video install trouble

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  1. Christopher R.

    Christopher R. Auditioning

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    Does anyone know an easy and preferably cheap way to convert a composite video signal to component level?
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    Scott_AH Stunt Coordinator

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    Didn't he say "cheap" when he asked?

    Scott
     
  4. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    Yes, he said 'cheap' and .. this IS cheap.

    Look, the most expensive part of your television is called the 'comb filter'. It's job is to convert Composite to SVideo. Another circuit converts this to Component.

    Televisions are judged by how good their comb filters are. These circuits are expensive, needing high-quality components and laboratory-bench equipment to adjust.

    You can get outboard converters. Farajuda makes a nice one for about $12,000. There is some professional gear available from MarkerTek for about $3,000.

    It IScan units for $600-$800 ARE cheap by comparision.
     
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    dougW Stunt Coordinator

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    Why would you even want to convert composite to component? That is my first question. [​IMG] Just so you only go to TV with 1 set of component cables for your VCR?
    Lex
     
  6. Allan Jayne

    Allan Jayne Cinematographer

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    Note: the iScan unit (any version) outputs progressive (480p) component video and you typically need an HDTV ready TV set to make use of that. (You can also use a computer monitor) I don't yet know of any outboard device that converts composite or S-video into regular (480i interlaced) component video.
    Video hints:
    http://members.aol.com/ajaynejr/video.htm
     
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