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[[File:easycap-clones.jpeg|right|200px]]Many USB video capture devices are sold as EasyCAP, but EasyCAP is not a companys or brand name.
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[[File:Easycap001.png|right]]Many USB video capture devices are sold as EasyCAP.  
  
This name is used for some completly '''hardware different''' cheap clones of this USB analogue audio- and videocapturedevice which are vastly sold in onlineshops.
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It seems that EasyCAP is not a companys or brand name, but some chinese manufacturers use this label for at least '''four completly hardware different clones''' of equally looking audio and video capture devices. EasyCAP devices and clones are vastly sold in onlineshops at low prices.
  
This article describes, how to identify the chipset of the known EasyCAP devices and if they are supported/ working on Linux.
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This article describes, how to identify the chipset of the known EasyCAP devices and if they are supported/ working under Linux.
  
== Common technical features of "all" EaysCAP devices==
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== Overview/Features ==
 
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* All the EasyCAP devices and clones need a USB 2.0 connection (USB 1.1 is too slow).
* All the EasyCAP devices and clones need a USB 2.0 connection.  
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* They are tunerless but can capture analogue video up to 720x576 px (PAL) or 720x480 px (NTSC) and
* They can capture analogue video up to 720x576 px (PAL) or 720x480 px (NTSC) and
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* stereosound up to 48000 Hz sampling rate (or only 8000 Hz mono on some models where the AC'97 chip is missing)
* stereosound up to 48000 Hz sampling rate (or only 8000 Hz mono on some models where the ac97 chip is missing)
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* Most of them have input cables labelled CVBS, S-VIDEO, AUDIO(L), AUDIO(R).
 
* Most of them have input cables labelled CVBS, S-VIDEO, AUDIO(L), AUDIO(R).
 
* Some models do have 4 yellow input cables (CVBS) labelled 1, 2, 3, 4 and one white unlabelled audio cable.
 
* Some models do have 4 yellow input cables (CVBS) labelled 1, 2, 3, 4 and one white unlabelled audio cable.
  
== STK1160 EasyCAP ==
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===Components Used===
For the [[stk1160]] based EasyCAPs exists another article on this wiki with further information!
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The components of the different EasyCAP labeled devices are mentioned in the [[Easycap#Known_Easycap_devices| "Known Easycap devices"]] section below.
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===Other Images===
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<gallery>
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Image:Easycap.png|Easycap labeled devices
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Image:easycap-clones.jpeg|Easycap clones with different components
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</gallery>
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===Identification===
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==== Indentify the device before buying ====
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It is hard to identify the chipset of any EasyCAP device before buying because most onlineshops (ebay, amazon) do not mention in the provided technical data the chipset of the device.
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[http://www.logilink.de/showproduct/VG0001.htm Example from logilik.de where the chipset is declared]
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===== Identify device using installation instructions for Windows =====
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[[File:windows-installer.png|right|150px]]If the chipset is not mentioned in device specifications on the website, one way to figure out the chipset inside the EaysCAP is to read through the installation instructions for Windows (if provided for download).
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Screenshots of the windowsinstaller often reveal the devicename.
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* STK1160 EasyCAP is in Windows: '''(Syntek) STK1160''' or '''STK1150'''
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* Empia EasyCAP is in Windows: '''USB 2861 Device''' or '''EMP'''
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* Somagic EasyCAP is in Windows: '''SM-USB 007''' or '''SMI Grabber Device'''
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* UTV007 based EasyCAP is in Windows: '''USBTV007'''
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== Known Easycap devices ==
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=== STK1160 EasyCAP ===
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[[stk1160|For the stk1160 based EasyCAPs exists another article on this wiki with further information.]]
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It is assumed that the stk1160 based "EasyCAP DC60" ist the "originally" EasyCAP device. This device is sold in different varieties (models) and even under different names like: EzCap, LogiLink, Mumbi, Weltbild, and some more.
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====Components Used====
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* Syntek STK1160 (USB video bridge)
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* Silan SC8113 (Philips SAA7113 compatible video decoder)
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* AC'97 audio processor (In the 4 inputs model this chip is missing. Audio capturing is done by the STK1160 chips built-in ADC for mono microphone audio recording.)
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==== Indentification ====
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# lsusb
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Bus 001 Device 003: ID 05e1:0408 Syntek Semiconductor Co., Ltd STK1160 Video Capture Device
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==== Making it work ====
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STK1160 based devices are supported (video and audio) under Linux by the easycap kernel module (kernel 2.6.38 and later) and further on by the stk1160 kernel module (kernel 3.7). More information on this wiki: [[Stk1160]]
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===== Audio support =====
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More information on this wiki: [[Stk1160#Drivers]]
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=== Empia EasyCAP ===
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The Empia EasyCAP is based on the EM2860 chip from Empia.
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====Components Used====
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* Empia EM2860 (EM2861 ?) (USB video bridge)
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* Silan SC8113 (Philips SAA7113 compatible video decoder)
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* AC'97 audio processor
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==== Indentification ====
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# lsusb
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Bus XXX Device XXX: ID eb1a:2861 eMPIA Technology, Inc.
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==== Making it work ====
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EM2860 (EM2861) based devices are supported in Linux by the em28xx kernle module. More information on this wiki: [[Em28xx_devices]]
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===== Audio support =====
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The em28xx kernel module should create a '''Em28xx Audio''' ALSA soundcard which can be used for sound capturing.
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----
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=== Somagic EasyCAP ===
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The Somagic EasyCAP is based on the SMI-2021 chip from Somagic. It needs a firmware for operation.
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====Components Used====
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* Somagic SMI-2021CBE (USB video bridge)
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* SAA7113 compatible video decoder
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* Cirrus Logic 5340-CZZ audio processor
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==== Indentification ====
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# lsusb
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Bus XXX Device XXX: ID 1c88:0007 Somagic, Inc.
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and after loading the firmware
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# lsusb
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Bus XXX Device XXX: ID 1c88:003c Somagic, Inc. or Bus XXX Device XXX: ID 1c88:003f Somagic, Inc.
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==== Making it work ====
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For SMI-2021 based devices exists a proceeding Linux-driver project: [http://code.google.com/p/easycap-somagic-linux/ easycap-somagic-linux]
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More information on this wiki: [[Somagic]]
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===== Audio support =====
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Audio support is provided by the easycap-somagic-linux driver at an unknown stage.
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=== USBTV007 EasyCAP ===
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This EasyCAP is based on a single UTV007 labeled chip.
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'''lsusb''' reports
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* Manufacturer: Fushicai
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* Product: usbtv007
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====Components Used====
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* Single chip: UTV007 A614231.1 1136L1BK
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* Inscriptions on the board: FSC VIDEO DVR
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==== Indentification ====
  
It is assumed that the stk1160 based "EasyCAP DC60" ist the "originally" EasyCAP device. This device is sold in three different varieties (models) and even under different names like: LogiLink, Mumbi, Weltbild, and some more.
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# lsusb
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Bus XXX Device XXX: ID 1b71:3002
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[http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1949993 Full lsusb -v]
  
=== Indentify before buying ===
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==== Making it work ====
It is hard to identify the chipset of any EasyCAP device before buying because most onlineshops do not mention in the technical data the chipset of the device.
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If the chipset is not mentioned in device specification one way to figure out the chipset inside the EaysCAP is to read through the installationinstructions for Windows if provided for download.
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There is a very experimental (for testing purposes only) userspace driver for this device:
=== Indentify after buying ===
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=== Linux support ===
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[https://github.com/memeruiz/usbtv007 http://github.com/memeruiz/usbtv007]
  
== Empia EasyCAP ==
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== External Links ==
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[http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fplaza.rakuten.co.jp%2Fjashi%2Fdiary%2F%3Fctgy%3D16&act=url Jashi's ROOM]
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User information about the four different EasyCAPs with hardware pictures (Japanese site translated with Google)
  
== Somagic EasyCAP ==
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[http://usbeasycap.info/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=4 www.usbeasycap.info] Site of a chinese EasyCAP manufacturer/ retailer where at some Easycap products the chipset is declared and at some it is not declared.

Revision as of 06:08, 12 May 2013

Easycap001.png
Many USB video capture devices are sold as EasyCAP.

It seems that EasyCAP is not a companys or brand name, but some chinese manufacturers use this label for at least four completly hardware different clones of equally looking audio and video capture devices. EasyCAP devices and clones are vastly sold in onlineshops at low prices.

This article describes, how to identify the chipset of the known EasyCAP devices and if they are supported/ working under Linux.

Overview/Features

  • All the EasyCAP devices and clones need a USB 2.0 connection (USB 1.1 is too slow).
  • They are tunerless but can capture analogue video up to 720x576 px (PAL) or 720x480 px (NTSC) and
  • stereosound up to 48000 Hz sampling rate (or only 8000 Hz mono on some models where the AC'97 chip is missing)
  • Most of them have input cables labelled CVBS, S-VIDEO, AUDIO(L), AUDIO(R).
  • Some models do have 4 yellow input cables (CVBS) labelled 1, 2, 3, 4 and one white unlabelled audio cable.

Components Used

The components of the different EasyCAP labeled devices are mentioned in the "Known Easycap devices" section below.

Other Images

Identification

Indentify the device before buying

It is hard to identify the chipset of any EasyCAP device before buying because most onlineshops (ebay, amazon) do not mention in the provided technical data the chipset of the device. Example from logilik.de where the chipset is declared

Identify device using installation instructions for Windows
Windows-installer.png
If the chipset is not mentioned in device specifications on the website, one way to figure out the chipset inside the EaysCAP is to read through the installation instructions for Windows (if provided for download).

Screenshots of the windowsinstaller often reveal the devicename.

  • STK1160 EasyCAP is in Windows: (Syntek) STK1160 or STK1150
  • Empia EasyCAP is in Windows: USB 2861 Device or EMP
  • Somagic EasyCAP is in Windows: SM-USB 007 or SMI Grabber Device
  • UTV007 based EasyCAP is in Windows: USBTV007


Known Easycap devices

STK1160 EasyCAP

For the stk1160 based EasyCAPs exists another article on this wiki with further information.

It is assumed that the stk1160 based "EasyCAP DC60" ist the "originally" EasyCAP device. This device is sold in different varieties (models) and even under different names like: EzCap, LogiLink, Mumbi, Weltbild, and some more.

Components Used

  • Syntek STK1160 (USB video bridge)
  • Silan SC8113 (Philips SAA7113 compatible video decoder)
  • AC'97 audio processor (In the 4 inputs model this chip is missing. Audio capturing is done by the STK1160 chips built-in ADC for mono microphone audio recording.)

Indentification

# lsusb
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 05e1:0408 Syntek Semiconductor Co., Ltd STK1160 Video Capture Device

Making it work

STK1160 based devices are supported (video and audio) under Linux by the easycap kernel module (kernel 2.6.38 and later) and further on by the stk1160 kernel module (kernel 3.7). More information on this wiki: Stk1160

Audio support

More information on this wiki: Stk1160#Drivers



Empia EasyCAP

The Empia EasyCAP is based on the EM2860 chip from Empia.

Components Used

  • Empia EM2860 (EM2861 ?) (USB video bridge)
  • Silan SC8113 (Philips SAA7113 compatible video decoder)
  • AC'97 audio processor

Indentification

# lsusb
Bus XXX Device XXX: ID eb1a:2861 eMPIA Technology, Inc.

Making it work

EM2860 (EM2861) based devices are supported in Linux by the em28xx kernle module. More information on this wiki: Em28xx_devices

Audio support

The em28xx kernel module should create a Em28xx Audio ALSA soundcard which can be used for sound capturing.



Somagic EasyCAP

The Somagic EasyCAP is based on the SMI-2021 chip from Somagic. It needs a firmware for operation.

Components Used

  • Somagic SMI-2021CBE (USB video bridge)
  • SAA7113 compatible video decoder
  • Cirrus Logic 5340-CZZ audio processor

Indentification

# lsusb
Bus XXX Device XXX: ID 1c88:0007 Somagic, Inc. 
and after loading the firmware
# lsusb
Bus XXX Device XXX: ID 1c88:003c Somagic, Inc. or Bus XXX Device XXX: ID 1c88:003f Somagic, Inc.

Making it work

For SMI-2021 based devices exists a proceeding Linux-driver project: easycap-somagic-linux

More information on this wiki: Somagic

Audio support

Audio support is provided by the easycap-somagic-linux driver at an unknown stage.



USBTV007 EasyCAP

This EasyCAP is based on a single UTV007 labeled chip.

lsusb reports

  • Manufacturer: Fushicai
  • Product: usbtv007

Components Used

  • Single chip: UTV007 A614231.1 1136L1BK
  • Inscriptions on the board: FSC VIDEO DVR

Indentification

# lsusb
Bus XXX Device XXX: ID 1b71:3002 

Full lsusb -v

Making it work

There is a very experimental (for testing purposes only) userspace driver for this device:

http://github.com/memeruiz/usbtv007


External Links

Jashi's ROOM User information about the four different EasyCAPs with hardware pictures (Japanese site translated with Google)

www.usbeasycap.info Site of a chinese EasyCAP manufacturer/ retailer where at some Easycap products the chipset is declared and at some it is not declared.