How to Connect a Mini-DV to a TV

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How to Connect a Mini-DV to a TV
Yes, you can connect a Mini-DV camcorder to your television and watch its tapes. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

A digital camcorder that uses compact videotapes, a Mini-Digital Video camera connects directly to your computer as well as to your television. Connecting your Mini-DV camera to your television lets you view content from the device without the need to convert the video into another format. You can also copy content from the camera to a DVD disc or VHS videotape, if desired. To complete the connection, all you need is an audio and video cable and your television's audio and video jacks.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Composite audio and video cables (RCA): video and left/right audio cables or
  • S-video cable and left/right audio composite cables

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn your television off, if it is on, and turn it around so its audio and video jacks are facing you. If you don't see any audio and video jacks on the back, check on the front of your television.

  2. 2

    Place the Mini-DV camera next to or close to your television. Plug one end of a yellow composite cable into the camera's "Video Out," "Video" or similar wording jack. The audio and video jacks on your camera may be under a plastic door on the side or back of the camera.

  3. 3

    Plug one end of a white composite cable into your camera's "Left -- Audio," "L" or similar wording jack. Plug one end of a red composite cable into your camera's "Right -- Audio," "R" or similar wording jack.

  4. 4

    Plug the other end of the yellow composite cable into your television's "Video In," "Video" or similar wording jack. Plug the other end of the white composite cable into your television's "Left -- Audio - In," "L-In" or similar wording jack. Plug the other end of the red composite cable into your camera's "Right -- Audio-In," "R-In" or similar wording jack.

  5. 5

    Turn your television around so the front of the set is facing you, if you connected the cables to the back of the set, and turn on your television. Use your television's remote control or the buttons on the front of the set to enter the "Menu" function. Change your television's "Input" to "Line" to activate its audio and video jacks.

  6. 6

    Turn on your Mini-DV camera and set it to "Play" or "Playback" mode. You will see content, the camera's battery status and tape counter, from the camera on your television's screen. Press your camera's "Play" button to play the videotape that is in the camera. If you don't see content from the camera, check the cable connections and your television's "Input" selection.

Tips and warnings

  • If your television and Mini-DV camera contains an "S-video" jack, you can use an S-video cable instead of a yellow composite cable to complete the video portions in steps 2 and 4.

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