Easy Cap USB VHS to Digital Capture Adapter Tutorial

I bought the Easy Cap USB adapter to convert my old VHS videos to DVD. It was somewhat of a hoop dream because I got it, finally figured out how to work it, then realized I was too lazy to bother recording all my VHS videos

But if you aren’t lazy like me, here’s a little bit of information that I learned that may help you with yours:

The drivers cause a few problems in Windows XP. I am a mac os x leopard owner.
There is a DC60 version which works in Windows and a newer DC60+ that has software for a mac. I bought this not knowing there was a mac version but got this to work on bootcamp. This is a DC60.
You need to compress video using DIVX Codex 6.8 on 1st pass. Also, the included software DOESNT work, but amCap v9.2 is free and works great. So you should probably download this and just give up with the crap CD they give you.

picture 52 Easy Cap USB VHS to Digital Capture Adapter Tutorial

I would get this if you are savvy on downloading drivers and want to save 20 bucks. amCap v9.2 is free software and takes some trial and error to get things working. At first I thought I’d cry and be so frustrated trying to figure out how to get things to work in windows again after using a mac for so long, but it wasn’t overly difficult. I also thought I’d give a little demonstation, I’ve been told I have sexy hands. So enjoy.

How to use the Easy Cap USB Capture.

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14 Responses to “Easy Cap USB VHS to Digital Capture Adapter Tutorial”


  1. 1 Carlos Olivença Jul 22nd, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Hi, i’ve already bought this equipment but i had lost my mac os X cd drivers. Can you please tell me where i can find it.
    Reggards,

    Carlos Olivença

  2. 2 onemoregadget Jul 22nd, 2009 at 6:55 PM

    Some drivers can be found here, but none have been tested by us:
    http://bit.ly/z12n5

  3. 3 Aaron Aug 17th, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    I go esy cap to from sweden but the crappy cd dosent want to start
    windows xp it say i need to uppgrade my xp to service pack 2 i got service pack 3
    so the crappy cd cd don´t run

  4. 4 Glen Mar 22nd, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    I bought the easy cap and can’t get it to work. It seems to try to record on my XD computer. With my ’7′ computer all it will even look at is my face with the web cam. I don’t really want to make a disk of my mug.

    I found the recomendation to use the free download AmCap V9.2.
    I have been looking for it for at least 30 minutes now and still can’t find it.

    Glen

  5. 5 Glen Apr 25th, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    About the Easy,
    I didn’t give up, I decided to try recording from my VCR and believe it or not it worked. My only problem is after recording the videos seem to have a lot of noise. I am wondering if there is a filter that will clean up the noise.

    While copying I was aware of the noise problem, I tried turning the volume almost all the way off and it did’nt seem to help.

  6. 6 Glen Apr 25th, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    People speak of boot camp often, I have never been able to find it, or is it just slang and I am too green to get it?

  7. 7 OneMoreGadget Apr 25th, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    @Glen To reduce the audio noise, there’s two ways to go about it. If you have a mac, try downloading “Soundflower” and turning off “mic” noise when you are recording. Also, try adjusting the Hz to see if that improves the quality. Another thing you can try is computer volume settings – if you record it at a higher volume, it tends to be sharper sound than recording it lower and having to pump up the volume after. Generally tape noise is a common problem when recording from a VHS but usually not too bad.

    If you are talking about visual noise, I like using a program called iSquint for mac. It’s perfect for recording at a larger size, then automatically reducing it to a smaller size which in turn actually reduces the visual noise. Another thing is just using a good quality VCR with clean heads and an auto-tuning feature. This will automatically try to give you the best picture possible while it’s playing to your computer.

    Also, Bootcamp comes with the mac, but it’s for when you first install your OS on your new computer. You basically partition your drive into two parts, one for PC and one for Mac. That way you can start it in a genuine PC mode or a Mac mode when you startup your computer. It’s better than “Parallel”, which is a way you can view PC things in a window on your Mac Desktop. You can read about it here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1461

  8. 8 Steve Sep 25th, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    I have managed to download some VHS videos and even got ONE burned off, it was only an hour but the others are two hours long and the size is way too big for a 4.7GB disk they end up around 6.64 and 5.77 GB. How can I get them to an acceptable size ?

  9. 9 OneMoreGadget Sep 25th, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    My favorite program for shrinking video for the mac is a program called iSquint. Here’s a free download: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/19769/isquint and it’s super easy to use. Good luck!

  10. 10 connie May 17th, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Ok, trying to convert vhs tapes to dvd, going through computer first. The video works great but I can’t get any audio. Any suggestions? I’ve tried different cords so it’s not the cord.

  11. 11 Malin Jul 8th, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    I have the same problem as connie. Everything is installed and pluged in, but my VHS won’t show at my computer as I try to capture it.. It’s not even a source option. HELP!

  12. 12 Paul Jul 31st, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    The drivers that are on the disc with Easycap don’t work with Win 7. Try looking for “Win 7 driver for Easycap” on Google

  13. 13 Jack Nov 24th, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Audio problems can be fixed by right clicking the Ulead desk top icon. On the compatibility tab tick the box Run this program and Run the program as administrator. It took ages to find this out but it works.

  14. 14 kev Nov 25th, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    can get vhs tapes on to pc and edit them how do i get to burn them on dvd disc using easy cap software tried every thing but does not let me create dvd shows nothing to make dvd at end of edit

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