Cannot see color from my composite video input

keldolfert asked on 10/12/2009, 09:01 AM
Using a Grabby Terratec, and composite video input I can only see and record B&W video. Sound works fine.

I have tried a number of sources, all with the same result.

Any good ideas ?

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Coming from australia I don't know the brand of grabby you have but readin it's website stats it should work like my Kaiser Baas USB TV stick.

The only time I had problems with Colour was when I didn't have the cables connected firmly and had to change it to a better one.

It's the only thing I can think of. I'm assuming you are connecting it to a VHS player to convert VHS to digital.

If it's DTV then I would have a look at your Antenna reception as a possible cause
Hej Keld,

If you're already using a Composite connection, the problem is most likely with the settings of the driver for the video capture device. It's probably defaulting to the wrong video standard. You can access these settings through the program and adjust them, though. Here's what you need to do:

Go into the analog video recording dialog. Choose the correct audio and video drivers and set up all parameters as desired. Now click on the "Advanced..." button to bring up the advanced settings for the video capture driver. In the resulting dialog, click the "Display" and "Format" buttons and make sure that the video standard is set to PAL (PAL_B) in each window. Confirm the settings and try capturing again. That should do the trick.

Good luck!

The device you mention doesn't really use composite but component video. Composite video uses a single RCA jack while component video uses three separate jacks (like the device you use). Component video performs a signal-splitting function similar to RGB separation. It creates a signal called luminance (Y) or Black and White, and 2 other signals called chrominance (Cb and Cr or Pb and Pr). The latter work together to approximate the original RGB signal.

My guesses:
a) The jacks were not firmly attached
b) broken cable
c) a wrong adjusted switch/button/video mode (never underestimate these)
d)  the device is faulty

If possible eliminate the obvious possibilities and try to see if another similar device will work with your camera, or if the same device will work with another camera

I hope I could help
Greets

THANKS SO MUCH! This helped us so much, turned our black and white output to colour so we can finally digtise our old home movies, can't thank you enough. :)
 

Hej Keld,

If you're already using a Composite connection, the problem is most likely with the settings of the driver for the video capture device. It's probably defaulting to the wrong video standard. You can access these settings through the program and adjust them, though. Here's what you need to do:

Go into the analog video recording dialog. Choose the correct audio and video drivers and set up all parameters as desired. Now click on the "Advanced..." button to bring up the advanced settings for the video capture driver. In the resulting dialog, click the "Display" and "Format" buttons and make sure that the video standard is set to PAL (PAL_B) in each window. Confirm the settings and try capturing again. That should do the trick.

Good luck!