Want to convert a hdmi to s-video? Now there's a solution


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    Thought this was kind of funny synopsis of the Atlona AT-HD530 Down-Converter at Engagdet



    From the "three steps forward, two steps back" category comes Atlona's AT-HD530 Down-Converter. Send in a signal on one of those newfangled HDMI or DVI connections, and through the magic of fuzz-inducing signal-smashing you'll be able to grab output as either S-Video or composite. That's right, for just $299 you can kneecap your new gear and drag it back into the 80s.
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    Funny but true. Most devices that have HDMI also have S-video or RCA outputs too.

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    Well, I think it is important to keep in mind why someone might want to use a device like this. You can no longer sell a video recorder in this country that takes HDMI input, but is not subject to CCI protection. So one way to deal with this reality is to record HD as the highest possible quality SD (i.e., via S-video). It's not HD, of course, and not even DVD quality, but it is sure close to DVD quality (and some video recorders, including my DVD recorder, even support S-video's widescreen flag, so you don't have to muck with the aspect ratio on play-back).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bicker View Post
    Well, I think it is important to keep in mind why someone might want to use a device like this. You can no longer sell a video recorder in this country that takes HDMI input, but is not subject to CCI protection. So one way to deal with this reality is to record HD as the highest possible quality SD (i.e., via S-video). It's not HD, of course, and not even DVD quality, but it is sure close to DVD quality (and some video recorders, including my DVD recorder, even support S-video's widescreen flag, so you don't have to muck with the aspect ratio on play-back).
    Agreed but it seems so expensive for "stepping down".

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