RCA Cable to USB Video input device

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RCA Cable to USB Video input device

Marc Shapiro-3
I want to copy some videos from VCR and DVD to my computer for editing
(simple stuff, like removing commercials).  I found this device on Amazon:


https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Converter-Capture-Support-Android/dp/B06X42H9VZ/ref=sr_1_3?m=A3ENZ260X3A00C&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&qid=1576302348&s=merchant-items&sr=1-3&th=1


It says in the title that it works on Linux, and at least one of the
reviews says it works on Debian.


There seem to be a lot of sellers with what looks like this exact same
device.

Does anyone know anything about this device, or other, similar devices. 
Is it likely to require specialized drivers, or would generic drivers be
able to access it?

Any suggestions on editing software would also be appreciated.  I have
done simple audio editing before, but not video.  Would the editing
software read the data directly from the USB port, or would I need to
access the port with other software/commands.  I don't mind using the
command line to access the port and save the file, if necessary.


Marc

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Re: RCA Cable to USB Video input device

Christian Seiler
Hi there,

Am 2019-12-14 07:45, schrieb Marc Shapiro:

> I want to copy some videos from VCR and DVD to my computer for editing
> (simple stuff, like removing commercials).  I found this device on
> Amazon:
>
>
> https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Converter-Capture-Support-Android/dp/B06X42H9VZ/ref=sr_1_3?m=A3ENZ260X3A00C&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&qid=1576302348&s=merchant-items&sr=1-3&th=1
>
>
> It says in the title that it works on Linux, and at least one of the
> reviews says it works on Debian.

My father has one that looks just like it. I don't really know
whether it works on Linux (because my father uses Windows), but
when he upgraded his Laptop to Windows 10, he asked me to help
him find drivers for this thing, and the main problem we ran
into were that different chips are sold in the same format - so
just from looking at it from the outside it is unclear what
chip is actually used there. There appears to be Linux support
for some of the common chips used in this kind of device, but
there's no guarantee.

 From the listing you posted the device you have appears to have
a UTV007 chipset, and you can find some documentation on how to
make that work on Linux here:

https://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Easycap#Making_it_work_4

As for recording software: after searching for quite a while,
the best software I was able to recommend to my father was OBS
studio to make recording very easy to use (though it requires
some setup) - it technically isn't what OBS was designed to do,
but you can use it for that purpose nonetheless.

As for editing, you might want to take a look at kdenlive or
avidemux. I don't have much experience myself with this though,
so YMMV here.

Hope that helps!

Regards,
Christian

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Re: RCA Cable to USB Video input device

Charles Curley
On Mon, 30 Dec 2019 18:31:57 +0100
Christian Seiler <[hidden email]> wrote:

> the main problem we ran
> into were that different chips are sold in the same format - so
> just from looking at it from the outside it is unclear what
> chip is actually used there. There appears to be Linux support
> for some of the common chips used in this kind of device, but
> there's no guarantee.

You may be able to tell that with lsusb.

Before you plug it in, run lsusb. Then plug it in, and run lsusb. The
difference in the two runs will make it easy to spot the new device.

Then run lsusb with the -s option to specify the device, and -v to get
more information. That may tell you far more about the device than you
wanted to know.

You may find the file /var/lib/usbutils/usb.ids (in the package
usb.ids) useful.

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Re: RCA Cable to USB Video input device

Marc Shapiro-3
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On 12/30/19 9:31 AM, Christian Seiler wrote:

> Hi there,
>
> Am 2019-12-14 07:45, schrieb Marc Shapiro:
>> I want to copy some videos from VCR and DVD to my computer for editing
>> (simple stuff, like removing commercials).  I found this device on
>> Amazon:
>>
>>
>> https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Converter-Capture-Support-Android/dp/B06X42H9VZ/ref=sr_1_3?m=A3ENZ260X3A00C&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&qid=1576302348&s=merchant-items&sr=1-3&th=1 
>>
>>
>>
>> It says in the title that it works on Linux, and at least one of the
>> reviews says it works on Debian.
>
>
> From the listing you posted the device you have appears to have
> a UTV007 chipset, and you can find some documentation on how to
> make that work on Linux here:
>
> https://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Easycap#Making_it_work_4
>
I found that site, too.  That is what gives me hope that the device will
work.

Thanks.