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What does HDMI stand for on DVD players

By yyiiyyii
Feb 2, 2008
  1. What does HDMI stand for on DVD players

    does that mean it can play High Def DVD's and if not then what kind of DVD player can play High Def DVD's
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface.

    basically, its a type of connector that you used to connect your TV and your DVD player so you can watch it. like the composite video connector that you would get with most DVD players standard (the red, white and yellow cords), this connector basically gives you a higher quality picture compared to any other available. so if your TV can support HDMI, it's worth hooking it up, especially for DVD's.
     
  3. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    Usually if a dvd player has hdmi, then it can "upconvert" standard res to try to mimic high def. This looks somewhat better than standard dvd, but not quite hd quality.

    To play true high def optical discs you need either an hd dvd player or a blu-ray disc player. With either format, then you have to buy that format's discs in HD to get true HD picture output.
     
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    You'd also have to hope the original material was filmed in HD. If you buy "gone with the wind" on Blu-Ray, don't expect too much from it (even if it has been "remastered"). I think George Lucas was the first director to shoot his films in actual high definition & that was with the new episodes of Stars Wars.
     
  5. yyiiyyii

    yyiiyyii TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 105

    so does a HDMI DVD player play HD DVD or do a need a HD DVD player to do that?
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I'd say Yes, otherwise why have the ports.

    The other posts were metioning that the movie and disks obviously need to have HD available
     
  7. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    No
    Yes

    Unless the player says "HD DVD" then it's probably just a normal dvd player that upscales standard def video to look slightly better.
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Oh, sorry about that.

    Maybe you could post your model number, and /or check online for what it can/cannot do.
     
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