I want to use my Canon 5D mkII as a video camera on a recorder with only an composite input. Is this possible with Raspberry Phi in the way that Raspeberry Pi uses HDMI-in and delivers composite-out? If so, what do I need for it? At the moment I am using Raspeberry Pi2 as a mediacenter and I am very happy with it. Unfortunately I have none to little experience in programming so... Pls who can help?

  • If I've understood, you somehow want to use the Raspberry Pi to convert HDMI video in to composite video out?
    – Fred
    Mar 16, 2014 at 21:05
  • yes, if that is possible?
    – Jos
    Mar 16, 2014 at 21:48

3 Answers 3


That is not possible with Pi, since it has HDMI output instead of HDMI input which you would need for your idea.
However, according to this specification page, it seams that Canon 5D mkII already supports composite video output, so you should better check you Canon 5D mkII cables and manuals.

  • Thank you for your comment. That's tryue but only for reviewing on a AV device...
    – Jos
    Mar 17, 2014 at 17:37

It is possible but it will cost you $100s. Google "Raspberry Pi HDMI capture"

Looks like your best bet would be a new Kickstarter not as a USB device but a special board for the raspberry Pi.

  • Thank you for your reply Rob. I will have a look into it. Will I have composite out on teh original Raspbery? Jos
    – Jos
    Mar 17, 2014 at 17:43
  • I cannot see why not.
    – rob
    Mar 18, 2014 at 11:43
  • The kickstarter project was put on hold because using the CSI channel is also not possible to capture video... surprise.. because of proprietary stuff that is happening there between the BCM and the Camera.
    – Piotr Kula
    May 16, 2014 at 15:20

If I understand you correcly you want to use the Pi to either record the video from the camera, or possibly use it to stream liveview to another screen or something?

You can use a USB TV Tuner. There is a list of compatible ones here.

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