How to Connect an Analog Camera to a PC

By James Clark

Older analog video cameras typically used either VHS cassettes or 8mm cassettes for recording. These cameras are becoming obsolete as digital cameras and minidisc or DVD cameras take their place due to advances in picture quality and the ease of editing digital video. But you can still connect an analog camera to a PC to convert the video footage into a digital format for storage. The simplest solution is to hook up the camera to an analog-to-digital converter box, which then attaches to the computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Composite AV cable
  • Analog-to-digital converter box
  • USB cable
  • Computer with USB port

Step 1

Shut off both the camera and computer.

Step 2

Use your thumbnail to lift the flap that covers the AV ports on the camera, then connect the yellow, white and red plugs on one end of the cable to the three colored jacks on the camera. If the camera has only yellow and white jacks, it records in mono audio only. Leave the red plug dangling in this case.

Step 3

Insert the three plugs on the other end of the cable to the matching jacks on the analog-to-digital converter box.

Step 4

Connect the USB cable from the output port on the converter box to any USB port on the computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not turn on the computer or the camera until all cable connections are complete.