This cable, what to do with capture cards and/or TV?

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by thekarter104, Apr 1, 2016.

  1. thekarter104

    thekarter104 GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Mar 28, 2013
    United States

    I found one of these cables in my drawer.
    Only mine is yellow instead of black.

    Is this cable actually useless or can I actually do something with it?
    I didn't notice any quality difference when I hooked this up on my SCART which has an S-video.

    My capture card has this aswell, but I get a black screen or it either doesn't work.

    Anyway, what can I do with this cable?
    Thanks in advance.

    Capture card is a GV-USB2 and the N64 is NTSC.
  2. TotalInsanity4

    TotalInsanity4 GBAtemp Supreme Overlord

    Dec 1, 2014
    United States
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    So this is a composite to S-Video coupler. Due to the nature of composite signals, you're never going to gain quality by converting it to S-Video. This coupler was most likely designed to go from S-Video to composite, actually, because composite was a more standardized input. Honestly, in this day and age, it's pretty worthless, and if it doesn't work for your capture card I'm gonna go ahead and say you can safely recycle it
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  3. endoverend

    endoverend AKA zooksman

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    Yeah, this cable seems pretty useless and frankly I don't understand why it exists other than maybe to gain an extra video input in an S-Video slot. It can't upgrade the signal quality itself.
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  4. Joe88

    Joe88 [λ]

    Jan 6, 2008
    United States
    these shipped with alot of graphics cards back in the day
    it was meant for video output (svideo->composite)
    one came with my radeon 4870 along with a svideo->component and my 9250 came with one too I think
    Last edited by Joe88, Apr 4, 2016
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