I purchased a Iomega Screenplay 500GB multimedia drive.
One can plug it directly into a TV and play computer files or view JPEGS with a remote control. Here it is:
It "is compatible with the latest media formats such as MP3, AC3 (DolbyÂ® Digital Encoding), WAV, WMA, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (AVI/VOB), MPEG-4 (AVI/DiVX 3.11, 4.x, 5.x/XViD) and JPEG."
My son downloaded an Ally McBeal TV show. It is an AVI file. It works great on my Television.
Some of my other files would not play so I converted them to AVI files as well. I expected the same success as the downloaded file. I used Next Video Converter. They played great on the computer using VLC Media Player. So I converted everything to AVI using Next Video.
When I hooked up the Iomega to the TV, the sound didn't play but the video was quite good.
Iomega suppport said the codec I used might not be supported and suggested I buy the Divx converter from Divx. I had already downloaded the Community Package that includes the Divx converter (15 day trial), the Divex codec, and a Divex player.
Other forums suggested that there were other good freeware available and one of them recommended this forum for information and questions.
This morning I played the converted file on the Divx player that I downloaded from the Divx site. There was no sound and a message that cautioned I might need a "direct show decoder" and that the soundtrack was of an unknown format.
It appears that not all AVI files have the same supported formats (codec?).
Should I buy the converter from Divx? Did I use the Next Video incorrectly - perhaps there is a setting I didn't realize. Should I not convert MPGs or MPEGS to AVI's? Maybe I should pick another format from the list above?
Any thoughts or help is appreciated. I am very much a Newbie.