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Old 10-21-2013, 11:21 PM   #1
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Question video capture hardware question


Hello all!
On an older computer I used to have, I had an AGP ATI TV Wonder video capture card that the cable came directly from the cable box to a VCR to the S-Video in-port. I was able to watch cable tv, VHS movies, or play Game Cube games on my pc. Now, I have Dish TV with a Hopper in the living room. A cable comes out of the Hopper, into my bedroom, and connects to a Joey. The Joey does not have a tuner, it uses one of the tuners in the Hopper. But it does have a remote control to change channels, or access the DVR in the Hopper. The "big" problem is that the only output it has is three RCA connectors: one video(yellow), two audio(red and white - left and right channels).

I've been looking online for a device that can connect these three RCA ports to a USB port. I've found lots of cheap devices... usually around $9. Of course, all these devices "require" some version of Windoze. My belief is that the requirements really relate to the included software, not the device itself.

One of the devices I've been looking at is: USB 2.0 Audio Video Easycap TV DVD VHS Capture Adapter. New USB 2 0 Audio Video Easycap TV DVD VHS Capture Adapter | eBay

Anyone know if this device will allow me to watch tv on linux? Remember, I don't need a tuner! Of course, I'd need to actually use something like Kaffeine or something, but would this setup work? I'd be using the Joey/Hopper as the tuner, I just need something to get the signal from the RCA cables into the PC.

Thanks in advance for any and all advice.
Cheers,
Terry.
 
Old 10-22-2013, 07:13 AM   #2
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Without knowing the chipset of the particular unit it is difficult to know if it supported since Easycap can be one of several. Hopefully it is one of the known devices.

http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Easycap
http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/TV_Related_Software
 
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:56 AM   #3
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Smile Ordered an Easycap - Waiting for delivery

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Without knowing the chipset of the particular unit it is difficult to know if it supported since Easycap can be one of several. Hopefully it is one of the known devices.

http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Easycap
http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/TV_Related_Software
Thank you for the response michaelk! I went ahead and ordered an Easycap from ebay... I'll let you know how it goes after it arrives.
Cheers,
Terry.
 
Old 10-24-2013, 12:32 PM   #4
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Help installing/configuring EasyCap Capture

Ok, got the EasyCap in the mail today. It is an USBTV007 EasyCAP.
A quote from the LinuxTVWiki site:
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This EasyCAP is based on a single UTV007 labeled chip.

This device is sold as "USB video capture QS702" from SHENZHEN FUSHICAI ELECTRONIC CO.,LTD

lsusb reports

Manufacturer: Fushicai
Product: usbtv007

Components Used

Single chip: UTV007 A614231.1 1136L1BK
Inscriptions on the board: FSC VIDEO DVR

Indentification

# lsusb
Bus XXX Device XXX: ID 1b71:3002
Yep, this is what I got. So what they say to do:
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Making it work
Linux kernel driver, enable CONFIG_VIDEO_USBTV: https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/ke...edia/usb/usbtv

From 3.11 ("Linux for Workgroups") on: Supports NTSC, Composite input
Queued for 3.12: S-Video input
In works: Controls (brightness, ...)
I could use a little help at this point!
I've been out to the linked git.kernel.org site. There are three files there:
Kconfig Makefile usbtv.c

Not sure what the next step is at this point?
There's also a user space driver linked to from the LinuxTVWiki. It doesn't sound like a great option though...
Can anyone offer a little help?
Thank You and Cheers!
Terry.
 
  


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