HDMI or High Definition Multimedia Interface is the current standard for connections for your display monitors (like televisions and computer screens) and your audio-visual component (like your Blu-ray Disc or DVD player, game console, and cable box). Designed back in 2002, it has since replaced various older formats such as VGA, coaxial, and so forth. With that in mind, there are ways to go about converting HDMI to other cable formats like older machines to newer, more portable ones in case you want to connect your TV to your computer, cellphone, and many other home entertainment devices.
You can go about it by using a technique, an adapter, a kit, and so forth. There is a multitude of ways to go about format conversion. Just keep on reading to find out more about them when push comes to shove.
A how-to guide on Conversion
Here are the different ways and products you can use to convert a given format to another format.
1. How to Convert HDMI to RCA:
Search for an HDMI to RCA converter online or through your local electronics store. A good, highly rated converter of this type is the Tendak 1080P HDMI to AV 3RCA CVBs Composite Video Audio Converter. With this device, the HDMI output will be changed to RCA. The more complex converters will include outputs for Composite and S-Video on top of the classic RCA video and audio output cables from the gadget.
From there, connect the converter to a power source, like a USB one for the case of the Tendak converter. Others use a power strip or wall socket instead. Link the HDMI cable from the device that produces HDMI output to the converter’s HDMI input plug. Link the white and red cables to the RCA audio outputs on the converter then to the CRT colored or black & white television. Connect the yellow video cable from the converter to the TV as well. Change the channel to 3 or 4 or press the input button to view the video.
2. How to Convert HDMI to VGA:
As for converting HDMI to VGA, you can get a cheaper cable for it compared to converting VGA to HDMI. This adapter is able to connect your HDMI signal from a computer, disc player, or game console to a VGA connection for an older display, like a box-type VGA computer monitor or a CRT television. You can specifically avail of the Cable Matters HDMI to VGA Adapter for all your conversion needs. VGA is older technology though. You should avoid it unless you have no other choice.
Expect a downgrade when putting in your HDMI source device to an inferior VGA display ranging from fewer colors to cut-offs on either side of the screen because the resolution is all wrong. Depending on the computer and display media, you might even end up with a letterboxed screen. Also take note that HDMI can send both video and audio signal on the same cable but a VGA cable can only accept a video signal, so you also need a separate audio cable for good measure.
3. How to Convert HDMI to Coax:
The coaxial RF or radiofrequency connector is an electrical connector made to work at multi-megahertz-rage radio frequencies. It’s used with coaxial cables that have all the necessary shielding. The RadioShack HDMI to RF Coaxial Converter Adapter is a good unit for coaxial display linkups.
As for hooking it up, you need to first plug the cable to the HDMI port of the HDMI source you want connecting to the RF coaxial display input. Attach the opposite end of the HDMI cable to the RadioShack HDMI to RF Coaxial Converter Adapter’s HDMI input port. Connect the coaxial cable to the RF or coax output of the converter before inserting the cable’s free end into the coax input port of your coax-enabled television. Turn on your TV and the connected equipment.
4. How to Convert HDMI to Component:
Component video is an analog video signal standard that splits into 2 or more component channels (YPbPr). It’s popularly used as component analog video information that’s used for transmission or storage as 3 separate signals. The component is a close competitor to HDMI. Although HDMI works better, the signal carried by component is quite high-definition and advanced in its own right. This is because component video cables don’t carry audio signals and require a separate audio cable. HDMI carries both audio and video in one connection.
It’s for this reason and more that you should use the Universal Premium H2CS Converter as your main means of converting an HDMI source to a component display. There are quite a number of component audio-video appliances and monitors you can use with your HDMI television and game console/video player/cable box. The Universal Premium H2CS stands out from its more HDMI-to-component counterparts because of its robust construction and multiple other functions to make it worth your time and dollars, such as onscreen display and adjustable resolution scaling.
5. How to Convert HDMI to AV:
The AV input is a generic term referring to a common connector of your television that allows it to receive audio-visual signals from electronic sources generating such an output. The types of plugs used for AV input include HDMI, Digital Video, RCA connector, Component Video, DIN plug, S-video, 1/8-inch minijack phone connector, UHF connector, RCA connector, Composite Video, DVI, IEEE 1394, and SPDIF. If your AV is non-HDMI, you can use a converter to convert your HDMI source to an AV display or an HDMI display to an AV source.
To wit, you can use the CoolDigital HDMI to AV Svideo Converter HDMI to RCA CVBS Composite R/L Audio Video Adapter to convert your HDMI sources such as your Blu-ray Disc Player to an AV port, such as an old-timey box-type television set or computer monitor. It covers other outputs from RCA to Composite. As for the EnKo Products Mini Composite RCA CVBS AV to HDMI Converter, it works in reverse. It allows you to connect your classic NES game system, camcorder, or VCR to your HDTV or HDMI monitor this time around. It’s an AV source adaptor for an HDMI display.
6. How to Convert HDMI to DisplayPort (DP):
DisplayPort or DP is a modern digital display interface created back in 2006 by a consortium of chip and PC manufacturers including Sony, Philips, Lattice, and Maxell. It’s mainly used to connect DP video sources to a computer monitor, but it can also carry USB, audio, and other data forms. In regards to the best HDMI to DisplayPort adapter for the job, you should definitely get the Cable Matters HDMI to DisplayPort Adapter to get the job done.
Cable Matters is one of the best adapters for the task of converting an HDMI source into a DP port monitor or TV because the cable adapter is able to connect laptops, PCs, game consoles, video disc players, and cable boxes with HDMI to a DisplayPort input. Just remember that it doesn’t come with its own DisplayPort cable. Otherwise, it works like a charm for anyone with a decent Philips or Sony TV with HDTV capabilities. It even has 4K video resolution of up to 3840 x 2160, which is perfect for the latest BDs or PlayStation 4 games.
7. How to Convert HDMI to SCART:
SCART is a classic AV input standard originating from France that first appeared on the back of television sets in 1977 and became the French standard for connecting VCRs to TVs in 1980. It connects two pieces of AV equipment together using its signature female 21-pin connector interface that receives a cable with a male plug on both ends. So if you want to hook up your 1970s to 1980s SCART TV with your Xbox, PlayStation, or Wii as well as your DVD or Blu-Ray Disc Player, use the HDMI to SCART Converter.
Marvel at how your old-timey black-and-white or color CRT television, projector, or early computer monitor comes to life showcasing HDMI-source devices at an optimum resolution for the time. The converter also comes complete with composite video and audio L/R conversion for good measure. It’s a good deal if you’re a big fan of classic TV and wish to connect modern technology to vintage ones from the Seventies and Eighties. Play Nintendo Wii or Switch on an old TV set through this lightweight adapter!
8. How to Convert HDMI to DVI with Audio:
DVI Digital Visual Interface is one of those display standards that are comparable to HDMI in terms of HD quality. It was developed back in 1999 by the DDWG or Digital Display Working Group and predates both HDMI (2002) and DP (2006).
You can also avail of the DVI to HDMI with Audio. Extracting the sound from the HDMI signal. One HDMI input to one DVI-D output and Optical Toslink (SPDIF) audio output and 3.5mm stereo audio output
9. How to Convert HDMI to Ethernet:
Ethernet is a family of computer networking tech used in WAN or wide area networks, MAN or metropolitan area networks, and (most famously) LAN or local area networks. It came about commercially in 1980 then standardized as IEEE 802.3 in 1983. It has since been refined for longer link distances and higher-bitrate support. When it comes to connecting HDMI to your Ethernet network, use the HDMI Over Ethernet Adapter/Ethernet Extender. It can also extend the HDMI itself at longer distances that your HDMI cable can’t support.
It’s a particularly popular means of extending your HDMI cable for runs of up to 500 feet or longer, so compatibility isn’t an issue. The simple and cheap HDMI male to 2 Dual RJ45 Female Port supports Cat5/Cat6 LAN Ethernet cables through its LAN Ethernet sockets on one end and HDMI input on the other end. It can extend your connection with no transmission loss while supporting 1080p to 480i resolutions for your HDMI source to boot. What’s more, it doubles as an Ethernet Network Adaptor for all your LAN party or Ethernet-dedicated Internet access needs.
10. How to Convert HDMI to LVDS:
When it comes to converting HDMI to LVDS/TIA/EIA-644 connections for, say, an LCD driver board and some such, it’s not as plug-&-play as the other converters or adapters on this list. Displays with the LVDS or low-voltage differential signaling interface (6-bit, 1-channel, and 40 pins) require an “adapter” like the Hayear DIY HDMI VGA 2AV Reversing LVDS LCD Driver Board. It looks less like a simple adapter or even a converter device and more like a chipset for your PC motherboard.
If you’re up to the task of reusing display components with HDMI on what would otherwise be trashed or recycled, it gets high ratings across the board. People who’ve used this product satisfactorily claim that there’s nothing to set up and everything needed for conversion is there. It also includes a remote as an alternative to the tact switches/buttons on the board. All-in-all, it should only be used by techie types who have an LVDS they could spare. Novices beware or get some tech guy to help you out.
11. How to Convert HDMI to Optical Audio:
HDMI and optical audio cables are both pretty cheap, but HDMI outdoes optical because it delivers high-definition video on top of optical audio sound. It even delivers HD sound as well available in certain Blu-Ray or videogame releases. With that said, if you wish to extract audio from an HDMI audio-video source to a soundbar or speaker, use the HDMI To HDMI + Audio (SPDIF + RCA Stereo) Audio Extractor Converter.
It can translate the higher-resolution audio passing through an HDMI source into decent audio through an optical cable and speaker input, even if you’re using DTS HD Master or Dolby Master Audio. There’s no significant sound degradation except for HD sound coming out as normal sound without the additional fullness and whatnot. It can also translate the audio to L/R stereo analog for even older speakers, radios, headphones, and boom boxes that only have those outdated outputs.
12. How to Convert HDMI to RGB:
RGB (Red, Green Blue) formats are usually found on analog televisions, so if you want to convert an HDMI source signal to RGB, that means you wish to link it up to an analog TV or monitor as a display option. In order to accomplish this, you need a converter such as THE CIMPLE CO – HDMI to RCA Converter. You also need a component RGB, RCA, and HDMI cable to boot.
First, connect the HDMI output from your device into the input of THE CIMPLE CO Converter using an HDMI cable. Connect the red, green, and blue analog outputs of the converter to the corresponding inputs of your old television using the RGB component cable. Afterward, use an RCA cable to connect the left and right audio outputs of your converter to your TV’s inputs as well. This HDMI to RCA Converter is USB powered, so connect it to your outlet or your laptop for charging.
13. How to Convert HDMI to RF Coaxial:
Again, RF coaxial is synonymous to the coax connection standard, so this entry will cover another HDMI to RF coaxial converter available online. As for the device or adapter to use when it comes to converting an HDMI connection to a coax one, you need the RadioShack HDMI to RF Coax Adapter. This device enables you to convert digital signals from an HDMI source like a Blu-Ray Player, cable box, or some of the latest game consoles to VHF analog TV signals.
If for any reason you wish to play your BD or DVD on an old television that makes use of coax, this is the device you should get. Fair warning, though; unlike previous adapters mentioned earlier that can go both ways, from display to source and back, this is a one-way street. It’s an HDMI source adapter for a coax-based display. You can’t use it on an old VHS or Pong Console. It’s mostly for CRT TV models that require you to go to Channel 3 or 4 to watch videos and play games.
14. How to Convert HDMI to RG6:
RG-6 or RG6 is another common type of coaxial cable used in a variety of commercial and residential applications, mostly connecting video players like VCRs and game consoles to televisions. Many RG6-specific converters are unavailable on Amazon, but a good, affordable alternative to all of them is Eazy2hD HDMI Extenders Over Single RG6 Coaxial Cable. This converter box is similar to the old TV to videogame console boxes of yore, but with no switches, just inputs for both HDMI and RG6 coax cables.
Its main claim to fame aside from RG6-specific compatibility is it up to 100 meters or 328 feet Support IR Remote Control. This coaxial extender is compatible with HDMI 1.3 and HDCP 1.1 standards. Just connect your HDMI source’s HDMI cable to the HDMI input and your RG6 cable to the coax input then to the television, and you’re good to go. It supports digital video formats in Deep Color Mode at up to 36 bits and 38-kilohertz LPCM digital audio fro good measure.
15. How to Convert HDMI to RJ45:
RJ45 or the 8P8C (8 Position 8 Contact) connector is a modular connect used for the termination of multi-conductor flat and twisted pair cables. They’re mostly used for Ethernet over twisted pair, registered jacks, and various miscellaneous telephone applications. Therefore, the best HDMI to RJ45 converter is the Tripp Lite HDMI Over Cat5/Cat6 Extender. It works with any standard Cat5/Cat6 cables, including Cat5 8P8C modular connectors. This includes generic 8P8C and keyed 8P8C RJ45 male plugs.
The Tripp Lite’s female jack accepts them all, thus allowing you HDMI conversion for a variety of Ethernet applications involving multi-color flat cables, shielded twisted pair cables, and unshielded twisted pair cables as well as R5-232 serial communication using Yost and EIA/TIA-561 standards. A Passive Remote Receiver for use with the extender’s B126-004 (4-port) or B126-002 (2-port) transmitter units sold separately. When used with an HDMI over Cat5 extender, you can use this unit for 7.1 channel surround sound audio and stereo audio.
16. How to Convert HDMI to Composite Video:
The composite video was designed back in 1954-1956. It’s an analog video transmission standard that carries standard definition video of 480i to 576i resolution in one channel. This mono-channel analog standard is also known as CVBS or “color, video, blanking, and sync” or composite video baseband signal. A good HDMI to composite converter is the CoolDigital HDMI to RCA HDMI to AV Converter Adapter for HDMI 1.3. This is HDMI to Composite and RCA signal conversion only.
You need another converter if you want to convert a composite source to an HDMI display instead. You can’t hook up a VCR or VHS with RCA connectors to it in order to have it play on an HDMI-compliant TV. It’s available for use on HDMI sources like DVD and BD players, multi-generational game consoles, and so forth in order to get their output displayed in analog, standard-definition television sets. It converts the normal HDMI digital audio-video signal into CVBS audio-video analog signals. You simply need to have the accompanying mono-channel cables for the job.
17. How to Convert HDMI to Wireless:
There is a way for your HDMI sources to go wireless and send their content to various HDMI monitors and television sets without worrying about cable management and clutter. Enter the IOGEAR Wireless 3D Digital Kit GW3DHDKIT. It’s a 3D digital kit with 5.1 Channel Digital Audio and Full HD 1080P. To set it up, you basically need to connect your HDMI source to its transmitter and then let its radio waves of HDMI signals get caught by your receiver from up to 100 feet away.
The receiver is then attached to your HDMI display like your HDTV or standard TV with HDMI outputs. The more high-tech your display, the clearer the wireless connection will be. It’s also a kit that draws power via the UBS port to boot. Even though a lot of models offer similar 100-foot transmission capabilities, the IOGEAR Wireless is the most cost-effective option of the bunch without sacrificing a great deal when it comes to overall quality compared to even cheaper choices.
18. How to Convert HDMI to Wi-Fi:
When people hear Wi-Fi, people immediately think of their Wi-Fi or wireless Internet router. It stands to reason that converting HDMI to Wi-Fi means being able to deliver Wi-Fi router content and subsequently to the entirety of your HDMI-enabled devices through the IEEE 802.11 family of radio technology used for wireless local area networking or WLAN. You can accomplish that with the Actiontec Wireless HDMI Transmitter & Receiver Extender Kit.
It acts as your Wi-Fi router so that it can deliver streaming Internet video and whatnot to any HDMI-enabled device, all without cable clutter. It creates point-to-point wireless HDMI connection between your HDTV and any source device. It wirelessly connects media players, cable boxes, and gaming consoles galore. As for the WiFi Display Dongle Wireless HDMI Adapter, it’s a more Wi-Fi-specific device that mirrors content like HD videos, games, music, photos, and files as well as your online streaming content from YouTube, Hulu, Twitch, and Netflix to your TV and computer monitor.
19. How to Convert HDMI to YpBrPr:
YpBrPr or YPBPR is the color space used in video electronics, specifically component video cables. It’s the analog version of the YCbCr color space carried by a component video cable. The green cable carries Y, the blue cable carries Pb, and the red cable carries Pr. When it comes to converting HDMI source device signals to YpBrPr or composite video, one of the best converters out there is Musou HDMI to 1080P Component Video (YPbPr) Scaler Converter Adapter.
For one thing, it comes with Windows 10 support, HDMI 1.2 support, L/R audio support, and a coaxial audio output (cables sold separately). To convert the HDMI signals of your DVD player or Nintendo Switch, you should first plug in the HDMI output cable to the Musou Converter’s HDMI input port. From there, put in the component video cable’s multi-colored cable input unto the converter as well before connecting those same three cables unto your component video display. Turn on your television and turn on your HDMI device.
20. How to Convert HDMI to 5.1 Audio:
Some might be curious why there’s a need to extract HDMI or HDMI ARC sound to a separate audio device. There are several reasons for this. First, you can get surround sound through your receiver when streaming music and shows through an HDMI device. Second, it can work quite well for your game consoles without messing with various cables. That’s what the Sewell Direct SW-30472 Siphon Audio Extractor brings to the table.
It’s an HDMI to HDMI audio extractor with ARC compatibility. To be more specific, it’s compatible with ARC, HDMI 1.4a, HDCP 1.2, 3D, and DVI 1.0. To use it, just plug from one HDMI source to another HDMI display and sound system, with the middleman box separating 5.1 audio and HD video signals to allow you to capture or siphon the music and sound of your show or game in any way you see fit. To be more specific, it’s able to isolate the Dolby Digital TrueHD, DTS-HD, or LPCM 2.0/5.1 channels through an optical cable output.
21. How to Convert HDMI to 4K:
HDMI is supposed to run on 4K, specifically HDMI 2.0. With that said, there are converters you can avail of in order to run today’s 8K content and so forth on a legacy 4K display. Backward compatibility is present in all past, present, and future HDMI outputs, but a converter gets you optimum display results. You can specifically use the Monoprice 115242 Blackbird 4K Pro HDCP Converter for your backward compatible 4K needs.
The Monoprice Blackbird is something you can use to convert HDCP 2.2 to 1.4 once again as well as get support for 4K at 60 Hz and Deep Color to boot with the simplicity of plug-&-play. It caters to all the bells and whistles of a 4K display, including LPCM, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master Audio formats while remaining small and portable. To use it, just plug one both source and display HDMI cables on either end of the box. You need to choose 4K at 3 Hertz resolution with HDR video disabled to work with the PS4 Pro, though.
22. How to Convert HDMI to iPhone:
If you want to mirror the content of your iPhone to various display monitors or television sets, you need the proper HDMI to iPhone converter. The highly-rated best-seller known as Apple Lightning to Digital AV Adapter is the most popular product on Amazon due to the fact that you can use it for Netflix. It can hook your HDTV up along with any HDMI-compatible display for your streaming needs, for example.
You simply need to plug in your iPhone then plug on your HDMI device or display to work. It allows you to put your photos, movies, slides, and so forth on your iPhone 5, iPod Touch (5th Generation), iPad Mini, iPad with Retina Display, and various other products including an even bigger HDMI-compliant screen, which is your HDTV or Apple TV. Whatever you see or stream on your iPad or iPhone is mirrored on the HDMI display. You cannot use the adapter to connect your iPhone to an HDMI source though.
At present, the vast majority of consumer electronic devices follow the HDMI format, with outputs available for image downloads and video displays. Before HDMI became the industry standard, many connector types starting with RCA were primarily used to connect home video players to your CRT television up until even early DVD players. You also have other display inputs like USB, VGA, coax, component, AV, DP, SCART, DVI, Mini DP, Ethernet, RF coaxial, RG6, RJ45, Thunderbolt, Composite Video, Wireless, Wi-Fi, iPhone, and much more.
This guide is here to point you to the right processes and adaptors to get for converting one format to HDMI. You can also go the backward compatible route with old box-type TVs and huge CRT monitors through these adapters and their input conversion technology.