Do you have an old device that isn’t equipped with an HDMI port, but rather, a SCART port? Are you wondering if it’s possible to convert SCART to HDMI? If so, would you like to know how? Well, you’re in luck because not only is it possible, it’s surprisingly easy to make it happen.
Dust off your old hardware, grab your SCART cable and HDMI cable, and let’s get to work.
What is SCART?
What’s important is that you know for sure that you have the right cables. You might feel really silly if you think you have a SCART cable, only to find out it’s something entirely different.
As you can see in the image above, the SCART cable (this one is male) is a 21-pin connector. It’s responsible for the sending of signals that provide your screen with video and audio by plugging it into its proper SCART port (female). It was used from the 1970’s into the 80’s, but has since been removed from the spotlight thanks to superior technology like HDMI and DisplayPort.
Any time you see a SCART port, chances are that hardware is old–old enough to be considered “retro.” Devices from VCR players to video game consoles took advantage of SCART, considering it was commonplace, and can still output in high definition of 1080p. Unfortunately, SCART’s analog signals just don’t match up against HDMI.
What is HDMI?
HDMI is the dominant force in the league of video imaging and continues to be, well into devices outputting in 4K. Its acronym, which is “High Definition Multimedia Interface,” isn’t lying to you.
This 19-pin cable is responsible for most of the content you view through the magic of digital signals. Your TV set top box? Most likely displaying the images with HDMI. Your current-generation gaming console? Definitely using an HDMI cable. Even your DVD player is probably using an HDMI cable (if it’s a Blu-ray player).
How to Convert SCART to HDMI
Now that you’ve had a crash course into what they are and what they look like, how do you get these two to place nice with one another? After all, one is an analog signal and the other is digital? Well, it’s quite simple; you use a converter.
Sure, that sounds simple–and it is–but you should be very aware of the right converters. You see, if you hop over to an online store and search “SCART to HDMI,” you are going to get wildly different cables. How do you know which one is the right one?
As far as brand goes, that’s really up to what you want to spend. However, you need to be aware of scams. SCART to HDMI converters exist, that much is clear, but if you see a SCART to HDMI converter that’s ONLY a single cable, then that should be throwing up major red flags.
Look at the example in the image above. That right there is a legitimate SCART to HDMI product. This is because, in order to make the conversion from SCART to HDMI, you need a power source of some kind. The box houses all the hardware that makes the conversation happen. So, how does it work?
1. Start by plugging in your converter’s DC power supply. It should be marked with “DC,” but in case it isn’t, the DC port is a circle with a metal rod on the inside.
2. Next, plug the male SCART cable into the proper female SCART port. It should be labeled, but in case it isn’t, SCART ports are rectangular. Plug the other end into your device.
3. Now plug the HDMI cable into the HDMI port. It should be labeled with “HDMI,” and if it isn’t, the HDMI port looks like a trapezoid. Plug the other end of the HDMI cable into your TV or monitor.
4. Power on your converter.
And that’s all there is to it. Depending on the converter you buy, you may have the option to switch between different outputs like 720p or 1080p. Do be sure that the converter you buy is SCART to HDMI and not HDMI to SCART. Believe it or not that matters.