How to Convert HDMI to Composite Cable ?

A large quantity of people use video sources with HDMI as the only video output. Although HDMI outputs transmit stunning high-definition signals, but there can be a problem if people want to connect the newest devices with older analog televisions or to keep different video formats. The output is coming from an HDMI port through converters and scalers, and this whole process is called transcoding which can produce an analog or composite signal. The converted video output will almost be able to match with any video device with the most standard inputs.


Step 1
If you have been using the device with a display that presents resolution of 1080p, then you should reset this device back to a resolution that is less than 1080p. Large quantities of converter devices are not able to accept 1080p inputs. Go to the user setup menu, and then click on “Output Resolution” and choosing 1080i, 720p, 480p or 480i. Make sure that you handle this process before you disconnect the device from an HD display which will show you all optional resolutions.

Step 2
Plug one end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI output on the source Blu-ray, gaming system, satellite or cable box. Plug the other side of the HDMI cable into the HDMI input on the converter.

Step 3
Link the red cable from outputs on the converter with the inputs on the display or other signal source. Follow the same procedure to connect the white/yellow component composite audio and video cables from converter with your display device.

Step 4
Plug in the converter’s AC power adapter. Turn on the source, converter, television and/or recording devices separately. Search for a signal from the source to show on screen.

Some scalers and converters can not deal with High Definition Content Protection. This means devices and software that mandate this protocol form the HDMI output will not be allowed to transmit a signal to the box. The second and last, sometimes video scalers may slightly change or downrange the video signal. If this situation happens might cause that the picture shift to one side or the other, outlines of objects may be vague or the color quality may be lower.


Andrew Lu - Marketing Manager - Shopper+ Networks Canada

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