How to Make an RCA Video to a USB Wire

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How to Make an RCA Video to a USB Wire
Plug your old-school RCA a/v cables into a new school USB port. (USB 2 image by Bosko Martinovic from

So you're looking to connect a device with RCA audio/video outputs to a device with a Universal Sevice Bus (USB) input. The line between consumer electronics and computers is blending every day, with many new electronic devices containing hard drives and computer ports like USB connections. Good thing that they are now making the appropriate adaptors to connect your old school RCA devices to the new school USB ports.

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  1. 1

    Locate the RCA audio/video outputs on your first device. These will be yellow, red and white, and will be three round ports in a row. They should also be labelled output.

  2. 2

    Insert the RCA a/v ends of the RCA to USB cable into these ports. The appropriate end of the wire will have three plugs, again, colour-coded yellow, red and white. Insert these into the corresponding coloured holes.

  3. 3

    Connect the other end of the wire to the USB input on your second device. The USB input will be flat and rectangular, and there will only be one remaining end on your wire.

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