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  Getting the Video out of Your New iPod--for Cheap!
Subject:   Black and White only
Date:   2006-03-06 03:13:48
From:   wyrdness
The people who have said that they are only getting black and white by this method are correct. I tried my sony camcorder cable with my 5G ipod last night and only got a black and white picture. I tried it with a home cinema projector and a data projector, both with the same result. I don't understand this, as both the luminance (B&W) and chromiance (colour) signals are combined in a composite video signal. The display then applies filters to separate the signals out again. So either I should get a working colour picture or no picture at all. I have tried both PAL and NTSC and switched 'wide screen' on and off.


I'm worried that if I buy a cheap cable off ebay, that it will do the same thing, but I don't really want to spend 15 on the Apple cable. Does anyone have any idea why a supposedly composite signal won't display colour?

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  • Black and White only
    2006-03-08 00:41:25  mamasama [View]

    I think you need to go back down to the previous message (and replies) and follow the link posted by a guy named Mike. We had your same problem until I went to his blog and found very lucid instructions for solving the problems.
    • Black and White only
      2007-03-15 22:17:33  cambodiachris [View]

      Still no help. I am having the same problem. I am in Cambodia, and the tv show I downloaded is from the USA. Our tvs here are PAL, however, I still get Black and White picture. I've tried both. Could it be something to do with that? I tried a couple different tvs as well as a video projector. Also, I've found the picture quality to be much worse than if I play the videos on my computer. Any thoughts? I've played with all of the ipod settings (widescreen/tv on/ask, etc). Thanks!
      • Erica Sadun photo Black and White only
        2007-03-16 11:53:50  Erica Sadun | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

        I'm pretty sure that your problem is NTSC played back on PAL. Switch the output video settings on your iPod.