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Composite to S-Video Convertor

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Video sources, such as a VCR, laser disc, and television broadcast, transmit video information through one signal conducting cable.

This signal is called the NTSC composite video envelope. Several types of information, such as picture, sound, synchronization, and color are grouped together into this composite format. By separating the color information from the rest of the composite signal, better picture resolution (clarity) is acheived. This two-signal format is known as Y/C or S-Video.

VCRs and TVs tend to differ in output and sensitivity which could cause inconsistency in performance. The CSV-900A Convertor's input signals are routed through separate attenuators which provide separate adjustable controls for the Y (luminance) and C (chroma) signals. This allows the user to adjust each convertor used in the system for consistent video presentation.

Prior to the development of the CSV-900A Convertor there was no inexpensive way to operate all the video signals in a home theatre system in S-Video. Usually, these video signals are a mixture of composite video and S-video. That is, VCRs are generally composite video output only, while some laser disc players have an S-Video output (others have only a composite video output). DSS receivers have both S-Video and composite video output.

Most of today's A/V receivers and control centers do not process the composite video inputs to the unit's S-Video outputs. This results in extra switching requirements for the user and the necessity for multiple remote controls to switch between a composite video source and an S-Video source.

The CSV-900A Convertor solves the problem of multiple video formats. All video sources can now be connected to the audio/video control center, processor, TV or projector in S-Video format. This allows the entire video system to be operated in S-Video, eliminating the need for multiple remote controls and multiple switching commands.

The CSV-900A signal convertor will not improve the quality of the composite signal to S-Video quality - this just isn't possible. On the other hand, it will not compromise the quality of a composite signal either, and in fact may produce an image that appears to be better than the original composite signal, by virtue of the fact that the user can adjust the color and brightness of the signal right on the convertor, to settings that are more pleasing to the viewer.

Composite to S-Video Convertor

Because S-Video is an expansion of the composite video signal, it is relatively easy to downgrade from an S-Video source to a composite video display. This can be accomplished through a specially-wired cable that we carry.

S-Video to Composite Video Adaptor Cable