How do I select the right USB stick or SD card for storing my decorations?

The most popular storage devices for using AtmosFX Digital Decorations are USB sticks and SD cards: they’re both small, can hold large files, and compatible with all kinds of devices.

USB sticks and SD cards are just a storage space. They just hold and transfer data, but to play your digital download files, you'll need to connect them to a compatible media device.

USB Stick

USB sticks or "flash drives" are probably the most popular way to easily store and transfer files on a physical format. 

Keep in mind that while many external hard drives can connect to a USB plug, they are not the same as USB sticks. Connecting an external hard drive to a projector or TV USB port is usually not going to work because the external hard drive requires extra power which is usually provided by the computer it is plugged in to. Projectors and TVs don't have this ability to power power external hard

One of the great features about USB is that even though the format has improved over the years, it's still the same plug and can be used on older devices. The most recent USB version is 3.0, and it is lightning fast! However, if your USB stick is 3.0 and the device is connected to is not, it will only work as fast as the slower device.

SD Card

SD cards are an increasingly popular storage format, compatible with many cameras, laptops, tablets, and TVs on the market today. Although all SD cards look the same at first glance, there are three different versions of SD cards on the market today.

The three types of SD card are SDSC, SDHC, and SDXC.

SDSC is the oldest version. SDXC is the newest. Each upgraded version runs faster and holds more storage capacity. Because it is newer, SDXC is not compatible with many devices.


  • SDXC is compatible with the 2017 Digital Decorating Kit and Digital Decorating Kit Plus .
  • SDXC is compatible with the AtmosFX Media Player.
  • SDXC is not compatible with the 2016 Holiday Digital Decorating Kit.

If you are shopping for an SD card to play your decorations, you may want to be sure your SD card is the one of the older formats, or that your device can play the newest version.

File System Formatting

Sometimes an external device will meet all the requirements for compatibility but still won't connect to your device. What gives? 

If you run into this issue, it may be caused by a difference in the "file system" used to organize the information on your storage device and the playback device it is connected to.

Click here to see our article about formatting your USB stick or SD card, or for more information and helpful instructions!

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