What’s on TV? You are—and your kids, pets, family, friends.
There’s no need to crowd around the 3-inch displays found on today’s cameras and camcorders, or even your computer, when it’s so easy to show off your photos and videos on your big-screen TV.
Here are four simple ways you can view your pictures and videos on your TV.
- Pop the memory card out of your camera and put it into the TV’s SD card reader. Most new flat panel TVs have an SD card reader. If you're not sure whether yours does, your owner's manual will tell you.
- Take the USB cable that came with your camera and use it to connect the camera to your TV's USB port. Again, most flat panel TVs made over the last few years have a USB port included.
- If your photos and videos are stored on your computer, you can copy them onto a USB flash drive and then insert the drive into your TV's USB port.
- If you have flat panel TV with Internet apps, you can use your TV’s photo viewing app to access images you’ve stored on the Web. Press the Internet app button on your remote control. Each manufacturer has a unique name for its service, so be sure to check. For Panasonic products, you’d look for and press VIERA Cast. Then select the photo service app, which is Picasa for Panasonic. After logging in, you can choose to view your photos--individually or in a slideshow—or photos that others are sharing across the web.
On most TVs, like the Panasonic Viera in the video, inserting the SD card, USB cable or USB flash drive will automatically launch the TV’s photo viewing app. From there, you can choose to view photos, videos or a combination of both. Manually scroll through or set your photos to music for a slideshow.
We walk you through each of these options in the video. As you can see, it's there's no reason to make everyone crowd around a tiny display when it's so easy to share them on your big-screen TV.