scart out to s-video in...is this possible?

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by fred, Apr 14, 2004.

  1. fred

    fred Guest

    I'm trying to get some of my old iffy VHS stuff into the PC and am using a pinnacle card -
    it all seems to work OK using RF but the results are very average - no surprise there.
    The card also has an s-video input but apart from the RF-out there's only a scart on my
    VCR. Is there such a thing as a scart-to-s-video? Would it be bidirectional?
     
    fred, Apr 14, 2004
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  2. fred

    Mark A Guest

    Only if it's an S-VHS deck.
    Yes, though the bi-directional adaptors usualy have a manual IN/OUT
    switch on the side.

    Regards

    Mark
     
    Mark A, Apr 14, 2004
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  3. fred

    Tony Morgan Guest

    Yes, you can buy an adapter like that shown at:
    http://www.camcord.info/scart.jpg

    You can pay anything from £3 to £20 for one. I got mine from a local
    market stall selling electrical bits. If you have problems, you could
    try Maplin's website.
    Note the IN/OUT switch.
     
    Tony Morgan, Apr 14, 2004
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  4. S-video is supported on a SCART connector, but it's unlikely that the
    relevant pin is connected to anything useful on your VCR. Unless
    it's a S-VHS machine it will usually feed to a luminance input - hence
    the common complaint of people who have noted SCART has a pin marked
    "S-video" but can only get a monochrome result when using it.
     
    Laurence Payne, Apr 14, 2004
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  5. fred

    Tony Morgan Guest

    Sorry Laurence, my e-mail/newsreader seems to be playing up and my
    follow-up (below) seems to have gone out (again) via e-mail to you.

    <Follow-up>

    Works for me on my two VCRs, one a Sony and one a Panasonic, using the
    adapters shown in this thread - both IN and OUT.

    I do know that some cheaper SCART *leads* don't have the "full-house"
    connect, but I've never heard on a VCR providing only a subset (though
    obviously can't confirm that that what you say never occurs, but I think
    it unlikely).
     
    Tony Morgan, Apr 14, 2004
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  6. fred

    Mark A Guest

    Why would a non S-VHS deck provide S-Vid out of its scart connections?
    It wouldn't have any S-Vid signals to send out of it, or have any use
    for S-Vid fed into it.

    Regards

    Mark
     
    Mark A, Apr 14, 2004
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  7. I think you'll find it's common on non-SVHS VCRs.

    Talking of subsets, most VCRs with two SCART ports offer different
    facilities on each.
     
    Laurence Payne, Apr 15, 2004
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  8. fred

    fred Guest

    Oh, well thanks for the warning...
     
    fred, Apr 15, 2004
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  9. fred

    fred Guest

    fred, Apr 15, 2004
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  10. fred

    fred Guest

    replies appreciated - what can one get an S-VHS deck for nowadays (are they still
    manufacured)

    Will I see a significant improvement in quality over the RF option?
     
    fred, Apr 15, 2004
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  11. fred

    Tony Morgan Guest

    You obviously missed it when I mentioned that S-VHS is a *recording*
    technology NOT a video format.

    You should be trying to avoid interconnecting your kit by RF, using
    (wherever possible except for the first RF "input") SCART. If you're
    using a Sky of FreeToView box then you can use only SCART to
    interconnect.

    S-VHS VCRs can be bought for under £100 these days (Panasonic do a range
    of them). With VHS you'll get about 250 lines resolution, with S-VHS
    you'll get 400 lines resolution.

    S-VHS tapes are a little more expensive than VHS, but if you buy premium
    quality VHS tapes [1] you can convert them to S-VHS by drilling a little
    hole in the case.

    1. I'd always advise anyone to go the extra mile and always
    buy tapes of a better quality than the usual supermarket
    "fiver-for-a-pound" quality,.
     
    Tony Morgan, Apr 15, 2004
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  12. fred

    fred Guest

    no
     
    fred, Apr 15, 2004
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  13. fred

    fred Guest

    I've got a few commercially recorded old French movies on VHS. At this stage I'm only
    trying to establish whether using and RF connector to the card will give me as good as I
    can get. I'm a champion of laziness so on the basis that the law of diminishing returns
    might apply, I don't want to put in 100% more effort for a 5% increase in quality.
     
    fred, Apr 15, 2004
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    Daver Guest

    Doesn't your Pinnacle have a video in as well? Not as good a SVideo but
    better than rf and sure to be present in the scart connector.

     
    Daver, Apr 15, 2004
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  15. fred

    fred Guest

    there's an RCA connector on the card labeled 'composite'. Could I use that? Would this
    connect to the scart? Please forgive my profound ignorance.
     
    fred, Apr 15, 2004
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  16. fred

    fred Guest

    ok - i've seen the layout for scart and it looks like pin 19 and a ground is required. Is
    this a standard scart-to-RCA cable?
     
    fred, Apr 15, 2004
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    Trev Guest

     
    Trev, Apr 15, 2004
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    fred Guest

     
    fred, Apr 15, 2004
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    Trev Guest

     
    Trev, Apr 15, 2004
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  20. fred

    Tony Morgan Guest

    Then why the remark "Will I see a significant improvement in quality
    over the RF option?"
     
    Tony Morgan, Apr 15, 2004
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