Convert Composite Signal to Component or HDMI

I finally retired my old analog TV set and have replaced it with Samsung 120 Hz 1080p machine.
My problem is: Samsung has only HDMI, USB, and a component inputs. My VCR has only composite output (Video + R/L Audio).
I searched Internet for convertors. It seems that composite to HDMI is right for me, but all I found are for (or with) 60 HZ.
Do somebody know why the frame frequency is matters for a converter? Will 60 Hz converter work with 120 Hz TV set? And what you recommend for using with Samsung 120 HZ 1080p TV set.


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Clarification Request
Which Samsung?

Many share the Component input and with a setting the input is composite. Sadly you left out the model number.

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Convert composite to component or HDMI


Thanks for reply.

On HDMI/Component end is Samsung UN50EH6000 50 Inch 1080p 120 Hz TV set.
On the composite end is a VCR composite output of Sylvania VCR.

I found Mini Composite AV CVBS 3RCA to HDMI Video Converter Adapter 720p 1080p Upscaler on eBay and asked the seller. I got an aswer:

"...This item can't work with Sansung 1080p 120 HZ TV Se It only fits for 1080P/60Hz, 720P/60Hz."

What do you think?


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PLEASE supply full model numbers or a link.
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Composite to component

No way. The component input will accept audio channels, but for video it needs RGB components separated, not in one video channel.

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Then you need to scream a little

Go ahead. I see the maker and seller didn't explain how it works and I failed too. You have all you need right now. Seems a shame to buy anything but at this point you seem intent on emptying your wallet.

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Have you tried it?

I want to know if Bob is right or not. I guarantee it won't harm the TV. Let us know how it goes. I notice some of these adapter isn't cheap, around 50 bucks. Another way might be to use a dvd recorder that has composite input and component/hdmi output.

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It may not work without changing a setting.

I stopped short of copying a step from the manual because it is another shared input system. Maybe some folk need to buy adapters? I mean, why not let them? Good for the industry and economy.

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60 vs 120 doesn't matter in this case

All you need is a basic converter plug to get this to work. Your new HDTV can accept the 60Hz signal.

As Bob suggested, just check the model number/manual online to see if the included component connections (RGB) allow you to 'moonlight' via composite (R/W) cables too.

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Composite to HDMI/Component conversion.

Thanks for reply.

May be the frame frequency does not matter for conversion from composite to component.

But for conversion from composite to HDMI I asked a seller and got an answer:

"[Mini Composite AV CVBS 3RCA to HDMI Video Converter Adapter 720p 1080p Upscaler ] can't work with Sansung 1080p 120 HZ TV Se It only fits for 1080P/60Hz, 720P/60Hz."

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Then...just ruled out hdmi.

If component works then we should be smiling.

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Something's being lost in this discussion

Your 1080p HDTV should be able to accept a 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p & 480i signal, and all @ 60Hz. The 120Hz is only internal to the HDTV and does not come from outside.

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Composite to HDMI

Yes, it is what I think. But seller is saying that the supplier said that his mini converter will not work with 120 Hz Samsung.
Samsung is cautious: they write that they do not have a Samsung converter, and they know nothing about third parties' products.

Did somebody has a real experience with this problem, connecting the composite VCR to 1080p 120 Hz TV set?

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Not this model but close to 100 others.

The shared composite, component input is far too common and I've done this far too many times. I fear something was lost in translation here as I would not require anything more than what you have now.

I might have to hit the product manual if I can't find settings in the menus to set that input to composite.

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