How to Use S-Video Cables (6 Steps)

By Dan Stone

Super-video is an analog color-video format that offers better picture quality than composite video and lower picture quality than component video. S-video cables are designed to connect the outgoing S-video signal from a video-playback device like a VCR, DVD player or computer and send it to a display screen like a TV set or a receiver. You use the cables by connecting them to S-video compatible devices. S-video only sends video content and relies on RCA connections to send audio information.

Step 1

Locate the S-video and RCA audio jacks on the video source device.

Step 2

Connect one end of the S-video cable to the S-video jack on the video source device.

Step 3

Plug in the RCA audio cables in the color-respective audio jacks.

Step 4

Locate the S-video and RCA audio jacks on the TV set, receiver or monitor. The jacks can usually be found on the back or side of the device.

Step 5

Connect the free end of the S-video cable to the S-video jack on the TV, receiver or monitor.

Plug in the free ends of the RCA audio cables in the color-respective audio jacks on the TV, receiver or monitor.

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