First off, let me tell you - This is an amazing deal. I have 3 computers, and while this doesn't work with two of them (It gets a scratchy audio noise, I think it's a problem with NVidia chipsets), it works with the third one. The problem most people are having is that it doesn't "display video correctly". After installing it, it should be recognized as a Syntek STK1160. You'll need to change the video from PAL to NTSC (If you live in America or Japan). Go to Control Panel -> Scanners and Cameras -> and right click on "Syntek STK1160" and select "Video Decoder Property". Change it from "PAL_B" (Or whatever it is) to "NTSC_M" (for America) and "NTSC_M_J" for Japan. You'll know the right one when it says "Signal Detected: 1". Enjoy ^_^
It doesn't work right with VirtualDub, but you can use AMCap (Google it) to record your video, and VirtualDub to edit and produce it.
I purchased this to try to capture some old VHS tapes and then burn to DVD. The instructions are awful. Since my old VCR can only reproduce a maximum of 270 lines, I did the following: Load the Easycap driver on my XP machine. Insert the Easycap into a USB 2.0 port (without the extension). Go to System in Control Panel and Hardware and locate Imaging device and insure that it is there. Next (don't even load their old software) run Windows Movie Maker, click capture device, go to camera settings and make sure you have NTSB-m selected. Next click video settings (I used 320x240 good enough for my VHS), and continue following instructions to capture your movie. Note: I did NOT get this to work on my Vista machine!
I bought this because I wanted a cheap way to get the movies from my DVR onto my computer. Also, I wanted to be able to lend this to my in-laws so they could transfer ALL of their VHS to DVDs. I played around with this thing for a good 3 hours and I almost returned it. I had tried the aforementioned suggestions but they weren't working for me. I finally saw a video on YouTube that showed how to configure it. I was able to get this to work on Windows Vista and Windows XP using 3 different computers (2 laptops and 1 desktop; all different video cards). Here's what I did:
1. I plugged in the device. When windows asked where the driver software could be found, I directed it to the disk. 2. After it was done installing the drivers, I installed the "Video Studio" software they have. 3. After my computer had restarted, I opened up their software (Ulead Video Studio SE DVD). 4. I clicked on the "Movie Wizard" button. (Windows Vista: If you get a message saying the color scheme has changed; ignore it) 5. I clicked "Capture" 6. From the source drop-down, I selected "Syntek STK1150" 7. Then click "Options" --> "Video and Audio Capture Property Settings" 8. Make sure "Input Source" is "Video Composite" (or "S-Video" if thats what you're using). 9. Make sure "TV System" is "NTSC" (or similar) 10. Make sure "Audio device" is "Digital Audio Interface (USB Audio)" 11. I also checked the "Preview audio USB device". 12. If it didn't appear already, you should see a live preview on the right-hand side. 13. From here, I was able to use Windows MovieMaker, AMCap, VirtualDub, Ulead, etc.
Currently, I'm using this to play game-cube games on my computer (as in right now).
I don't know how the EasyCap works on a Vista machine, but on my XP laptop (with only a 1.8Ghz Centrino processor) it works very well for turning VHS tapes into DVD's or ISO files. The Driver is simple and straight forward to install, and I am certain that the majority of people that have complained about poor audio quality haven't taken the time to set up the Capture or Burn settings correctly. The Audio Capture settings default to 64kbs Mpeg, which will result in poor audio quality. The Audio Capture setting needs to be increased to at least 128kbs, or better yet - LPCM Audio. It is easy to overlook this, and it is critical for good audio performance - especially for concert tapes. The Ulead software takes some time to master, but it works quite well after learning it, and the quality of the DVD's or ISO files (including motion menu's and chapters) it burns/generates is very good.
It's an amazing hardware/software package for the money. If you take the time to learn the software and configure it up properly, you will be very satisfied with the results.
While I've never wanted to blow $100 on Pinnacle in order to transfer home movie VHS tapes, this turned out to be a great solution for under $10.
As a Mac user (PPC or Intel), when you order the EasyCap, although it is difficult to tell, try to make sure you are ordering the Easycap DC60 and not the DC60+. If it is under $15, it is probably just the DC60. Then, simply Google "easycap viewer ben trask" to get to his site with the free application he created and helpful instructions.
My Easycap was a newer DC60 and therefore, the EasyCap viewer application does not pick up audio. But, as Mr. Trask details on his site, you can simply connect the audio out on your VHS to the audio input found on most macs. Then, the application will automatically record the audio along with the video. You may have to play with the audio settings in System Preferences on your Mac in order to get the correct audio input source and input volume level. For macs without an audio in, you would have to resort to using something like the Griffin iMic, which adds cost unless you already have one.
The EasyCap viewer application offers good settings such as color, brightness and contrast. Be warned that even the compressed video formats take up a lot of hard drive space - about 10 gigs for 2 hours in MP4 mode. Other modes will take up even more room. Better to begin with too much than too little in my opinion, though. It is also a good idea to see Mr. Trasks comments about the speed of your hard drive, cpu, and using an external hard drive successfully with the application.
After capturing, I easily make a simple DVD using Burn for OSX. Then I make a more compressed h.264 MP4 (about 2 gigs in size) using Handbrake to keep on my hard drive, so that I can erase the original large file.Read more ›