TV Out With Arduino

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This Instructable is for those who would like to use your Arduino to output to a TV. Granted the Arduino is only powerful enough to produce a black and white picture it can still be fun to play with and useful for some projects.

Step 1: Item List

Things you will need:
Hardware
- Arduino
- A TV
- A Protoboard or PCB
- 2 Resistors
1x 470 ohm ( Yellow, Violet, Brown )
1x 1k ohm ( Brown, Black, Red )
- 2x 2-Pin headers ( Only 3 are used but the 4th helps with stability )
- Spare RCA cord you don't mind cutting up
Software
- Arduino Software ( http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software )
- The TVout library ( http://code.google.com/p/arduino-tvout/ )

Step 2: Assembly

Ok I had already made this connector piece before I decided to make an Instructable.. And I apologize for the poor quality of the images, my cell phone's camera isn't the best but I think you'll get the point.

I got this schematic from the TVout Libraries Google code website: http://code.google.com/p/arduino-tvout/

Step 3: Programming

Now for the fun part... Programming...

When it comes to the TVout Library there is a new version but it's still in beta and I've found it to be buggy so I just use the R5.91 release ( http://code.google.com/p/arduino-tvout/downloads/detail?name=TVout_R5.91.zip&can=2&q= )

I'm assuming you have a basic knowledge of Arduino programming so I won't go into too much detail here.. For a complete list of commands for the TVout Library go here ( http://code.google.com/p/arduino-tvout/wiki/FDcomplete )

Step 4: Finished Product

Now this is just the start... There is so many possibilities with this, One website really shows how the Arduino can be used as a game console ( http://nootropicdesign.com/hackvision/games.html )

Also I plan on releasing more projects to further explore uses of the Arduino and TVout library

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63 Discussions

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devicemodder

9 months ago

Can i get a link to buy that screen?

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msameer39

1 year ago

How can I get the bitmap converted into arduino readable file?

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msameer39

1 year ago

That is great. I am going to try it

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mpetković1

2 years ago

I'm having troubles using this library. I use DHT22 sensor and BMP180 sensor. When i call read function of each sensor it returns me nonsense(DHT22 sensor says it's -999 % humidity and barometric sensor says it's 0 degrees C and 2.34 hPa pressure). Can anyone help me? I would appreciate any advice.

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JordanM148

2 years ago

Guys how about the input of the message? does it by manual input using keyboard? or by sending message through cellphones?

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JonathanR119

2 years ago

is this compatible with arduino mega 2560?

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JonathanR119

2 years ago

hi sir...what pin should I use if I'm using arduino mega 2560?..

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AaravM

3 years ago

it isnt working it shows

Arduino: 1.6.8 (Windows 7), Board: "Arduino/Genuino Uno"

C:\Users\Mohit\Documents\Arduino\sketch_mar29d\sketch_mar29d.ino:1:19: fatal error: TVout.h: No such file or directory

#include <TVout.h>

^

compilation terminated.

exit status 1

Error compiling for board Arduino/Genuino Uno.

This report would have more information with

"Show verbose output during compilation"

option enabled in File -> Preferences.

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TekiT2AaravM

Reply 2 years ago

Have u added the library?

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jerry.ericsson2AaravM

Reply 3 years ago

I had that same problem to begin with. The way they constructed the code for the examples seems to be a bit wanky, I ended up locating that file as well as the FONT files and copying them to the first subdirectory under Libary. Worked after that.

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AaravM

3 years ago

where is the code i cant find which code to use

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nmcainAaravM

Reply 3 years ago

It is in the .ino file which will automatically be opened by arduino.

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HarryS42

3 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing the good experience for me. I am just step into beginner stage. Hope many of us are happy with your support on Arduino work.

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u971

3 years ago

Thanks for this it was easy and fun to make and play with.

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DmitryI

3 years ago

It would be nice to use it for Arduino Oscilloscope on that screen.

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RocketmanR

3 years ago

I have a mac and I don't know how to download the library? Can some one please help

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DataLoreBorg

3 years ago

Does the 470ohm resistor have to be exactly that? because I am having a hard time finding that and I don't really want to buy one because radio shack is really far away. If it doesn't then what's the best repacement.

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No it doesn't need to be exact, I put two 330ohm in parallel with one 330ohm in series with them. and it works just fine. ( although i think with 470 the image would be better!)

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Neel Dhebar

4 years ago on Introduction

I get the following error:

Arduino: 1.6.4 (Windows 8.1), Board: "Arduino Uno"
Build options changed, rebuilding all
C:\Users\Neel\Downloads\arduino-1.6.4-windows (1)\arduino-1.6.4\hardware\tools\avr/bin/avr-g++ -c -g -Os -Wall -Wextra -fno-exceptions -ffunction-sections -fdata-sections -fno-threadsafe-statics -MMD -mmcu=atmega328p -DF_CPU=16000000L -DARDUINO=10604 -DARDUINO_AVR_UNO -DARDUINO_ARCH_AVR -IC:\Users\Neel\Downloads\arduino-1.6.4-windows (1)\arduino-1.6.4\hardware\arduino\avr\cores\arduino -IC:\Users\Neel\Downloads\arduino-1.6.4-windows (1)\arduino-1.6.4\hardware\arduino\avr\variants\standard C:\Users\Neel\AppData\Local\Temp\build7370315261520868212.tmp\TVInterface.cpp -o C:\Users\Neel\AppData\Local\Temp\build7370315261520868212.tmp\TVInterface.cpp.o
TVInterface.ino:1:19: fatal error: TVout.h: No such file or directory
compilation terminated.
Error compiling.