How do I play digital downloads on my computer?

Digital downloads from AtmosFX are compatible with both Mac and PC computers. We use the MP4 file format for all of our videos, so as long as you can play MP4 files you’ll be all set.

Most computers already include software that can play MP4 files, but sometimes decorators need to download additional software. Also, some programs can play the files but will not let you make custom looping playlists of your decorations. There are so many programs available that can play video files, so it may be hard to pick just one. You should research to find out which program works best for your needs. If you're not sure, one solution that has worked for many decorators is a program called "VLC".

What is VLC?

VLC is a free media player for both Mac and PC that allows you to create a custom playlist of video files and have them loop continuously.  It's been around for about 17 years and has a great reputation for being safe, free, and easy to use. You can download VLC at the following link:

Making a Looping Playlist in VLC

To set up your looping playlist, locate these three buttons on your VLC window.  

  • The left button switches the window between your playlist and your video. Switching to your playlist will let you drag, drop, and/or delete videos from your playlist. When your playlist is complete, you can switch back to the video to display your decorations
  • The middle button toggles between looping modes. Pressing it once will loop one file, pressing it twice will loop all files, and pressing it a third time will turn looping off.
  • The third button toggles random playback of your playlist.

Turning off Subtitles in VLC

VLC may display the names of your decorations on screen during playback, but this setting can be turned off. You can remove the on-screen titles using the VLC Player settings. Here's how:

  1. In the top menu bar, go to the "VLC" dropdown menu and select "Preferences"
  2. In the "Preferences" window that opens up, select the "Subtitles & OSD" tab
  3. Under "On Screen Display," locate the "Enable OSD" option and deselect it

This will disable any subtitles from popping up.

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