Mbp -> Scart?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MarkW19, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. MarkW19 macrumors 65816

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    I'd like to connect my MBP up to my TV, which is relatively old, so just has a SCART input.

    Is it possible to buy a DVI-SCART cable, and if so, should I expect full DVD quality to be output from my MBP (iTunes movie rentals/media mainly) to my TV?

    Thanks!
     
  2. R.Youden macrumors 68020

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    Hi,

    What you need is a DVI to composite cable, and then a SCART adaptor that accepts the composite cable, I will be back in a minute with the links.

    EDIT:

    OK, you will need the following:

    DVI - s-video adaptor

    S-video to composite cable

    Composite to SCART

    I used to do this with my mini and it worked great. The picture quality is pretty good, can't remember if it is DVD quality but i won't be far off.
     
  3. MarkW19 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks!

    I've actually got a composite SCART adaptor (SCART plug with 3 composite phono inputs on it, yellow red/white).

    So I guess I need a DVI-D - composite video cable, AND a stereo minijack-L/R composite audio cable (as the DVI will only carry the graphics obviously)?

    Will I get full DVD quality from iTunes?

    EDIT: How about the official Apple one, with a Mini-DVI to DVI converter or something: http://www.shiroi.co.uk/apple-apple...ml?PHPSESSID=b88ddcafdba8344c6ccb35af17aac507
     
  4. R.Youden macrumors 68020

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    If you have a MacBook Pro then you will need the standard DVI to S-video as I linked above. The mini DVI is for MacBook and iMac only.
     
  5. MarkW19 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Awesome, thanks! It's just a cheaper option for me until I get a new telly and get an Apple TV!

    So, the video/audio cable you linked to: I plug the minijack into my headphone port, and the S-video into the Apple adaptor; then the 2 composite audio and the composite video go into the SCART adaptor?

    Did you find it nice and sharp/crisp quality for watching movies?

    Thanks for your help :)
     
  6. anirban macrumors 6502a

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    Nice job Youden! The links are helpful, a friend of mine wanted to do something similar.
     
  7. R.Youden macrumors 68020

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    Yup, got it in one.

    The picture quality is good. I used to have a mini connected to my TV and I used to watch ripped DVDs that had been encoded / decoded through handbrake. Now I am not a visual expert but that system was good enough for me!

    I can't imagine that you are a major vision guru, otherwise you would have the latest, all signing, all dancing HD TV.

    Enjoy watching your TV through your laptop.
     
  8. MarkW19 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Very true, audio is my thing, but I still have an eye for detail, and wouldn't want to watch anything too blocky/not smooth etc.

    Thanks for your help :)
     

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