How to build a composite video to VGA converter

Updated February 21, 2017

Composite video is use with a variety of different electronic devices, ranging from televisions to VHS players and even cable receivers. The video portion of the composite cable is a single yellow cable. Although this cable can be used to connect television related equipment, you cannot use the yellow cable with computer monitors. If you want to connect a device such as a DVD player or cable receiver to a computer monitor, you need to convert the composite video signal to VGA. VGA is the video signal and cable port used by computer monitors.

Connect the composite cable to the video out source you want to use to send the video signal to the computer monitor.

Insert the other end of the composite RCA cable into the yellow RCA port on the composite to VGA converter.

Plug the VGA cable into the VGA end of the composite to VGA converter. The VGA cable has tightening screws, so make sure these screws are properly tightened. This ensures a solid video connection.

Connect the opposite end of the VGA cable into the VGA port on the computer monitor. Power on the monitor and the device you have connected to it. You can see the contents of the device presented over the computer monitor.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer monitor
  • Yellow RCA video cable
  • VGA cable
  • Composite to VGA converter
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Greyson Ferguson is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in film and television. He currently resides in Lansing, Michigan where he works on independent film projects and writes for numerous publications. Ferguson primarily focuses on computer and electronic articles. Greyson produces, focusing on only upbeat news stories with daily updates.