S-VIDEO Vs. RGB SCART which is better?

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  1. Kurt Leutfeld

    Kurt Leutfeld Auditioning

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    I have a VHS (PAL) video recorder and a DVD player, both have S-VIDEO and RGB output. My TV has 2 scart inputs 1 RGB & 1 S-VIDEO, which should I use to connect the VCR and DVD?

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    Kurt
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    Easy. Hook up the DVD player with the RGB (Component video). The DVD being a much higher-quality source will benifit more from the better connection.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. Rob Gillespie

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    Kurt, are you sure about the VCR having S-video out? I've never seen that except on SuperVHS models.
     
  4. Allan Jayne

    Allan Jayne Cinematographer

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    I, too, have not seen a non-super VHS VCR with S-video output, but it would give slightly improved tape playback. On the tape, luminance and color are separate.
    Even on S-VHS VCR's, whether the S-video output gives a better picture for tuned in broacasts depends on whether the comb filter in the VCR (using S-video cable) is better than that in your TV (using composite cable).
    If the TV accepts both RGB and component video, there is always a manual selection, switch or menu entry, to specify which.
    RGB from a VCR is for convenience. There is nothing present in the video (either NTSC or PAL) that RGB can deliver that S-video can't.
    Any one cable with SCART plugs can handle RGB or S-video but not both at the same time.
    Other video hints:
    http://members.aol.com/ajaynejr/video.htm
     

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