Ipod touch video output?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by xoggyux, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. xoggyux macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    Hi, I just got a video output cable for ipod ("special" minijack in one side, and stereo/video triple cable in the other side)
    When I connect my ipod to my TV i get the audio but not the video, what can b wrong?
  2. Dino451 macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2006
    I posted a similar question months ago and never got a response. I have a 2g touch and used my cousins video cable. His iphone was able to put out video just fine. When I would hook up my touch I got a "movie cover" view on the touch a audio out. Never could figure it out.:(
  3. BobC macrumors newbie


    Apr 15, 2007
    Providence, RI
    iPod video cable confusion

    The original Apple iPod video cable - the one that plugs into the headphone jack - only works on video-capable iPods through the 5.5 gen iPod.

    When the iPod Classic and the 3rd generation Nano were introduced, it began the requirement for a new video cable - one which plugs in through the dock connector instead of the headphone jack. This applies to the iPod Touch and the iPhone as well. The new cable incorporates an "authentication" chip, too - probably due to licensing issues with the movie companies, so that movies could be offered for sale or rental while supposedly minimizing the chances for illicit copying.

    Incidentally, the newer video-capable iPods are also capable of higher-quality COMPONENT video (red, green and blue plugs) as well as the usual COMPOSITE video (yellow plug). This, of course, requires a different cable with the aforementioned dock connector.
  4. MasterNile macrumors 65816


    Apr 9, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    I had heard something about switching two of the cables to make video work properly with the old video output cables, does that work on the iPod Touch?
  5. BobC macrumors newbie


    Apr 15, 2007
    Providence, RI
    re: old iPod video cables


    Although there was probably no particular "wiring standard" at the time that Apple introduced their Composite video cable for the earlier iPods (iPod Photo, iPod Video [5th gen], iPod Video [5.5 gen]), Apple used a slightly different wiring configuration for the "4-band" 3.5mm plug it used for the earphone jack, compared to identical-looking cables made for certain video cameras and devices of the era. The situation then was: you could use one of the cheaper camera video cables for use with the iPods, but one of the output cables marked for audio was actually the video, etc. Just figure out which was which, and you'd be fine. :)

    Current generation iPods, iPhones and iPod Touches simply do NOT output a video signal through the headphone jack. (Actually, I understand that the connection on the headphone jack that was formerly used for Composite Video is now used for the Microphone and/or Control [track-change, etc.] signaling.)
  6. gan6660 macrumors 65816


    Aug 18, 2008
  7. emozolik macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    I currently have an 80gb iPod video and want to replace it with an iPod touch. I also own the old style universal dock (with S-video out) and the old cables. Will I need to replace the dock as well as the cable?
  8. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    Most likely. It's all part of Apple's business strategy. They make money on hardware. Even the new Shuffle forces you to buy new headphones if you don't care for the white defaults that come with it. And any you can find will have an Apple chip in them to make the remote control work, which will add another $20 to their cost. Apple goes out of their way to screw current owners. They want any new iPod buyer to also buy new cases, docks, etc.. They force existing iPod owners to update or replace those accessories when they update their iPod. So much for being "Green". All that old stuff is landfill.

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