RCA to HDMI : Convert Signals with Converters and Cables

RCA connectors were developed in 1940 by Radio Corporation of America and have been the most common analog video and audio connectors till today. However, modern equipment with much greater resolution and quality demand the use of High Definition Multimedia Interface(HDMI) for their increased bandwidth and quality. Therefore there is an obvious need for ways to convert signals between RCA and HDMI connectors.

In order to achieve the signal conversion, you need an active converter box with a power supply (optional) and electronics inside to do the analog to digital conversion. Depending on your needs, there are a variety of converter boxes in the market  that can pull off RCA to HDMI conversions.

AGPtek Mini HDMI to AV converter

AGPtek Mini HDMI to AV converterI will take you through some of the products that can help you convert signals from RCA to HDMI and vice versa. First we have the AGPtek Mini HDMI to AV converter that retails for about 30 dollars.

This very affordable gadget is easy to use and portable. If your need is just to output 480i or 480p HDMI signals then this is the device for you.

It doesn’t require external power and the converted signal is free of any noise. The video output is clean and crisp with good color translation and perfect audio across all frequencies. This only works if the user remembers to set the output resolution to 680*480 and audio mix to stereo. Anything above this results to low and distorted output.

AGPtek-CVBS RCA to HDMI

Next we have the AGPtek-CVBS RCA  to HDMI 1080P Signal Converter Adapter Switch Box which is a bit pricey compared to the mini. As the name indicates, the gadget can convert analog CVBS and RCA signals to HDMI and is best suited for a user who has a resolution demand of up to 1080P.

The gadget also has a data center control, information distribution, conference room presentation and much more.It is easy to use and connects with most recent game consoles, HD players and DVDs.The output resolution can be set to the user’s liking and the output is free of noise and the video is super clear with fantastic color translations.

SCART & S-VIDEO TO HDMI 1080 Converter

Finally we have the Coosis Scart and S-Video to HDMI 1080 Converter. This advanced device offers a very easy way to convert analog SCART, S-Video or RCA inputs to a digital HDMI output of up to 1080P resolution.

It accepts both PAL and NTSC formats and can take analog audio and encode it into the HD video signal for HDMI output. Each conversion is programmed with wide-range output resolution and 4 output image aspects ratios to meet different display requirements. It offers connections to almost all game consoles and players.
SCART to hdmi

This is my device of choice so I may tend to be a bit bias but from experience. Coosis assures high quality output with an easy to use platform.

There is a trendy HDMI to RCA cable that is in the market. Some shoppers may get confused by the name and find themselves purchasing the cable in the hope of converting signals from RCA to HDMI. Please note that the cable is unidirectional in the sense that it supports only HDMI input and 3 RCA output.

 

HDMI to RCA Converters or Cable. What to buy

So, you have a great game system, laptop or even a DVD player and the only output from it is HDMI. However, the only inputs you have available are RCA – the round yellow, red and white plugs. The problem that you need to address is how to convert that HDMI signal  to composite video and audio.

hdmi to rca converterFirst, you need to realize that the video signal you’re going to display on the TV is not really going to be all that great. Remember that HDMI is designed for high resolution video – generally over 1920×1200 or even better.

The best resolution that the composite RCA yellow video “in” can handle is NTSC or PAL – which is about 525 lines — around 640×480. That being said, you’re still going to want to plug the XBox in and play Halo while you’re hanging out in grandma’s basement even if the resolution isn’t all that great, right? Right.

That means you’re going to need some kind of downscaling converter. The HDMI output is designed to be a bi-directional system. It’s expecting some kind of negotiation process between the game system or laptop and the display. However, that giant tube TV that you’re trying to use isn’t that smart. It’s just expecting the video and audio to come into the RCA connectors.

Don’t Get The Wrong Device!

hdmi to rcaThere are two mistakes you can make when buying a converter. The first is buying a converter box that works in the wrong direction.

Some converters are designed to take an old RCA device – like an old VCR – and allow them to be plugged into an HDMI input on a newer TV that doesn’t have RCA jacks. That’s probably not what you want. Make sure that the device that you’re buying converts from an HDMI output to an RCA TV input – not the other way around.

The second mistake is buying an inexpensive cables that go from HDMI to “component” video. Component video is a 5-RCA plug system with two for audio and three for video (RGB). That’s not what you want, either. You want HDMI to “composite” video – 1 yellow (video), 1 red and 1 white (audio left and right).

Here are some recommendations for HDMI to RCA converters that you can buy:

gefen hdmi converter– CVID BG-450 converter is a nice small converter with the option for either NTSC or PAL output.

– Etekcity offers a converter that also outputs NTSC or PAL

– The Gefen converter is a bit more professional and outputs in composite, s-video or over coax and has a locking HDMI cable input port

 

Setting Up Your Home Theater With RCA, HDMI, S-Video, Component Video

Everyone is dreaming of having the most fascinating Home Theater. There are also other gadgets that need video and you may be wondering what would be the best one to give you the most captivating graphics.

With the signaling standards like RCA, HDMI, S-Video, the audio quality is also affected. You will end up using different cables depending on the model of your appliances with the video component. I guess everyone would love to have the most crisp, clear and vivid video ever with a surround sound to match it.

Some of the standards have evolved from the RCA to HDMI and to S-Video, Component for the DVR, Blu-ray player, console gaming, home theater televisions, personal computer, laptop, projector and other gadgets. You should get to know the various types of signaling standards in order to have a deeper understanding of different audio and video quality.

And What Are The Different Signaling Standards?

1. RCA connector

rcaThis is the signaling standard that your parents where using with their TVs and other gadgets. It can be considered the oldest one for all the signaling standards. It is analog type and is capable of multiple connections.

It is not recommended for digital signals. For our modern digital world today it would be better for you to upgrade instead of using other adaptors to connect with a digital signal.

2. Component

componentThis is the signaling standard that is further divided into more component channels.

It is also an analog type but a more advanced one with higher color resolution. You can say that this kind of signaling standard has a highly acceptable video output

3. S-Video (Super-Video)

s-video

It’s also known as Separate Video or Super Video. This is for the standard definition video.

It has the capability to separate black-and-white and coloring signals that produces better image quality than the Component type of signaling standard.

However, it has a lower color resolution compared to the Component Video.

4. HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)

hdmiThis standard Is the highly recommended signaling standard that you should use. Unlike the Component it has the best solution for the audio and video signal. It can deliver the best audio quality with uncompressed audio into the 8 channels.

It will deliver a full capacity of 7.1 speaker experience which is popularly known as the Dolby TrueHd and DTS HD. This signaling standard will give your home theater or other gadgets the highest boost for the audio and video quality.

RCA To HDMI

A common problem for most people is that they still have appliances or gadgets with an RCA signaling standard and they would like to connect with other gadgets with an HDMI signaling standard.

It can be remedied with an RCA to HDMI converter but if you are really looking for the highest audio and video quality, I would suggest for you to upgrade your TV or other gadgets. We now live in a digital world and it would be best if you are using HDMI as it is the highly recommended signaling standard as of today.

You Need RCA to HDMI Converter, not Cables for LED HDTV

rca to hdmi cable Question : I have recently purchased a new LED TV but the problem has only one set of RCA connectors and two HDMI ports. I found out that it is possible to convert signals from RCA to HDMI but I have my doubts because HDMI are digital while RCA are analog. Will it really work if I use this converter?

Answer : Well, it is normal for many people to have such questions. But you need to understand that RCA connectors were developed in 1940 by Radio Corporation of America and still remain the most common analog video and audio connectors.

However, there are digital HDMI (high definition multimedia interface) connections available in modern technology that offers great bandwidth and higher quality audio and video than RCA. So, in order for you to be able to pair RCA signals with HDMI you need a powered converter box to make connection. Converter boxes are available to convert RCA signals HDMI.

How do I convert RCA audio or visuals?

rca to hdmi converterNormally, RCA video or audio is analog, which means it has varying voltage while HDMI is digital which means it is a stream of 1s and 0s.

With a simple passive cable you cannot succeed in converting RCA to HDMI. You need to have a converter. Below are some of the best converters that combine analog audio or video into HDMI output:

  1. Composite RCA to HDMI audio/visual converter, not RCA-to-HDMI cables. — this can’t turn analog to digital.
  2. Component RCA to HDMI audio or visual converter with a charger

They both have good reviews and are pocket friendly. All the reviewers gave them 5 out of 5 stars while most of them believed it increased quality of both the picture and audio. Therefore, there can be of great help to you.

To convert RCA to HDMI you need to

1. Purchase a HMDL converter box specific to the type of HDMI connection you require. You can easily determine the connection type via color scheme. In most cases, composite RCA connectors use red, yellow and white while component RCA connectors use red, green and blue.

RCA to HDMI

2. Connect the converter to HDMI in port on the devices you wish to connect

3. Connect the other end of RCA cable to RCA converter box and HDMI cable into the converter’s HDMI output. Make sure that the color of the connectors match and also that converter colors match.

4. Connect the other side of HDMI cable to the component in or component out ports on the TV and match the colors on the ports and connectors.

rca to hdmi cable

5. Plug in the converter box. In case the converter has separate power, switch it on to complete the conversion.

Question : What if am connecting video player to a screen with only RCA jacks with the other device having only HDMI jacks?

Answer : In this case, a converter is the best way to solve this problem to be able to transmit audio and video signals. You simply need a converter box. Converter has female RCA input and female HDMI output and it is a very simple process. Simply plug RCA cable to the RCA input to the converter HDMI cable to the HDMI output of the converter.

You do not have to worry about converting your audio or visual signals from analog to digital. With RCA to HDMI converter it can surely be done. All you need is to have a good converter and the results will be awesome.