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Old 01-05-2011, 11:05 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Default How to connect laptop to regular TV ?

I have an HP laptop that has an HDMI and a VGA output.

What are the steps to connect a regular (analog) TV to this laptop ?

like adapters or whatever ?

Reason for asking:
I have some movies that are AVI and WMV, and would like to watch them on a TV.

If I transfer to a DVD, (using the Microsoft *Windows DVD maker*) the DVD is *bad* quality.
At the end of the DVD (almost all of the ones I changed), the picture gets choppy and looks like the DVD player is not working right.
Watching the same movie on the laptop does not have any issues.

What is a good programme that can transfer AVI or WMV movies to a DVD quality movie that will play on any DVD player ?

TIA
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Does your TV have an S video input and does your laptop have an s-video output? If so, there's your video. Does your TV have audio in? (I am assuming your TV does not have HDMI input.)

Also, you will have to set the laptop resolution really low like 640x480 and increase the fonts their largest size in order to read text on the screen.
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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There are adapters, as you suggest. I have one or two around here somewhere that I used to use for presentations. Quality is not very good.

There are free DVD maker programs like DVDStyler that are full-featured. Some of your problems could be in the way that your files are being converted by the MS program.
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:55 PM
 
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Thanks for all replies ...
Hmm ... does not sound good to connect to regular TV huh ??
Have to try to find better video converter.
Will try DVDStyler
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Old 01-09-2011, 11:10 PM
 
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Have to try to find better video converter.
Since the MS DVD maker programme, did not give me the results I wanted, I tried several other video converters, including the one suggested above.

I found one that I really like and it is :

*Freemake Video Converter*

Freemake - Best Freeware Alternatives To Paid Video Software

Very easy to use,but make sure your settings are correct.
My video camera is a wide angle unit, so make sure that the screen size is correct.

Thanks again for the help.
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Very good! Glad you found one that works well for you, and thanks for reporting back.
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