What is HDMI/DVI?
The Acronym HDMI represents the term High Definition Multimedia Interface, while the Acronym DVI represents the term Digital Video Interface. HDMI is one of the most recent types of connection that can be found on most if not all modern TV sets, Home Theatre Amplifiers as well as computer monitors. HDMI is the most recent digital multimedia standard which supports the connection of video and 8-channel audio with only a single cable.
HDMI to DVI Conversion Limitations
If individuals are interested in converting HMDI to DVI, it then becomes necessary for them to make themselves aware of the limitations associated with the conversion as well as the difference between both interfaces. Two Limitations that are commonly associated with the conversion are the loss of audio and the inability to play media that is copy protected.
Generally, an HMDI to DVI Converter cannot convert audio. This is due to the fact that DVI does not transmit audio, as a result, audio will need to be transmitted through Optical Audio Cables. If such cables are not available, audio may be connected by use of connectors from a composite /component connection. Within HDCP, HDMI is built. HDCP is the acronym for the term High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection. This is basically Digital Rights Management technology protection. This type of protection technology typically allows DVD Players, HD-DVD Players, Blu-ray players as well as other players to play media that has been copy protected. DVI on the other hand does not protect copies, and as such, converters will not allow some media to be played from a HDVI to DVI converter device. This is solely due to the fact that the player is able to detect that receiving device is not HDCP Compatible.
How to Convert HDMI to DVI
In order to connect a DVI to an HMDI input, the conversion of both these signals is required. The conversion can be made possible with either a male HMDI to a female DVI converter or an HMDI to DVI cable, either of the two will suffice. If the use of a HMDI to DVI Cable is chosen, then a PCM-2296-06 measuring approximately 6 feet or Link Depot HDMI to DVI Cable measuring approximately 10 feet will need to be purchased from a retailer online. After the attainment of the purchase has taken place, one will then need to plug the HDMI connector of the cable into the HDMI port and plug the DVI connector of the cable into the DVI port. If the use of a male HMDI to a female DVI converter is chosen, then one will to purchase an HDMI male to DVI female converter from a retailer online. After the attainment of the purchase has taken place, one will then need to plug the HDMI male end of the converter into the HDMI port, after which it becomes necessary to plug one end of the DVI to DVI cable into the DVI female end of the converter. The final step would be to plug the second end of the DVI to DVI cable into the DVI port.