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#1 OFFLINE   Mark Holtz

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Posted 29 April 2005 - 01:38 PM

Any suggestions as to a video splitter that will allow me to input a S-Video signal and output either a S-Video or Composite signal? I want to divide up my signal from my DirecTiVo to several sources:

INPUT: DirecTiVo (S-Video, L/R audio)
OUTPUT: TV (S-Video, L/R audio)
OUTPUT: Computer for video/audio capture (S-Video, L/R Audio)
OUTPUT: Stereo (L/R Audio)
OUTPUT: VCR (Composite, L/R Audio)
OUTPUT: Future DVD-R recorder? (S-Video, L/R Audio)

Okay, maybe I can get away with just a S-Video splitter. Is Radio Shack's any good? Any suggestions?
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#2 OFFLINE   lazaruspup

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Posted 29 April 2005 - 01:49 PM

Mark, I don't have a tremendous amount of experience with s-video distribution other than working in home theater installs for a year or two. I know that the products we used for this type of application was made by Genesis Cable Co. They are a high end cable and splitter manufacturer. This was about two years ago. I can ask around to a few of my former colleagues and find out what their suggestion is. The RS stuff is ok, but don't expect real great build quality. I would say if it is affordable, jump on it.
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#3 OFFLINE   Cholly

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 10:35 AM

I've used S-Video splitters by Hosa with generally good results. Are you planning on outputting to several devices at once? If so, you might want to look into a distribution amplifier. The real hitch, as I see it, it your VCR and its need for composite input. You could use a dongle to convert S-Video to comoposite for that purpose, but you might be better served by just biting the bullet and getting a low priced DVD recorder.

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#4 OFFLINE   AllieVi

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 11:12 AM

I'm going to assume your computer erred and thought you meant "component" when you really typed "composite"...

A seller on eBay has a distribution amp that inputs s-video and/or composite. One in/four out. You'll find it on an eBay search for "s-video distribution." at the following link:

http://cgi.ebay.com/...ssPageName=WDVW

note - the complete link didn't want to appear here, so I had to break it into two parts - you'll have to piece them back together

Radio Shack has something similar. Check catalog #15-1172 on their web site.

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#5 OFFLINE   Mark Holtz

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 11:50 AM

Nope, I meant composite. Component is Y/Pr/Pb.

Is the Radio Shack unit any good?
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Posted 04 May 2005 - 02:30 PM

Nope, I meant composite. Component is Y/Pr/Pb.

Is the Radio Shack unit any good?

Now that I re-read your original post, I see that the word "component" was never used. I found and repaired the broken link between my eye and my brain... :)

I can't vouch for this particular Radio Shack item, but other amplifiers from them seem to work as well as any others.

A year or so ago I found lots of similar distribution amplifiers on eBay made by Audio Authority, apparently a high-end producer of such things.

Good luck.
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