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TV Out with the Captivate?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by jonhcox, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. SirKronan

    SirKronan Android Expert

    Where did you read that? I've seen several places saying this will work, and this actually could be a deal breaker for this phone with me, because the Droid X has confirmed HD output support. I'd rather not get it for other reasons, but I can see myself wanting the HDMI for various presentations at client's homes, and HD out would look so much nicer in the homes that have a large display.

  2. SirKronan

    SirKronan Android Expert

  3. locsplitter

    locsplitter Newbie

    Composite delivers the same sound and picture quality as an HD(MI) connection, just with more cables, no?
  4. ConceptVBS

    ConceptVBS Well-Known Member

    Cant you just lock the screen?
  5. ConceptVBS

    ConceptVBS Well-Known Member

    Composites? No.

    Components? Yes.
  6. Endoran

    Endoran Android Enthusiast

    Surprisingly no. It shuts down the video just like it does on the actual phone. As far as I can tell the TV out mimics exactly what is on the phone screen...no matter what.
  7. akkhandelwal

    akkhandelwal Lurker

    as per Samsung manual, one can have either component video or rca video out. If one get the component video, how do we get the sound as all the three connection are outputing video.

    Just a thought. can we somehow get the sound out through stereo bluetooth and feed it to the TV?
  8. Endoran

    Endoran Android Enthusiast

    I pretty much feel that the TV out is pointless seeing how you can't turn off the captivates screen without turning off the feed to the TV as well.
  9. projectpaki

    projectpaki Newbie

    so to get DLNA to work on my samsung tv i have to go out and by the $80 wireless usb dongle?
  10. VentureForth

    VentureForth Well-Known Member

    No. In order of ascending quality, the basic Video cablings are as follows:

    Composite - Single yellow RCA jack, often packaged with red & white audio cables.

    S-Video - Single multi-pin video. Additional (usually stereo 3.5 mm jack) audio cable required.

    Component Video - three RCA-type jacks, usually green, blue and red. Does not carry audio, but often packaged as a five-wire plug to include red & white RCA audio jacks.

    Note that all of the above are ANALOG connections. Digital has only one offering:

    HDMI - Single multi-pin connector, same on both ends. Offers 480i up to 1080p.

    Yes, there are exceptions and hybrids to all the above, but those are the basics. The most notable exception would be DLNA which, as mentioned, is not a direct connection, but rather a networking scheme. In otherwords, you're not transmitting video, you're transmitting data, and the TV (or whatever) is then converting that data to video and displaying it.

    So, what CAN the Cappy do? According to the current manual:
    Thus, it looks like there is a digital option, but it doesn't give specifics. That's the extent of what the manual says.
  11. Endoran

    Endoran Android Enthusiast

    I like how everyone just glosses over the fact that TV out is USELESS if you can't turn your phones screen off.
  12. fldude99

    fldude99 Android Expert

    ^^^I must be missing something...what does it matter if you can't turn off the phone screen?
  13. gcobb

    gcobb Android Enthusiast

    I suppose that would depend if someone wants their display to go off.
  14. SirKronan

    SirKronan Android Expert

    You mean useless if you can't leave your phone's screen ON, right??? I'll assume that's what you meant. Especially for gaming! imagine trying to "feel" where you're supposed to press by looking at the big screen. I would sure like to be able to still see the screen at least at first, so i can get used to where I need to touch. In addition, the screens on modern phones sip power. You could sit through two or three whole movies before your phone goes dead.

    Besides, I wouldn't be surprised if there's some kind of app that when you shake your phone the screen blacks out ...
  15. smumdax

    smumdax Lurker

    I bought the Galaxy S Captivate (i896) a couple weeks ago, and just 2 days ago I found out about the TV-Out possibility... I was excited about that. However I couldn't manage to get it to work...!!!!

    I used my camcorder's video cable (jack -> RCA) and pluged that into my phone, and the other end in my TV's inputs (switching yellow for red, btw).

    Went into my settings, enabled the TV out function and... no image. I got the sound (which I believe is there because of the jack acting the same as headphones)... In place of the image, I get the following message: "TV-out not supported while application running. Phone display only."

    I don't understand what application it's talking about... and I don't have any "phone display" on my tv.

    I've searched A LOT on Google, Forums, Samsung's website, etc... I didn't find much to help me at all. And get this one: I called the Samsung's customer service line. After a few minutes, the lady said they never heard about this function, and she couldn't help me. She recommended that I call my service carrier! How dumb can you be.

    I've managed to get the User's Manual online... and the function is talked about in there... Some other guy told me to use some other cable. Now, this doesn't make much sense, since I do have some image, even if it's just text, it still comes from my phone. Nonetheless I will try that eventually, just to prove me right.

    So now I'm at a lost... Can you help me ??
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  16. gcobb

    gcobb Android Enthusiast

    I ran across this elsewhere and verified it got mine working. For some reason...and I know it doesn't sound right but on your cable if you swap the yellow and red around it'll show video and stereo audio. I did it, couldn't believe it though.
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  17. smumdax

    smumdax Lurker

    Thanks, but you've missed it... :rolleyes:
  18. gcobb

    gcobb Android Enthusiast

    That I did. :)

    I use Android System Info to kill running apps on occasion. It may do you good to see if you can kill running apps to see why it does that. You also need to be using NTSC too, in case it isn't.
  19. smumdax

    smumdax Lurker

    I owe you many thanks! I can't believe no one could help me with this f'n problem!

    Now, for anyone else... I used the app gcobb suggested.
    And I killed a couple apps that I knew about...

    And now it works!
    The thing is... I'd like to find out WHICH app was actually the culprit.
    Will come back if I find this.

    But hey thanks again! Now I'll go tell this other guy that the cable is just a dumb solution to suggest. Cable has nothing to do with it, as long as it is a jack --> RCA.
  20. gcobb

    gcobb Android Enthusiast

  21. NJR

    NJR Well-Known Member

    Wow!!! Why I don't know but you really do need to swap yellow and red !!!
    I wouldn't have figured it out without this board Thanks
  22. Lanidarc

    Lanidarc Lurker

    Same here, I just got it working with this color swap - how did someone know to do this? :eek::thinking:
  23. SirKronan

    SirKronan Android Expert

    Not every breakout cable breaks out to each color the same. The positive and negative will stay together, but sometimes a section on the pin itself will pull video from the section in the jack in one device, while pulling audio on the same section in another device. Trial and error FTW.
  24. woody1

    woody1 Newbie

    A "standard" composite video cable uses the yellow for video. Some of the iPods use a similar cable for video out and Apple, just to be different, required a cable that reverses yellow and red (I assume they did this to trick people into buying their "proprietary" cable. I think that's why some cables have to be reversed. They were probably designed to accommodate Apple's weirdness.
  25. Dante04SRT

    Dante04SRT Well-Known Member

    Composite = Uses RCA connectors (typically one yellow) to output video at a max of 480 interlaced lines of resolution.

    Component = Uses RCA connectors (typically 3, 1red, 1blue, 1 green) to output video at a max of 1080 interlaced lines of resolution (also 480p, 720i/p, etc)

    HDMI will allow you 1080p (progressive scan).

Samsung Captivate Forum

The Samsung Captivate release date was July 2010. Features and Specs include a 4.0" inch screen, 5MP camera, 512GB RAM, Hummingbird processor, and 1500mAh battery.

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