How To Connect CCTV Camera Directly To TV

How To Connect CCTV Camera Directly To TV?

How To Connect CCTV Camera Directly To TV? In the past before cameras went mostly wifi most CCTV systems used to output a video signal over an analogue RCA cable. This can be connected to a TV with an RCA input to display the CCTV footage.

This is still a good option for a wired connection to monitor your CCTV camera. This method is quite easy to set up.

Coaxial Cable:

If you don’t want to invest in a DVR, you can still connect your CCTV camera directly to the TV. This method won’t give you a live feed, but it will let you replay past recordings. It’s best to use a high-quality television with a full HD resolution. It’s also worth looking for a TV with multiple input ports, so you can connect multiple cameras at once. This will save time and effort.

Start by connecting one end of the coaxial cable to the video out port on your camera. Then, connect the other end of the cable to your TV’s RCA input. Make sure that you have the correct polarity (positive and negative) to avoid damaging the camera. Then, switch on your TV and select the input that has the video signal coming from your CCTV camera.


Note that this method doesn’t work with high-resolution analog CCTV cameras using HD-TVI, HD-CVI, or ADH technology. These models require an extra device to connect them to your TV successfully. If you have this type of camera, you can still connect it wirelessly using a smart TV app, but it will require some more wires and an internet connection. If you’d like to find out more about these options, we recommend getting in touch with a professional TV installer or CCTV specialist.


Many older camera systems are designed to run back to a central hub that then manages the feeds to local monitors or a channel on your TV. They often don’t have standard connections such as HDMI or VGA so you’ll need a converter to connect them.

This is where a modulator can come in handy. These are usually connected to a BNC output and often have RCA (red, white, yellow) video inputs. These are then fed into an HDMI to BNC converter such as this one from E-SDS (on Amazon). Then the BNC output from the modulator is connected to an HDMI input on a TV or monitor and the video is displayed on screen.

You’ll also need to purchase an HDMI cable from a local electronics store. This can either be a pre-made Siamese cable or cut from a spool of RG59 Siamese cable. Once you have everything set up you can simply switch to the appropriate HDMI input on the TV to view the CCTV cameras.

It’s important to remember that this method won’t give you a live stream of your CCTV camera, but it will save past recordings for future playback. If you want to have a live streaming option then you’ll need to connect your CCTV camera directly to your DVR or NVR. These are more commonly used with IP CCTV and have an ethernet Cat 5/6 connection so that you can access the footage over the internet.

AV Input:

There are a few different ways you can connect your CCTV. System to a TV without the use of a DVR. One way is to use a traditional analog camera with an RCA connection and an analog TV. Another way is to use a wired BNC to HDMI converter and an HDMI cable connected to your camera. Another option is to stream your footage through a PC and a streaming device like a Chromecast or Apple TV.

The first way is to use an AV input connection on your TV. This can be done by connecting the RCA connectors on the back of the camera to an AV input on your TV. Then, you can simply turn the TV channel to video and you will be able to see your CCTV footage. This method works best for older CRT TVs and is a simple way to connect your cameras to your television.

If you have a newer TV, you can use an HDMI cable to connect the camera to the TV. Then, you can use a BNC to HDMI converter to send the HDMI signal from the TV to the camera. Finally. You can use a BNC to RCA adapter to convert the male BNC connections. The cable to female RCA connectors. This cable can then be plugged into the RCA input on your TV. And you will be able to watch the live feed.


Most CCTV systems require a power supply and will have 1 or 2 wires. The first step is to connect the cable from the power supply to your camera and then another wire from the BNC or RCA connector (depending on your camera type) to the standard video input on your TV. Always handle the wires carefully to avoid entanglement and remember that the polarity is important.

Once the cameras are connected you can move on to the next step. Many businesses prefer to use experts for this as it can be tricky to get a wired system set up correctly and without tangled cables.

If you are using old-school cameras with CVBS technology then you will have a modulator that will convert the signal to an analog signal for your TV. This will also be needed for some IP CCTV cameras.

The yellow phono connector on the modulator is for the video in and the red and white connections are for audio in (if you have microphones with your camera).

Now that everything is connected you can turn on your TV and find the input where the CCTV is located. You can then test the feed and make any adjustments to ensure it is all working as you would expect. This method won’t give you a live feed but it is still an excellent way to see your footage and will allow you to replay any recorded footage.

Rasheed Alam

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