How do I play digital downloads?
Digital downloads can work on many different types of devices.
Before ordering your decorations, it's important to know how digital downloads will work with your particular decorating tools.
Will Digital Downloads Work on My Computer?
Digital downloads work on any operating system. Whether you have Windows, Mac, or even Linux, you can use digital downloads.
All you need to download your decorations is a reliable internet connection and some free storage space. Digital downloads can range from a few hundred megabytes (MB) for a single scene, to over 6 gigabytes (GB) for a complete collection.
Digital downloads arrive in compressed .zip files. Almost every computer includes pre-installed software to open these files. All you need to do is double-click. Once decompressed, the video files are in .mp4 format.
Downloading on mobile devices is not recommended. For more information on that topic, please visit this article:
Will Digital Downloads Work on My Projector/TV?
Playing AtmosFX digital downloads on any projector or TV requires the following features/settings:
- Can accept a storage media like USB or SD card
- Can play .mp4 files, which is the video format we use for digital downloads
- Has a "repeat" or "loop" function to continuously play the decorations
If your TV or projector does not have one or more of these features, you can still use digital downloads by connecting video inputs on your TV or projector to another device which can play digital downloads.
Remember, if you are having issues with your projector, TV, or other device, please contact the manufacturer. AtmosFX loves helping out our fellow decorators, but non-AtmosFX products are outside of our expertise. Contacting your product manufacturer, or visiting their online support forums, is the best way to get solutions for using your non-AtmosFX devices.
Can I burn digital downloads to a DVD?
Though it is possible, AtmosFX does not recommend burning your digital downloads to DVD for a number of reasons.
Most importantly, you would lose a lot of video quality downgrading from 1080p HD to DVD format, which is limited to 480i resolution.
Apart from the reduction of image quality, it's also a fairly complicated process. Burning video DVDs that can work in a DVD player requires special software which can be expensive and often difficult to use. Dragging and dropping the video files onto a blank disc will not produce a DVD that you can play in a DVD player. However, if you have the know-how and need a DVD, it is possible. AtmosFX can not recommend a specific DVD burning software because there are so many different options on the market which cater to a wide variety of needs.
If you have any questions about using digital downloads, let us know!