What Is HDMI and How Do You Use It?


What Is HDMI and How Do You Use It?

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) is the acknowledged connection standard used for transferring video and audio digitally from a source to a video display device or other compatible home entertainment devices.

HDMI also includes provisions for:
HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control); This allows remote control of multiple connected HDMI devices from one remote. An example would be using a TV remote to control some functions of Blu-ray Disc player, home theater receiver, or soundbar connected to the TV via HDMI. HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Copy Protection), This allows content providers to prevent their content from being illegally copied through devices connected using HDMI connections.


Devices that may incorporate HDMI connectivity include:

  1. HD and Ultra HD TVs, video and PC monitors, and video projectors
  2. Home theater receivers, home-theater-in-a-box systems, and soundbars
  3. Upscaling DVD, Blu-ray, and Ultra HD Blu-ray players
  4. Media streamers and network media players
  5. HD cable and satellite boxes
  6. DVD recorders and DVD recorder/VCR combos (for playback only).
  7. Smartphones (in combination with MHL).
  8. Digital cameras and camcorders
  9. Desktop and laptop PCs
  10. Game consoles

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