One of the most enjoyable hobbies is definitely the Karaoke. If you have stored on your PC o Mac a lot of karaoke songs, now you can set up a professional Home Karaoke System with your laptop and TV.
In this article we will show just how connect your PC/Mac to TV for Karaoke, using just the following things:
> Karaoke player software: Kanto Karaoke (available for Windows PCs and Mac OS X)
> TV with VGA or HDMI input
> VGA or HDMI cable to connect PC to TV (and see lyrics on the big screen of your TV or Smart TV)
1. Download and install Kanto Player on your PC/Mac
Kanto Karaoke is one of the best (and free) karaoke player on the market to enjoy karaoke at home or for professional use. It supports a lot of karaoke files like cdg+mp3, cdg+wav, .kar, .mid, .mp3, .avi, .wmv, .mp4, ecc…
Download and install it on your PC or Mac from this download page.
Once installed you will see this main interface:
To import and play your karaoke songs with Kanto Karaoke, you just need to drag and drop them into the Playlist section (on the right) or click on the bottom right “OPEN FILE“. Once opened, if the song contains lyrics, you will see the words in the central screen of the program.
2. Connect your PC/Mac to TV
Now we will show you how to connect PC/Mac to the TV screen so that you will be able to see karaoke sliding words on your TV (while you manage the songs to play on your computer, with Kanto karaoke player).
You need or VGA Cable or a HDMI cable (or DVI-HDMI) to connect TV and laptop. Once done the connection, you have to set your PC so that the desktop will be “extended” on the TV’s monitor. To do this on your Windows PC follow these steps:
> On Windows XP right click on the desktop and select “Proprieties“, then go to “Settings” tab.
> On Windows Vista right click on the desktop and select “Customize“, and then click on “Display Settings“.
> On Windows 7, right click on the desktop and select “Screen Resolution“.
> On Windows 8 and Windows 10 go to the search box (bottom left) and search for “Resolution” and click on “Edit Screen Resolution”
In all these cases, a settings screen will appear and here you will be able to configure the TV screen (if it is properly connected to the PC):
Number 1 is the PC monitor, the number “2” should be the TV monitor. Select this second monitor and then select the option “Extend desktop for this display“.Make also sure that the resolution is optimal and finally click “Apply“.
If you did everything right you should see the desktop background on your TV. This means that the laptop considers the TV as a separate (and extended) monitor that contains a part of the desktop.
3. Open Karaoke window on your TV
Return to Kanto Karaoke program and click on DUAL SCREEN to open a new window. This window can be moved to the part of the screen you see on your TV. That’s all! You just have now to play your favorite karaoke songs and start singing by reading the sliding words on the big screen of your TV!
If you have a MAC, please see this video tutorial to transfer the dual display to another monitor or TV:
Have a good fun with Karaoke!