How to Convert Composite Connectors to HDMI

By Ryan Menezes

Though many home video devices used include composite input, monitors generally do not. High definition monitors instead accept High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) input. If your VCR or DVD player has only an composite video-out port, you need a scalar box to convert its output. This converter scales the composite signal up so that your high definition screen can accept it through its HDMI port.

Things You'll Need

  • Composite to HDMI up-converter
  • Composite video cable
  • HDMI video cable

Step 1

Connect one end of the composite video cable to the VCR or DVD player's composite video-out port.

Step 2

Connect the cable's other end to the converter box's composite video-in port.

Step 3

Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the converter box's HDMI video-out port.

Step 4

Connect the HDMI cable's other end to your monitor's HDMI video-in port.

Step 5

Power on all three devices.

Step 6

Configure output resolution using the scalar box's on-screen display.

Tips & Warnings

  • Converters that scale-up video signals do not also scale them down. You will need a separate converter to send signals from a HDMI port to a composite video-in port.