How to Connect Component Video to a VGA Projector

By Kevin Lee

Introduced in the late 80s, VGA technology enabled people to connect their monitors to their computers using adapters that contained a socket and a 15-pin plug. This technology still exists in conference rooms even though newer devices support higher quality digital video signals. If your projector has a VGA plug, you can still use a converter to connect it to devices that output signals using component video technology. Component video will give your video a slightly higher quality because it consists of three video cables that carry more information.

Connect the green, blue and red plugs of one end of your component video cable to the matching plugs on your video source. For example, if the video source is a digital video recorder, find its three component video plugs on the back of the device.

Connect the three colored plugs on the other end of the component video cable to the three matching plugs in the component-to-VGA converter.

Plug the converter into the back of the projector.

Items you will need

  • Component video cables

  • Component-to-VGA converter


If the projector doesn't display your video content, verify that the plugs going into the component-to-VGA converter and each video device fit snugly.

When shopping for a component-to-VGA converter, you'll see a variety of types, some with HDMI or DVI in their names. This is because some types convert video signals into various digital formats. Look for one that has the words "component" and "VGA" in the name. You may also find converters that come bundled with component video cables, which you won't need if you already own component cables.