I have downloaded two movies which are in the public domain from the internet onto my laptop. They play OK there but I want to watch them on a bigger screen. Also my laptop speakers are rubbish.
One is in .wmv format and one is in .mp4 format.
I have put them on a USB flashdrive and plugged them into my DVD player. I can display. jpeg still photos OK by doing that, but the player does not "see" my movie files. It is a Samsung E360 which is a very basic player.
Will I have to burn them onto DVD discs in order to play them? If so, do I have to change the file formats?
I would appreciate any advice but I am a complete cyber-dunce so my eyes will glaze over if you get technical.
I have blank DVD disks but I do not want to buy any other equipment or software to do this (unless it costs minimal dollars). If I can crack this there are 20 or 30 other movies I will download, but most will be for one-time viewing only, and I know the quality will often be poor, so I do not want to lay out any sizable sums.
It is possible it is your player (my previous bluray/dvd player was a Samsung which didn't show .wmv files and .mp4's . I have a Pioneer now , so if you're looking to upgrade , something between a BDP150-170 model is okay if your budget is tight . Pioneer have just released the BDP 180 which plays Bluray/Dvd/Cd - Correction: the Pioneer BDP 180 doesn't play the 4K format , but will upscale dvds and blurays to 4K quality) Burning the .wmv & .mp4 to disc may still not play on the Samsung .
If you got a HDMI port on your laptop/tv i would just connect the laptop to the TV and play them that way.
i play basically all of my movies from my computer to my 43" TV through the HDMI connection (i use the program 'Pot Player x64' to playback all of my movies on my computer to the TV). back of my PC's video card has a HDMI port and then i connect from that to the TV's HDMI port with a 20' (or was it 15') HDMI cable. i would imagine many laptops that are not ancient likely have a HDMI port in them. my 24" PC monitor is 1920x1080 (i.e. 1080p) res and that's what the 43" TV is to. so it's basically like a dual monitor setup as i load up the movie/video file on my computer side and then drag it out of the screen to the TV side of things and then run the video full screen and your golden.
that method will also not cost you much as if you already have a HDMI cable for your bluray player chances are you can use that one which will cost you $0.00.
p.s. if you have to buy a HDMI cable get one online as they are much cheaper than going to the local store as even Wal-Mart's are quite pricey inside of the actual store.
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I have progressed a bit in that I can burn DVDs from wmv files using the built-in Windows burner and these play OK on my player.
But the majority of available public domain films are on MP4. So I need to find a program to change these to wmv. I guess I may lose quality in doing this?
I do not want to buy any more gear as I am broke. Also I may be moving to another country fairly shortly and will need to travel light.
Yeah you can use a transcoder that will do that to change the media format from mp4 to wmv or any other.
Here's one that I've used for a long time and still continue to do so. Works very well but can be slow when converting especially large videos. But I really haven't seem much in loss of picture or audio quality.