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How to convert HDMI to component video

HDMI cables transmit both high-definition digital audio and video signal in a single cable. Component cables consist of three analogue composite cables, and only carry a video signal. If you have an HDTV that uses a component video input or does not have any open HDMI ports, you can use an HDMI to component converter to convert the digital HDMI signal to an analogue component video and composite audio signal.

Plug the A/C adaptor into the HDMI to component converter, then plug the A/C adaptor into the wall outlet.

Plug the HDMI cable into the HDMI output of the device sending the HD signal. Plug the other end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI input on the HDMI to component converter.

Plug the red, green and blue component cables into the red, green and blue output jacks on the HDMI to component converter. Plug the other end of the component cables into the red, green and blue component input jacks on the rear of the HDTV.

Plug the red and white composite cables into the red and white audio outputs on the HDMI to component converter. Plug the other end of the cables into the composite inputs on the same channel as the component cables. The HDMI signal will now be converted to analogue and sent to the HDTV via the component and composite cables.

Things You'll Need

  • HDMI to component converter
  • HDMI cable
  • Component cables
  • Composite cables
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Andrew Todd has been writing since 2006. He has written for the Consumer Search website and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida. Todd has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida.