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 ...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

STK1160 News

Asking for Linux support from Syntek

Ezequiel is asking every EasyCAP stk1160 user to send an email to Syntek
asking them to support Linux drivers and provide a datasheet for their chips.


STK1160 driver in kernel 3.7.

The stk1160 driver will replace the easycapdriver in the 3.7.x kernel release.
So, the spring releases of all major distros (Ubuntu 13.04 ...) will have the stk1160 driver onboard. :-)

STK1160 S-video support

Ezequiel is continuously working on the driver and has recently added s-video support.
If you want to use the s-video input you must download the svideo2_for_v3.2 branch from https://github.com/ezequielgarcia/stk1160-standalone/tree/svideo2_for_v3.2 (hit the ZIP button on top left).
Install the driver as described below.

Before you can use the s-video input with the stk1160 driver you need to run (while the STK1160 device is plugged in):
sudo rmmod stk1160
sudo modprobe stk1160 svideo_input=9
Now s-video is available from input number 4.


  1. great driver thank you very much,but i have a question: it works with more than one camera a the time ?, or i can have 2 easycaps working in a single usb pcicard.

    i have the 4-channel easycap


    1. Hi Edward,
      no, you can only capture from one channel at a time, but you can switch from one channel to the other by stopping and restarting mplayer (e.g. with a script, I think Zoneminder can do this either).
      I don't know if the stk1160 driver at present does yet support all four channels of your device.

      The old easycapdriver supports multiple EasyCAP devices on one pcicard, I think that the stk1160 driver can do this either, but I cannot check this by myself.


    2. Thanks for the info, i wil try with 2 easycap in the next week and ill tell you.



Please be patient, your comment will be published as soon as I'm checking my mailbox next time.
So, I will notice your comment for sure. Andrew