The following guide may be useful for Windows users who want to watch video files that they have stored on their computer on the big television screen instead. I do not like to watch movies or videos on the computer and prefer to watch them on the television instead. The problem here is that it is usually not possible to simply stream the contents to the TV, and even if it would be possible, it would not always be possible as you may not always want to keep the PC up and running.
One option that I usually make use of is to burn the video formats to DVD to play them in a DVD player that I have connected to the TV. Most programs can convert all kinds of video formats to DVD, including avi, flv, mkv or divx among many other formats.
How to convert Avi, Divx and Xvid to DVD describes the software needed, and the process itself with detailed screenshots.Only one program is used to burn the video files to DVD as the program supports all the necessary operations, that is converting and burning.
Update: The tutorial on converting avi, divx and xvid videos to DVD is unfortunately not available anymore. We do however have alternatives for you that let you burn your video files to DVD so that you can watch the movies on the big telly.
Check out how to burn videos to DVD if you are interested in a basic, but very efficient free program for the task. Everything is handled in the main program window. Here you select the video files that you want to burn on DVD, the output folder, and the quality preset. Free Video to DVD Converter highlights the space requirements in a bar in the window as well. Once you have made the selection, you can click on the create DVD button to start the creation of the DVD video.
Another more sophisticated option is DVD Flick, which is a powerful free authoring software for that task.
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