is it possible to play a list of movies stored on a laptop to a 32" Vizio television through an HDMI connection?

Hello and Good Evening Everyone

            I have 5 movies in MP4 and AVI format which will be converted to a format that can be understood by televisions.  My next step will be to take these movies stored on my Acer Aspire laptop and play them back on my 32" Vizio television which brings me to an important question.  Can I use a simple HDMI interface between the laptop and television to play back these converted movies?  I believe this is feasible just as long as the correct HDMI connector is selected for the Device Input of the menu for the television.

            Any shared thoughts here will be greatly appreciated.

            Thank you

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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Yes, HDMI is a standard so if you can output the movie in HDMI format the TV will display it.

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VLC will play a list of movies.

If your laptop has an HDMI connector available, you may have to select it for graphics output, but other than that you should just need to plug it in.
GMartinAuthor Commented:

         With respect to selecting the HDMI connector on the laptop as graphics output, how may I go about doing this if needed?  Also, I do have and use VLC.  However, I have never used it for playing a list of movies back to back.  How may I go about using it to play back 5 movies  back to back without having to open each one?


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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Does the Aspire have an HDMI output?
It's then just a question of telling the laptop to use that instead of (or as well as) the built-in monitor, there's usually a Function Key combination that selects that (hold down the function key and press the correct - usually F - key) which key depends on the exact model but the manufacturer usually helpfully prints a monitor icon on it :)
Don't have VLC in front of me just now, but I think you use the "Add to Playlist" button on the Open File dialog or perhaps you'll find it on your context (right click) menu. Once you've created a playlist, you should be able to start playing it and be able to set it up to repeat, if that's what you want.

If the files are all in one folder, you may be able to do this with multi-select.
You don't have to convert the video into anything "the TV understands". Just play them pack normally on the PC as you would have done without the TV, but use the TV as a 2nd display as has been mentioned already.

You might only have to convert the videos if you don't use a PC in between, for example if you were using a USB disk with the videos on it, connected directly via the USB port on the TV. How it is played back then would be totally dependent on the TV and it's software.
Put the Videos into a Folder, and then in VLC under "Media" click on "Open Folder". Now select the folder containing your Videos, and playback will start of all those videos, one by one in alphabetical order.
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Afternoon Everyone,

          Thanks so much for outlining the necessary steps for accomplishing the goal I have in mind.  At this point, I would like to ask a couple of followup questions which should wrap up this post.  First, while VLC will be compatible with MP4 and AVI file formats, will my VIZIO television be able to understand these formats as well?  I am assuming the answer here will be yes because the television screen will be merely outputting or displaying what is already being played from the laptop.  Secondly, I am needing an HDMI cable of at least 25 feet due to the chosen location for the laptop.  With that point in mind, could someone suggest an online purchase link within the US for one?  I understand it is better economically to order accessories online as opposed to paying higher prices at local retailers like Walmart, Radio Shack, etc.

The TV doesn't need to understand anything, as it just acts as a 2nd display of your PC. The PC and VLC needs to understand the formats.
jmcgOwnerCommented: has a pretty good reputation and pretty good prices on things like HDMI cables. Most retailers treat these like premium items, but to a large extent a cable is a cable and, while there are bad/counterfeit items floating around out there, a lower price does not generally mean lower video quality.
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Looks like you've already answered the first part yourself - once the laptop software has prepared the movie for HDMI output it's a standard format - if the TV has HDMI input it will be able to display it (that's pretty much what my first comment was about).

As far as distance goes remember it's a digital signal so all you need to do is get a series of 1's and 0's safely from one end of the cable to the other.  Analogue cables suffer much more from signal loss over distances.  

There's a lot of hype over cable quality but if they meet the minimum HDMI standard they will easily carry your signal the distance - if you want to wire up the house you can also send HDMI over Cat5 or Cat 6 Ethernet cabling.  

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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Afternoon Everyone,

           Thanks so much for the detailed and well thought out suggestions given in reply to my question.   I am confident I have exactly what is needed to start playing movies from my laptop and outputting them to be displayed on my television screen.

           Thanks again.

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