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 ...

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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This is a short guidepost for people who come here the first time.

What this blog is about.

In April 2011 I started this blog to support the usage of STK1160 based devices (EasyCAP DC60) on Linux.

If you are new to analogue capturing devices on Linux start reading on the Quickstart page.

Activate audio for the STK1160 device.

You must activate audio for the stk1160 driver in the mixer settings
  • when you use your STK1160 device the first time,
  • on a fresh installed/ upgraded Linux system.
Read on this post how to activate audio in the mixer settings.

Note: Only devices with builtin AC'97 chip have audio support on Linux.
Read more about the different devices on this page.

Switching the channels/ inputs while capturing

It is possible to switch from one input of the STK1160 device to another while the capturing program (e.g. mplayer) is running.

Read on this post how to switch inputs.

This might be interesting especially for people who own the four inputs model (002) and want to build up a surveillance installation.

Note: It is not possible to capture from more than one input simultaneously due to hardware limitations.


  1. Do you answer emails asking for help? If so I'd like your email address. That or a way to post on here. All attempts to record a vhs tape from the shell keep producing a black screen. I know my hardware (video0 and hw:4,0). All works fine from any gui, but the shell for vlc,mencoder,ffmepg all fail to record the video. They do record the audio.

    1. Hi, I do not have much time for instructions. So please read the following article.
      (A google translated german article)

      I hope you have success.


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