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Old 08-27-2006, 02:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a question about connecting S-Video from my computer to my tv. Before I got out and buy a s-video cable I'd like to know which kind of cable is the best to buy? (My tv has both a s-video slot and video in plugs) and is it worth it for someone who doesn't have 2 monitors?

*note: My grfx card has a s-video slot if your wondering*

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Old 08-27-2006, 02:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Are you asking which cable is better, S-Video or RCA? If so, S-Video is better.


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Old 08-27-2006, 03:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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S-Video (Separated-Video) is better than a composite (RCA) video connection.

The bandwidth of S-video is the same as that of composite video. The real benefit of an S-video connection is that it can reduce dot crawl, hanging dots, and crawling edges that appear on the vertical and horizontal edges of some colored objects in the picture.

S VIDEO, originally known as "Y/C Separated video", is one of the higher quality ways to transmit the television signal from a peripheral device (DVD player, PlayStation 2, whatever) to a television. The way S-Video works is that it basically separates the color information (Chrominance) from the brightness (Luminance). By doing this, it reduces things like color bleeding and dot crawl and greatly increases the general clarity and sharpness of the picture. The reason that this is so is that televisions are designed to display separate Luminance (Y) and Chrominance (C) signals.

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s-video is definitely better than composite video but in general TV's display quite poor picture from computers. while fine for viewing video it is pretty poor to use a TV for pc gaming and even more so for viewing any text. i'm just saying not to expect too much quality.
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