Stk1160 based USB 2.0 video and audio capture devices

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This article covers all the devices which are based on the STK1160 chip

Many but not all of these devices are branded as Easycap.

Althought this device is sold with different names and labels, in many forums and blogs this device is called EasyCAP DC60

How to identify your device

When lsusb reports the following output you have an STK1160 based video capture card:

 Bus 001 Device 002: ID 05e1:0408 Syntek Semiconductor Co., Ltd STK1160 Video Capture Device

Hardware

Example.jpgOn the board of this USB 2.0 video capture device there is on the front side a green LED, the STK1160 USB Bridge and a SAA7113 video processing chip and on the back side a AC97 audio chip (this chip is missing on the 8000 Hz audio models of this device).


Drivers

eaysycap driver

The easycap driver is part of the current kernel (since 2.6.38) and supports all the features of the STK1160 based devices but has some limitations (framedropping, stability, sound issues).

stk1160 driver

The stk1160 driver is the successor of the easycap driver. It supports video capturing and audio capturing via ALSA. This driver doesn't suffer from the limitations of the easycap driver but is still under development. It is intended that the stk1160 module will replace the easycap module in one of the next kernel releases.

Source code for kernel 3.2: [1]

Installation instructions: [2]

Models

These stk1160 based models of the video capture device are known and supported by the drivers. All models do have the same device USB ID 05e1:0408.

  • Model 001 with input cables labelled CVBS, S-VIDEO, AUDIO(L), AUDIO(R) and 48000 Hz audio (AC'97 audio)
  • Model 002 with 4 yellow input cables labelled 1, 2, 3, 4 and an white unlabelled audio (8000 Hz)
  • Model 001m with input cables labelled CVBS, S-VIDEO, AUDIO(L), AUDIO(R) and 8000 Hz audio (microphone audio)

(Obviously this device has the board of Model 002 but the cables of Model 001)

Identify the audiotype of your device

Video channels

From the two or four video cables on the device only one (!) can be used at the same time. If you have more than one camera, it is possible to switch in the capturing program from one channel to the other.

Short linux driver history

In early 2010 Mike Thomas started to develop a driver for the stk1160 based video capture device which is sold as EasyCAP DC60. Since the driver has been added to the kernel release in November 2011 Mike Thomas stopped his development and support of the easycapdriver.