The only equipment needed for this procedure is a digital video camera, an audio/video cable, a DV tape, and a TV. Remote controls are optional. The audio/video cable in this demonstration is normal with consumer-based single-chip cameras. One end has a yellow RCA composite video output and a red-white stereo audio connection. The other end has a 1/8 inch jack, similar to a headphone jack.
On commercial/professional three-chip high-end cameras, the cable is likely to have a yellow-red-white connection on the camera. Another alternative is to use red-white stereo cables and the S-Video connection. This information applies to televisions from various manufacturers, including, for example, those made by LG, Samsung, Panasonic, Sony, and Vizio.
Locate the entrance on the TV
Most newer TVs have a yellow-red-white connection in front or sideways. If you don’t see a connection on the front or side, check the back of the TV. If you don’t have one, consider buying an RF modulator to convert the yellow-red-white signal to RF or coaxial.
If you see a connection in the back but have something connected, disconnect the current connection and go to step 3.
You can ignore the black cable already connected to the TV. This is the S-Video connection and is usually located near the yellow-red-white inputs.
Connect the cables to the TV
You must first connect all the cables to the TV, mainly so that:
- Are you sure you have enough cable length to reach from the TV to the camcorder
- Do not pull the cable towards the TV after connecting it to the camera, because it could cause the video camera to fall from the table or shelf on which it rests and cause damage.
Insert the cable into the slots corresponding to the colors on the TV labeled Video In and Audio In. If you are using S-Video, ignore the yellow composite cable. Connect the S-Video and red-white stereo cables to the TV.
Connect the cables to the camera
Note that the 1/8 inch jack is inserted into the slot labeled Audio/Video Out on the camcorder. It’s very simple.
On camcorders with the yellow-red-white or S-Video cable, connect them the same way you did on the TV – only this time matches the color-coded cables to the connection labeled Audio/Video Out.
Turn on the TV
Quite easy! But don’t worry about changing channels again. You still have a couple of steps.
Put the video camera in VCR mode
On the panel where you turn on the video camera to record video, you’ll notice another option that lets you playback what you’ve recorded. On many cameras, the button is labeled VCR or Playback. If this is not your case, don’t panic. Search for a function similar to a VCR or a playback function.
Insert the tape, rewind, and play
You will know that you have videos when you press Play and start playing the recorded image in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen of the camera.
Turn the TV to Aux Channel
All TVs with yellow-red-white or S-Video inputs have an auxiliary channel. You should be able to find it by turning the TV on channel 3 and pressing the channel button down on the remote control or on the TV until you see the video playing back from the camera. Only a couple of presses should be needed to find the auxiliary channel.
If your TV is self-programmed on cable or satellite, chances are good that you do not have a chance to push the button down the channel to find your aux channel because the TV does not have in its memory. Find the remote control and press the TV/Video button until you see the movie.
The reason why you should wait until now to tune in to your auxiliary channel is that it makes it easy to find the right channel for your video playback. If you have an image on the camera but not on the TV, something is wrong, right?