Off late, I have been watching a lot of English movies. Unfortunately the movies are in Div-X format, and my DVD player doesn’t recognize that. And I don’t prefer watching movies on my Lenovo notebook. Not that it’s bad, but watching it on television is good. And I don’t have a PC table(?) like what Amit mentions here 😉
I could have actually used some converter software to burn a CD/DVD in the format, my DVD player recognizes. But that is a long and cumbersome process. I faced a similar problem in Sweden, when I had subscribed to Indian channels via Streambox. One of my colleagues, told me about this S-Video cable.
Using this cable one can connect their notebook/PC to television. And then do the following
1. In desktop properties–>Settings, choose monitor 2 and click on the checkbox ‘Extend my windows desktop onto this monitor
2. Switch to AV mode in the television
3. Your desktop background, should appear on the television
4. Open any application and then keep dragging to the right using your mouse. Drag it beyond the notebook screen. It will start appearing on the screen. Drag it completely to the television screen.
Thats it. But at same time, change your desktop resolution to fit your television screen.
Using S-Video cable you can just redirect the video output to Television. In case you want to redirect the audio output as well, then you need a separate cable for audio output. When you are buying ensure that, one end of the S-Video cable can fit in actually to the Video-In port of your television. Actually, there is a separate attachment that can be attached to the S-Video cable to suit your Television ‘Video-In’ port.
The quality of the video is pretty good. In case you find the video clarity like that one of DD sports, ensure that you switch off your DVD player. And your mobile phone is bit away from the television.
This came very handy for this weekend’s get together, since Gopal had brought some clippings which can be played only in the PC 😉
Am not very sure how much S-Video cable costs in India. It cost me around 100 SEK, and in eBay the cost seems to be 8$. Check it out. Its worth it.