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Learning how to how to play video on a Pix-Star digital picture frame from an SD card can change the way you use your frame, interact with your loved ones, and remember your most precious memories. While most digital picture frames can’t play videos, it’s a handy feature to have and can add a special personal touch to your slideshows.
The Pix-Star frame is one of the few digital picture frames that can play videos. Not only this, but you can also play the audio that comes with a video. It’s a fantastic way to catch up with your loved ones and catch quick, personal glimpses of their latest vacation.
If a picture speaks a thousand words, does that means a video has the power of a thousand pictures? With our guide, you can find out for yourself as quickly and effortlessly as possible.
While the Pix-Star frame can send videos via the mobile app and by USB, this guide will focus on using only an SD card. You’ll learn what’s compatible, what formats are accepted, and the exact steps you need to follow. Let’s get started!
- Use a compatible and supported SD card
SD cards up to 64GB are supported, but you’ll run into far fewer issues with 32GB and fewer SD cards. This isn’t a strict requirement, but they’ll generally be recognized faster and will work more seamlessly.
Most major SD card brands will work. Note that these aren’t micro-SD cards like you have on your phone. It’s the standard larger size SD card that’s found in many cameras. If this is the first time using the SD card, you might want to format and clear it before loading on videos for the first time. It’s not necessary but may help with compatibility and speed.
- Load your videos onto the SD card
Pix-Star’s digital picture frame supports most of the common video formats. That being said, you’ll run into far fewer issues when your videos are in MP4 or MPEG-4. These are very widely used and will most likely be the format of videos taken on most phones. Make sure the format of the videos is supported by the frame. When in doubt, go with MP4 or MPEG-4.
Insert the SD card into the device (PC or digital camera). Select and copy all the video files you want to view on the frame to the SD card. Note that the Pix-Star frame can play videos with a total length of 2-minutes or less. This might not seem like much at first, but it’s more than you’d get with most other top digital picture frames (1-minute or less in most cases).
You should also aim to send videos that match the Pix-Star’s native 1024×768 and 4:3 aspect ratio for the best viewing experience and minimal storage space wastage. Eject the SD card from your computer or camera and take it over to your Pix-Star digital picture frame.
- Insert the SD card into the Pix-Star frame
The Pix-Star frame’s SD card slot is on the left-hand side of the frame. You’ll find it on the upper half of the frame’s side, just above the USB port. Insert the SD card with your videos into the port and give the frame a moment to recognize and process it.
You should notice a Pix-Star logo appear on the main menu for a few moments. This means the SD card has been recognized and is being read. Depending on how many files and videos you have on the frame, this could take a few moments.
- View the videos as a plug-and-play slideshow
While the logo is displaying over the main menu, a notification message will pop up. It will ask you if you want to automatically play with photos and videos on the SD card in a slideshow on the frame. If this is what you want, you can proceed with this option.
Note that the photos and videos won’t be automatically saved to the frame’s internal storage. If they aren’t copied to the frame’s internal storage, you can only view them in slideshows while the SD card is inserted.
We advise you to copy them across to the Pix-Star’s internal storage. To do this, move onto the next step.
- Copy the videos across to internal storage
While you’re viewing any of the videos from the SD card, press the “Menu” button on your handheld remote or with the frame’s onboard controls. This will display a menu that has a “Select all” option. Select this option to select all the files. You can also go through them one by one and select the ones you want to copy.
Once you’ve got your selection, press the “Menu” button again. This will show a popup menu. Select and press the “Copy selected pictures to…” option from the popup menu. Here you can select the directory/folder where you want to copy the files to. You can also create a new one just for all of your videos.
Once the copying process is complete, you can include the videos in slideshows, or view a slideshow of just those videos from that folder you created.
Now that you’ve learned how to play video on a Pix-Star digital picture frame from an SD card, you’re ready to get started. The process is quite straightforward once you’ve done it once or twice.
Soon you’ll be able to view your favorite video memories effortlessly on your Pix-Star frame. Get some practice and enjoy the fantastic viewing experience of the Pix-Star digital picture frame!