Experiences with the easycap DC60 audio and video capture adapter on Linux

This Blog is dedicated to all owners of the STK1160 chip based EasyCAP (or identical) devices, who want to use it under Linux.

Activating audio for the STK1160 device: read the this post

German speaking users: read my article on ubuntuusers.de

The EasyCAP DC60 and its clones are cheap little USB analogue capturing devices which can be used for viewing and recording video under Linux from different sources like VHS tape recorders, satellitereceivers, camcorders ...

Monday, June 18, 2012

Summary before summer - Part 1

Here is a summary of some news concerning the easycapdevice and about improvements of EasyCAP related software. 1'st part

  •  New driver for Easycaps with somagic chip
    This page
    is the light at the end of the tunnel for owners of any Somagic - EasyCAP who want to use it with Linux.

    When buying any EasyCAP on the Internet, people cannot figure out, what type of device they will get.
    (See the picture and the Devices page on this blog.)
    Let's hope that any time soon the Somagic EasyCAPs can be used with Linux as easy as the "real" DC60 devices at present .

  • Changes to the easycapdriver
    When typing "easycap" into the search field of the gitweb summary of the latest mainline kernel (3.5 -rc2) on kernel.org,
    the output shows that some people were recently working on the driver.
    Although I cannot interpret the effects of these changes in detail, I think that the driver will become still more stable in future kernel releases.

  • Minimal system requirements for the EasyCAP
    Piotr from Poland mailed me his success story with his EasyCAP 002 and Zoneminder.
    His system data:
    Celeron 533 MHz, 320MB RAM, Debian Wheezy (alpha) !

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