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HDMI to S-VIdeo Converter ?

by nightrnr Fri Nov 13, 2020 4:58 pm

Hey, not sure where else to ask this, but I thought I might get most advice here.

I'm looking for a decent HDMI to S-video converter (to use on a CRT). mostly it would be for Bluray player and mini classic systems. Any reccomendations?

I'm thinking of between these 2 (the Tendak and Wiistar brands look identical to me (sorry, no direct pics, besides the Amazon links).

If there's something better or more reliable, I'm open to other options.

https://www.amazon.com/Tendak-Composite ... B00V2ULFAQ

https://www.amazon.com/Composite-S-Vide ... B01D4LM6MQ
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Re: HDMI to S-VIdeo Converter ?

by Ziggy587 Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:51 pm

I'd be interested to hear of a decent one as well.

This one from J-Tech looks decent, but it looks like they don't make it anymore. They have an HDMI to Composite (no S-Video) that's super cheap though.

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Re: HDMI to S-VIdeo Converter ?

by nightrnr Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:46 pm

It's got to be S-video for me (for various reasons). I mean, I suppose I have a powered A/V switch that could potentially make that work with, but feeding something through 2 converters sounds like a recipe for lag and other glitchy problems.

I may just get the Tendak one, as it seems to have a slightly better reputation. It is more, but I want it to last of at all possible (everything else has reviews that make me leary of a purchase).

Thanks, I'll let you know how it goes.

Still open to suggestions if anyone else is in the know.
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Re: HDMI to S-VIdeo Converter ?

by Anapan Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:22 am

I only have one of those super-cheap "Mini HDMI2AV" which only outputs composite in NTSC or PAL. It works, but I can't say it's especially good. I know Altona makes the AT-HD530 HDMI to Composite & S-Video, but having another of their products, I'm not very impressed with their scaling engine, or how it handles over/under scan.
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Re: HDMI to S-VIdeo Converter ?

by nightrnr Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:17 pm

Going backwards when HDMI is so prevalent is a really niche market. It stand to reason that options would be either kind of pricey or a cheapo garbage cable.
Add the need for S-video and we're getting into eccentric hobbyist territory.

I did order the (relatively) better Tendak one, as I foresee getting a lot of use out of it the next several years.

Just got an At games Flashback Legends from a thrift store (super cheap) that I can only see playing around with on an older TV.
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Re: HDMI to S-VIdeo Converter ?

by Anapan Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:12 am

I've looked into properly downscaling 720p or 1080p back into not-blurry & shimmering sd RGB output, and concluded that it's actually better to tweak emulation on a relatively cheap machine, or go direct with FPGA through Mister project than to try to get any semblance of good video from HD back to SD. The options I have were only semi-successful, and cost way too much. I basically never use them, even tho with the right chain, and enough hours, I might be able to theoretically get a clean good signal with only minimal interference, and low lag. When I tried to interface my nephew's Switch with this setup. I was really disappointed with the output of games that should've been downgradable to 480p or 240p. Every time it was a mess and I ended up playing them in HD rather than pull my hair out over my failed attempt at downscaling by chaining my best scalers and transcoders together. It was a total fail.
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Re: HDMI to S-VIdeo Converter ?

by nightrnr Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:17 am

Eh, if my converter works only with watching Bluray discs on an older TV, I'll still be happy. Hooking up the mini systems was just a bonus thought (but one I'm totally going to try out).

The reviews seem promising though, and my expectations are mild.
I think that it will suit my needs. It arrives tomorrow...
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