A couple of my engineer coworkers and I have been spending many days trying to get simple RCA camera input to work on a raspi, but nothing works and we are so frustrated at this point that I think the whole project is going to be scrapped.

I have tried a few USB-to-RCA converts and some purely USB webcams but always get errors or weird images. This occurs on various Pi's and OS's. But never any issue for Windows..

We need a more direct/reliable approach and I was wondering if I can somehow solder an RCA jack to the Picamera input port for direct signal input without all the funky converters, or any similar hacks?

I know raspberry pi has a whole assortment of cameras I can pick from but none will work for us, and I require using a specific camera that is NTSC.

Is it possible to hotwire an RCA input (soldering directly to PCB pads/traces)? Or an RCA-to-ribbon cable adapter, Or any USB-to-RCA converts that are guaranteed to just work??

I need a solution soon as I don't think management can justify us continuing without producing any results.

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    Never Twice Same Colour? – Tomas By Aug 14 '18 at 23:39
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    @TomasBy that'd be color for a'merkin system – Jaromanda X Aug 15 '18 at 1:53
  • What are you actually trying to do? What is the overall task? – joan Aug 15 '18 at 9:19
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    Well, I was half joking. Did you see this question. – Tomas By Aug 15 '18 at 20:28
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    you require a specific camera, that has an RCA jack, but you also tried different webcams? Why? And did the setup of SpecificCam->RCA2USB also work on Windows (7?8?10?), or did it also produce greenish image and stripes (because those do not sound like incompatibility symptoms on the Pi, but rather like a bad cam/bad frame grabber...)? – bukwyrm Aug 20 '18 at 9:33

There is no way to make an RPi accept the RCA video signal directly.

You could try RCA->USB converters based on Stk1160 chipset. There's even a blog dedicated to this chipset and Linux.

If you get a converter and it doesn't work, try to revert to an old Raspbian release (2013) to get the old easycap driver. Newer drivers dropped support of some of the STK clones.

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