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Cure for Video Interference

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by DaleC, Jan 26, 2005.

  1. DaleC

    DaleC Agent

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    Hi there,
    I bought a new DVD player about 2 weeks ago, and I've noticed that when I watch anything on disks, there is some video interference. The interference is diagonal lines across the screen. It's really hard to notice sometimes, but when there is a solid, bright background (eg: a hospital wall in Law & Order), it's easy to see.

    Does anyone have a cure for this? I'm assuming that it's a problem with the S-Video cable that I'm using. So, if I change to a better quality cable, should that solve my problems, or is it better to use component cables over the S-Video (Something I've never been quite clear on).

    Thanks for any input.
     
  2. Dave Poehlman

    Dave Poehlman Producer

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    You should see a slight increase in picture quality using a component connection over an s-video.

    As far as your interference issue goes, it could be a number of causes (rf interference, improperly grounded circuit, etc..) but, I'd check the cable first. Try switching to a quality component cable and let us know your results.
     
  3. DaleC

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    Changing cables seems to have fixed the problem. I guess it was just a crappy S-Video cable. I'll go pick up a decent one today.
     
  4. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    Dale - try your old cable but:

    - Make sure the SVideo cable does not run in parallel with any power wires. This includes AC power and speaker wires.

    - Make sure the SVideo cable does not try to do sharp bends. This is really bad for video cables.

    Now look for interference.

    If you do by a new cable, I like the AR Pro2 cables you can get at Sears or Best Buy. Or for only a few bucks more, places like www.bluejeanscables.com can build you a custom cable using stuff normally sold to broadcast houses. Not mega-bucks by any means.
     

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