Play videos on your TV with a USB stick

 

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Stop wasting time and money on DVD burning! If you have a (recent) TV or a DVD player with a USB pendrive, then you may be able to play your videos directly from the USB stick!

The first thing to know is that, depending on the brand and model of your device, different video and audio formats will be accepted.

For instance, as strange as it may seems, if you have a DVD player with a USB slot, you will not be able to play a DVD video from this device, eventhough you’ll plug it into a DVD player. The same is true for Blu-ray.

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So the first thing to do is to read your device instruction manual or google your TV or DVD player reference to check the supported formats of the USB playback. Most user manual are available on the manufacture webpage. Supported video formats may include Avi, Mp4, Xvid and audio formats are usually MP3/AAC.

Then, once that you know the compatible  format, use our ConvertXtoVideo to convert the file accordingly!

The list of outputs is on the bottom right:

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Each video format offers “sub formats” so you can use the one with the right combination of video and audio:

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Then press “Start” to start the conversion. Once it’s done, the software will open the “destination” folder where the conversion is saved. Simply copy the video file and copy it onto your USB stick.  Then connect the USB device to the USB port (usually on the front of the unit), select the device and video with the remote control of your DVD player and press Play!

That’s it!

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If you’re unsure of which file formats will be accepted by your player with a USB device, let us know and we’ll check it for you!

NB:  Few TV screens (only some recent ones) actually accept video through the USB slot. Most of the time you’ ll only be able to view pictures and not videos.

NB2: Your USB device must be formatted in FAT 32.

Our Christmas shopping guide!

ugly star wars sweater xmas

Yep, we’re here again to the rescue with our amazing gift guide for Christmas!

Look no further, we have everything a movie/TV fan would dream of!

star wars kite

A Star Wars kite !!! You could kill two birds in one stone: offer an X-wing kite (or Millenium falcon, or even the death star!) to your kid, and be the one playing with it in the end!!!

 

godfather chopping block

A Godfather shopping board! Ideal for someone who rules the kitchen!

 

game of thrones umbrella

Winter is coming! Make sure your loved ones are prepared with this Game Of Thrones umbrella/sword!

 

king kong bookends

I couldn’t find any punchline for these King Kong bookends, but they are nonetheless amazing!

vampire necklace

For the ladies vampire fans in your life, this bite necklace is to die for!

 

magic wand remote control

Why have a remote control, when you can turn on the TV with a Harry Potter magic wand? (no magic spells required)

 

darth vador socks

Offer a gift you must! Whether your friends and family have joined the Dark side or not, you can get them these Darth Vader Cape socks or the Yoda 3D ears ones!

 

zombie scarf

Yes, it looks gross, but zombie fans will love this  “brain” scarf!

 

vso license gift

And finally, along with one of our amazing software  to convert or download videos (you’ll find a “offer as a gift” option in our shopping cart), why not offer a great microwavable popcorn bucket?

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Want more gift ideas? Check out this post and this one.

Also, allow yourself a great, free pre-xmas gift: subscribe to the blog and find out what’s in it for you!

Happy Holidays!

 

Buckingham Palace is coming to your living room

Calling all Downton Abbey nostalgics and period drama lovers: your new fix has arrived!

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Indeed, not just one, but two series about the British Monarchy have been recently released , retracing the early lives and access to power of England’s most famous queens: Elizabeth II and Victoria.

Let’s start with Netflix’s The Crown, which comes with  high expectations, given that it’s the most expensive show ever produced to this day. Indeed, it is clear that a lot of thought (and money) has gone into the directing, story line, costumes, sets,lightning, filming locations… It’ s a superb show, exploring the duties, compromises and  struggles of royal life as Elizabeth II accesses the throne in 1947, unprepared for the role.

Clear your schedule to binge watch the whole series (10 episodes)! If you do not have Netflix, you can stream it here and download it wiht our free VSO Downloader to watch it whenever’s convenient.

Victoria

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The eight-part drama follows Victoria from the time she becomes Queen in 1837 at the age of 18, until she marries  Prince Albert.

The beautiful Jenna Coleman (from Doctor Who) portrays a young and vulnerable queen who finds herself tested by new responsibilities, threats, the obligation to marry and produce an heir. While some historical facts have been somewhat disrespected or twisted, the lavish show is very entertaining. Like with Downton Abbey, the intrigue is enhanced with the tales  of the “Downstairs” staff at Buckingham Palace. A second season has already been commissioned!

Aired on UK’s ITV channel in September ,  Victoria will only arrive on PBS in January 2017, but you can already watch it here in streaming.

How to host a karaoke party in your living room

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Did you know that hosting a Karaoke party does NOT require any special equipment or skills (apart from, maybe, a decent voice)?

Indeed, with the help of VSO programs, you’ll be singing “Dancing Queeeeeeen” in no time! Let’s get the party started!

Here is what you need:

Get the playlist together.  You can either find “ready to use” Karaoke files on the internet (these are special files called CD+G) or download all your favorite songs and the latest tracks already in Karaoke formatting from Youtube. You’ll find some good Karaoke channels with a wide selection there.

All you need to do is open our free VSO Downloader  (new version 5 supports Youtube), then play the song on Youtube: the video will be detected and downloaded onto your PC in seconds!

Put those songs onto a DVD. You’ll want to burn the karaoke videos onto a DVD discs for many reasons: they need to be displayed on a big screen for easy to read lyrics display, and you’ll need a menu for easy track selection. And a DVD disc is also great for passing along for the next party! This is why you ‘ll use our ConvertXtoDVD to convert and burn the videos. Simply open the program, add all your videos (max 99!), select the great DVD menu we’ve created just for karaoke compilations (see below).

If you have CDG files, then you’ll need to use our ConvertXtoVideo to be able to convert them to DVD.

Finally, click “convert”, insert a blank DVD and you’re done! Your DVD will play on any DVD player.

And guess what, the program is free for 7 days, so you don’t even have to break the bank!

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You can plug in a microphone into your TV, but you may not need one if you’re not entertaining a big crowd.

Ready ? Let’s sing: “My heart will go oooooon and ooooon….”

Movie-inspired Halloween costumes

Every year, our Halloween costume selection is a big hit, and this year’s will not disappoint!

Check out sthese amazing movie inspired costumes that are either super cheap or even free, depending on what’s in your wardrobe!

halloween movie costumes

  1. Rocky Balboa:  because who doens’t already have some grey sweatpants, a pair of Converse and a black beanie? If you’re missing one of these items you can buy them here.

marty mcfly costume

2. Marty McFly: you may not own a Delorean, but you may have a red vest, a denim jacket and a checkered shirt lying somewhere! And in lieu of an overboard, you can always take an old skateboard with you.

harley quinn costume

3. Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad. On top of a red/white baseball shirt, some shorts and fishnet stockings, you won’t need much to look like Harley quinn!  For the hair and make up, follow this tutorial.

 

grease halloween

4. Sandy and/or Danny from Grease. This one is for (lazy) couples! Grab an all black outfit, some high heels and /or black shoes (with white socks!!), hair gel (a lot!)  and you’re done.

edward scissorhands costume

5. Edward Scissorhands. Got a white shirt? Then just borrow some black suspenders and some pants from your grandpa ! Apply some white makeup on your face, and once you’re done, tape some (non sharp) knives to a pair of black gloves. Won’t be the ideal costume to grab a drink but you’ll be the highlight of the party!

 

star wars rey costume

6. Rey from Star Wars. A new classic for Halloween that only requires a long brown belt , some beige leggings and a long beige scarf.

E.T. costume

7. E.T. This “adult Elliott” costume is very easy, yet super original, providing you own a red hoody and an E.T.  printed figure which you can fit in a basket and carry around with you.

For more ideas , check out our TV series costume selection, our Game of Thrones Halloween special and our Pinterest board!

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