How to Configure Video Files for a Projector

Presentations for larger audiences require the larger display of a projector. For businesses using a projector to show video files, the files often have to be configured in the video player for optimum display. Configuring the video files does not change the files themselves, only the settings of the display to better match the projector being used.
Step 1
Connect the projector to your computer. Change your computer’s desktop settings to extend the desktop to include the projector. Right-click on the desktop and choose the “Screen Resolution” option. Select the option “Extend these displays” under the “Multiple Displays” selection and then press “OK” to create a single display encompassing both your computer monitor and the projector.
Step 2
Start the video player that you intend to use for displaying the video files by double-clicking on the player icon. Drag the player onto the projector portion of the display. This will allow the player to display in full screen mode on the projector section of the desktop when the video is started.
Step 3
Use the “File” menu in the player to load the video file into the player.
Step 4
Go to the player “options” menu. Set the player to start playing in full screen mode and hide the player controls while the video is playing.
Step 5
Select the option for maintaining the aspect ratio of the video file. This will prevent the player from stretching the file to fit widescreen displays or cutting off the edges of widescreen video files to fit within a standard display projector.
Step 6
Play the video file on the projector to test the settings. Examine the picture quality of the video. Use the contrast and brightness controls of the player to make any necessary corrections to the video for clarity. Save any changes made for future use when you run the file for others.