Help? MiniDV via Coax on an inputless TV?

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  1. Greg Silberman

    Greg Silberman Auditioning

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    Hello
    A freind just calle dwith an intresing problem. He wants to be able to output the image from a miniDV camera to a television that only has antenna and a coax connection. The TV is only 3 years old but apparently does not even have a composite input.
    I believe it is his parents TV and the suggsion buy a better TV, while accurate, is not very helpful in this situation.
    Is there a composite to coax converter?
    Thanks
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  2. Drew Eckhardt

    Drew Eckhardt Stunt Coordinator

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    It's called an RF modulator and is available from your friendly neighborhood Target, Radio Shack, etc. for less than $30. I use one on all my vacations to get video up on the hotel TVs.
    [Edited last by Drew Eckhardt on November 06, 2001 at 06:49 PM]
     
  3. Todd K

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    How do these things work? If you have the converter going into the RF input on the TV, how can you get a cable television signal? Or is there a switcher on it that allows you to switch back and forth?
    Right now I'm in a situation where I have a television with only an RF input, and a DVD player (from my computer with a TV out card). Until now, the only way I could connect it was through my vcr, except I get distortion from most DVDs' macrovision encoding.
    Todd K.
     
  4. Drew Eckhardt

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    I think the one in my gear bag has a pass-through connection for Antenna/Cable which is active when there's no signal. Otherwise, you can run a $9.95 manual switch box. DVD via RF modulator on one input, VCR on the other.
     
  5. Steve Berger

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    With an RCA to "F" adapter you could also use an old Nintendo RF switch box if you have one lying around.
     

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