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s-vid male to composite female

Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Reviews' started by Boothbay, Feb 19, 2013.

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  1. Boothbay

    Boothbay Thread Starter

    Sep 28, 2008
    I have such an adapter...but wondering how it works. With the setup I mentioned in the subject title, if I attach a composite male to the female and plug the s-vid into my older dvd player...would I get the S-Vid response? Also, in a reverse setup would I get a composite response? BTW, the source is coming from my pc's tv tuner.
  2. cwwozniak

    cwwozniak Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Nov 28, 2005
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    Here are the long answers to your questions.

    S-Video uses two separate signals. The first one is luminance and contains the picture brightness details and composite sync. It is the same as a black and white television signal. The other signal is called chrominance and contains high frequency color information. They are combined on a composite color video signal. Keeping them separate give a slightly higher picture quality

    A simple adapter such as yours might just have some capacitors, coils, and resistors. They act as high pass and low pass filters when you feed in a composite video signal and output S-Video. In this case, the S-Video signal will not look any better better than the original composite signal.

    Running S-Video into such an adapter just mixes the two signals to make one composite signal.
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