Video output

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The Wii is capable of analog video output to a television, using either of the following connecting cables:

  • Composite, a single yellow RCA connector for video (plus 2 audio connectors). Capable of carrying 576i and 480i.
  • S-Video, a 4-pin DIN connector for video (plus 2 audio connectors) NTSC models only! Capable of carrying 576i and 480i.
  • RGB video, connects with a 21 pin SCART connector with both video and audio. PAL models only! Note that this is not the same as the composite cable + SCART adapter included with PAL Wii units, this cable has to be bought separately and provides component quality video, albeit at only interlaced resolutions. Capable of carrying 576i and 480i. The feature to signal the aspect ratio via the SCART connector is not supported.
  • Component, with red, blue and green RCA connectors for video (plus 2 audio connectors) Capable of carrying 576i, 480i, 480p, and other video modes not available on the Wii (e.g. 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p).

For PAL Wiis (sold in Europe and Australia), the following video modes are available:

  • 576i: 50Hz, 576 lines interlaced (standard PAL, works on all televisions in these regions)
  • 480i: 60Hz, 480 lines interlaced (NTSC framerate but with PAL encoding for color, should work on most relatively recent televisions)
  • 480p: 60Hz, 480 lines progressive (EDTV standard, requires a component cable and a display supporting progressive frames)

For NTSC Wiis (sold in USA, Canada, Mexico and Japan), the following video modes are available:

  • 480i: 60Hz, 480 lines interlaced (NTSC standard, works on all televisions in these regions)
  • 480p: 60Hz, 480 lines progressive (EDTV standard, requires a component cable and a display supporting progressive frames)

Many homebrew applications have suffered from poor support for different PAL modes. These problems can largely be avoided by using the appropriate functions within libogc to use the video mode which the user has selected from the Wii system menu.