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Video Transmission over USB C: The New Black

Over the past few years, video has gained popularity across the globe. Video files are frequently viewed on a computing device, such as a laptop or a desktop computer, after the file has been transferred from another USB-equipped device. You can also stream video on one device by linking it to another device upon which the video content is contained via a USB connection. The pace at which we continue to do that is only accelerating with the growth of technology!

Earlier, video transmission over USB cables wasn’t as sorted as it is now. Let’s see how technology has ushered a way into an age where USB cables are talked about as the solution for all our future cable needs, combining data and power delivery with audio and video connectivity. 

USB technology exists in three forms, each of which transfers data at different rates.

While each of the USB standards is capable of supporting and streaming video content over a USB connection, various situations often cause playback problems. For example, if you're using an older computer to stream videos, the machine's processor might not be able to process the video data smoothly leading to playback errors experienced with the USB 1.0 standard. Problems in streaming video content can even happen because of multiple applications running simultaneously which occupies the computer processor's power and resources. Therefore, the USB 1.0 standard is the most vulnerable to data transfer speed problems that lead to video playback issues. 

The USB 3.0 standard which is designed to be a super-speed protocol, is capable of transferring data at up to 5 megabytes per second. It can also support lots of different types of data - including video - and power over a single connector. 

Further, USB 3.0 can transport both uncompressed and compressed video.

The evolution of USB 3.0 to the much talked about USB-C protocol with the Alternate Mode or Alt Mode feature, strengthens its case as the ideal video-connectivity interface.

It has helped achieve enough data transfer speeds to push high-resolution video content over a USB connection which enables adapters to put out video from the USB port to DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, and all other video connectors found in different televisions, projectors, and other displays.

In addition to this, USB-C also boasts up to 10Gbps data transfer rates!

So with this feature in place, you don’t have to find any more ways to make your viewing or data transfer experience better or even put up with poor video output on your devices.

USB C got you covered and is the ideal medium for the future!

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