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What video output should I use for my PS3? Also, what’s the difference between 4:3 and 16:9?


I have a standard definition TV and Red, White, and Yellow cables (the ones that they send with the PS3). I am pretty sure it is either the composite/s-video output or the av multi/scart output (if it is the av multi one, is it RGB or Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr). Please help!

P.s. Both the av multi and composite show a picture, but I’m wondering which is the one that I should use for my situation.

Also, how do you know that your TV is 4:3 or 16:9? What’s the difference?

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  1. Composite video is yellow. Stereo audio is red and white.

    Component/Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr video is red, blue, green (plus the 2 audio inputs, so yes 2 different red inputs.)

    If your TV is standard definition, then it’s 4:3. HDTVs are 16:9. This refers to the aspect ratio of the screen – that is, the ratio of the width vs. the height.

    In order of increasing picture quality: (video cable only)

    Composite (yellow cable)

    S-video (black cable with 4 oddly spaced pins)

    SCART (< -- I *think* this is where it goes - don't have this in the US) Component (HDMI – HDTV only) The difference between SCART and Component is quite small, I’m told, so it doesn’t matter too much which one you use there. When you upgrade to a HDTV, you’ll definitely want to use a HDMI cable.

  2. 4:3 and 16:9 is the aspect ratio of the TV. 16:9 relates to widescreen, which is becoming more common these days. it refers to the difference in size between the horizontal width and vertical height (Have you noticed a cinema screen is wider than a standard TV)

    16:9 is not only for HDTVs. you can get standard def 16:9 TVs as well. I used to have a 28″ widescreen Tube TV that had a huge footprint, unlike the modern flat panels

    You say it is standard definition, so I would assume this would be a 4:3 aspect ratio. You can tell by looking at it. a 16:9 screen looks significantly rectangular, being much wider than its screen height, whereas a 4:3 screen looks almost square.

    The Red, white and yellow cables are Standard AV with Red and white being left and right channel sound, and yellow being video.

    I would assume that AV multi is the right option, and am sure RGB would be the choice you need. Composite uses 3 extra cables to give a higher definition picture, but as it still uses the yellow lead as one of the cables, this works OK.

    the system should automatically set itself to 480i as well.

    Hope this helps

  3. You are definitely using composite/s video. Just keep it at that. And here is the difference between 16:9 and 4:3. 16:9 is for widescreen televisions, you know the more rectangular sets in the newer HD models, and 4:3 is square. It is the aspect ratio of the size of the screen. Most TV’s today are widescreen.

  4. If you are hooking up the composite cables ( Red Yellow White) you should hook it up to a composite hookup (Red Yellow White).

    The only downside is that this will run at 480p resolution, the worst resolution out there, meaning that you are wasting a huge potential for your PS3.

    4:3 and 16:9 are the aspect ratios for widescreen TVs

    4:3 is used by standard televisions and television programs.

    16:9 is used for high definition. This is why you see black bars on the edges of high def widescreen TVs when watching some television programs.

    Good luck with your new PS3!

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