Original question: I’m trying to use a Color CCTV camera (Panasonic CP470) to input video to Visual Cortex, but I am only getting a black and white image. I plugged the camera into the Visual Cortex Input Decoder’s green (Y) input and and then a patch cable from each of the 3.5mm jack outputs. Why would I be only getting black and white image? Anyone familiar with this camera?
Answer: The issue is probably not the camera. The Cortex needs a complete Component signal to display color input.
From the VC Tech manual: "The Input Decoder section is an analogue video input amplifier and colorspace converter. This section accepts YPbPr analogue component video, and processes it for patching internally inside a video synthesis system. The Y input can be used with Composite video signals if only grayscale operation is desired. "
A composite to component converter could be used to display a color signal from a composite camera.