High-Definition Multimedia Interface, more commonly known as HDMI, is a compact audio-video interface used in transmitting high-quality, uncompressed digital data. It is slowly being adopted by television manufacturers in making their products to provide crisp, quality pictures for a more engaging and captivating viewing experience. Other popular uses of HDMI include Blu-ray Disc players, personal computers, video game consoles and AV receivers.
- Requirements. There are three things you need to have in order to fully utilize the benefits of the high-definition experience. First, you need a viewing apparatus (monitor) that has an HDMI input. Then, you need a player/transmitter that supports HDMI connections. And to connect these two devices, you need an HDMI cable that will bridge the gap between the two.
- Setting up the cables. First, locate the HDMI input slot on your HD television/monitor/projector. It is a trapezoid-like slot with several pins sticking out of it. Try to look at one end of your HDMI cable for reference/comparison. Once you have located the HD input in your viewing device, plug one end of the HDMI cable to it. Similarly, look for the HDMI output slot from your player and connect the other end to it. That should basically do it.
- Troubleshooting. Fire up your monitor and go to the settings where you can choose where the HD signal would come from. It is best to consult your manual to know where these things can be found. If your monitor is not detecting the source of the HD signal, check to see if the cables have been inserted properly. Also, check if the source device is turned on or is in a working condition. If it’s still not working, bring your device(s) to where you bought them to see if they are functional.
- Fine-tuning. Once you get the signal working, sit on your couch and check to see if your desired picture quality is what you see onscreen. If not, your device comes with a few knobs and turns, which you can access to fine-tune the image to your desired quality. Adjust the brightness, contrast, color and tint to match your taste. Also make sure that you’re watching using the correct aspect ratio (usually 4:3 or 16:9) as indicated in the video/game you’re playing. Try and explore these settings in order to maximize the HD viewing experience.
- Alternatives. If your device doesn’t have an HDMI input/output, there are converters available in the market that enable you to connect an HDMI cable to a DVI port (usually found in Apple devices). Try to contact a local electronics dealer to see if they have these available in stock. So fret not, because with the right gears, you’d still get the high-definition quality picture you’re pining for.
HD or High-Definition is fast becoming a trend in electronic devices nowadays. It is slowly being adapted to video cameras, digital cameras and even cell phones! With HD-enabled tools, you’d get that perfect picture quality that can deliver a bright and crisp image to viewers.