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January 8, 2014 AT 10:41 am

DIY TV & Media Center Project

7 INCH TFT

John Baichtal put together a neat DIY TV and Media Center project and posted how to make it over at MAKE: PROJECTS

In this project I’m going to show you how to make a DIY television with the ability to display broadcast TV programs. It will also play movies with the help of a Raspberry Pi microcontroller serving as media center!

7 INCH TFT 2

Yes, this is an adorable small television! The visible display measures only 7″ (17.8cm) diagonal, the TFT comes with a NTSC/PAL driver board, enclosure and stand. The display is very easy to use – simply connect the included 12VDC adapter to the 2.1mm center-positive DC jack, then connect a composite video source to one of the RCA cable. Voila, a television display! There’s some little buttons on the front that let you enter a menu system for adjusting brightness, color and contrast. The display has two composite plugs, AV1 and AV2. AV1 is the default and if AV2 goes ‘live’ it replaces AV1.

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