How to Connect a DVD Player to a Computer

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If you have a DVD player to watch movies and a video capture card on your computer, you should be able to connect the two and watch movies on your computer. You might have to resolve complicated hardware and software issues to be able to watch movies on your monitor, though.

Difficulty:
Challenging

Instructions

Things You'll Need

  • Cables
  • Video Capture Cards
    • 1

      If you don't already have one, buy a video capture card with a built-in MPEG-2 DVD decoder and motion compensation. Look for a card with S-video or better video inputs. Match the best outputs on your DVD player.

    • 2

      Find a video card with audio inputs if possible. Otherwise, buy a sound card with stereo input jacks (not standard).

    • 3

      Consider external video-capture devices such as the Iomega Buz, which includes a SCSI card, composite and S-video in and out jacks, stereo audio in and out jacks, and full-screen playback.

    • 4

      Install the necessary hardware and software for the video capture device you chose.

    • 5

      Plug the DVD player into an outlet near your computer, but keep it as far away as possible to eliminate any chance of feedback on your monitor.

    • 6

      Connect cables to the left and right (color-coded red) audio RCA jacks on the back of the DVD player. Connect the other ends of the cables to line-in jacks on your sound card or external video-capture device.

    • 7

      Connect the DVD player to your video capture card or external device using the best technology common to both: progressive-scan component video, interlaced component video, S-video or composite video.

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