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Old August 2nd, 2009, 09:06 PM   #1
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XHA1 to HDTV

I must be missing something obvious. I see the XHA1 has composite, BNC and RGB outputs. What is the best way to connect the camera to a HDTV as a monitor? The HDTV's I've seen only have HDMI or DVI input connectors.

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Old August 3rd, 2009, 01:47 AM   #2
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I must be missing something obvious. I see the XHA1 has composite, BNC and RGB outputs. What is the best way to connect the camera to a HDTV as a monitor? The HDTV's I've seen only have HDMI or DVI input connectors.

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Hi Jeff. My Panasonic plasma TV has component video inputs as well. I suppose it depends on the model of TV.

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Old August 3rd, 2009, 04:02 AM   #3
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I must be missing something obvious. I see the XHA1 has composite, BNC and RGB outputs. What is the best way to connect the camera to a HDTV as a monitor? The HDTV's I've seen only have HDMI or DVI input connectors.

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The XHA1 has component connector not composite. Red, green and blue leads that connect to the HD TV with red/blue/green connector. The cable that comes with the XH A1 has at one end a connector that looks like a dvi connector which goes to the back of your camera and the other end has the three coloured cables red, blue and green.

If the HD TV does not have these connectors (and only has HDMI or dvi, then you would require an adapter to connect, such as this;
Dvi = http://sewelldirect.com/DVI-to-Compo...-Cable-6ft.asp

HDMI = HDMI Male to 5 RCA RGB Audio Video AV Component Cables on eBay (end time 20-Aug-09 11:30:35 BST)

If you did buy a cable such as the above then you would need a female to female connector;
http://www.cablestogo.com/product.as...=120&sku=40648
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A point of clarification, the A1 does have composite as well as component. The composite can be accessed by the custom cable or through the BNC connector. I wouldn't recommend using composite, however, for critical focus applications on an external monitor.
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A point of clarification, the A1 does have composite as well as component. The composite can be accessed by the custom cable or through the BNC connector. I wouldn't recommend using composite, however, for critical focus applications on an external monitor.
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You'll need a converter box, as component is analog, and HDMI and DVI are both digital. Beware of anyone trying to sell you a "component-to-HDMI cable". Those do not exist.

This link has an example of converter boxes:
Component video to HDMI adapter converter

There is also a link to the fictitious "comp-to-HDMI" cable on that page. http://www.hdtvsupply.com/component-to-hdmi-cable.html
They're not trying to sell it, they explain why the cable does not exist.

I leave the cable that came with the XH-A1 stuck to the back of my Panasonic plasma. It has component HD inputs.
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Old August 3rd, 2009, 03:36 PM   #7
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My HDTV must be getting outdated! Last I checked, most if not all HDTVs still had component cables, and only the higher end ones had HDMI. Sure you're not just missing them somewhere?
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I haven't used this personally, but have generally been happy with monoprice products. If it works, not bad for about 40 bucks:
Component -> HDMI Converter
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