How to Convert Video Output Signals

Over the years many of the devices used to watch television have changed. They get upgraded with newer technology. Many of these older devices are very functional and can still serve a purpose. The devices we use today generally require a television with an HDMI input. What if you want to hook up a video device that does not have an HDMI output? This is still possible using different types of converter boxes or adapters. Often times using these converter boxes can extend the life of an older playback device or game console. Let’s take a look at how to convert video output signals.

How to Convert Video Output Signals

Depending on the output of your video device, signals can be converted in many ways. Here are some of the standard outputs that have been used in the home entertainment systems over the years. Each of these signals can be converted or adapted to be used with modern televisions with an HDMI input. All of these converters will also pass through audio as well.

RCA

RCA was a standard for many devices over the years. A device like a VCR, game console or DVD player that only has RCA outputs can be converted to HDMI. This can allow older devices to be played back on modern televisions. This RCA converter will display at 720 and 1080p.

S-Video

S-Video was a popular format for a few years. Many camcorders and some game consoles used this standard. By using this S- Video converter box, video can be displayed on a television or monitor with an HDMI input.

Y/Pb/Pr Component Video

YPbPr is a standard used by some game consoles like the Xbox 360 and the PS4. This can be converted to HDMI using this simple YPbPr adapter.

DVI

A simple DVI adapter can convert a DVI signal to HDMI or vice versa. In some cases, you may have a monitor or video projector that only takes a DVI input.

VGA

VGA is generally used with computer monitors and some display televisions. This can be converted using a simple VGA conversion box. It is useful for computers that only have VGA display ports.

Conclusion

As you can see there are many different ways one can convert video output signals. If you have a device that is not compatible with your television, chances are there is an adapter or converter box that will allow it to be displayed on your television or monitor.

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