Easycap is the ingenious device which links your PC up to any video device with RCA connector or S-Video connector, such as VHS, VCR, DVD, TV, DV, analog camcorder, camera. Use Easycap to cheaply transfer your old VHS recordings to PC and burn to DVD. Protect your precious memories from old camcorder tapes. Record your videogames exploits. The possibilities are endless with Easycap!
I recently recieved a question regarding capturing videos from a camcorder. I have a SONY DCR-PC5E quite old now but i still have tapes with stuff i want to transfer to DVD, i still have the cable which came with the camcorder which i usually use to connect to the TV, this works with the easycap.
On your camcorder you should see similar to the picture below Audio/Video Out connect your cables to this port and the composite video cables to the Easycap. My handycam is PAL 50hz as standard so i got a picture immediately.
A quick way to test if the easycap is working and the drivers have been installed correctly is by using one of these tv game systems, I have a Namco 5 in 1 system which is composite video only.
Just connect this directly to the easycap and you should get a display within the ulead software with sound. I will do a post tomorrow on using the Ulead software making titles and editing the video that you have captured.
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When capturing video using the EaspCAP in the UK make sure the source you are using is set to PAL 50hz and also on the Ulead software, go to the capture options and set to PAL. If it’s set to NTSC the capture will be in Black and White.
PAL: 720 x 576 25 fps
NTSC 720 x 480 30 fps
The following error “no input signal or signal is unclear” is a common problem when you first start using the easycap.
This message comes up after everything is connected and the drivers are loaded your trying to capture some video with the Ulead software, but there is no picture is on the display.
I initially had the same problem when i connected up my VCR to transfer some VHS videos, I thought i had the right cable SCART to COMPOSITE VIDEO, which seemed like it should work, but this cable was for VIDEO IN, I needed SCART to COMPOSITE VIDEO OUT, i quickly purchased a SCART to Phono + SVHS Adapter which has input/output switchable, Once this was connected the Ulead software picked up the signal.
If you have just purchased a EasyCap to record games on your Wii, here is quick guide to getting it up and running very quickly. A few extra Items you will want to purchase are 2 or 3 phono splitters
for this tutorial i will use just 2 splitters.
This will enable you to play the console on your TV whilst recording the game on your laptop or PC
2 sets of phono extension cables
Now from the Easycap connect 1 set of the phono extension leads to the correct colours yellow on yellow for Video the other end connects to 1of the phono splitters
Repeat with the white cable and the other cable splitter, itshould now look like below
take the second set of phono extension cables and connect yellow(video) to the splitter, the white cable (audio) connects to the other splitter with the white cable
The other end of the extension cables goes to your TV, select the correct channel for the AV leads. Now you will need to connect the Wii AV cables to the splitter, following the same trend as before yellow (video) to the splitter with the other video cables, and white (audio)cables to the splitter with the white cables connected. You should now have this setup below
Now power on your Wii, you should see the picture on your TV screen, check you are on the correct channel for the AV cables.
If your based in the UK make sure the WII is set to PAL 50hz
Launch the Ulead software and follow the following steps
If you have any problems with setting this up on your wii feel free to leave comments i will try and resolve the problems your having