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parrothead
May 28, 2004, 05:06 PM
I was having a discussion at work today and the question came up whether or not S-Video is digital or not. My guess is that it is digital, otherwise what would be the benefit of using it over the typical yellow RCA type plug.

ChrisFromCanada
May 28, 2004, 05:21 PM
I was having a discussion at work today and the question came up whether or not S-Video is digital or not. My guess is that it is digital, otherwise what would be the benefit of using it over the typical yellow RCA type plug.


Not digital, the only advantage is that it seperates the luma (?) and the chroma (?) unlike composite (yellow cable). Not higher resolution either.

parrothead
May 28, 2004, 05:24 PM
Thanks! That will be helpful in deciding what to do later.

Grimace
May 28, 2004, 05:55 PM
It separates brightness from color. It's a tad better than composite.

My preferences for video

1. DVI
2. Component
3. S-Video
4. Coax
5. Composite

bousozoku
May 28, 2004, 06:54 PM
Pretty much too old to be digital. It was a Sony-developed enhancement for their Super Beta VCRs in the mid-1980s. However, the Atari 800 computer used a similar monitor connection and that debuted in 1979, so Sony's work wasn't really unique, only their connector and that's not so different from DIN (Deutsch Industrie Norm) connectors of the time.

Grimace
May 28, 2004, 07:55 PM
Pretty much too old to be digital. It was a Sony-developed enhancement for their Super Beta VCRs in the mid-1980s. However, the Atari 800 computer used a similar monitor connection and that debuted in 1979, so Sony's work wasn't really unique, only their connector and that's not so different from DIN (Deutsch Industrie Norm) connectors of the time.

I think the original Sega Genesis also used the same ideas behind s-video in its connector.

LethalWolfe
May 28, 2004, 09:09 PM
As others have said, S-Video is not digital, but it does offer a significant amount of image improvement compared to composite.


Lethal

Wyrm
May 29, 2004, 10:37 PM
It separates brightness from color. It's a tad better than composite.

My preferences for video

1. DVI
2. Component
3. S-Video
4. Coax
5. Composite

New tvs here in Japan have the hdm interface... run across this? I think it's DVI + extra junk. What were all those D1 to D4 interfaces? They are digital I believe... <sigh> :confused:

MisterMe
May 29, 2004, 11:48 PM
I was having a discussion at work today and the question came up whether or not S-Video is digital or not. My guess is that it is digital, otherwise what would be the benefit of using it over the typical yellow RCA type plug.FYI, an S-video cable is interchangeable with an Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) cable. As to whether or not it is digital, it is most definitely not digital. For the better part of two decades, S-video (aka Y/C) cables have been used to connect DVD players and S-VHS VCRs to TV sets.