If you have a digital picture frame, you might be in luck. I was. I want one of these electric blankets, but am reluctant to shell out the $40-60 for the newer one that I want.
Hmm. My digital photo frame has AVI out, video and audio out, as well as a USB host.
SOME of my video files- AVI, DIVX and XVID would play. Others- would not play, or would have a blurry output. At first, I thought it was the SD cards. I couldn’t figure it out. Was it the dimension of the video? Was because they were XVID or DIVX?
Then.. I clicked the “Properties” in Linux.. then the “Audio Video”. I noticed that ALL of the ones that would not play were encoded with MPEG Version 5. I tested this out.. and by golly I was right! It has to be one of the MPEG Version 4 or below for it to work on the digital video player.
It’s not as good as one of the media readers, but it will have to suffice until I have the extra cash to buy one of ’em.
You can shop around and sometimes get these digital photo players really cheap. Or even, use a GPS unit, if you have one of the newer kind that have A/V out jacks! I only paid $12 for my Digital Picture Frame from Ebay. (Used and not from a “Power” Seller.) Keep looking until you find a used one.
So if your Digital Picture Frame will not play your AVI files.. check them to see what Version of MPEG they were encoded with. I finally found the manual online for mine, and it only plays MPEG 1 and MPEG 4.
There are a few drawbacks to the digital picture frame.
- Will only play TWO types of video file.. MPEG1, and MPEG2
- You cannot fast forward or rewind..if interrupted..you gotta start movie over.
- Bulky..with lots of wires hanging out of it.
The general verdict is that these DO work..but one of the Media players is a better deal. The old ones cost about $24. I want the new kind, ‘cos they will play the FLV videos with no conversion. Hulu, FearNet, YouTube, etc. These are FLV video (FLASH video).