Apr 28

TV Grabber EasyCap / Mumbi / stk1160 on Ubuntu Linux

Category: Linux,multimedia   — Published by goeszen on April 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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

  1. get the required release from github matching your kernel version:
    wget https://github.com/ezequielgarcia/stk1160-standalone/archive/0.9.3_for_v3.2.tar.gz
  2. and install the package:
    tar xvf 0.9.3_for_v3.2.tar.gz
    cd stk1160-standalone-0.9.3_for_v3.2
  3. make
  4. sudo make install
  5. sudo depmod -a

Caveats are:

  1. Dont forget to run depmod -a after the install, and
  2. Unmute the audio-in as described here
  3. 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.

Digitising VHS tapes on Linux

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