How to Convert an HDMI to RCA

Updated April 17, 2017

The High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port is fast replacing older analogue video outputs. RCA composite video jacks were the most common video input for older video equipment. The HDMI port is a high quality digital connection that can include both audio and high definition video signals. Newer laptops, televisions, Blu-ray disc players and HD camcorders all include the HDMI port. When you need to plug a video device that only has an HDMI port into an older video device, you will need to find a solution to convert the digital video signal to an analogue one.

Plug your HDMI video cable output into HDMI input of the Atlona AT-HD530 HDMI/DVI To Composite And S-video Down-Converter. Then plug an RCA video cable from the composite output of this device to the RCA input of your video device. If the HDMI cable includes an audio signal, use the audio output from the AT-HD530 to connect an RCA stereo cable from the RCA output jacks to the RCA audio inputs of your video device.

Connect your HDMI output to the input of a GefenTV GTV-HDMI-2-COMPSVIDS HDMI to Composite Scaler. Though more expensive, the Gefen HDMI to Composite converter unit includes the ability to switch between European and American television standards for the composite RCA output. The connections work exactly the same as described for the Atlona unit described in step 1

Plug an HDMI output into the TV One VS-226 HDMI to CV/SV/Stereo Down Converter. The most expensive unit of the three, this converter is housed in a small nondescript black box. Connect the HDMI video device to an RCA composite input using the procedure from step 1.

Things You'll Need

  • Atlona AT-HD530 HDMI/DVI To Composite And S-video Down-Converter or
  • GefenTV GTV-HDMI-2-COMPSVIDS HDMI to Composite Scaler or
  • TV One VS-226 HDMI to CV/SV/Stereo Down Converter
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About the Author

Brent Watkins works as a writer, producer and production technologist for film and television. He began writing for "Church & Worship Technology" magazine in 2002. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Watkins is passionate about digital media and emerging production technologies. A graduate of the University of Iowa, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and theatrical arts.