movies

Can I play movies from an SD card on my Blu-ray player?

Episode 1347

Jim from Maryland
SanDisk Connect 64GB Wireless Media Drive

Jim has all his movies backed up on his network. He'd like to use an SD card to plug in and watch that way. Leo says he can, but he'll have to be sure it's in a specific format by the Blu-ray player, so check he should check his manual. If he's wanting it for travel, he should check out the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive. Its designed to connect to a smartphone and then he can stream to the TV via DNLA. It has a 10 hour battery life too, which is great for a road trip.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1299

Scott Wilkinson

Scott saw Independence Day Resurgence last night. It was a little disappointing and felt like there were too many writers in the room. It was fun to see the band back together 20 years later, though, and there was lots of nostalgia. The younger actors don't bring it as well, though. It did look fantastic in Dolby Cinema, at least. This gives you the movie in high dynamic range through Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. It really is the way to see it. It'll cost more, but it's really worth it. Scott has a list here.

What Technology Will Be the Next Big Thing?

Episode 1276

Oculus Rift went on sale to the public this week. It's a virtual reality headset that has motion tracking in it along with a camera that can track your body's movements. It also has headphones with very good quality sound. For video, it means that you'll be able to look around and see things all around you. Instead of a camera man or director determining what you'll be seeing, you can look at anything you choose. Gaming is another big use case for these headsets. HTC has made a VR headset called the Vive in conjunction with Steam, a distributor of games for PC.

How can I share my movies with everyone?

Lawrence from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1272

Lawrence finally took the dive and bought a Mac and an iPad. He's managed to put home movies on his computer in MP4 format. But they're huge at 1.90GB each. How can he share them with the family? Leo says that's about right, although he could make them smaller if he was willing to sacrifice some quality. Either way, he won't be able to email them. Leo says that the best option is to upload his videos to YouTube. Then he can send them a link which he can share with others. He can make the videos public or private.

The Steve Jobs Movie Is Good, but Not Biographical

Episode 1227

Leo says that he saw the Steve Jobs movie and he thought for a work of fiction, it wasn't that bad of a film. But if you go to see it expecting to see a biography of the life of Steve Jobs, you'll be sorely disappointed. It's even less accurate thank Sorkin's other biopic, The Social Network. It's a complete work of fiction and should have been called anything but Steve Jobs. The really sad part is that no mention was made of Steve's family life. But having said that, for a work of fiction, it's a pretty compelling work of art.

All Six Star Wars Movies Released in Digital

Episode 1177

All six Star Wars movies have been launched in digital HD yesterday. The entire collection costs $89.99, and is available in iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and Disney Direct. Leo says not to get it from Disney, however, because it doesn't own the first movie "A New Hope." However, Disney has a new service called Disney Movies Anywhere, which gives you access to the movies in any of the digital stores. Leo recommends against buying it from Amazon though, because that doesn't work with the Disney Movies Anywhere service.

Is the Surface Pro 3 a good first tablet?

Episode 1153

Donald from Chicago, IL
Windows Surface Pro 3

Donald wants to know if the Windows Surface Pro 3 would make a good first tablet. Leo says that it's a great tablet that runs full Windows. But it's more of a computer than a tablet. That would give him the option to attach a keyboard and turn it into a full blown laptop. It's over $1,000, so it's not cheap for a tablet. If all Don needs is a device to play movies and such, then it's overkill.

How long will DVD or Blu-ray discs last?

Episode 1109

George from Santa Monica, CA
DVD

George wants to know how long Blu-ray and DVD discs will last. Leo says that the promise of DVDs and CDs is that they would last forever. But that has ended up not being true since they scratch and become unreadable as the reflective surface corrodes. Burned DVDs, however, are different and fade over a shorter time because the dyes that are used to burn the data will fade.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1083

Scott joins us to talk about Godzilla. Leo says he saw the movie last night and even though it was in 3D, there really wasn't a lot of 3D in it. It was very subtly used to more enhance the movie, rather than rely on the 3D gimmicks. Scott says that's been his argument all along. Make 3D more subtle, because extreme 3D takes you out of the movie, and so it was smart of the director to rely on "less is more."