The latest set top boxes from Virgin and Sky have dropped the SCART sockets that people have traditionally used to connect up their DVD recorders. So how do you connect up your trusty DVD Recorder which only has analogue inputs? The answer is a HDMI to SCART convertor.
In fact all analogue connections have now disappeared completely and your only option is to use the digital connections, namely HDMI and Digital Optical. So how do you connect up your trusty DVD Recorder which only has analogue inputs? I had to solve this problem for a customer recently and this is how I did it.
Use a HDMI to SCART Convertor
The aim of the exercise was to maintain the highest quality digital picture produced by the Virgin V6, 1080p on my customer’s television, whilst at the same time producing an analogue signal (PAL/576i) that could be fed into the DVD recorder. This can be done by splitting the HDMI output from the Virgin V6 two ways, connecting one output to the television and the other to a HDMI to SCART convertor.
This is what I bought from Amazon to do the job:
- ESYNiC HDMI to SCART Converter
- ESYNiC 2 Way HDMI Splitter
- AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI 2.0 Cable (pack of 2 HDMI 2.0 cables, each 0.3m long)
Power off all AV Equipment before connecting anything new
Before connecting things up make sure all your equipment is powered off at the wall socket. If you don’t you do this you will run the risk of a power spike across an HDMI connection damaging your equipment.
Install the HDMI splitter
The first step is to take the HDMI cable supplied with your set top box and connect one end of it to the set top box’s HDMI output and the other end to the input of the 2 Way HDMI Splitter. Then plug in the power supply for the HDMI splitter to an available socket, but don’t turn it on, yet.
Install the HDMI to SCART convertor
Next connect the two new HDMI cables to the outputs of the HDMI Splitter. One HDMI cable should then be connected to an available HDMI socket on your television and the other should be connected to the HDMI to SCART convertor. Now connect the USB power cable for the HDMI to SCART convertor into the USB socket on the back of the Virgin V6 or the Sky Q you’re using. Finally connect a SCART lead from the HDMI to SCART convertor and your DVD recorder.
Update: The HDMI to SCART convertor may have a switch for PAL or NTSC. Make sure the switch is in the PAL position if you are in the UK or Europe.
Connect the DVD recorder to the television
If you haven’t already done so, connect up the DVD recorder to your television using either HDMI or SCART cables depending on what sockets are available. In my customer’s case I used an HDMI cable.
Turn on the power
If everything is connected you may now turn on the power to all your equipment as well as the HDMI splitter.
You should be able to record content from your Virgin V6 or Sky Q box to DVD as well as watch the same content at full quality (at least up to 1080p anyway) on your television. The recordings to DVD won’t be as high quality but at least you can keep play them whenever and wherever you like.
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