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   I purchased a DVD player, now, how do I hookup my DVD player?
  



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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.

  • Basically 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.


  • HOOKUP OPTIONS:

    You have several connection options for a DVD player. For the video connection, you choose one of three (or four) types of connections, either

    (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 output.

    You only 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 YELLOW 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 sound or
    (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.

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  • LET'S BEGIN:

    VIDEO (Picture)

    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. 





    Figure 1

    NOTE: If your TV does not have RCA  audio/video jacks (yellow, red, white) then you will have to use a RF modulator box in order to hookup the DVD player to the TV.

    AUDIO (Sound)

    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!



    Figure 1: 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.






Figure 2: 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 these 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 and DVD Connections.

 
More options 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.

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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 is optional.

DVD recorder to TV connection.


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 TV.

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 DVD recorder.

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 protection.


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 videos.

How to copy from VCR to DVD

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 on DVD.



 

 
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