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Digital Photos on TV!

Sep 10, 2008
Have you ever wanted to display your treasured digital photo collection in the living room TV instead of your computer?

If you have a group of friends and family over to show off those vacation photos, doesn't it make more sense to gather comfortably around the TV instead of crowded around the computer screen?

There are many ways to display your photos through your TV. Let's take a look at how you can do this in your own home.

Using your digital camera itself is the most obvious method of displaying digital photos on TV. Most, if not all digital cameras come with a video-out cable. Just connect one end of the cable to camera's video-out plug and the other end into the video-in of the TV. That's it! Play back the photos on the camera and they will display on the TVits that simple.

The drawback of this approach, of course, is that you can only show the photos available on the memory card within the camera. So if you only have a 32MB memory card installed, then you probably show very few pictures.

Another approach is to use a photo viewing device. One device I which has served me well is the SanDisk Digital Photo Viewer. This neat little device sits on top of your TV set and it accepts popular memory cards like CompactFlash, MultiMedia, Secure Digital, SmartMedia and MemoryStick as input. There is a video-out port to connect the device to the TV. In summary, this approach is similar to using a digital version of a 35mm slide projector, so to speak.

I've also noticed some DVD players coming out in the market which accept memory cards as input. One of these is the Sampo DVE-631CF. It's a reasonably priced DVD player which also allows you to play back MP3s and JPEGs from both CD-R/RW and CompactFlash Type I cards.

These methods still limit you to the size of the camera's memory card however. Again, if you have a smaller capacity memory card, you can't show very many pictures in one viewing.

Many consider it to be the best method of all, you can convert your digital photos to DVD format. The DVD you create can then be played back in any DVD player to display all your pictures as a slideshow. The advantage of this method over the others is that you can store a large number of photos on a 4GB DVD-R. It's also convenient to send a DVD of pictures (instead of a memory card) to your friends or family members who live faraway.

All you need is a DVD burner and some special software. The best software I've found for doing this is Ulead CD and DVD PictureShow.

With its easy-to-use tutorials, this software allows you to convert all your digital photos to DVD in a few easy steps. What's more, you can add special effects to your photo slideshow, including transitions, music and DVD menus. There's a full set of tutorials at the Ulead website to guide you.

The software burns them into a DVD-R for you once you've converted them to DVD format. Then simply pop the DVD into any DVD player and play back your picture slideshow.

This article has shown you three options for displaying photos on your TV set. Displaying photos on the TV certainly makes sense when you have many guests wanting to view your photos. Whichever option you choose is up to you, but I feel that the best approach, as mentioned above, is to convert your photos to DVD format. Good luck and happy sharing!
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