This page provides information on the Sync-in-SCART board, originally designed by Alex a.k.a. ArcadeTV. This board can be installed anywhere an LM1881 sync
stripper is needed, but I provide detailed instructions on installing it into a SCART head. If you need more
information on what csync is, please see the main sync page.
If you'd like information on how to make your own sync stripper instead of buying this one, please see this page for full instructions.
SNYC-IN-SCART Board, US Seller
SNYC-IN-SCART Board, UK
This board can be installed anywhere you need to "strip" csync from either composite video or luma. For
installation inside a console, simply solder (from right to left as shown above) ground, composite video (or luma),
5v power and finally csync output. If mounting inside a console, I suggest either using heat shrink tubing to cover
the contacts and ensure nothing can touch it, causing a short.
If you'd like to install it inside a SCART head, please follow these instructions:
You will need the following:
- The Sync-in-SCART board
- Basic tools, such as pliers, tweezers, etc.
- Soldering iron / solder
- Thin wire
- Basic soldering skills.
- First, start by
adding solder to the 4 pads on the sync-in-SCART board. Simply touch the tip of your soldering iron to
each pad, then touch the other side of the pad with the solder and hold until the solder spreads across:
- Next, open the SCART connector and find the row of pins we'll be working with; We'll only be using the
longer "top" side. Also, if your SCART cable came with hot glue covering the pins, carefully remove it before
- Now it's time to add wires to the SCART connector.
- First, de-solder the composite video wire that's in pin 20 (the right-most pin on the connector
below) and solder a short wire in its place.
- After that, use a multimeter to double check for voltage and solder a wire to that pin as well; 5v power
should be coming from pin 8 (4th from the left in the pic below).
- Finally, use a multimeter to find any ground pin and solder a short wire to it. This connector had a separate
ground pin that was located just in front of the other pins, making it very easy.
- Now add either double-sided tape or glue to the back of the Sync-in-SCART board and affix it to the
inside of the SCART connector:
- Next solder all the wires to their corresponding places on the board.
- CS-OUT goes to pin 20 on the SCART connector, the same pin you removed the original composite
- 5v should connect to the wire you added to pin 8.
- V-IN should be connector to the wire that was originally connected to SCART pin 20.
- GND should be connected to any ground point.
- Finally, carefully re-assemble the SCART connector and make sure no wires get pinched. I found that
there was plenty of space inside, but if you're concerned about the Sync-in-SCART board touching anything, feel
free to cover it with a piece of non-conductive tape.
That's it! A pretty simple installation that's extremely useful when your setup requires csync, but
your system only outputs composite-video-as-sync.
If you've arrived at this page as part of the
RGB Guide, please move along to: what method
you'd like to use to display RGB. If not, feel free to head to the main
sync stripper page, or check out the homepage for everything else we have to