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In 2012 most new DVD players will have an all digital connection to the
new digital HDTVs. This is the best way to connect a DVD player to an
HDTV because you get potentially near high definition video plus audio,
in one cable connection. This connection is called HDMI for High
Definition Multimedia Interface.
Most TV sets sold in the last
years are High Def
LCD or Plasma sets with at least one HDMI input port. The newer DVD
upconvert a 480 standard resolution DVD to near high definition video
resolution but can only do this using the HDMI connection.
Connect DVD player to TV using an HDMI cable.
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Select the proper HDMI source input on the TV using the TVs remote.
Insert DVD into DVD player, press PLAY and you are all done,
watch your video on your TV.
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HDMI is the only connection you need but there are other options. Some
TV sets are not digital and cannot connect using HDMI. Then there is
the surround sound option. Most DVDs have surround sound but you need a
surround sound system to be able to take advantage of the audio on the
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 (standard definition 480 video), a single yellow
RCA cable, or
(2) S-video (standard definition 480 video), a four-pin black cable
(3) Component video (480, up to 720p, 1080i), three RCA cables colored
green, blue and red.
(4) HDMI (480, up to 720p, 1080p), 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 or 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 (4), the advantage
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 RCA jack) for multi-channel
(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.
- HDMI can
also be used for surround sound but you need an HDMI connection from
DVD player to surround sound processor and another HDMI connection from
the processor to the HDTV. The processor can be an audio/video receiver
or home theater in-a-box with Dolby Digital 5.1 or more capability.
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
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 modulator. 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.
- Frequently Asked Questions:
DVD give me high definition?
No, DVD is not high definition video. Upconverting DVD players can
simulate near HD video but this is not really HD. If you want High
Definition then you've got to get a Bluray player and Bluray Disc
component video connection give me high definition?
Component video is capable of 720p and 1080i which is high definition,
but you would need a Blu-ray player and a Blu-ray disc movie as the
source, and an HDTV. Only HDMI is capable of 1080p, the highest current
video resolution for HD. Remember, component video is analog
(analog/digital conversion required) and starting in 2011, new Blu-ray
players will down-rez or limit the video resolution of component video
I connect my player to get surround sound?
Connect your DVD player or Bluray player to your audio/video receiver
or home theater system using either an optical or RCA coaxial, digital
audio cable (or HDMI) for Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS surround sound. For
Dolby TrueHD surround sound, you need to use an HDMI cable connection
to your A/V receiver or home theater system with decoding capability
for Dolby TrueHD.
Dolby TrueHD is the successor
to Dolby Digital surround and is a lossless advanced multi-channel
audio codec intended for Bluray Disc audio.
Lossless audio compression is
in contrast to lossy audio compression (Dolby Digital) where data is
lost during compression. Lossless compression allows the original exact
data to be reconstructed from the compressed information. You hear the
sound as the producer intended, with no loss of data, for an as real as
possible audio experience.
480i or 480p video resolution?
DVD is capable of storing
video at 480i or 480p (or 576 in PAL countries) however most DVDs you
find for the consumer market are 480i video resolution. Recordable DVD
is also recorded as 480i because of compatibility for the majority of
DVD players. DVD arrived in 1997 in the USA when almost all TV sets
were designed for analog video (NTSC) using a 525 line interlaced video
display standard. This was an interlaced (i) world at that time. For
progressive (p) you would need a progressive scan DVD player.
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