Using third-party A/V cables

Q: I’ve read instructions on viewing iPod video content on a TV by using an Apple A/V Cable connection.  Will a Sony A/V cable like those they include with their camcorders work also? What is the difference?

– Nancy

A: Though cables with 1/8” miniplug to RCA cable connections are indeed fairly standard between hardware manufacturers, Apple has for some reason chosen to be sneaky about it. They like to consider their iPod A/V cable proprietary, although the only thing that makes it so is that they’ve switched the red and yellow cables, relative to what most other companies do. Thus, you can make a Sony camcorder A/V cable work simply by swapping the red and yellow cables at the connection to the TV.

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