Streaming Movies From Computer To Tv Settings

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do I connect my laptop to my tv?
    I want to stream movies from my laptop to my tv and connected them with a VGA cord, but the tv screen is still blank. Is there something else I need to do?

    • ANSWER:
      on some computers there is a button on the keyboard that will switch it from the laptop screen to a external monitor, but if you dont have one, right click on your desktop go to settings and go to the tab farthest on the right. here should be options to set up your display settings.

  2. QUESTION:
    How do i restrick the amount of internet used on a computer?
    My step sisters are at our house for the next month and they go an lock themselves in their room and stream movies and TV shows on their laptops. This makes the rest of the houses internet incredibly slow. Am i able to restrict the amount of internet they can use at a given time? i dont want to block them off, but make it so that if they try and watch a movie, it will take at least a whole day to download it?

    • ANSWER:
      It's pretty easy, depending on the router you have.

      Look up "QoS" or Quality of Service settings for your particular router.
      You can regulate speed of connections based on
      -- which machine ( which mac address or IP address)
      -- what protocol ( streaming protocols look a whole lot different than torrents, and they both look different than email)

      again - it depends on your home router. Get the admin controls, and the instructions.. then have at it.
      Excellent use of technology!

  3. QUESTION:
    Can you hook up a computer to a TV and monitor at the same time?
    I know I can hook up my computer to a tv with a VGA cord or a HDMI cord. I would prefer HDMI. Also, I can hook up my computer to two monitors. So does anyone know if I can hook up my computer to a TV and my monitor at the same time so I can watch a movie or stream shows on my TV and still surf the internet at the same time? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Most modern video cards have two or more video outputs, many are DVI/HDMI or mini display ports now. You just need to run the right cables to the right monitors. Play a movie and move it to the screen that is the TV, and use the other screen for regular PC work...
      You need to customize your desktop settings to allow two monitors to "extend desktop" across both.

  4. QUESTION:
    What kind of wire would I need to connect my PC to my HD TV?
    So I want to watch some tv shows/ movies on my tv by downloading/ streaming them off my pc. The only problem is that I don't know which cables to get. Im using my old pc, it has a VGA Adapter ( got that from display settings) and an nvidia 7100 graphics card. While my TV is a Samsung HD tv with a hdmi slot and all these other input things at the back. What do i need to watch and hear the movies/tv shows? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      With a computer and and a TV with lots of ports your options are many here are a few the VGA to RCA way that would be the Red, White and Yellow where you actually only need the Yellow off that lead
      To Yellow
      http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_1a0?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=vga+to+rca&x=0&y=0&sprefix=vga+to+rca#/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=vga+to+to+yellow&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Avga+to+to+yellow
      To RCA the red, white yellow and more.....
      http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_10?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=vga+to+rca&x=0&y=0&sprefix=vga+to+rca

      For your audio look at something like this http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Cable-ST35MM-06-Stereo-3-5mm/dp/B002JCOX5U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1304830466&sr=8-1

      Use this to connect your audio out to the audio in for the computer......and if you have a PCMCIA slot there is even more you could do your able to do

  5. QUESTION:
    can i usb to rca cable transfer video and audio from a laptop to a tv?
    In other words can it be used by plugging in a usb to your laptop and rca to a tv for streaming movies or just transferring video and audio.

    • ANSWER:
      As far as I know you need some kind of video output from your video card. Or a usb to video device and make sure it has a video out. Alot of usb to audio/ video are video capture devices.They allow you to input audio video to a pc. You want the opposite, the signal from your pc out to a tv. I used to have a a monitor cable that had a yellow video out. It worked but it confused my computer and my computer would'nt recognize my monitor and so I had no control over resolution or screen settings. The cable you speak of is usually designed to work with a celll phone ,camera or camcorder or other device where audio and video is being output from the devices usb port.

  6. QUESTION:
    How do I switch off my laptop screensaver?
    I have a Dell laptop with windows vista, and although I've been to the screensaver settings and chosen 'none' as a screensaver, every 20 minutes or so, my screen goes black until i move the cursor - even when the charger is plugged in. I don't understand why this is happening when i specifically chose no screensaver.

    It's actually really frustrating when I'm streaming a movie from my laptop to my tv, i have to keep getting up and moving the cursor. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      You probably need to change you're power setting. Go to your screen saver settings by right clicking anywhere on the desktop, click properties, then click the screen saver tab at the top. There should be a "power" button beneath the screen saver settings. Then you can change when the monitor goes off, along with some other settings like when your hard drive shuts off, and when the computer goes into hibernation.

  7. QUESTION:
    Why is the video stream from laptop to tv so small?
    I bought a VGA to HDMI Converter box with auto-upscale, to view streaming movies from my laptop on my HDTV. I thought the video would fill the whole screen, but instead the movie is like half of the tv screen size! It's almost as small as watching it on my laptop in the first place. Is there any way to make the video streaming from my laptop larger, like to fill the tv screen? Is this a setting in the tv or in the laptop? Help Please?!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like the "auto-upscale" feature on the VGA-to-HDMI converter box isn't working, or that it auto-upscales to 720p (only) but your HDTV is 1080p.
      You may have to take your TV out of a "1-to-1" display mode, or you may have to use a "zoom" or "stretch" feature on the TV to fill the screen.

      Does the adapter box have any way to change its settings (such as buttons or a remote)?

      You could try different resolution settings on the laptop; but depending on the converter box that might do nothing or even make the picture go away.

      If you had a VGA input on the TV (and used that instead of HDMI, with no adapter needed), that would work fine (it's how I have mine hooked up, and I get full-screen HDTV from it -- with the computer's resolution set to the native resolution of my HDTV which happens to be 768x1266).

  8. QUESTION:
    How can I set up a Roku 3 to stream movies & music from a PC?
    I just bought a Roku 3, and I have a PC running Windows 7 with media sharing turned on. I was able to stream media to my PS3, but I don't see how to set this up with the Roku?

    • ANSWER:
      It's no different than with the PS3 - assuming your Roku is set up on your network and plugged into your TV the PC should show up, assuming it's also on the network. The Quick Start guide does not explain how to connect with a computer, but it shows how to set the Roku up either wired or via Wi-Fi to get it on your network, and how to connect to the TV with HDMI:

      http://wwwimg.roku.com/Roku3-QSG.pdf

      Once it's set up this way, the PC should show up as one of the options on the on-screen menu. If it doesn't, write back with Additional Details describing in detail your setup and PC settings and we'll go from there...

  9. QUESTION:
    Can you have two video cameras hooked up to one computer?
    Trying to do a film project.

    We need 2 or more video cameras going into one computer an have them record at the at the same time?

    What is need for this, any special type of stuff or software or hardware?
    Also is the recording going to be decent quality?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Kels:

      Yes, depending on your camera types (what interface they use, e.g., USB, FireWire, analog) and what application(s) you plan to run to capture the two video streams. The quality will depend on the interface capability and how "good" your computer is (fast CPU, plenty of RAM, hard drive(s) speed, etc.).

      I use two USB webcams simultaneously without problems, as long as I properly launch each app to each camera separately and with the correct settings for each (only one app can "talk" to one camera at a time). A capture program like Microsoft's AMCAP or Silverlight can launch separate windows at the same time, with each window selected for a specific webcam (there's a drop-down "Device" menu for that).

      If you don't use an external hard drive (preferably FireWire or SATA) as the "target" drive for recording the video streams, you might get some dropouts or glitches, if your PC can't keep up. Some PCs with fast internal drive(s) will have no problems. If you plan to try HD video, you could run into problems on an underpowered computer.

      For that, I'd recommend using FireWire capable camcorders or a dedicated PCI capture card designed for multiple video inputs (Osprey is one brand I've used) which is how remote security cam monitoring PCs work. The interface card does a lot of the video processing work and uses the motherboard bus to handle the high data speeds necessary.

      If you have a Mac, most of the same factors apply, just the software names will be different.

      As far as your film project goes, is there some reason the two (or more) cameras aren't camcorders recording to tape or SD card? If you don't understand how multicamera films & TV shows are put together & edited, you should read up a bit first.

      Normally the cameras take care of all the recording work (and "slates" are used to mark the start point of each take, for matching later) and the computer is only used later to load all the shots where they can be easily run together and switched back & forth in editing software (simple programs are Windows Movie Maker & iMovie).

      With "live" TV shows or webcasts, the cameras are run into an external video switcher, which selects which camera is "on the air" or recorded (your computer could be the recorder).

      Wikipedia and YouTube have all sorts of detailed info on this topic.

      hope this helps,
      --Dennis C.
       

  10. QUESTION:
    How does home sharing on itunes work?
    On itunes how do i get home sharing to download all that music to my other computer? Is it possible?

    • ANSWER:
      iTunes 9: At Home With Home Sharing

      The Home Sharing feature introduced in iTunes 9 has been a long time coming.

      Of course, there was always the option of sharing your library on your home network. This allowed you to play streaming music from one computer on others via iTunes. It works well enough for what it is, but Home Sharing does that, and much more.
      Share More Media

      First of all, you can share much more than just music between computers. Movies, music videos, and TV shows are all now playable on any machine in your network you authorize via Home Sharing. Authorization is simple, but requires you to have an iTunes account, and to have authorized the computer in question to play media associated with that account. Once that’s done, your Home Share libraries should appear in your source list.

      Clicking on an available library brings up a straightforward list of all the media available on that library. As with Shared Libraries, you can only view Home Shares in list view, not in Grid or Coverflow. It’s inconvenient and unfortunate, but it doesn’t really detract that much from the feature’s usability that much, especially since you can still filter the library via search.

      Copy and Sync

      You can also break down the shared library into categories, just like iTunes’ native library is divided up. Clicking on any item in any category will activate the “Import” button, which allows you to physically copy the item to your current library with a single click.

      To make it easier to find items you don’t already have, there’s a simple drop down menu in the bottom left-hand corner of the media browser window that lets you choose between “All items” and “Items not in my library.” You can also open the “Settings…” dialog to set up automatic transfer of new purchases from one library to another via Home Sharing, ensuring that your content is up to date across all computers.
      One Central Location

      So what is Home Sharing still lacking? How about the big glaring omission: the ability to share content to iPod touches and iPhones on the local network.what’s preventing Apple from allowing to view Home Share playlists in iPhone’s iPod application as well as on other computers. If you’re paying attention, Cupertino, think about working that into iPhone OS 3.2.

      If you were hoping that since Home Sharing requires you to be using one of your five account-authorized computers, you’d be able to access shared libraries on the road, you’ll be disappointed. Only computers on the same Wi-Fi network can see active shares. To get this functionality, and to be able to stream iTunes libraries to your iPhone or iPod touch as mentioned above, check out Simplify Media and its attendant iPhone apps.

      Ideal vision for the future of Home Sharing? Tie it to MobileMe and have an option to keep libraries synced the way you can Address Book and iCal, make it accessible away from home from authorized computers, and introduce mobile device streaming for iPhones and touches. It’s a nice start, but those features would make it a true game-changer.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is there anyway to set up my lap top towards gaming?
    Im running on windows 8 and i was wondering if there were any settings tweaks i could do to make my laptop faster and better for gaming

    here are the specs i pulled online

    3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM processor

    Features a 2.4GHz processor speed with Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz.
    Intel® Core™ i7 processor

    Features 8-way processing for ultimate smart performance. Intel® Turbo Boost Technology delivers extra performance when you need it and increased energy efficiency when you don't.
    8GB DDR3 memory

    For multitasking power.
    Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive

    Create custom DVDs and CDs.
    17.3" WLED high-definition display

    Showcases movies and games in stunning clarity.
    Intel® Wireless Display

    Wirelessly transmits streamed or downloaded movies, TV shows, music, photos and more from your laptop, network or the Internet to your TV (NETGEAR Push2TV adapter required, not included).
    1TB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)

    Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times.
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics

    Feature 2GB dedicated video memory for lush images with intricate detail. HDMI output for connection to an HDTV.
    Built-in high-definition 1.0MP webcam and digital microphone

    Make it easy to video chat with family and friends.
    8-in-1 media reader

    Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, SDXC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick XC, MultiMediaCard and MultiMediaCard Plus formats.
    4 USB 3.0 ports

    Include 1 with Powershare for fast digital video, audio and data transfer.
    Intel® Centrino® Wireless 2230 LAN (802.11b/g/n)

    Connect to the Internet without wires.
    Bluetooth interface

    Easily link with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as a mobile phone or MP3 player.
    Built-in 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN

    For quick and easy wired Web connection.
    Weighs 7.2 lbs. and measures just 0.8" thin

    For portable power.
    Microsoft Windows 8 Home Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled

    Provides a stable platform for word processing, Web navigation, gaming, media storage and more.
    Software package included

    With CyberLink Media Suite Essentials.

    • ANSWER:
      Appears to be a gaming laptop of some sort. My guess is a very expensive Dell as they still use the low end 10/100 ethernet even in some of their more expensive systems.
      You have GT 650M
      http://www.notebookcheck.net/Computer-Games-on-Laptop-Graphic-Cards.13849.0.html

      Game Booster
      used to be freeware and I think now is trialware. It shuts unused processes.
      You can uninstall software you won't use, and get a startup manager software to not start what you don't need. Defrag the HDD, add CCleaner software maybe.

      Laptop gaming never reaches the level of tower PCs, and Lenovo Y580 has GTX 660M which is a little better and was selling it cheaper than your Dell [as I guess], but, it will do what it does. Your gaming should be a little better than NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450, and below NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti.

  12. QUESTION:
    Sony blu ray play automatically turning letterbox into full screen?
    Watching a movie streamed from my computer. When I play it on my computer, it's letterbox, like it should be. When I watched it via my sony bluray player on my sony bravia tv it automatically fills the screen, cutting off the sides. How can I stop this from happening, I tried changing every setting I could find but nothing helped.
    Thanks greg, looked through all the settings on the bluray player and then the TV. Tried everything but can't get it back to it's original state.

    • ANSWER:
      Your TV has a setting to Auto-detect the signal comming in. Sometimes when movies stream the signal might loose some code or it gets compressed and the tv can not decode the signal. You can usually go into the settings and force the tv to display what ever format you want. This may not guarantee the picture stays that way, but that is whats happening

  13. QUESTION:
    How do you configure a laptop to play on to your TV?
    I have an HP Pavillion dv6000 Laptop and I cannot get my wireless internet to play streaming images on to my TV. A friend came over and plugged his laptop into my Tv and no problem. I have a dish sling adaptor at home and play the TV on my computer but would like the larger screen image on TV. I actually get my startup screen from my laptop to appear on TV and even my wallpaper but no live streams. What steps must I take to get this to happen?!?!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, Most computers can connect to an external display for mirrored and extended desktops. While high-definition television sets cannot match the resolution that many dedicated computer monitors are capable of, an HDTV can be a convenient way to view movies and websites on a larger screen. HDTVs typically accept a variety of inputs, and once you've found the correct input to match your output capabilities, connecting the two is as easy as plugging the correct cable in.

      This site has complete information http://www.geekwithlaptop.com/how-to-connect-laptop-to-tv
      These sites have good information how to
      http://www.laptoprepair101.com/laptop/category/hardware-test-utilities/
      http://www.cinemanow.com/pclaptop2.aspx?grpID=0
      http://sewelldirect.com/articles/vga-to-hdmi.aspx
      http://www.bing.com/search?setmkt=en-US&q=vga+to+hdmi+converter
      Determine which video standard to use. VGA and HDMI are the two most common standards used to connect a computer and an HDTV, but not all computers support HDMI output, and some televisions will not accept VGA input at 1080p resolution. Check the technical specifications of your devices to make sure you're using the right cable.

      Connect your video cable to the appropriate ports on your computer and HDTV.

      Tune your HDTV to display either the VGA or HDMI input, depending on which standard you are using.

      Change your display settings to match your desired setup. On a PC, you can accomplish this by right-clicking on your desktop and selecting "Properties." The right-most tab, "Settings," contains options for switching between the computer displays and, if your laptop's video card supports them, extended and mirrored desktop options...Hey, I enjoyed your question, I am a retired computer technician. I hope I have helped you...

      source: CompTIA A+ Certified Computer Professional

  14. QUESTION:
    when i stream netflix videos on to my computer notebook I can view the movie and hear audio on computer speake?
    but when i connect hdmi cable from computer notebook to my hdtv I can only view the movie but no sound comes out of my tv speakers. what is the problem.

    • ANSWER:
      There are 1 or 2 settings in your laptop/notebook to change (depending on your Operating System).

      See... http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&q=change+computer+settings+to+watch+netflix+on+TV&btnG=Search
      (if Y! removes the link, google/search "change computer settings to watch Netflix on TV", and start reading. If you're still stumped, write Clif.Notes at FreewareWiki.com.

      The changing of computer settings can be a headache to the some people, and this is probably why the Xbox (with HDMI) or other Netflix access box is getting to be so popular.

  15. QUESTION:
    how to stream movies from computer to Blue ray DVD player?
    useing LAN (corded)..

    the program i got that iam useing to stream through is VUZE.

    • ANSWER:
      The question is why would you want to? An HD Video card can be had for under (But chances are if you're downloading HD movies on your PC, you've already got one. All you need is to hook up a HDMI or a DVI cable from your computer up to your TV. You then go into your resolution settings and enabled the TV as a secondary display. Get something such as GOM Player or VLC Player and watch the movies from your computer directly on the other TV. The other nice thing about doing it this way is you can browse the net from the comfort of your chair instead of your desk with the use of a wireless keyboard/mouse.

      Now that that is straightened out... VUZE? What a terrible client to get HD anything... If you want to stream stuff, use something fast and secure.

      For 720p: http://www.ninjavideo.net
      For 1080i or 1080p: Newsgroups! I've actually hit 6 megabytes per second on my 50 megabit per second connection. Superfast and best part is you don't have to reseed.

      Another alternative is picking up a HD Video player. You can hook up a memory stick or an external hard drive on it and play whatever you want on your TV. It totally eliminates ever needing to buy a blueray player. They go on special all the time for 0 and they're great.

  16. QUESTION:
    What are the advantages of using optical media (CD's / DVD's) as compared to using hard disk storages?
    The title pretty much says it all, but I do have a follow-up question.
    What are the advantages of buying cd's/dvd's with music or movies, compared to just buying them via online stores like iTunes and then storing them to your hard drive?

    • ANSWER:
      I would say the only real advantage is that if you're not real tech-savvy, CDs and DVDs work in almost every device that can play them. DVDs and CDs also last longer than storing them on a hard disk since most hard disks only last so long and then they fail to spin up or run into other problems. So you invest more money into it.

      With storing them on hard disk - for example - if you use a program to make rips - and then you plug in your external device into something which can read the files - you have to know what types of files your device can and can't read. You have to know the settings in order to achieve the best quality. It becomes a challenge for people who don't know about that stuff.

      I have purchased movies from iTunes which are stored on an external hard drive, and it's 1TB compared to my 200GB computer hard drive. So all I do is set my iTunes to point to my external hard drive to read from, and I have 1TB of storage and can stream to my Apple TV from anywhere in my home as long as my computer and iTunes are running.

      Another problem with digital distribution methods of movies is that you run into DRM which is like a sort of copy protection scheme they encode into digital movies so that you can't redistribute the content. iTunes is notorious for it. There are workarounds, but it's just a whole lot easier to get the hard copy and then make a digital version of it with a ripping program.

      I also use this method to make rips of all the movies I own into a generic MP4/AAC format, which plays on my PS3, my family's Blu Ray player and other similar devices. It's also nice because all my friends have PS3s so when I go over to their place, all I have to do is take my external hard drive instead of hauling my entire DVD/Blu Ray collection and my original discs. AVI is probably a better/more universally recognized container, but especially when you have large files with a lot of information like a Blu Ray rip, the MP4 container can store it all in a smaller package as opposed to AVI. I'd still say AVI is better though because it works on more devices than MP4 at this point.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to connect my wii to my wireless network and then open movie files to watch them only tv?
    I have movie files and photos that I'd like to watch on my tv. Unfortunately my tv does not have inbuilt wifi nor does my DVD player. I was wondering if there is a way to use the wii to access my wireless harddrive. If not I'll suck it up and go buy a new bluray player, but I was kind of hoping for a cheaper option.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't think it can access the wireless drive directly but it can share files on a computer so if your computer can see the drive then maybe....

      But the only way your Wii can do it is if you softmod it and use an app like WiiMC, http://www.wiimc.org/about/ .I use the smb share to stream content from my computer to my Wii

      The only things special about my setup are:
      I have a password protected account on my computer just for smb (don't think I needed the password for Wii setup but original XBOX needed it). I also set the auto login to regular (non-password) account so I never see the welcome screen (control userpasswords2 from the run box) and I never login into the smb account.
      In my router setup I use DHCP to assign IP addresses starting at 192.168.0.200 but use a static IP for my computer of 192.168.0.106 so it never changes and programs can save the IP address in their settings (also good for port forwarding on torrents)

      As far as BluRay players go, I like my Samsung. While I haven't tried to stream files from my computer (think I read it can do it), I can plug my WD My Book USB 2.0 in and play any type of file I have avi, divix, mpeg, mkv, mp4...
      I usually just plug directly into my TV but it does work with my BluRay player also (both are Samsung 3D)

  18. QUESTION:
    How does an Apple TV work and what accessories do you need to make it work?

    • ANSWER:
      The Apple TV connects to your network (wired or wireless) in order to download movies (for purchase and/or rental), TV shows, music, YouTube, Flickr, and Podcasts from the internet, and sync/stream content with your computer via iTunes.

      If iTunes is running on a powered-up computer, Apple TV will display the iTunes content in its menus seamlessly and it will sync content per your settings when it's not busy.

      Beyond the obvious need for a computer and TV, you'll also need either an HDMI or component video cable, since one is not included with the Apple TV (make sure you have component or HDMI on your TV!).

      If you want to use an iPhone or iPod Touch as a wireless remote, Apple's "Remote" app helps, but you don't necessarily need one to utilize the unit's capabilities.

      For an overview, including demo videos, explore here:
      http://www.apple.com/appletv/whatson/movies.html

  19. QUESTION:
    Problem playing burned dvds on another computer?
    I own a Toshiba L355 Satellite laptop and burn alot of movies from torrents. The problem is that although I can play these DVDs on my computer, they will not play on others. Even a friends Toshiba L455 will not recognize the data on the disc. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on what format your films were originally,Say avi, mp4, I use ConvertXtoDVD (formerly DivXtoDVD) is a software to convert and burn your videos to DVD. With ConvertXtoDVD and in a few clicks you can backup your movies to DVD playable on any home DVD player.
      ConvertXtoDVD supports most popular format such Xvid, MOV, VOB, Mpeg, Mpeg4, MP4, AVI, WMV, DV and stream formats. It converts your files into a compliant DVD Video set of files and burns it on a DVD media.
      The aspect ratio can be automatically selected or forced to a specific format. The program works for NTSC and PAL video formats and creates chapters automatically. Multiple audio tracks are supported. Version 2 uses a completely rewritten interface with subtitles support and a lot of new settings.

      FEATURES:
      • Video formats supported: avi, divx, xvid, mov, mkv, flv, mpeg-1, mpeg2-, mpeg-4, nsv, dvr-ms, tivo, ts, ifo, vob, asf, wmv, realmedia, rm, rmvb, ogm, existing files from digital camcorders, TV/Sat, capture cards, etc. No external codecs needed like avi codec download
      • Create DVD menus with different templates available, possibility to add background video, image or audio, have chapter and audio/subtitle menus
      • Conversion advisor wizard, control of the conversion speed vs. quality
      • Fast and quality encoder, typically less than 1 hour for converting 1 movie, and supports Multi-Core processors!
      • Included burning engine with burn speed control choice of SAO or packet writing methods, supports all DVD formats
      • Custom and or automatic chapter creation with markers and preview window
      • Advanced file merging possibilities
      • Audio formats supported internal and external: AC3, DTS, PCM, OGG, MP3, WMA and more...
      • Subtitles files supported internal and external: SRT, .SUB/IDX, .SSA with color and font selection, and supports tags like italic, bold
      • Video output for video standard (NTSC, PAL), TV Screen (Widescreen 16:9, Fullscreen 4:3) and DVD Resolution (Full D1, Boradcast D1, Half D1, SIF), or choose automatic for all choices listed above. Also convert video from NTSC to PAL or PAL to NTSC
      • Video post processing settings like video resize-pad/cropping and de-interlacing options
      • Multilingual support
      • Optimized for Windows 2000 / XP / Vista

      You should be able to download it from a torrent site,I did,Best ive found can put 3 movies on I disk,Give it a go, its fast as well,takes about an hour,On my pc.
      If you are a member of Darkside rg you can get it here : http://94.75.224.58/forums/index.php?showtopic=109670

  20. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to watch movies from my pc on my television?
    I know u can watch tv on a pc, but is there a way for me to watch the videos I'm streaming on my pc on my television? Anyone know how please advise.

    Thanks in advance.
    Okay thanks...great info and solutions but is there anyway to do this same thing from a desktop computer?

    • ANSWER:
      Does your Video Card have a Yellow RCA connector on it?

      Does your Audio Card have a 1/8 inch stereo output connector on it?

      Does your TV have Video (yellow) and Audio Inputs (White and Red for Left and Right respectively) ?

      If the answer to all of these is yes what you need is a three cable RCA video and audio cable (yellow, white and red) found in most department, electronics and hardware stores often called an AV cable. And you need a 1/8 inch stereo male plug to dual RCA jack adapter found in many electronics stores or electronics departments of department stores. The audio card connects to the 1/8 inch end of the adapter and the white and red connect to the other end. The yellow on the same end of the cable connects to the RCA jack on your video card. And the other end of the cable connects to your TV.

      Then you enable the second monitor in Windows if using Windows 95/98/2000/XP. You might have to reboot the computer while the TV is on for the computer to recognize the connection. And you might have to change settings for the video card in Control Panel.

      Not sure how to do this with a Mac or with Mac hardware. Ask in the computer section of Yahoo Answers.

  21. QUESTION:
    How to connect Logitech Z-506 speakers to LCD tv (for PS3 & 360) using optical cable?
    i want to connect these speakers to my Samsung LCD tv for use with my PS3 and 360. i have them all connected to the sub woofer and what not but i cant get any sound out of them.

    • ANSWER:
      I have no clue what your setup is but if you attach your sound system to optical output of the tv and change the audio output settings on your tv to either raw or dolby digital, you will have all the sound of anything thats going to your tv going through the speakers. The problem I see after checking out your speakers is that they aren't really home theater speakers....its a really basic computer speaker unit and it doesn't look like surround sound....its just stereo through a bunch of speakers or analog surround through a bunch of headphone cables from your computer. If you want to use the digital optical audio output of your tv you need a receiver to decode the digital audio stream....I just don't see you enjoying the the dolby digital sound of your games any time soon with your setup. Im not even familiar with any transformers to change the optical signal into the inputs on your unit. I really wish I could give you some good news but a lot of people discover after buying these speaker systems on inpulse, that theres a reason actual home audio system cost much more than 100 dollars. Logitech units usually have very limited compatibility in the digital world. This unit doesnt work with decade old cables and formats like optical and coaxial audio let alone the hdmi based lossless audio formats of todays games and movies. I know you probably could not care any less about this but since you asked how to connect these speakers to optical. I'm inclined to tell you its not going to happen. If you just want regular old school playstation 1 sound you can just use the red and white stereo inputs on your unit. SORRY

  22. QUESTION:
    How fast does your internet have to be to watch videos in 1080pHD?

    • ANSWER:
      You would be able to watch a video streaming in 1080p with a connection as slow as 5mbps. I would recommend 10mbps but 5-7 would be just fine. This of course depends on the streamer's computer and server and his connection grade. I mean if hi is streaming via 3 or 4g and has to go to a tower to a satellite or 3 then back down to a tower and then finally to the ISP and then all the way back the ping would be over 2 or 300ms and that would affect the stream's quality. If however he has 10mbps upload a ping of 10ms and an extremely fast computer then the stream would be perfect and would then depend on the server that is hosting the stream. Some streaming sites such as justin dot tv don't allow that much bandwidth( aka throttling/capping ) and the best that comes through is around 720p. Your graphic card would also need to be able to display that amount of content as well. Some sites allow quality settings to be changed for lower end gfx cards but there is nothing one can do for a slow internet connection other that upgrade to a faster connection and it is best to use a cable based high speed connection as opposed to a satellite or cellular tower based connection. If you are talking about how long would it take for the file( a 2 hour 1080p movie ) to download then it's best to have a 25mbps or better download speed. That would take maybe an hour. However I think you're talking about watching streaming vids.

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I create DVDs from a mini DV?
    I connect my camcorder to the PC via the USB cable. I have used Windows Movie Maker, Nero, and Ulead 9.0 (the software bundled with the camera, whose tech support is absolutely horrible), and have used AVI format to capture, then MPeg-2 to burn to disc, but the results are the same! They always come out either fuzzy, pixelated, choppy, or just plain bad... Help!!!!!
    Turns out I needed more memory to make a decent-looking final product without spending 00 on a professional program!

    • ANSWER:
      Does the video look the same on your TV from DVD playback as it does on your computer monitor? The "look" could simply be caused by your video card if it's chipset is not powerful enough or doesn't have enough RAM. Upgrading the video driver might help, or the video card itself, if that's the problem.

      It would not make sense that Ulead would be destructive to the video since it works with AVI natively, and gives you output to DVD in a single environment/application. If the playback of your video looks bad on a TV from a DVD player, have you made sure that the MPEG output quality settings of the Ulead program (resolution, bitrate, size, etc.) are set to high, or "DVD", and not for VCD, sharing or streaming? I have not used Ulead, but have seen some applications that require you "save" your settings once you've made changes, otherwise it will revert back to it's default settings and leave the user wondering why the quality didn't change.

      Also realize that bundled software (depending on what you paid for the product) usually comes in a limited version and therefore has features, sometimes very important ones, missing. Have you noticed if the app gives you higher quality settings on mpeg2 output? If it doesn't give you at least 720x480 resolution with a bitrate of 6000Kbits/sec, then that could also be the problem.

      Not knowing your hardware and software configuration makes troubleshooting pretty difficult beyond that.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is a router and can it help me?
    I got a laptop over the holidays and really enjoy it, but the problem is that we don't have wifi in my house. We do, however, have a desktop computer with lines that run internet to it.

    It is my understanding that a router can take the internet we already have and turn it into a wireless (wifi) signal? I'm confused. Is that how it works? Because we already pay for internet monthly, we just don't have wifi.

    Help please.
    Thank you! So the desktop PC can still receive internet, correct? Sorry if I sound idiotic, I just want to make sure.
    Or would I have to buy a wireless card for the desktop?

    • ANSWER:
      A router connects two separate networks and manage the traffic between them.

      A wireless router enables you to provide wireless (WiFi) Internet access to all of your WiFi enabled devices such as laptops, game consoles, cell phones and tablets, Streaming devices such as Roku boxes and Internet enabled TV and sound devices, etc.

      In most home network applications the router connects your local group of computers and devices known as the LAN with the Internet, commonly called the WAN or Wide Area Network.

      CONNECTING THE ROUTER:

      The DSL, Cable Modem or other Internet source connects to the router's port labeled WAN or Internet.

      There are usually 4 LAN ports on the router to connect devices via Ethernet cables (such as your desktop PC).

      Once you have the wireless configuration setup you can connect devices via WiFi. (such as your laptop)

      Wireless routers are fairly inexpensive. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=wireless+router&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Awireless+router

      As far as the brand goes, the brand is not as important as the model. Some manufacturers release a good model but the next is crap. I would look at the Amazon reviews of models that interest you. Even if you don't buy from Amazon the reviews will tell you a lot about which models to avoid. Look for at least 15 or more reviews with a 4 star or better rating. Read a few and see if they sound like the particular model will work for your application.

      Wireless connections require security configuration to prevent anyone with a WiFi in range of your router from connecting to your network. They could do malicious deeds, such as hack into your network, or just leech off of your Internet bandwidth.

      Wireless setup is not too difficult, Just follow the instructions in the router manual or wizard set up program. If you're having problems either pay someone to set it up for you or find a knowledgeable friend to configure it. Once the wireless network settings are configured it's a fairly trouble-free system.

      FYI:

      A fast wireless router does not make your Internet faster.

      Remember that a router connects two separate networks and manage the traffic between them.

      In most home network applications the router connects your local group of computers and devices known as the LAN with the Internet, commonly called the WAN or Wide Area Network.

      Your WAN speed is determined by your ISP and is measured in Mbps (Millions of bits per second).

      For example if you pay for a 3 Mbps DSL Internet connection, you will get 3 Mbps.

      No router will change your 3 Mbps Internet speed.

      This Internet connection bandwidth is shared by your entire LAN via your router.

      For example if you have a 3 Mbps DSL plan and one user is utilizing 2.5 Mbps of the bandwidth to stream a Netflix movie that only leaves 0.5 Mbps for all of the rest of the users on the LAN.

      Fast routers are designed to stream large files on your LAN quickly. The high speed routers permit fast transfer of files between devices connected to your LAN, however WAN speed is still limited by your ISP.

      Good Luck...

  25. QUESTION:
    Can i put movies that i have already downloaded from itunes (on my laptop) onto apple tv?
    im thinking of buying apple tv, but i have about 300 pounds worth of movies and tv series already downloaded from itunes on my laptop - can i transfer them onto apple tv when i buy it ?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on what you mean by "transfer". The way Apple TV works is that it syncs with iTunes based on your preferences (for instance, I have mine set to sync the last 5 movies I purchased, all my music, and the first unwatched episode of my TV shows).

      Your content will be "transferred" to the Apple TV so you can watch it when your computer is turned off, but if you're wondering whether or not you can then delete the movies from your computer's iTunes library, the answer is "no". Doing so will cause the Apple TV sync to also remove the movies from your Apple TV.

      The common solution, if you're running out of hard drive space, is to buy a NAS or external hard drive, and change your iTunes settings to save to the new disk.

      Lastly, it's important to note that even if your content isn't synced to the Apple TV's hard drive, the Apple TV can still play it. If your computer is on and iTunes is open, your content will show up on the Apple TV menus, and be streamed over your wireless network seamlessly.

  26. QUESTION:
    Why does my computer screen blink?
    Whenever I go into fullscreen to watch a video or TV show, movie, etc. the screen does this weird blinking thing. It's the 2nd Macbook Air. I guess it doesn't really blink but it's like the brightness just varies and it's more of a flashing thing, like going back and forth between two or three different brightness settings.

    • ANSWER:
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  27. QUESTION:
    How can i upload my own DVDs to my iTouch?
    I want to put my DVDs on my touch w/out buying them frm the iTune store...i tried the cucosoft convertor but it leaves a watermark unless u buy it 4 like 30 dollars...r there any convertors that i can download 4 free that also can work around a copywrite on the DVD???

    • ANSWER:
      Edit: I removed #7 since i realize that sometimes i doensn't work. This tutorial should work fine now.

      Yes you can! Here is my full tutorial.
      This entire process if free. I know it sounds complicated but trust me it's not!.
      Download DVD decrypter which is Free
      http://www.dvddecrypter.org.uk/
      Install it. When it is done installing open it. If you are on Windows Vista, BE SURE TO RIGHT CLICK IT AND PRESS RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR.

      1. Open up DVD Decrypter and insert your DVD If a region warning pops up just press ok
      2. In DVD Decrypter click the Mode tab and click IFO.
      3. After that, click the Tools tab and click Settings.
      4. Under settings, click the IFO Mode tab.
      5. In the IFO Mode tab go to File Splitting and press none.
      6. Press OK and you're brought back to the program.
      8. Go to the tab right next to Input - the tab called Stream Processing. Check the box that says Enable Stream Processing, then select the video type, language, and the subtitle you want (if you want to use subtitles).
      9. Select where you want DVD Decrypter to rip your DVD under Destination.If you decide not to do this step, the file is usually found in your C: drive. Go to my computer and click on the C: drive. Your movie should be in a folder in all caps with underscores. (ie A_NEW_HOPE)
      10. Press Decrypt.
      Once you finish ripping find the decrypted DVD. It should be a .VOB file.

      Now download EncodeHD which is the best free video converter. http://dcunningham.net/encodehd/

      1. Open up Encode HD.
      2. Drag the .vob file into the program. If you ripped tv shows, select all the .vob files you ripped.
      3. On the top left select the preset named iPod Touch.
      4. Check specify folder output and select where you want the converted file to go to. If you don't check this, the file will be in the folder as the original .vob file.
      5. Click start
      6. Once it's done, locate the file and drag it into iTunes.
      7. Sync Away!

      If for some reason the audio doesn't match up to the video, you will have to decrypt the DVD again and convert it again.

      This entire process will take about 40 - 50 minutes.

  28. QUESTION:
    Why is my blueray streaming netflix choppy?
    My blue ray player is new and streaming videos looks very choppy. There are tracers if the characters in the movies move too fast as well. It doesn't look horrible, but it is very annoying. Netflix on my computer looks great, but not so much on my tv now. I have the blueray hard wired into my modem. Any suggestions? We've tried messing with some of the settings to see if that is it and we just can't figure out what would be causing this.... help please..

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like your doing everything correct. It could be your internet speed or modem. Try resetting the modem by unplugging it and then check your speed at this site. It has to be at least 2-3 mbps to operate. The higher the better.

      http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/

  29. QUESTION:
    Should I get a DVD player installed in my new car (for the kids) or get an ipad?
    I have two kids and they like to watch movies on long car trips. I am debating whether to get a flip-down DVD player installed in the back seat or to invest in an ipad. I plan on having the car for 6-7 years. Will DVD's be a thing of the past by then? Can I get wireless headphones for the ipad?

    • ANSWER:
      I have used both flip-down DVD players and my iPad on car rides, and there are a lot of pros and cons to each. I'll list many of them here.

      DVD Player Pros:

      -They're usually less expensive, for one thing. Most are from -0, while the iPad ranges from 9-9 (depending on storage size and whether it has AT&T's 3G service or not).

      -If you have an extensive DVD collection already and get a DVD player, then you don't have to get or set up anything else in order to see your movies- pop in your DVD and press play!

      -DVD players are probably pretty durable in the hands of little kids because many DVD players (at least the ones that I've used) are made of hard metal or plastic (depends on the device though).

      -DVD players are also pretty lightweight and portable (again, depends on the device).

      DVD Player Cons:

      -If the car trip is more than two hours long, you would need to bring more than one DVD, and DVDs can get scratched, broken, and take up a lot of space when in their cases.

      -Watching movies is the only thing that a DVD player can do.

      -Speaking from my experience only, many DVD players don't usually have a terrific battery life (a few hours).

      -And they obviously have very small screens.

      iPad Pros:

      -The iPad wins hands down on screen size. Its dimensions are 9.56 by 7.47 inches, delivering an incredible HD viewing experience when you see the video in landscape mode.

      -The iPad has what's known as in-plane switching technology, which gives it a wide viewing angle so that everybody in the back seat can see the movie- no more shouldering to get a better look at a movie on a tiny screen.

      -You can buy multiple movies and TV shows from iTunes for .99-.99 each (or rent them for 30 days for about [FAQ-ANSWER].99-.99 each) and download them directly onto your iPad (either by moving them from iTunes on your computer to the iPad, or directly from the built-in iPad iTunes app), and the iPad will hold them all easily, unlike a DVD player, which can only read one physical DVD disc at a time.

      -There are many iPad apps that view videos too, ranging from the ABC Player (shows you recent episodes of ABC shows for free) to Hulu Plus (shows you 2,000+ episodes of many TV series for /month) to Netflix for iPad (allows you to stream thousands of movies on your iPad with a Netflix subscription, which costs anywhere from .00-.00/month, depending on your plan)

      -There are also plenty of other options for non-video entertainment on an iPad once the movies are done; unlike a DVD player, you can play incredible HD games (many of them are free), read children's books on e-reader apps like Amazon's Kindle and Apple's iBooks or interactive one book apps such as Alice for iPad, and, of course, listen to iPod music, just to name a few.

      -And the most important pro is that the iPad has a claimed battery life of up to 10 hours without charging, even with videos playing, so it won't die on you in the middle of the car ride (although I've seen it last for closer to 12 hours).

      iPad Cons:

      -The iPad is a little heavier than a DVD player, at about 1.5 pounds (this might cause your kids' arms to get tired, but you can prop it up with Apple's iPad case).

      -The iPad easily reflects direct sunlight and gets VERY smudgy from fingerprints after a while.

      -Because it has a backlit screen, the iPad may give your kids eye strain if they view it for too long (although you can turn down the brightness in Settings -> Wallpaper and Brightness).

      -It is slippery and its screen or titanium back can scratch or even break from a drop.

      -If your kids want to watch the third party video apps or surf the web in the car, you would need the iPad Wi-Fi & 3G, which is more expensive and comes with a hefty AT&T plan of -/month for 150 MB-2 GB of data.

      Unfortunately, there are no wireless headphones for the iPad that I know of, and even if they worked using the iPad's Bluetooth, I wouldn't know how they would work or what you would need them for.

      And don't worry, DVDs don't seem to be in any danger of going out of style any time soon (if anything, they face a threat from Blu-Ray discs.)

  30. QUESTION:
    What practical use does the iPad have?
    Am i the only one that thinks the iPad is kinda dumb? It's an awkward size, so anyone walking by could see what you were looking at (not like it be anything bad haha), travel isn't the greastest, and a macbook air seems very similar to it, just it folds, and doesn't have a touch screen. can you tell me what the practical use of this thing is?

    • ANSWER:
      2 Million iPad sold in 60 days in US.

      Every 4th student in Harvard University carries iPad.

      All the software giant like SAP, Oracle ,intuit gave support to iPad.University of Cornell and many other sell iPad in their on campus book stores.

      iPad is super light battery lasts over 15 hours , it doesn't get hot ,still it does every thing that a regular user would do on computer in addition to that, it does many things that a computer does clumsily like running SAP GUI. If you buy a PC for 400-500 ,it will heavy, battery will last not more than 5 hours , it will get hot and it runs SAP GUI super slow.

      Not only that you need to install loads of anti virus,anti spyware and that will make it further slow.

      Then you gotta buy MS Office for around 0 , actually you are spending 0 and what are you getting? A heavy ,ugly looking slow machine.(I am not talking about MacBbook or high end PC that costs over 0)

      iPad :: install iWork which is Mac version of MS Office and totally compatible to MS Office for just .

      No need of any anti virus,spyware.

      Buy Apple case and Camera kit for just

      So in 0, you are getting machine which is elegant , blazing fast and plays all TV shows online for Free legally.A machine that lets you create word document and presentation in easier and faster way.

      The time, PC takes to boot, is enough for an iPad to finish many jobs.Uploads of files to WebDAV is super fast. PC should die out of shame.

      It doesn't support flash that's the biggest advantage. You won't get any ad banners, you will watch only movie without any disturbance.

      People talk about power but they don't know iPad doesn't have clutters and unwanted age old features so 1GB A4 chip is good enough. Mostly on iPad software/Apps are cached. CPU doesn't carry entire load. It takes load of only part of it rest is tackled by cloud which has immense space.
      This is new technology that Apple and Android are using.

      Gone are the days when people used to download movies using Limewire and store on the hard disk. iPad streams movies from website and Netflix too.
      And if you want keep movies on device , store on the cloud.

      iPad has one tap settings for WebDAV servers and cloud.

      DropBox,Box.net all give huge space for free to all iPad users.

      But it's good that you are laughing because whenever people like you laugh that device become huge success.

      People like you laughed when iMac was first introduced and it didn't have Floppy Drive. Now floppy is buried forever and iMac reached to pinnacle of success.

      Again some people spit venom on iPhone and iPod Touch, their success became historic.

      Apple is not giving more two to one person because demand is so great that it's hard to cope up with.

      2 million unit sold in 60 days that's incredible.

      So keep on laughing,that's a good luck charm for Apple.

      And yes cry over flash because it's dead. Netflix,Abc Player , Fox all supported iPad and streams video on iPad without flash. Hulu is coming in December.TV.com is already out and play video content.National Geographic Channel,MSNBC.com,BBC,TED,TheOnion,Peopl,Times all plays video content on iPad.

  31. QUESTION:
    I am trying to download a family DVD to you tube. Can you download from DVD or does it have to be saved?
    If it needs to be saved on computer, how do I do that. I have tried but it isnt working, Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      First you need to rip the DVD onto your hard drive.

      Software You Will Need
      -----------------------------------
      AutoGK: http://www.free-codecs.com/download/AutoGK.htm
      DVDShrink: http://www.softpedia.com/get/CD-DVD-Tools/CD-DVD-Rip-Other-Tools/DVD-Shrink.shtml

      Put in a DVD and launch DVD Decrypter. Choose IFO (Information File) mode.

      Now make sure you’ve selected a destination for your files.

      Now you need to find which program chain to rip (PGC). Pick the one that’s the longest, or in the case of a TV dvd, the episode you want to rip:
      Everything’s set up. Just click the green arrow and wait about twenty minutes, after which you will have a set of files which look like this:

      VTS_01_0.IFO
      VTS_01_PGC_07 - Stream Information.txt
      VTS_01_PGC_07_1.VOB

      The whole ripping process shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes.

      Step 2: ENCODE

      Launch AutoGK and select the first .vob that you just ripped as an input file, and set an output file name:

      Now you need to select audio (choose the first one) and subtitles, if any.

      If you’re ripping a TV, set the preferred size to 350MB, if you’re ripping a movie, choose either 700MB or 1400MB, depending on your preference.

      Finally, click on advanced settings and choose MP3 VBR 128kbs.

      Then click “add job” and “start.”

  32. QUESTION:
    Can I display my laptop picture on my t.v? Its a Toshiba Satellite?
    We just signed up for Netflix, which has free movie streaming to your pc, and our t.v. had a PC jack on it. I want to know if its possible to somehow hook up my laptop to show the picure and sound on my t.v. It's a little more comfortable than trying to watch a movie on my 15" screen. If its possible, how do I do it?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the ports you have on your computer and on your TV. Check what kinds you have on your laptop.

      The four main types are (in increasing quality):
      1. S-Video [2 types: 4Pin as in picture|7Pin]
      Port: http://www.coloredhome.com/video/s-video_PC.JPG
      Cord: http://akamaipix.crutchfield.com/graphics/infolib/homelib/hSVideoConnector.jpg
      2. VGA
      Port: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cc/VGA_port.jpg
      Cord: http://www.thisishowyoudoit.com/blogimages/VGA-port-male.jpg
      3. DVI
      Port: http://vocaro.com/trevor/blog/wp-content/uploads/2006/10/_support_mac101_connect_images_connect01-6.jpg
      Cord: http://www.tech-faq.com/dvi-hdtv-connector.jpg
      4. HDMI - also transfers sound signal
      Port: http://media.bestofmicro.com/,2-3-49323-3.jpg
      Cord: http://www.k1cable.com/images/hdmi_000.jpg

      All of these do the same thing: The laptop sends the video information through the Port and the Cord. Your TV Recieves that information in its port. Numbers 1 to 3 do not transfer sound, so you will need a separate adapter for your headphone to TV Audio. #4 HDMI transfers both sound and audio data, so you won't need a separate cable for sound.

      Check if your TV has corresponding ports. If not, you can buy adapters. This is an example of a VGA to RCA(Red/White/Yellow analog cables) and S-Video

      http://img.alibaba.com/photo/52306528/VGA_to_TV_Converter_S_Video_Cable_RCA_OUT_Cable_Adapter.jpg

      --

      A tip: don't use S-video. The quality is TERRIBLE. I tried it on a few TVs already, and I could not read any text on the TV screen. Try to use a VGA to RCA adapter.

      Just plug them in, go to your video settings and set your computer to allow the TV as a secondary screen, and tune your TV to the right video channel.

  33. QUESTION:
    What's the best digital camcorder under 0?
    I'm on a budget what do you recommend? Is this a reasonable price range, if not what is? I want good quality but I'm only going to be doing casual home movies.

    Thanks and links would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      The question is actually... what do I want to do with it... and what features do you want? Ebay has great finds if you consider taking your time and looking...

      Suggest you consider the folloiwng features:

      1. if you want a camera which does everything for you or if you want control of the features and settings. If you want to control all the features and end up with a camera which does everything for you... that is not a great match.
      2. consider what subjects you are going to be filming... some camcorders do great at the beach lighting... others don't -- some do great at Anut Tilly's dinner table [low light] others dont.
      3. consider if you want DV tape, hard drive, DVD, etc... I strongly suggest using a DV tape... the other two are some what limiting in terms of storage time on a hard drive [what happens on the week long vacation and you fill up the hard drive mid way through?] -- Also, at the end, you have a storage cassette of your work... just put it away and get a new tape... no fuss no muss... unlike the hard drive.
      4. Consider what you can connect to on your computer... if you have firewire connection [if you don't, I highly recommed you do get one] -- or if you have a USB2 or USB1 connection.
      5. Consider what type of computer you have... some only connect to Windows box... so if you have only Linux, Mac, etc... consider this aspect.
      6. Consider what quality you want... if you want to pay extra for the 3CCD or if you want HD features in the video you shoot. [If streaming on the Internet... HD is lost... but 3 CCD comes in handy] -- if you only watch on an old TV HD / 3 CCD is lost...
      7. Consider your experience... if you are just starting out and want to learn what you are doing... get a cheaper camera until you have a sense of what you are doing and then ebay it and get a better camera.

      Good luck.

  34. QUESTION:
    Can I stream movies from my laptop when it's closed?
    I stream TV shows, movies and stuff from my macbook to my PS3 alot. But it wont work if it's closed. Is there something I can download (or is there a setting) that lets me do it when shut. Thank You
    So i have a mac, and i can't find the setting

    • ANSWER:
      uhh... i know the answer for a pc but it should be the same. In a windows computer you can set the settings to not do anything when you close the lid ( its always on) So sorry to say i've never used a mac before but i think that if you look how to control the power settings on there there should be an option for that.

  35. QUESTION:
    Question about Netflix instant streaming?
    Is there anything I can do about the picture being blurry sometimes on my computer? And can I change the size of how big the video is? Without using full screen the video is too big (height wise not length wise). I don't have this problem with firefox (which I would like to get the font and screen bigger though on firefox.

    • ANSWER:
      If your video is blurry, your Internet connection probably isn't fast enough. You need a high speed Internet connection of at least 1.5 Mbps to stream instant Netflix movies in standard definition.

      If you're having trouble watching Netflix movies and TV in Internet Explorer, you may need to fix your settings. Click "Tools" and "Internet Options," then click the "Advanced" tab and click "Reset." You may also experience an improvement if you delete your browsing history, which you can access from the "General" tab in Internet Options.

  36. QUESTION:
    What is a better Blu-Ray player? PS3 or Sony S360?
    Hi all.

    I'd like a little advice on which is a better Blu-Ray player. I currently have the original Sony PS3 which I mainly use for the Blu-Ray. I think overall the picture is good although sometimes the picture in dark scenes can not be so great.
    So I want to upgrade but budget is an issue. Is the Sony S360 better than the PS3 or are they very similar in picture quality & sound?

    Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      I think it would be a complete waste of money for you to go out and buy another Sony manufactured Blu-ray player when you already have the best Blu-ray player available - the PS3. Those standalone Blu-ray players made by Sony are just for people who can't afford the price of a PS3. They have exactly the same Blu-ray drive inside them and they also have the disadvantage of not being able or easy to update the firmware when Sony or the consortium improves the standard (say to 1.4 HDMI). If you don't think the display quality is good enough then check your PS3 display settings and your TV settings until you get the display correct - in particular i would turn off all flat-panel fancy display settings (things like "cinema mode" etc.) which usually make a mess of the clean original picture. I assume you are using a HDMI connection - if not - use it. Don't waste money on expensive cables - they make no difference to digital signal. There are many test displays/charts you can display to tweak settings - I recently saw a good one in the latest Need for Speed game.

      update: PlayStation 3 Firmware Update 2.30 Brings DTS-HD Master Audio

      Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced that the next system software update for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) system, slated for release next week, will add DTS-HD Master Audio™ and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, enabling consumers to enjoy Blu-ray movies with studio-quality, high-definition audio. The technologies, from DTS, Inc. (NASDAQ: DTSI), provide PS3 users with the complete high-definition Blu-ray movie experience, matching the format's crisp visuals with rich, lifelike sound. In addition to the new audio capabilities, the free system software update (v. 2.30) will allow PS3 owners to access the revamped PLAYSTATION®Store, as previously announced.
      DTS-HD Master Audio brings Blu-ray movies on PS3 to life, delivering everything from explosive sound effects to intricate orchestral scores with pure, high-quality audio that is bit-for-bit identical to the original studio master. DTS-HD Master Audio has the capacity to deliver audio at the incredibly high variable rate of 24.5 mega-bits per second (Mbps) on Blu-ray disc, a rate significantly higher than standard DVDs. DTS-HD Master Audio also offers 7.1 audio channels at 96k sampling frequency/24 bit depths. More than 100 Blu-ray movies and concert videos featuring premium DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks are available.

      Additionally, the DTS-HD High Resolution Audio codec allows content creators to deliver uncompromised, high-definition audio on Blu-ray, while requiring less disc space than DTS-HD Master Audio. DTS-HD High Resolution Audio streams audio at a high constant bit rate of 6.0 Mbps on Blu-ray discs, and is also capable of up to 7.1 audio channels at 96k sampling frequency/24 bit depth resolution, thereby producing outstanding sound quality.

  37. QUESTION:
    Why doesn't my HDMI cable transmit sound?
    I'm using my laptop to stream movies onto my Sony HDTV. The TV is top of the line as is the laptop. I'm running Vista Business.

    The video transfers fine but I am only getting audio out of my laptop speakers. Am I missing a setting in my output? I'm using mobility to access the output settings...

    Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      There is nothing wrong with the cable. Lets start eliminating what could be the problem and then work on a solution. Just FYI there are no bugs with an HDMI cable. It is like having a bug with an electrical cable (it does not exist).

      A few things you will need before we start the process of elimination:

      1. Head phones
      2. Patience (seriously - these things can be frustrating.)

      Simple solution: check the volume on the computer - not the volume on the streaming movie. It may be too low for the television to pick it up.

      Now, does the audio play on the laptop when you are watching the movie? If so, we know it has nothing to do with movie itself. Now plug in the headphones - do you hear it through the headphones? If so, we know the computer does not need manual redirection of audio.

      If not, the problem is the television or the program streaming the video.

      Now check the settings of the software streaming the video. It may need direction where to send the audio. Find the audio settings and your are looking for things like Audio Out, Digital Audio, etc. You will need to direct it to HDMI.

      If you have found the audio settings and change them and it still does not work, lets try the television.

      Go to the audio settings on the sony. Change it to read the HDMI input your laptop is plugged into. I have seen this happen and I cannot tell you why, but turn off the Sony and turn it back on with the settings changed. For some odd reason Sony television are like computers that need to reboot for updates to take place.

      If that does not work. Go to our website and send an email asking them to forward the email to the lead tech. I will email back and forth with you to try to figure it out.

  38. QUESTION:
    how do you eliminate artifacting, pixelization or choppy colored blocks in a HD Television?

    • ANSWER:
      There could be a number of reasons why you're getting those artifacts and blocks, and it's not always about the connections you use.

      One would be your TV itself--this is particularly a problem with cheaper or older LCD TV sets; their response times are just not suited for fast-motion video.

      Another is the signal that's going into the TV. While, yes, your connection and output settings do matter to some degree, an improper output setting (like setting your receiver to output 480p instead of 1080i) would NOTcause artifacting and pixelization, but rather a softer, less detailed picture.

      If we're talking dish, digital cable, and over-the-air digital broadcasts, then you have to keep in mind that we're dealing in the digital realm--your picture is built from streams of data going to your box/receiver then to your TV. There's a finite amount of bandwidth that's used, so the signals are often compressed to save bandwidth, and that unavoidably shows up on the TV. It's also possible that the incoming signal is affected--your cable may be faulty, your dish may not be aligned right, or your rabbit ears may need repositioning.

      When we're talking DVD's, then there are two factors to look at--the DVD player, and the DVD itself. Remember that these gizmos are really just dedicated computers, and some computers just have better hardware; so some DVD players process the information from the DVD better than others, and a big-screen HDTV would make any deficiencies more obvious--a picture from a Cyberhome will simply not look as good as a 0 Samsung. And again, while connections do matter--an HDMI connection is better than a component connection is better than an S-Video connection is better than a composite connection--they have little to do with the artifacting problem you mention.

      The problem could also lie with the DVD itself. Again, it's about video being digital data; there's a limited amount of space on DVD's, and some DVD's devote less space to the film in favor of extras and special features; other DVD's--cheapies, indies, and whatnot--are released as single-layer DVD's, which hold only about half as much data as the dual-layer format most commercial releases come in. So, like with the digital data from dish or cable or over-the-air-digital signals, the picture is compressed to fit the DVD, and the compression will be more evident on a big-screen HDTV.

      So in many of the cases above, there's little one can do other than upgrade--if it's an issue with a TV, you'll have to consider getting a new one. If it's your Dish service, you may have to consider trying out cable to see if it provides a better signal. If it's your DVD player, you may have to shop around for a better one. If it's your DVD, perhaps there's a better version available (some movies are available in "Superbit" DVD's, which devote nearly all of their data space to the movie itself and include no extras or fancy menus).

  39. QUESTION:
    How do you save a DVD to your computer?

    • ANSWER:
      You’ll first need to download DVD decrypter [http://www.mrbass.org/dvdrip/]and auto gordian knot (autogk)[http://www.free-codecs.com/download/AutoGK.htm]. DVD decrypter allows you to rip the raw DVD video and audio data off of your disk drive, decrypt the CSS protection, and finally remove any other protection schemes, such as Macrovision. AutoGK is a package of codecs and a GUI interface that will take the raw DVD data through an AV processing pipeline to produce a single windows video file.

      Step 1: RIP
      Put in a DVD and launch DVD Decrypter. Choose IFO (Information File) mode and make sure you’ve selected a destination for your files. Now you need to find which program chain to rip (PGC). Pick the one that’s the longest, or in the case of a TV dvd, the episode you want to rip. Just click the green arrow and wait about twenty minutes, after which you will have a set of files which look like this:

      VTS_01_0.IFO
      VTS_01_PGC_07 - Stream Information.txt
      VTS_01_PGC_07_1.VOB

      Step 2: ENCODE
      Launch AutoGK and select the first .vob that you just ripped as an input file, and set an output file name. Now you need to select audio (choose the first one) and subtitles, if any. If you’re ripping a TV, set the preferred size to 350MB, if you’re ripping a movie, choose either 700MB or 1400MB, depending on your preference.
      Finally, click on advanced settings and choose MP3 VBR 128kbs.
      Then click “add job” and “start.” After all this, you’ll have a log file.

      Step 3: WATCH
      You’re done. Delete all the non .avi files and enjoy.

  40. QUESTION:
    connect laptop to LCD TV?
    i have a lg lcd tv and a hp laptop, they both support hdmi, but the laptop does not support dvi can i still connect them? it needs to play sound, as i intend to use the computer to stream movies to the tv. is this possible? please help!

    • ANSWER:
      There are adapters available to convert DVI to HDMI, i'm not sure from your description which product has which port. The new LCD tv's usually have the HDMI input tho. When you figure out which adapter to use (bring it into and electronics store maybe), and connect the laptop to the TV. Now turn on your TV and press the input button on either the remote or the TV itself untill you select the HDMI input to which your laptop is plugged in, they should be numbered.
      I hope this is a vista or XP laptop, cause the following description is based on those.
      Right-click on the desktop and click properties/personalize
      Find the Display properties/settings.
      You should see two or three black boxes number 1, 2 and/or 3. One is usually your computer monitor, and 2 is for a secondary monitor (your TV). left-click on number 2, then left click 'Extend desktop onto this monitor'. You may want to go one step further and left click 'This is my main monitor' as well
      Hopefully your desktop now appears on your TV, but don't worry if it doesn't look right, you probably just need to change the resolution (it is underneath the black numbered boxes). Try starting at the highest resolution, click ok, check if it needs to be adjusted more, and repeat the process. You will eventually find a resolution that makes the entire desktop visible, while taking up most of the screen on your TV.
      Now onto audio
      Audio is alot simpler if you have a speaker system like surround sound. If that's not the case e-mail me, i'll try to help more, but if you have a system, run a cord from your headphone jack on your laptop to an input on your stereo system. You may need to buy an adapter for this as well. My system has a 3.5mm jack on the front that says 'Music Port'
      but there may be something on the back that says 'Aux' and has two plugs, one Red, and one White. While you're at the store looking for the adapter for the video, pick up whichever adapter you need for the audio. If it's the Red and White one, ask for a 3.5mm Male to RCA Male adaptor, if you have a 3.5mm jack on your system, ask for a 3.5mm male to 3.5mm male cable.
      I want you to note that I live in Canada, and 3.5mm is milimeters, the measurement may be inches, like 1/8th or 1/16th of an inch, i'm not sure.
      Anyways, almost done now, hook up the cables and change the audio input on your speaker system to Aux, i'm not sure how you do that on your system, mine says 'selector', it may be 'source' or something similar. now, try playing something like a video or a song to test our setup, if it doesn't work e-mail with as much detail as possible and i'll try to help.
      I have this setup at home, and it may seem like a pain while you're setting it up but it's pretty sweet once you get it goin

      Peace

  41. QUESTION:
    How to put movies from the DVD to my iPod? help needed!?
    How can i take the movie from my DVD and put it onto my iPod so i can watch it later??

    • ANSWER:
      Download DVD decrypter which is Free
      http://www.dvddecrypter.org.uk/
      Install it. When it is done installing open it. If you are on Windows Vista, BE SURE TO RIGHT CLICK IT AND PRESS RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR.

      1. Open up DVD Decrypter and insert your DVD If a region warning pops up just press ok
      2. In DVD Decrypter click the Mode tab and click IFO.
      3. After that, click the Tools tab and click Settings.
      4. Under settings, click the IFO Mode tab.
      5. In the IFO Mode tab go to File Splitting and press none.
      6. Press OK and you're brought back to the program.
      7. Go to the tab right next to Input - the tab called Stream Processing. Enable it and check the top 2 boxes.
      8. Select where you want DVD Decrypter to rip your DVD under Destination.If you decide not to do this step, the file is usually found in your C: drive. Go to my computer and click on the C: drive. Your movie should be in a folder in all caps with underscores. (ie A_NEW_HOPE)
      9. Press Decrypt. (it is a picture of the DVD)
      Once you finish ripping find the decrypted DVD. It should be a .VOB file.

      1.Now download EncodeHD. http://dcunningham.net/encodehd/

      1. Open up Encode HD.
      2. Drag the .vob file into the program. If you ripped tv shows, select all the .vob files you ripped.
      3. On the top left select the preset named iPod Touch or any other device.
      4. Check specify folder output and select where you want the converted file to go to. If you don't check this, the file will be in the folder as the original .vob file.
      5. Click start
      6. Once it's done, locate the file and drag it into iTunes or Zune
      7. Sync Away!

      If for some reason the audio doesn't match up to the video, you will have to decrypt the DVD again and convert it again.

      This entire process will take about 30 - 60 minutes.

  42. QUESTION:
    can you copy a vhs to dvd disc?
    can you copy a vhs to dvd disc? Meaning a store bought one or can you only copy a home movie you made? Want to buy a dvd recorder

    • ANSWER:
      To convert a VHS cassette to DVD, a DVD recorder similar to the CD recorder can be purchased. This recorder also will play CDs and DVDs, but oddly enough none of the DVD recorders currently on the market can record CDs as well. To dub from VHS to DVD, simply plug the outputs from your VCR into the DVD recorder's inputs, press play, and press record on the DVD recorder. Up to six hours can be recorded on a blank DVD-R, but the best quality is obtained at the two- and four- hour settings. You also can use the DVD recorder to tape programs off the air, and if you purchase a DVD-RW disc you can record your favorite TV programs -- record over and over on the same disc, similar to a Tivo machine but with less capacity. DVD recorders currently sell for 0 and up.

      If you're going to record using your computer, you will need the following hardware and software to convert VHS tapes to digital format

      1.A video source (VCR, for example) with s-video or RCA video output.

      2.A video input device for your computer. Most PCs today have a supplemental s-video or RCA video output port attached to the video card (where your monitor plugs into the back of your computer). What you will need, however, is a video card that has a video input port, so that you can import the video from the VCR to your computer. If your video card does not have a video-in port, you will need to pick up a designated video capture card from your local computer store, or replace your current video card with one capable of video-in. In either case, make sure the card has an s-video or RCA input port on it (and not just a coax [cable TV] connection, for example).

      3.A video cable to go from the video source (VCR) to your computer.

      4.Video editing software. This will most likely come with your video input device, or you can use Virtual Dub (free)http://www.virtualdub.org/

      5.Once the video has been recorded to the PC, you will most likely want to compress the video and audio streams into another format so that it will all fit on 1 CD. You can use Virtual Dub for audio and video compression (the DivX codec [ http://www.divx.com/ ] will most likely offer you the best video compression). Hint: video rendering is typically not done at the time of capture, as it is very CPU intensive.

      6.If you plan on playing the CD or DVD on your home DVD system and want to be able to choose scenes using menu selections, you will need to use some type of CD / DVD Mastering Software (such as Ashampoo CD Burning Suite). Hint: simply recording the video compilation to disc using run-of-the-mill CD burning software will only allow you to play the video on your computer.

      Read here for more info
      http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-3000_7-5071953-1.html

  43. QUESTION:
    Why does my internet / computer think I am NOT located in the UK?
    I definately am! This prevents me from streaming some videos from some internet sites such as BBCiplayer

    • ANSWER:
      Well, if it's a problem that your computer won't play UK region media, it's probably in your regional settings. The OS will only let you change this parameter so many times before trying to lock it. They do this so that the entertainment companies can more effectively screw people over. Otherwise, some guys on the internet can more effectively distribute their content over the internet than the entertainment companies are themselves, months before movies and TV are available in their respective regions.

  44. QUESTION:
    Connecting my laptop to TV (10 pts to best answer)?
    Hi everyone. I bought an s-video cable to connect my laptop to my tv to watch movies on but I was just wondering do I have to have the movies downloaded on my computer, or can I stream video's and watch them on my tv? Sorry if my question is a little confusing. Thanks in advance to everyone who answers :)

    • ANSWER:
      You can put ANYTHING what's on the computer also on the TV-screen. So yes, it should be possible.
      In some 'external monitor' cases, you have to disable 'hardware acceleration' first.*
      Do, if you get a (partially) black screen (like in a mediaplayer) on the TV: rightclick the desktop, properties, settings, advanced, troubleshoot, hardware acceleration: none.
      Depending on the exact Operating System version or on the themes, it might be put somewhere else (then use the Start / help-button and key in: 'hardware acceleration').

      I think some new media (High Definition video) can be protected - and can't be played through the S-video cable. In that case, you need HDCP-compatible devices/cables. But i don't think (i'm not sure) there's a HDCP-compatible S-video connection available.

      *: like on my beamer. But i'm not sure hardware acceleration needs to be turned off in your case. In my case, i also need to push a FN+F6 button (the button is different on each laptop - there's a little monitor on mine) to send the laptop image to the beamer - but in my case, it's an D-Sub connection, not a S-video connection.

  45. QUESTION:
    Home DVR streaming HD movies question?
    Recently we decided to get satellite TV and it came with a DVR along with 3 mouths of free blockbuster@ home which lets us stream movies, but in almost every movie i stream (usually within the first few minutes) it skips anywhere from a couple of minutes to a few seconds, or sometimes itll just freeze for a second or two, then, usually, ill get a few more skips or freezes through-out the movie. This doenst happen with every movie i stream, just most of them, some are worse than others.
    Is this normal when streaming HD movies to a DVR? I was thinking that it might be my router causing it, could it be my router, the router is wired to the DVR?

    P.S. its not my internet connection i tested it last night its 18 mbps

    • ANSWER:
      These kinds of problems are difficult to isolate. Possible causes include:

      1. Inconsistent downstream speed - You say you tested it, but the downstream rate may not be consistent. You might get a couple of minutes at 18 megabits per second, followed by several seconds of low or nonexistent downstream speed.

      2. Others on the network using bandwidth - Does anyone else in the house have access to the network? If so, some higher end routers will let you assign priority to a particular network device (this is known as quality of service or QOS).

      3. Inconsistent upstream from Blockbuster (downstream on your side) - They will probably never admit to this, but it is a distinct possibility. I suggest reading posts from others regarding this possibility.

      4. Lack of proper buffering - Buffering is key when dealing with streaming video in order to adequately deal with fluctuating bandwidth. Check your settings, increase the buffer size, and see if that helps.

      5. Defective DVR - Perhaps you can try streaming to your computer to try to isolate the problem. If you get freezes/skips only on the DVR, that would indicate a DVR problem.

  46. QUESTION:
    What is a Good Wifi Router/Modem?
    What is a good router or modem made for wifi at a decent price between 50-100 usd, i would like to run multiple devices off of the wifi ,and what is the difference between a router and a modem?

    • ANSWER:
      Modem - Used to connect one computer to the Internet via a DSL or Cable ISP.
      Router - Used to connect multiple devices to the modem.

      Two types of Internet devices are commonly sold.

      1. Combination modem / routers, often called gateways.

      2. Stand alone routers which can be connected to a stand alone modem.

      Standalone DSL and Cable modems only have one Ethernet WAN output and can only be used with one device without adding a router.

      DSL and Cable modems use different technology, for this reason you can't use a cable gateway (DOCSIS) with DSL or use a DSL gateway (ADSL2+) with a cable Internet connection.

      Depending on the type of service you have, you'll need the proper type of wireless gateway or broadband modem and separate wireless router.

      A router connects two separate networks and manage the traffic between them.

      A wireless router enables you to provide wireless (WiFi) Internet access to all of your WiFi enabled devices such as laptops, game consoles, cell phones and tablets, Streaming devices such as Roku boxes and Internet enabled TV and sound devices, etc.

      In most home network applications the router connects your local group of computers and devices known as the LAN with the Internet, commonly called the WAN or Wide Area Network.

      CONNECTING THE ROUTER:

      The DSL, Cable Modem or other Internet source connects to the router's port labeled WAN or Internet.

      There are usually 4 LAN ports on the router to connect devices via Ethernet cables (such as your desktop PC).

      Once you have the wireless configuration setup you can connect devices via WiFi. (such as your laptop)

      Wireless routers are fairly inexpensive. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=wireless+router&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Awireless+router

      As far as the brand goes, the brand is not as important as the model. Some manufacturers release a good model but the next is crap. I would look at the Amazon reviews of models that interest you. Even if you don't buy from Amazon the reviews will tell you a lot about which models to avoid. Look for at least 15 or more reviews with a 4 star or better rating. Read a few and see if they sound like the particular model will work for your application.

      Wireless connections require security configuration to prevent anyone with a WiFi in range of your router from connecting to your network. They could do malicious deeds, such as hack into your network, or just leech off of your Internet bandwidth.

      Wireless setup is not too difficult, Just follow the instructions in the router manual or wizard set up program. If you're having problems either pay someone to set it up for you or find a knowledgeable friend to configure it. Once the wireless network settings are configured it's a fairly trouble-free system.

      FYI:

      A fast wireless router does not make your Internet faster.

      Remember that a router connects two separate networks and manage the traffic between them.

      In most home network applications the router connects your local group of computers and devices known as the LAN with the Internet, commonly called the WAN or Wide Area Network.

      Your WAN speed is determined by your ISP and is measured in Mbps (Millions of bits per second).

      For example if you pay for a 3 Mbps DSL Internet connection, you will get 3 Mbps.

      No router will change your 3 Mbps Internet speed.

      This Internet connection bandwidth is shared by your entire LAN via your router.

      For example if you have a 3 Mbps DSL plan and one user is utilizing 2.5 Mbps of the bandwidth to stream a Netflix movie that only leaves 0.5 Mbps for all of the rest of the users on the LAN.

      Fast routers are designed to stream large files on your LAN quickly. The high speed routers permit fast transfer of files between devices connected to your LAN, however WAN speed is still limited by your ISP.

      Good Luck...

  47. QUESTION:
    Question about YouTube buffering?
    I can stream entire HD movies and TV shows on Netflix, download videos and music from around the web, and play online games with my PS3. Why can't I stream a simple 5 minute YouTube video without having to buffer for like 5-10 minutes? Its the same thing whether I try to watch it on my laptop, phone, PS3, and TV. What can I do to help this?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be that you are using too many internet using devices at once. If the problem exists on all your devices, you may want to check the youtube streaming settings. here is a tip, if it takes to long to stream HD, don't stream in HD if you are looking for speed. If you are looking for quality, just find a youtube downloader and watch the video on your computer later, or just develop some patients.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is my ISP telling me the truth?
    I recently purchased a Fairpoint ISP advertised as a 3Mbps connection. Using Speakeasy.net, the website concluded that I had apx. a 2.8 vs. .70—which, according to Fairpoint, falls within 80% of 3Mbps and is therefore considered acceptable by them.

    I have a stand-alone computer, Ethernet connection, no fancy equipment (in other words, no other drains on bandwith). I wish to simply watch TV shows and movies from websites like Netflix, CBS, YOUTUBE, etc. Nothing else is using the lines at any time. Just a simple set-up here.

    My video streaming has been poor. Audio breaks--visuals appearing as if viewed frame by frame--a real mess. I also learned that Fairpoint is borrowing my town's line usage from a neighboring town.

    The company is telling me that it sold me 3Mbps and 3Mbps is what I'm getting. They are not responsible for sources of video streaming. It's also telling me that my own computer may have issues with viruses or spyware on it, contributing to my present connectivity problems.

    What exactly is this 80% rule? Where did it come from? Why is it considered acceptable?

    Am I not correct that 3Mbps is generally considered the bare minimum for video streaming?

    How is it possible for an ISP to sell ISP services when its connectivity speeds are inadequate? Yet, insists on holding me to its contract even if I am unable to enjoy the simple bells and whistles the Internet provides? Thanks for any insight anyone can provide.

    • ANSWER:
      Speeds will vary depending upon many factors including the state of the line, connections, distance, state of your equipment and so on.

      You might optimize your connection with software like: http://www.speedguide.net/tcpoptimizer.php

      There are other tools but you can also adjust settings manually if you know what you're doing.

      Also it's worth changing your default DNS look up provider to the fastest one available rather than the default one provided by your ISP.

      It might be a case of leaving your connection on for a few days to see if speeds get better.

      You need 3Mbps for HD.

      Bottom line: Try another machine on your line and see if you get the same problems. If

  49. QUESTION:
    Dual Monitor with TV on Macbook Pro?
    I can hook my up Macbook Pro to the tv, but it streams whatever is on my computer screen. is it possible to use the dual monitor setting to have a movie going up on my TV, but still use my computer to do other things?

    • ANSWER:
      Yup. Go into system preferences and go to display settings. Uncheck the box labeled "Mirror Displays" Have fun!

      Cheers 😀

  50. QUESTION:
    Streaming 3D Movie to XBOX 360?
    I am using Windows 7, And am trying to stream a 3D movie to my XBOX 360, Via Windows Media Center. I have been able to watch a few full HD movies this way, Using Divx codecs, But now when I try this 3D film, I only get audio and no video. I do have a 3DTV, And have tried all the settings on it, But no quarter. I have been able to view the movie on my computer through media center. Please, Any advice would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been looking into this as well, since I plan on getting a 3D TV in a month or so. I have coded WMV-HD to stream HD video with 5.1 surround. I use WMP11 and enable streaming and point it to my video folder. I say this because with this very method I have coded a Half-SBS WMV-HD of Avatar. My normal TV can stream this, but I lack the 3D capabilities. I believe most 3D TVs can convert Half-SBS into a 3D picture. Basicall I'm saying convert it into a Half-SBS WMV-HD, stream it with WMP11, and make sure you TV is set to SBS.


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