The stk1160 based USB TV grabber/cpaturing stick is a cheap $20 EasyCap / Mumbi labeled device manufactured in China based on Philips compatible chips coming from Syntek/Silan.
To start, just hook up your VCR with the USB stick via Cinch Audio and the yellow Composite or the S-Video In. On recent kernel versions, getting the stk1160 driver to work should be straightforward – just
- get the required release from github matching your kernel version:
- and install the package:
tar xvf 0.9.3_for_v3.2.tar.gz
- sudo make install
- sudo depmod -a
- Dont forget to run depmod -a after the install, and
- Unmute the audio-in as described here
- Make sure you figure out where the audio in registers after connecting the USB, use this cat command: cat /proc/asound/cards to find out.
Read on here: "Digitising VHS tapes on Linux" to learn how to grab VHS tapes with the device.