Easycap or Easycrap?

We bought one of those video capture devices on ebay. It’s an EASYCAP DC60.

It plugs into your computer through a USB port and is supposed to let you digitise the output from a TV, camcorder, VCR, etc.

These things are all over the place, made very cheaply in China.

They have one big drawback, which we found to our cost. The software stinks. Getting the drivers for the damn thing to install proved impossible, in spite of 3 hours of trying all manner of cunning tricks.

In the end I did stack of searching using the ever-helpful Mr Google. This led me to a bunch of other drivers that might or might not be suitable. I even eventually found the manufacturer of the Easycap – in Shenzhen, China. They even have downloads from their web site!

But nothing at all that I downloaded and tried would work.

Finally, though, I proved I AM THE GEEK. I sorted the damn thing. Well, almost. We have video coming through now just fine, but the audio capture part of it does not work. But we can feed the audio into the sound card on the PC so we have a moderately satisfactory work-around.

So, for those who have the good fortune to buy an EasyCap DC60 that seems to not work when you install the drivers, here is the recipe:

Step 1. Plug the thing into the USB socket on your PC. Windows should identify the new device and burble away a bit, then prompt for where to find the drivers. Cancel at that point. Then open up the Device Manager (you can run devmgmt.msc from Start->Run). You should see a video capture device with a big yellow ? by it, indicating an uninstalled device.

Step 2. Double click the video capture device, to get the Properties page open. Click the details tab. You should see something saying “Device Instance List”. Under that should be something a bit like this:

USB\VID_05E1&PID_0408\5&14FFBCD&0&1

The important parts here are that the number next to VID must be 05E1 and the number next to PID must be 0408. If you don’t see this, give up, I can’t help you any more. The parts after the “\” following the PID number are not so important.

Step 3. Close the properties page, then click once on the video capture device and press DELETE to delete the device. Unplug it. You must delete the device from Device Manager!

Step 4. Take the CD supplied with the device, put it in your CD drive, then BROWSE the CD. Find the folder full of drivers. Copy that folder to your hard drive, into a temporary place (c:\temp, for example).

Step 5. In the folder of drivers, locate the file called OEM.INF. Open the file in notepad. You will find some lines that look like this:

[SYNTEK]
%StkAMiniDescription%=SYNTEK.USBDCAM,USB\Vid_05E1&Pid_0400&MI_00
%StkAMiniDescription%=SYNTEK.USBDCAM,USB\Vid_05E1&Pid_0408&MI_00

The part you are most interested in is this part:

….USB\Vid_05E1&Pid_0408&MI_00

There may be other such parts through the file, so you need to look throughout.

DELETE from the end of the line the portion “&MI_00″, so that the text now looks like:

…..USB\Vid_05E1&Pid_0408

Locate ALL lines in the file that are similar and similarly delete the stuff that comes after the PID number. The file is big and this is tedious. Deal with it.

Step 6. Save the file. The run the setup program that comes with the driver files. Then plug the device into the USB port. When prompted to install drivers, select to install from a location, and give the location as the temporary place where you put and edited the driver files (ie c:\temp\blah, or whatever). There should be some more burbling by windows and it will complete the installation OK.

Step 7. Fiddle about with the supplied ULEAD video studio software and see what you can see. You should have video capture!

Q: Why does this work?

Answer: The supplied driver and installer is trying to match the Vendor ID (VID) and Product ID (PID) of the device, to the Vendor ID and Product ID in the installation file. Normally the bit that comes after the product ID is some kind of revision – used to tell different versions of the product apart.

It looks like the PRODUCT revision is different to the revision expected by the drivers. By deleting the revision part in the driver INF file, Windows does a coarse match instead of a fine match, installs the driver (which it would not previously do on the grounds they did not match). And all is tickety-boo.

42 Comments

I think I would have taken it back and demanded my money back. Then I would have written them an email to complain. There is no surer way to send a company the message than by voting with your dollars.

Comment by Jack | May 26th, 2008 9:16 am | Permalink

I just don’t get it. A hardware product bundled with its own driver CD, being used on an operating system that has been out for 7 years, and it still can’t install itself properly?

Let’s see.. what if one company A sells a whole raft of their dodgiest products to company B, who repackages bits and pieces together without even looking at them, and tries to flog them off to unsuspecting buyers.

Maybe the US sub-prime fiasco has spread further than we thought!

Comment by Daniel | May 26th, 2008 10:00 am | Permalink

Wally, you are a true nerd. Well done!

Comment by Newman | May 26th, 2008 10:33 am | Permalink

I had the bloody thing working but lost the cd and after reinstalling windows I can’t find the drivers anywhere… could you please send me the drivers???

Comment by clayton | July 5th, 2008 9:57 pm | Permalink

Try this site (thanks to Babbly Lucy who linked to me):

http://blog.lucylou.info/post/40016775/getting-easycap-to-work-in-windows-xp

Babbly has a link to a place you can download the drivers.

Comment by Wally | July 5th, 2008 10:02 pm | Permalink

Oh my god! Thank you! Thank you! I must have spent 6 hours looking for those drivers. Installed drivers and it works great!

All the best,
Clayton

Comment by Clayton | July 10th, 2008 12:15 pm | Permalink

well done wally, i have not been successful with this adjustment, i tried but my brain over heated over i will wait till it cools down,im not very good with this technical side of computing, must be my age, , i bought this easycrap thing to copy my old vcr tapes on to my computer so i could edit them and put them on a dvd, it seem to work ok but only captures the video in black & white even though the tape is in colour, i have pluged this easycrap thing into my old vcr and it works to my tv its in colour but to the computer its in black & white any help or suggestions would be apprciated.

frank gould

Comment by frank gould | July 27th, 2008 4:13 am | Permalink

hi wally
that a miracle ! how shall i than u…u saved my 100 hours of fruitless job..no it prof. ever told me just to change the name… keep ur brain up
thanx again
amit

Comment by amit | October 5th, 2008 5:49 am | Permalink

Dear people… I found the manufacturer site. http://www.konix.cn/product_show.asp?id=1774
We can download the drivers directly from there.
I hope I have helped. I want to buy this to capture videos using my micro camera mounted on a RC airplane model. I do not want a HIGH definition by the way.

Comment by Marcos | November 4th, 2008 5:17 am | Permalink

thanks so much for this tutorial. 2 weeks ago, i went over my damn head trying to get this thing to work while envying the people who got this cheap piece of crap to work.

so once again, thanks.

Comment by stan | November 15th, 2008 11:28 am | Permalink

Hey um so do we need our CD or not at ANY point?

I dropped mine the second day i got it (oops :P ) now it doesnt work and the person i purchased it off doesnt cover warrenty.

If we do need disk is there a link which i can download the required parts off?

thanks Scott.

Comment by Scott | January 15th, 2009 5:32 pm | Permalink

Scott – check the comments above from Marcos and Babbly Lucy. They both have links to drivers. These might be same drivers, or different. Try them.

Comment by Wally | January 15th, 2009 6:01 pm | Permalink

It’s weird you had so much trouble. I just popped in the CD and it worked fine for me, straight out.

Ulead is a really crappy program though.

Comment by Sean | February 16th, 2009 3:08 pm | Permalink

Actually I have no problem with the Ulead program.

And you would not believe the number of hits this page gets. It ’s in the top 10 pages viewed, month in, month out. Clearly there are plenty of other people out there with the same trouble.

Comment by Wally | February 16th, 2009 6:17 pm | Permalink

I am having problems with capturing video to my hard drive. I have everything installed and connected and what seems to be working correctly until i go to capture video.

I set the video recorder playing so that i can see it in the preview box on the screen and i click capture video button in the unlead program. I let in run for around an hour as it is all im looking to copy at the moment but on play back i relised that it is not starting to capture till well into the video and is only capturing around 6mins on 3 or 4 different videos that i have tried this with.

Originally i was trying to copy in AVI but this was proving to take up 1gig per minute of memory so i am now trying WMV.

Has anyone had simialr problems??

Thanks

Comment by Dave | March 19th, 2009 3:19 am | Permalink

Thanks a bunch!

I even managed to install EasyCrap with your driver in Vista x64!
Works fine now.

Comment by Caesar | March 20th, 2009 7:44 am | Permalink

Caesar, could you describe how you got it working in Vista? Were there any additional steps/edits you had to make?
I tried installing on Vistax32 but it doesn’t seem to accept the driver.

Comment by Reem | April 18th, 2009 12:48 am | Permalink

Hi Wally
got easycrap cheap off internet
driver installed successfully on first try but when i open up amcamp
windows movie maker (yes i do have XP)
and the supplied Ulead Video Blah my computer came up with a blue screen muttering on about system dump Can You HELP???

Comment by Liam | April 26th, 2009 3:12 am | Permalink

Try looking up higher in the list of comments, and see if the drivers that Babbly Lucy linked will work. You may have to uninstall what was installed so far, and install the new drivers.

Comment by Wally | April 26th, 2009 5:52 pm | Permalink

Wally, thanks a million (and all you other fellow sufferers). I haven’t tried the driver installation yet as I thought the problem was the Ulead software, which I uninstalled before reading this. Now the Ulead disc is corrupted (?) and I will have to buy an original copy, unless someone out there knows something else? My only hope is that after all this fiddling around I will be able to transfer my video tapes to DVD………finally.

Comment by Annely | June 1st, 2009 1:51 pm | Permalink

I bought 2 easycaps from different sellers on ebay, one worked alright and the other had an audio problem, The two easycaps are not 100% equal, there are some visible differences, see pics here: http://escalalibre.com/index.php?topic=171.0

Comment by Carlos Cuevas | July 2nd, 2009 2:57 pm | Permalink

After reading the comments about Easycap I am glad I did not go out and buy as soon as I saw the ad for it on a direst buy website. Thanks to you all.

Comment by Barry | July 11th, 2009 10:04 am | Permalink

Hi, Regarding the EasyCrap DC60+ installation. Mine also wouldn’t install following the Chinglish instructions.

I had no luck with your method because the numbers you mentioned (USB\VID_05E1&PID_0408\5&14FFBCD&0&1) didn’t match mine so I did the following on an xp laptop:

Disabled the Anti Virus Program
Inserted the CD
Installed Ulead
Plugged in the Easycrap to the usb port
Followed the “Found New Hardware” dialogue, selected “Automatic” Install.
When install was complete, device showed up in Device Manager as:
USB Audio Device and USB PVR-TV Device.

Connected up my Source video to the easycrap, clicked on “Capture” in Ulead and followed the prompts – hey presto we have an .AVI

Sound has a problem but could be coz my source was mono and the output was 16 bit stereo, haven’t worked out how to fix that yet.

Wally

Comment by Walter Gawronski | July 26th, 2009 6:20 am | Permalink

what if my computer doesnt recognize it at all when i plug it in. It makes a sound on my computer and an icon pops up briefly on my task bar and instantly goes away. The light is on my easycap and it obviously knows there is something in the usb port, but it gives me no prompt to install on “unkown device” nothing.

Comment by justin | August 11th, 2009 7:12 pm | Permalink

Hey Wally. I plug my Easycap into my USB port but when I do,nothing appears. Isn’t it meant to come up with Hardware installation? Also when I go to device manager theres no devices found, can you please help?

Comment by Bobby | September 9th, 2009 7:33 am | Permalink

I am running Vista 64bit…do you have a solution for that? This thing is driving me crazy

Comment by stressed_bahamas | September 18th, 2009 9:28 am | Permalink

Hello, I successfully installed EasyCAP on winxp pro, everything works, but… when I push the Capture button on the GUI of ULEAD capture sw, a scratchy noise is heard and recorded as video soundtrack. The same when using others capture sw, as Win Movie Maker. After going crazy for hours, I believe it has to do with some issue related to NVIDIA card and USB audio device, but I can’t fix it… Any help really appreciated. Thank you.

Comment by livius | September 20th, 2009 5:08 pm | Permalink

Use this little nasty at your peril…crap software very near useless….tech help is OK if you have a century to spare

Comment by Ted | September 22nd, 2009 2:37 pm | Permalink

mine installed proply but windows doesnt reconize it, on ebay it didnt say wat usb was required n i dont know what ive got i go into “device manager” then a usb port properties n it cant find it, all it says is 1/07/2001….. $20 down the drain also the item was ment to be samsung or phillips not EASYCRAP

Comment by bbetta | September 25th, 2009 5:54 pm | Permalink

Indeed. Be Ye Warned!

Comment by Wally | September 25th, 2009 7:10 pm | Permalink

There is no oem.inf file on my driver CD version 2.1 . There is a wdma_usb.inf and a STK1150.inf so I edited those 2 files. It seems from the instructions I should edit every line with &MI_00 on the end so thats what I did…maye I am supposed to edit only the lines with the 05E1&PID_0408
in them?

Comment by Nicholas Baker | October 12th, 2009 9:05 pm | Permalink

Only the lines with the PID_0408 in !!

Comment by Wally | October 12th, 2009 9:06 pm | Permalink

Ok thank you. I will try again. I tried that first time around so I tried all the others off as well. I am…no I’m not…playing around with settings has become depressing almost.

Comment by Nicholas Baker | October 13th, 2009 10:13 am | Permalink

Hi Wally, when I read… “DELETE from the end of the line the portion “&MI_00″, so that the text now looks like:

…..USB\Vid_05E1&Pid_0408

Locate ALL lines in the file that are similar and similarly delete the stuff that comes after the PID number. The file is big and this is tedious. Deal with it.” …

I thought you mus have meant all the other lines with the similar “&MI_00″ on the end… The file is big and this is tedious. Deal with it.” … otherwise there is only 7 lines with the “&MI_00″ on the end in the STK1150.inf file. I see no OEM.inf file so I am presuming the STK1150.inf file is it. We can live, even after failing…um, oh ok.

Comment by Nicholas Baker | October 13th, 2009 9:13 pm | Permalink

It’s a hack. If you don’t have the right files, you can try some internet searches for drivers for the Easycrap. You might fine a new driver. Look back through the comments as well, I think a previous commenter (babblylucy?) had a reference to a driver that you can download. I also found one or maybe 2 chinese manufacturers that had drivers on their web sites.

Comment by Wally | October 13th, 2009 9:58 pm | Permalink

I too have the audio problem of a loud buzz over the soundtrack. I withdrew the audio leads from the VCR and the noise still came over in picture monitor mode with just the video lead attached! This was also the case with windows Movie Maker. Puleeeese help. Could this be a driver issue?

Comment by Craig | November 10th, 2009 8:53 am | Permalink

I gave up. I added a “line in” cable to the audio leads of the easycap and record through my sound card. Playback is through the sound-card too, so adjustments to easycap cature settings were needed. Audio is now perfect.

Comment by Craig | November 15th, 2009 9:21 pm | Permalink

Lots of good things about Adelaide: wine, churches and … oh … geeks. Thanks.

Comment by chris | December 3rd, 2009 2:00 pm | Permalink

hello, please contact with this original factory:

http://www.usbeasycap.com

I think they can help with technology problems!
USB Easycap DC60+, DC60, Ezcap

Comment by www.usbeasycap.com | December 24th, 2009 12:34 am | Permalink

Okay, so, I haven’t found a fix that works for me yet (my Drivers folder has no OEM.INF file), but I /did/ find this: http://forum.easycap.co.uk/index.php/topic,109.0.html

Seems that, as suggested on the page that Carlos Cuevas linked to, there ARE a bunch of fake EasyCAPs being peddled around the internet. In fact, not only does the website for the real deal (http://www.szforwardvideo.com/product/Pro_7_6.html) confirm this, but it would seem that Forward Video never made a DC60 to begin with. The only model listed on their website with “DC60″ in the name is the DC60+.

Comment by CommaSplice | December 31st, 2009 1:58 pm | Permalink

I bought this junk off of ebay and for two weeks it has been crashing my computer. Tonight 4-5-12 it crashed it again and I thru it in the trash basket. I tried about 10 drivers that I found and some of them had virus’s attached.

So, I found your site and thought I might as well vent here and move on in life.

I think easycrap is a scam.

Comment by steve | April 6th, 2012 1:47 pm | Permalink

I purchased the EayCrap DC60 as well. I can’t even get the computer to admit that it was plugged into the USB port. I would think the drive light on the EasyCrap would have flickered, followed by the USB manager stating “new hardware found”. However, no joy. The seller has dodged my complaints, and sent me the drivers to make it work. Alas, they were corrupted, ergo, useless. When I attempted to return the thing, UPS told me that, because of their return “requirements”, it would cost $300 (that’s right, three hundred) to send it on its way. I declined (surprise), and have reported this to eBay as a scam

Comment by William Hooper | February 28th, 2014 8:17 am | Permalink

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