HDMI

How can I extend the range of my video signal?

Episode 1234

Steve from Chino Hills, CA

Steve has a Security Camera DVR and he's used a splitter to watch it in several rooms using a balun, but he keeps losing the signal. Leo says that HDMI doesn't throw very far, and using a balun amplifies the signal and sends it over ethernet to the other side. The distance is still limited to around 200' and it could be that he's at the extreme edge of the range. Steve could go RF. The chat room says that using Cat6 Ethernet cables could make it that far, and at MonoPrice.com he could get an extender kit to around 328 feet.

How can I run HDMI 50 feet or more?

HDMI Cable

Episode 1209

Glen from Rolling Heights, CA

Glen wants to split his TV signal via HDMI. It works for a minute and then it gets really dark. Leo says the challenge is that Glen is splitting the signal and then transporting it over a greater distance. So chances are it's dropping bits due to interference. That's why Leo says a Balun is a better choice. He can then send HDMI over ethernet and the signal is amplified over both ends. It's much better and not very expensive. Glen can check out HDMI Extenders or Baluns at monoprice.com.

How can I watch two different programs on my Roku via Slingbox?

Slingbox 500

Episode 1197

Doug from Diamond Bar, CA

Doug wants to know if he can use an HDMI splitter to divide his Slingbox with his Roku Box and control both. Leo says no because he won't be able to control them. Older Slingboxes have up to five HDMI ports in the back (the Slingbox 500 only has one), so if he has an older Slingbox, he could daisy chain them and control them. But Doug should remember that only one person can control it.

Can I add a monitor to a Winbook?

HP Stream

Episode 1186

Cheryl from Alexandria, VA

Cheryl bought a $60 Winbook and was wondering if she could add a monitor to it. Leo says it does run a Micro HDMI cable, so she could add a monitor. But most have either VGA or DVI. Can she convert it? Or get a USB monitor? Leo says that she could use a USB driven monitor, and they're cheap. But they are mostly used as a second monitor. A DVI converter is a better idea.

How can I stream live through my camcorder?

Episode 1186

Nick from Santa Cruz, CA

Nick has a camcorder with HDMI out and he wants to know if he can run Wirecast with a tablet. Leo says probably not. He'll need a computer because tablets don't have HDMI in, only HDMI Out. He'd also need HDMI live as a feature in the camcorder. If it will only be live in playback, then it won't help. Do any notebooks have HDMI? Leo uses Canon Vixia's with a Blackmagic converter to run into the computer. Imogen also makes an HDMI Input card.

How can I connect my laptop to my TV?

HDTV

Episode 1176

Ed from Twentynine Palms, CA

Ed would like to connect his Windows laptop to a 40" TV. Leo says that if the monitor has an HDMI connector, and his laptop has HDMI, he's golden. He may need to go into his display settings to mirror the image out through HDMI to the monitor. That way it's sending it out.

If he's on a later version of Windows, the key stroke is + P. If he's changed the settings and the TV doesn't adjust, he should try unplugging the port to the TV and plug it back in. That will reset it so the TV will read it. He may also need to change his resolution to a lower setting.

How can I stream video with my DSLR?

HDMI to USB converter

Episode 1166

Ron from Tustin, CA

Ron's son has an account on The Cube, a high school sports streaming site. Ron would like to use his DSLR to stream live to it, but it won't work via USB. Leo says that USB isn't designed for a live video feed. Live video could be used via HDMI. So if that works, then he'll need an HDMI converter or video capture device to then be able to convert it for the stream. If his computer has HDMI in, then he's golden.