HDMI Video Converter for School Use of BoinxTV!

by Cara -

Our resident BoinxTV mastermind, Bastian, recently came across another great piece of equipment to use alongside BoinxTV - the HDMI to Composite /S-Video Converter 3RCA CRT TV CVBS from Portta. Designed to convert HDMI to either Composite Video or S-Video, this converter allows the devices only equipped MiniDisplayPort output to be connected to CRT TV. "We receive many requests from schools for an adapter or converter to use with BoinxTV," says Bastian. "This converter is perfect for school use, as many schools may be using HD devices and Macs that only allow for digital video playout, but are only equipped with analog TV. This takes care of that problem, converting your HDMI to analog, and allowing schools to run BoinxTV at the best possible quality."

Bastian outlined the three different scenarios in which schools might use the HDMI converter to run BoinxTV in a handy little diagram - click here to view. Here's a breakdown of each diagram:

Case 1: Mac with a DVI-out port: You have your Mac with a DVI-out port. Simply connect your Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Converter cable, like this one from Menotek, to your DVI-out port. Then connect your composite or S-Video cable from your Mini DisplayPort to your cable system. For audio, connect a 1/8" > RCA cable, and voila, you're in business!

Case 2: Mac with a Mini DisplayPort without embedded Audio: For video, simply connect your HDMI cable to your Portta HDMI Converter box. Then take your composite or S-Video cable and connect to your cable source. Once again for audio, connect a 1/8" > RCA cable.

Case 3: Mac with a Mini DisplayPort with embedded Audio: Just as in case 2, connect your HDMI cable to your Portta HDMI Converter box, and your composite or S-Video cable to your cable source. Then, connect your 1/8" > RCA cable directly from your Converter box to the cable system.

All in all, the HDMI Converter box from Portta is an extremely affordable and great quality product to help schools get set up with BoinxTV. Just cable it up once, open BoinxTV on your Mac and, Bastian suggests, output to 1280x720 for the best results. The converter also comes with cables, so you have everything you need to get started. You can get the HDMI to Composite /S-Video Converter from Portta on Amazon.com at a great price. Try out and let us know what you think!