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Many USB video capture devices are sold as EasyCAP, but EasyCAP is not a companys or brand name.

This name is used for some completly hardware different cheap clones of this USB analogue audio- and videocapturedevice which are vastly sold in onlineshops.

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

Common technical features of "all" EaysCAP devices

  • All the EasyCAP devices and clones need a USB 2.0 connection.
  • They 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 ac97 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.

Indentify your device before buying

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. Example where the chipset is declared

Installationinstructions for Windows

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 installationinstructions for Windows (if provided for download). Screenshots of the windowsinstaller often reveal the devicename.

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 three different varieties (models) and even under different names like: LogiLink, Mumbi, Weltbild, and some more.

Indentify after buying

Linux support

Empia EasyCAP

Somagic EasyCAP