S-Video to RCA Connecter


Introduction: S-Video to RCA Connecter

How to build a computer to TV converter or s-video to RCA
originally from link
Sorry i decided to make this instuctable after i made the converter

Step 1: Get Your Parts

An electronics store should carry all of these parts but your store may not.

1.S-Video connector link
2. RCA connector and cable ( I salvaged mine)
3. 470pf ceramic capacitor (I already Had One)
4. Wire
5. Solder
6. Soldering iron

Step 2: Build

follow the instructions on how to build it

Pin Out
1. Y Ground
2. C Ground
3. Y Data
4. C Data

First connect the Capacitor to pins 3 and 4, then connect 3 and 4 to RCA Data.
Second connect pins 1 and 2 to RCA ground.
third close it up and try it out.

Step 3: Try It Out

Plug it into your computer and your TV.
Of course your have to fiddle with settings.
First put your TV into TV\Video Mode.
Then on your computer right click on your desktop and select Properties.
Next select the settings tab and click advanced and turn your display to TV.
You also may need to adjust your resolution settings.
this project will work but wont give you excellent quality text but is good for movies and other media.



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    works perfect, didn't use the capacitor, not sure what it would do to help the picture. More then happy with the quality on a 55" plasma. Thanks de-evolution

    If your video is b&w then you used the wrong wire. Look here http://moviespics.wcgame.ru/s-video-pinout.html

    If you use pins 3 and 1 you will get b&w.
    If you use pins 4 and 2 you will get color.

    I have a problem it displays Black and White picture only not color please help why ??

    Can someone please tell me why i need a capacitor? ive seen this done without a capacitor, and it dosent seem to hurt anything

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    We work on Polycom Video Conferencing units and if you have an auxilary video source that you would like to add to the system. You need to connect it to the S-Video connection. The same happens as with "GAUZZ". Due to the Y and C not being fused together properly. I'm not sure if the cap will work, but I'm curious to try it. We recommend that you use a scaler instead of this cable. Even though we've seen it work.

    where to plug rca connector

    does it matter the voltage of the 470pf ceramic capacitor
    i have found a few on jameco.com but not sure which to get

    could a electrolytic capacitor be used in place of the ceramic?

    There are lots of mini-din connectors, S-video is a 4 pin. See this wikipedia link for a run down.

    Helpp please!!!

    I did a cable without the capacitor but it only works for less than a second, then everything goes black.

    Do you believe if I use the cap it'll work? Also in what kind of electronics I can find one? I cant find a place that sells a pf anything.

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    So... I finally did it, the cables were not connected well so I fixed it without the need of a capacitor.


    Worked for me without the capacitor as well.

    hey dose anyone have the coding for a VGA cable

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    Hi, I have made my 4 pin S-Video to Composite...I think thats what it is....cable but I have to test it yet...I am catching up to all the ideas I got from here on Instructables...lol, I am having a great time...fooooooood!

    All you need is Pins 2 and 4. Ground and Color (Chrominance). Pin 3 is for gray scale video. So with people using 2wire cables just put red to RCA Data and white to RCA Ground. The capacitor is not needed but it helps to clear up the picture a bit, kinda like a weak drop amp.

    I have also run into the same problem as jbulldog my S-Video only has 2 wires, a red and a white and inside each wires is another wire. Any idea which would work as ground and which works as the video feed???

    don't need a Capacitor it´s work whit out it