MZ-700: is there an easy way to get a modern video output?

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tingo
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MZ-700: is there an easy way to get a modern video output?

Post by tingo » Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:54 pm

Hello,
Is there an easy (for various values of "easy") way to get modern video output from a MZ-700 / MZ-721?
With "modern" video output I think of VGA or HDMI.
Any hints?
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Re: MZ-700: is there an easy way to get a modern video output?

Post by UncleBod » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:28 pm

What about a composite video to HDMI converter?
It seems that the price is not to high, and no changes needed to be done to the computer.

/UncleBod

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Re: MZ-700: is there an easy way to get a modern video output?

Post by hlide » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:29 pm

https://www.retrogamingcables.co.uk/GBS ... -CONVERTER

You can see pins R, G, B, GND and S: you can connect then to the R, G, B, VIDEO and GND of MZ-700:
GBS-8200-RGBS-VGA-converter-input.JPG
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This card has several connectors you can use.

If you want HDMI, there is a way: SCART>HDMI but with a mod to do.

I made an English translation here but some pictures seems lost: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=18.

EDIT: the images links to SCART>HDMI topic still work so you just need to click on it to open the image.

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Re: MZ-700: is there an easy way to get a modern video output?

Post by hlide » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:30 pm

UncleBod wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:28 pm
What about a composite video to HDMI converter?
It seems that the price is not to high, and no changes needed to be done to the computer.

/UncleBod
Not a good idea, composite is very ugly on a HDMI.

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Re: MZ-700: is there an easy way to get a modern video output?

Post by Gortho » Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:27 pm

Another option would be probably standing in line for unicard from Martin. ( viewtopic.php?f=3&t=160 ) Though it might not be 'easy' or at least in any forseeable future, as it depends on many variables ;)

Edit: Ahh, you askes about mz700 then unicard might be a tiny bit more complicated. still a useable option with some tweaking.

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Re: MZ-700: is there an easy way to get a modern video output?

Post by tingo » Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:46 pm

Interesting about the "X to HDMI" converters. I have a component video (YPbPr) to HDMI converter, but I'm guessing it is not suitable because YPbPr is different from RGB. I looked inside, and there are no obvious places to connect RGB either.I'll have to look to see if I can find a suitable converter at a reasonable price on eBay or AliExpress.
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