digital picture frames

How can I create Harry Potter style portraits?

Episode 1186

Kerry from Marina Del Rey, CA

Kerry is a digital artist and loves to create cinemagraphs, which are animated GIFs. Sadly, there's no way to display them. He was wondering if he could use an Android mini PC stick or Raspberry Pi to drive it with a flatscreen monitor. Leo says that's a great idea since they have HDMI out. And then attach a wooden frame around the monitor with a matte. Leo says that's very clever. Kerry uses an app called QuickPick that displays cinemagraphs via Android in a slide show concept.

How can I get better images on my digital picture frame?

Episode 1050

Carlo from Ontario, CAN

Carlo wants to create a digital picture frame with an HD display, but the quality hasn't always been great. Leo says it's probably because he's using JPG files that when blown up large, it shows artifacts. Leo suggests exporting higher quality images, but Carlo says the JPGs are 36 Megapixels. Leo says it's not the megapixels, but the file size. JPG is what we call a "Lossy" compression technology, which takes little bits out that wouldn't be noticed at smaller sizes. If he uses a lossless compression, such as the TIFF file format, then every dot from the original image will be intact.

How can I share photos with someone remotely?

Episode 1020

Brad from Atlanta, GA

Brad would like to create a private YouTube channel that will give him the ability to put pictures on it so his elderly Aunt can see them online. Leo says that a better option is an internet enabled smart digital picture frame that he can update remotely. She does have internet access and an HD TV, so could he use the Chromecast to do this? Leo says he could, but Brad would have to travel to his Aunt's and set it up because it would have to see her Wi-Fi. She would have to learn how to access YouTube from the Chromecast, too.

Where could I find a very large digital picture frame?

Vizio XVT323SV 32-Inch Full HD 1080p LED LCD HDTV

Episode 885

Jim from Walnut Creek, CA

Jim is looking for a large digital picture frame, perhaps something as big as 27". Leo suggests Big eFrame, but Jim thinks those are too bright and and won’t change pictures longer than once every 30 seconds. Leo says the larger digital picture frames are expensive, and he might be better off buying an HDTV. These days, TVs have USB and other card slots, and can do slide shows.