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EasyCap DC60 (STK1160) + VLC + Xubuntu 13.10 = OpenSource Video Capture!!

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This tutorial is an overview on how to use VLC to capture the audio and video streams from a device using an Easycap DC60 (Syntek Chipset) and the 3.5mm stereo microphone input of a computer running Xubuntu 13.10 64-Bit. The Materials needed will be only a few simple ones, mostly found at local Dollar/Discount Stores. The EasyCap itself usually runs for around -$10 on eBay. A note: no matter what someone says, there are no 'counterfeit' EasyCap devices on eBay, just different chipsets depending on what version you happened to get from the usually China-based vendor (Mine just happens to be the Syntek model with the low quality audio input). As well, be warned: these devices can lag under other means, like Virtual Dub or other programs that do not allow dshow cache access. I want to aim this tutorial at people who want to use a GNU/Linux-based operating system like Ubuntu or Linux Mint (or even Arch if you feel up to it);  who may have a 3-5 year old computer like an older tower kicking around, collecting dust; having issues with getting the Easycap to work under Windows (i had issues even with the proper drivers, as the disc that came with mine did not have the drivers, and wouldn't let me use the included software), or not liking the awkwardness of some other capture software, and you simply want to play the game and record it at the same time without the need for a signal splitter, lag, or significant cost, as, besides the EasyCap and a few cables, this shouldn't cost you a cent, or even have you agree to a EULA, meaning that this would be more Free Thought than Free Beer, but free nonetheless. now onward to our tutorial!!!

Step 1: Checklist! Sound Off!!

So in doing this like i have (or in a similar manner, as i had to jury rig something that i couldn't find in a store), you will only need a few things, and pictures will apply where need be for reference. The following were used in this tutorial:
1. EasyCap DC60 (Syntek Model, most common)
2. Xbox 360 Model 1 outputting via Composite Video
3. RCA Female to Female adapter (AV to AV) to join the Xbox Analog Audio Out to the next item.
4. Stereo RCA Male to 3.5mm Male cable.
5. 3.5mm extension cord with inline volume control (i didn't have one, so i made one from a set of headphones with an inline control and an 3.5mm extension cable) to connect the  analog output of the 360 to the analog microphone input of the computer. 
6. Computer running a GNU/Linux-based distro; in my case, Xubuntu 13.10 64-bit, but any Ubuntu variant, including Mint, will suffice, and must have one USB 2.0 port available, and cannot use a USB Extension Cable longer than 6 inches. My computer is an HP dv6700 Pavillion, with an Nvidia Geforce 7150M/nForce 630M (128megs onboard, 512 total), AMD Turion 64 X2 Tl-60 dual core CPU, 3 gigs of ram (quite fine for Xubuntu, even when i am rendering 720p video at 30 fps in Openshot), and a 320 gig HDD and 500 gig external HDD, as well as dual monitors via VGA to my 720p/1080i Sanyo 19" flatpanel if you have similar specs, you can certainly do this!
7. VLC (Any version past 2)
It would also be prudent to not run any other programs in the background, where it can be helped, such as Skype or a browser, etc. as this would allow for more resources to be able to be accessed by the 
EasycapD4 years ago

check out for any driver problems

nerd74735 years ago

Can this be done with saucy salamander v.13.10?

version 13.10

daiatlus79 (author)  nerd74735 years ago

honestly it can be done with anything running VLC, Windows included (but drivers are an issue). Xubuntu 13.10 is Saucy, just using XFCE as the DE. i use Handbrake to process, fix the aspect ratio of, and compress the video captured (VLC records in a raw uncompressed format by default). you HAVE to apply the dshow settings over live-caching to eliminate the a/v lag. i am now doing this with SVideo and i am managing a full 480p picture on the finished product, with no color bleed, and better fidelity and depth. video here: i will be doing a step by step tutorial video in a few days.

I am just now going to try this so yeah