from the "Export" drop down menu on a Mac.

  7. 7

    From the "Locations" drop down menu in the middle of the screen, select "Desktop." Click the "Save" button at the bottom right of the screen. Close the video player program.

  8. 8

    Drag the "TV movie" video file that is on the desktop onto the icon of the USB flash drive. Wait for a copy window to appear, filling in from right to left (PC) or left to right (Mac).

  9. 9

    Right-click on the icon of the USB flash drive and select "Eject" from the pop-up menu if on a PC. Mac users should drag the icon of the USB flash drive to the Trash icon. Remove the USB flash drive from the USB port on the computer.

  10. 10

    Turn on the HDTV. Insert the USB flash drive in the USB port on the HDTV. Typically, this will be on the front bottom edge either exposed or inside of a flip-up panel, or on the HDTV's right side.

  11. 11

    Press the "Menu" button on the HDTV's remote. Navigate to the "Video" icon. Select "USB" from beneath the "Video" icon. Select "TV movie" from the list of choices presented beneath "USB."

  12. 12

    Press the "Enter" button on the remote. Press the "Enter" button again when you want to stop the video movie file from playing, or wait untill the video movie file is finished playing.

  13. 13

    Press the "Menu" button on the remote to return to the HDTV's main menu. Remove the USB flash drive from the USB port on the HDTV when you are finished.

Tips and warnings

  • A copy-protected movie file cannot be converted.

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