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Video Connectors

Video Connectors
Jack
Cable
Name
Typical use
Level of
video quality
RF

a.k.a. radio frequency; antenna; cable; screw type; F-pin
Antennas, VCRs, cable and satellite boxes Lowest
Composite video

a.k.a. yellow video; video; A/V (when combined with audio jacks)
Cable and satellite boxes, VCRs, DVD players, game consoles Low
S-Video

a.k.a. DIN 4
Cable and satellite boxes, S-VHS VCRs, DVD players, game consoles Medium
Interlaced component

a.k.a. component; Y, Pb, Pr; Y, Cb, Cr; 480i
Standard DVD players High
Progressive component

a.k.a. component; Y, Pb, Pr; Y, Cb, Cr; 480p
Progressive-scan DVD players, 480p digital television (EDTV) Very high
Broadband component

a.k.a. component; Y, Pb, Pr; Y, Cb, Cr; wideband component; 1080i; 720p; HDTV
Regular and progressive-scan DVD players, HDTV receivers Very high
RGB

Connections can also be made through RCA or BNC-type connectors, and adapters are available between all of them

a.k.a. VGA; 15-pin D-sub; RGB-HV
Computers, some HDTV receivers, video processors and projectors Very high
FireWire

a.k.a. IEEE 1394; iLink
HDTV receivers, D-VHS VCRs Highest (digital)
DVI-D with HDCP

a.k.a. DVI-D; Digital Visual Interface; High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection
HDTV receivers,DVD players and Projectors Highest (digital)
HDMI (FAQ)

a.k.a. High-Definition Multimedia Interface
HDTV receivers,DVD players and Projectors Highest (digital)