How to Convert AV Cables to USB

Updated February 21, 2017

Audio/Video cables make quick work of connecting home theatre components with standard jacks, but the proliferation of electronic devices with different ports and jacks can make it challenging to integrate different types of equipment. Computers, cell phones and MP3 players, for example, often use USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports for connecting other devices. When a user wants to connect a CD player to a computer, for example, there needs to be some sort of converter in place to change the round audio plugs to a USB plug. An adaptor is the key to this conversion.

Connect the AV cables to the AV to USB adaptor by inserting the yellow video plug in the yellow jack, and the white and red audio plugs in the corresponding colour-coded jacks.

Connect the other end of the adaptor cable, which terminates in a USB plug, into a free USB port on an electronic device.

Plug the AV cables into an audio-video device, using the yellow plug for the Video OUT connection, and white and red for the Audio OUT connections. This set-up transmits picture and sound from the AV device to the USB device.


Use an S-video plug with a USB adaptor whenever possible for improved picture quality. Adaptors are often equipped with both standard composite video plugs and S-video plugs. An example is linked in "References," below.


Unplug all components from the wall outlet while hooking up AV and USB cables.

Things You'll Need

  • AV cables
  • AV to USB adaptor
  • Component with AV jacks
  • Component with USB port
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James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.