A plasma screen is really a computer screen and thus not as easy to connect to your video units as a traditional TV. After a lot of researching and browsing and asking, below I have summarised how to do it.
Ranging from lowest quality to highest these are various video signals that a Plasma TV should handle. Since you have invested in an expensive TV you should really try to use RGB quality or above:
- Aerial antenna.
- Composite video. Usually one single cable with yellow connectors
- S-video lead. Is usually a black lead that actually carries the video information on two separate leads.
- RGB SCART. Carries the information on 3 separate leads (red, green, blue).
- (Progressive) Component video. Also carries the video on 3 separate leads but has more bandwidth for the signal due to better use of colour space.
- DVI. Digital video from a computer
Just do it
- Identify which of your video devices can do RGB out. Your digital TV, sky digital, DVD player, PlayStation 2 and Xbox should be able to do this. Your VCR will not
- Get enough SCART leads that are fully wired to support RGB and connect the devices to each other, resulting in one SCART
- Get the RGB to Plasma VGA converter form The Media Factory. This will convert your SCART contact to a VGA contact with correct synchronisation signal that your Plasma TV needs. Expect a cost of £125
- Get a good quality VGA lead. Around £50
- Connect the devices that do not support RGB with S-video or composite in the worst case
- Use a cheap SCART switcher if some devices lack a second SCART socket
Theoretically you should be able to us a SCART-to-3 or 5 leads converter and plug this into your Plasma TV. The problem is that Plasma TVs require a stronger synchronisation signal than most SCART carry so even if you find a Scart-to-5-RCA lead it does not guarantee success.
One progressive DVD player that connects straight to the Plasmas BNC contacts. Playstation 2 via Sky and a second satellite receiver to a SCART switcher, via the above mentioned RGB to VGA converter and then to Plasmas VGA contact. Composite and S-video leads connected to a video switching amplifier for easy connecting of portable video sources, e.g. camcorder and digital camera.
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