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What video connections were common in Europe?

In the UK in the 1980s and the early 1990s, no video input at all was common. Early video recorders and set top boxes (for the new digital channels) would use RF out. You would disconnect the aerial ...
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What video connections were common in Europe?

Up until ~1980 the only connectors TV sets had were Belling-Lee type antenna in. So most VCR and next to all home computers did use RF modulated output toward the TV set (*1). This included even cable ...
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What video connections were common in Europe?

Before SCART, European TVs often had not video input at all or S-Video on 6-pin or 8-pin DIN sockets (not Mini-DIN). Cinch composite was uncommon until VCRs came out. After that the old S-Video ...
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How can I connect my Commodore 64 to an RGB+Sync signal via SCART?

The c0pperdragon C64 Component Video Mod outputs YPrPb (Component Video) via RCA jacks, then the Retrotink Comp2RGB adapter converts that to RGBS over SCART. Because the mod grabs the digital signals ...
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Why does the Amiga 500 have half the HSYNC pulses seperately compared to those in CSYNC?

In analog TV, there was such thing as interlace. Roughly speaking, it kind of increased vertical resolution by putting scanlines of one "halfframe" (the one that lasts 20ms or goes 50 times ...
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Why not SCART for early color monitors

Caveat: 'Why Not' questions are like 'What If' and rarely have a definite answer. It's an (educated) speculation at best. In case of interface and connectors, NIH (Not Invented Here) is a big issue. ...
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Converting SCART to VGA/Jack

Black-and-white hi-res from the 1040 STE on a VGA monitor should work with a direct connection and no tricky electronics at all (just the adapter cable) Atari VGA GND ...
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Converting SCART to VGA/Jack

The problem you have is that most home computers of that era output TV standard signals which VGA is not. As you've mentioned there needs to be some conversion from one standard to the other. A ...
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Converting SCART to VGA/Jack

You have three problems to overcome: Separate sync from composite video or CSYNC into H and V to get an RGBHV output. Upscale/scan double from 15 kHz to the 31 kHz that most VGA monitors accept. ...
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Why not SCART for early color monitors

As you know it's a French invention, and over here at some point, all TV sets that were to be sold in France must had such socket. The indirect consequence is that any TV connected device sold here ...
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How can I connect my Commodore 64 to an RGB+Sync signal via SCART?

As it turns out, it would require some kind of active converter/transcoder to do this since the RGB signal is not already separate. As stated by snips-n-snails, one could mod the Commodore 64 to ...
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Why not SCART for early color monitors

As a counter-example, SCART connectors were used on some computer monitors. I own a Phillips CM8833, which accepts RGB or CVBS input through a SCART connector (or separate connectors). This particular ...
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What video connections were common in Europe?

For the home market, TVs were often used because of their easy availability: most households already had one, and the image was often good enough for the low resolution of early machines. Professional ...
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Converting SCART to VGA/Jack

SCART is a connector standard, not a video standard. I think it can carry composite, s-videos (chroma/luma), analog RGB, audio and possible other formats depending on what is producing the signal. ...
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What video connections were common in Europe?

TVs in Czechoslovakia (mainly TESLA brand) Till approximately 1985 TVs had only the antenna input. See1, 2 later almost all the colour TVs had composite input small devices had DIN-6 connectors with ...
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Why does the Amiga 500 have half the HSYNC pulses seperately compared to those in CSYNC?

The CSYNC looks perfectly normal for a standard 576i or 480i composite signal, just like how sync signals on composite video and analog TV transmissions work. The video signal standards define that ...
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Converting SCART to VGA/Jack

For my STE, I go straight from RGB to VGA using: An ST RGB SCART cable (this one) A sync stripper (Sync Strike) An LCD monitor that accepts 15kHz VGA (BenQ RL2455HM) This is a clean solution without ...
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Converting SCART to VGA/Jack

Another possibility would be to use a cheap USB video capture device, such as this one. (You'll also need a SCART to composite video adapter, which you can buy or wire up yourself). Connect the video ...
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ZX Spectrum+ with SCART Interface doesn't display anything

As has been noted in comments, you have probably damaged your ZX Spectrum+'s hardware by reversing the polarity of the power supply. In mcleod_ideafix's answer to the relevant question this is ...
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Is it possible to convert a Tandy 1000 EX video signal to SCART?

It would seem that a 1 to 1 mapping between RGB (CGA) connectors and SCART is not possible and therefore passive adapters are not available. There are open-source schematics to help make this ...
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Why does the Amiga 500 have half the HSYNC pulses seperately compared to those in CSYNC?

In an analog television set, the vertical and horizontal sync circuits are independent, but both need to derive their trigger signals from a common source. As a general concept, a short "low-...
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What video connections were common in Europe?

I still have a small CRT TV in my house (belongs to my landlord) which has a composite video input on the front (which can still be used with a Raspberry Pi), and a SCART socket on the back. The ...
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What video connections were common in Europe?

Some background: TVs of the area before video recorders, satellite receivers etc became common and worked best with a baseband video connection, did have little reason to offer such a connection. ...

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