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- Most DVD
players have 3 or 4 video connection options and 3 audio connection
options. You only need one of the video hookups to get a picture on
your TV. You only need one of the audio hookups to get sound.
what you need to do, is get a video signal from your DVD player to your
TV so you can see a picture and also get an audio signal from your DVD
player to your TV (or Audio/Video Receiver) so you can hear sound.
- Your disc
(movie) contains the video and audio information, and your DVD player
will read this data off the disc and send it to your connected TV.
- Your DVD
player OUTPUTS to your TV INPUTS.
- You need
to connect cables from your DVD player output jacks to your TV (or
audio/video receiver) input jacks so you can enjoy the picture and
sound of the movie.
You have several connection options for a DVD player. For the video
connection, you choose one of three (or four) types of connections,
(1) Composite video, a single yellow RCA cable, or
(2) S-video, a four-pin black cable connector, or
(3) Component video, three RCA cables colored green, blue and red.
(4) HDMI, newer DVD players have video up-conversion thru an HDMI
need one of above video connections.
Usually composite video (1) is the choice for most people because this
cable is typically provided with the DVD player. It is
in color on the cable connector and the jack.
If you use an S-Video (2) connection instead of composite video, you
will get slightly better video or
if you use a 3 cable component
video (3) connection instead,
you could get even better video. Your TV however, must have input jacks
to accommodate S-Video and component video connections. Most larger new
TV sets made today have all these inputs but always check to be sure.
If you have an HDTV with HDMI inputs and your DVD player has a HDMI
output, then you may choose to connect using HDMI, the advantage being
better video and the audio is also sent over the same cable.
- For the audio
connection, you can choose either
(1) 2-channel analog stereo, white and red RCA cables, or if you have a
home theater setup,
(2) coaxial digital (usually an orange jack) for multi-channel surround
(3) optical (Toslink) digital audio for multi-channel surround sound.
Multi-channel surround sound such as Dolby Digital 5.1 requires
decoding of the audio bitstream from the DVD, usually performed by an audio/video
receiver, and 6 loudspeakers
positioned around the listener.
of Audio and Video jacks, connectors, cable types
The option for most people would be to connect (plug in) a yellow tip
cable (RCA type) into the yellow video out jack on the back of the DVD
player and plug in the other end of this cable into the yellow video IN
jack on your TV (video IN). This cable may have been included with your
DVD player. This cable is all you need for video.
your TV does not have RCA audio/video jacks (yellow, red,
white) then you will have to use a RF
box in order to hookup the DVD player to the TV.
Now for the audio, plug in a white tip cable (RCA type) into the white
audio jack on the back of your DVD player and plug in the other end of
this cable into the white audio IN jack on your TV (audio IN). For
stereo sound you need to also plug in a red tip cable (RCA) into the
red audio jack on the back of the DVD player and plug in the other end
of this cable into the red audio jack on your TV (audio IN). The white
and red audio jacks are next to each other, on the DVD player and TV.
You are now connected and ready to go.
- You need
to make sure you have selected the proper source for your DVD player on
your TV by pressing the "VIDEO" button (or comparable button) on your
TV remote control until you see your DVD player's output on the TV
screen. Make sure the DVD player and the TV are both powered ON and you
have a disc inserted in the DVD player. Press PLAY on the DVD
player. Sit back and enjoy the show!
Composite Video hookup from DVD Player to TV. Analog audio (stereo)
2-channel sound connection to TV with stereo speakers. This connection
option is how many consumers choose to setup their DVD player and TV
since the cables are typically supplied with the DVD player and many TV
sets today have A/V input jacks which accommodate this configuration.
Although this setup is all you need to enjoy movies on DVD, there are
other choices which will give you even better video and audio.
Example showing DVD Player hookup using composite video (yellow) and
stereo (red & white) audio cables.
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What if I do not have any of
jacks on the back of my TV?
For those people who own an older TV
set with only a rabbit-ears antenna connection
or RF 75 ohm coax (cable TV) connection, and you want to hookup your
DVD player, never fear, you can still do it but you will have to buy a
device called an RF
These boxes are available locally at your retail stores like Radio
Shack or Wal-Mart. They cost about $20 and allow you to connect your
DVD player with Composite Video jacks up to your older TV set.
With the switch to digital broadcast TV in 2009 you will also need a
DTV converter box. Here is a hookup diagram showing how to connect DVD
player, RF Modulator and TV. More
on the switch to digital broadcast TV.
Need to add a VCR to the mix? This hookup diagram shows how to connect
it all up. Set the VCR to channel 3 or 4 and select TV channels with
the converter box remote.
For more information on RF modulators see RF Modulators
for video and audio connections.
If your TV has an S-Video jack, you can use a 4-pin S-Video cable
instead of the yellow RCA video cable to connect your DVD player to
your TV. If your TV has the three red, green, blue component video
jacks, you can use a three cable (RCA) red, green, blue, component
video connection instead of the S-video. Component video is better than
S-video or composite video.
There are also DVD players now with another option for connecting video
and audio. DVD players with a HDMI digital output jack can connect to a
digital TV with similar input jacks. HDMI is digital video and digital
audio all in one cable connection.
Standard DVD has been around since 1997 and provides good video, but
the newer Blu-ray disc movies provide up to 1080p video resolution.
Blu-ray players also play standard DVD discs. Combining a Blu-ray
player with a 1080p HDTV over a HDMI connection, you get the current
maximum video crispness available. Colors are deeper and the newer
audio is the best you can get.
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Copying old video
tapes to DVD.
You can copy your old video tapes to a DVD using a DVD recorder and
your TV. Old Betamax recorders and VHS recorders typically have a RCA
video input port and a RCA video output port, usually a round yellow
port on the rear of the recorder. You will want to connect a RCA
connecting cable from the video OUTPUT port on the Betamax or VHS
recorder to the yellow video INPUT port on the DVD recorder. You also
need an audio connection. Audio ports can be a black round RCA port or
a white round RCA port. Usually they are labeled AUDIO IN or AUDIO OUT.
You will want to connect a RCA cable from the Betamax or VHS recorder's
AUDIO OUT to the DVD recorder's AUDIO INPUT. If you have a red port
also, this is for stereo sound and you can connect another RCA cable,
red out to red input like the other audio connection. This connection
DVD recorder to TV
You need to connect the DVD recorder to the TV with a RCA video cable
and a RCA audio cable. Connect a RCA video cable from the yellow video
OUTPUT port on the DVD recorder to the yellow video INPUT port on the
TV. Connect a RCA audio cable from the audio OUTPUT port on the DVD
recorder to the audio INPUT port on the TV. Usually the audio port is
white on the TV and the DVD recorder.
Select the input on the
Using the TV remote, set
the TV input to the DVD recorder's cable connections. If you do not
select the proper input, you will not see the DVD recorder's output.
Select the input on the
Using the DVD recorder's
remote, select the input for the Betamax or VHS recorder's cable
connections. If you do not select the proper input, the DVD will not be
created with the proper content.
Copy protected tapes.
Commercial movies may not
copy to DVD.
DVD recorders with copy
Newer DVD recorders have a much more narrow allowance for copying
commercial tapes. The older models were more permissive. However you
should have no problem copying your self-created tapes like family
How to copy from VCR to
Once you have connected
all the cables, Insert a blank DVD in the DVD recorder. Select a
recording speed. Insert your tape in the VCR. Press record on the DVD
recorder and press PLAY on the VCR. When done, press stop on the DVD
recorder and the VCR.
You now have your tapes