WD TV connection to chapel audio system

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WD TV connection to chapel audio system

Postby drepouille » Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:41 am

In preparation for the September 29th broadcast, I downloaded the video to a flash drive, and connected it to our WD TV media player. I connected the media player to our projector. I muted the projector, hoping that I could use the AV Out jack on the media player to pipe the sound through the "octopus" unit to the microphone jack on the rostrum. However, that only produced a loud hum. The WD TV media player has a settings page, which allows me to send the video to HDMI and the audio to the AV Out jack, but it does not appear to work as I expected. I suspect that the AV Out jack is not a simple stereo jack.

<BREAK> Ah! Now I remember! the WD TV media player came with a proprietary cable! The AV Out jack is a composite audio AND video jack, and the cable breaks them out to separate lines. Silly me! Now I have to do my test all over again.
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Re: WD TV connection to chapel audio system

Postby drepouille » Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:31 am

Oops. When I said "octopus" I meant to say "crab box."
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Re: WD TV connection to chapel audio system

Postby russellhltn » Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:54 am

drepouille wrote:<BREAK> Ah! Now I remember! the WD TV media player came with a proprietary cable! The AV Out jack is a composite audio AND video jack, and the cable breaks them out to separate lines.

I wouldn't call it proprietary, lots of things have a combined video and audio on the 3.5mm jack. I fact, I find them all the time at the thrift store.

However, it appears that the pinout may not be as standardized as I thought.
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Re: WD TV connection to chapel audio system

Postby lajackson » Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:50 pm

drepouille wrote:Oops. When I said "octopus" I meant to say "crab box."

You're in good company. Someone called ours the "lobster thing" the other day.

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Re: WD TV connection to chapel audio system

Postby drepouille » Mon Sep 23, 2019 3:24 pm

I was curious as to which audio RCA plug I should connect to the crab box. In the case of the upcoming broadcast, I don't think it matters. The chapel sound system isn't stereo, after all. But if you were trying to show a video with very distinct stereo audio, you would need to have a method of merging the left and right audio channels into a single mono channel.

I just don't know if the crab box is able to merge the left and right audio channels.
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Re: WD TV connection to chapel audio system

Postby russellhltn » Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:14 pm

drepouille wrote:I was curious as to which audio RCA plug I should connect to the crab box. In the case of the upcoming broadcast, I don't think it matters. The chapel sound system isn't stereo, after all. But if you were trying to show a video with very distinct stereo audio, you would need to have a method of merging the left and right audio channels into a single mono channel.

The crab box has two input and cables to match. So you could feed it stereo. I've done it when connecting a DVD player.
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