Posted by campbells126 on Jan 06, 2009
Transferring standard VHS video to recent model Toshiba laptop running Vista using EasyCAP leads and version 3.1A software. First problem: leads are female as are the outputs on the back of the video. Solved this with a SCART splitter and three channel male-to-male leads. The picture transfers fine but the soundtrack is VERY distorted. Tried various changes to settings (format always seems to end up as AVI, whatever is selected). Tried transferring mono only sound but same result every time. Any ideas?
posted on Jan 06, 2009
welcomejee Rank: Guru Rating: 87%, 1349 votes
Do you hear clear sound when Playback VCR? Please check sound source, this should be OK.
Comment posted on Jan 06, 2009
Confirm that sound source (VCR) produce good sound in playback. Next is medium that carry sound to laptop, i.e lead or wire. This should be in good quality and if possible, test it on other equipment. Let me know what kind of input terminals on laptop as VCR would have RCA pins as in/out.
Thank you for your response, welcomejee. Yes, early on I made sure that the soundtrack problem did not lie with the original - it's not professional quality, but it's fine.
As for the leads, at first I used a set which I already owned and subsequently, when buying the scart splitter, bought a new set, so unlikely to be the leads themselves?
The EasyCAP takes red, white, yellow RCA (also offers 'S' video connector but as my material is standard VHS, I have ignored this) through a small box to USB which connects directly to a USB port on the laptop.
Any further thoughts?
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Re: reply to welcomejee
Thanks for update.
Can you please post image of that small box as its some thing new to me which takes standard RCA composite video and gives out direct to USB port? Does this box digitize the audio-video signal for USB?
" The EasyCAP takes red, white, yellow RCA (also offers 'S' video connector but as my material is standard VHS, I have ignored this) through a small box to USB which connects directly to a USB port on the laptop."
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hi : i get the same problem but i solve it ............ how ? i uset tow kind of cables in the same time : the svedio cable and the av cable from the source connect the svedio normally to get a vedio and the av cabe tow of them : the red and the white in their same color jacks . to the easycap connect the svedio normally and the red av to the red and the white to the white and leave the yellow
but unfortunetlly this way work vey perfect withe me only on widows xp sp3 and im still keep trying to make it work on vista . good luck to all .
I have windows vista and my drivers load fine. Plug in the unit and the drivers load. I have the 4 camera easycap and the VCR easycap.
Install drivers first before plugging in the unit. Restart computer, plug in unit, check device manager if there is a stk1150 loaded under image.
My problem is getting small files from the recordings. I converted 2 mins of my daughters dance solo and it turned out 1.7gb AVI file without sound. Changing the options to mpeg or WV files will crash the program becuase something doesn't match. I need to play with it more to understand it better.
do you have enough memory on your computer to complete the recording? i had a problem once where it stopped recording because i was running low on memory. in that case i just had to delete unnecessary things to make room.
if that is not the issue, please take a screen shot (the button on your keyboard that says "Print Screen", then go to Paint and click edit>paste) and show me the messages you are receiving, and i may be able to help.
I had exactly the same problem and solved it by updating the drivers for the USB sound/audio device.
My XP version is in Swedish so I´m not sure what it says in English, but it should say something like the following.
Go to the "Device manager" by right clicking on "This computer" and choosing "Properties", locate the "USB sound/audio device" under the "Sound, Video and Game"-category and right click and chose "Update drivers". Then chose "Search for drivers on the internet" and chose "Recommended installation". My new drivers are called "USB EMP Audio Device". They work perfectly.
I wasn´t able to update the actual EasyCap video adapter, but it doesn´t seem to matter if you´re having problems with the sound. Although I can´t use an S-videocable, only a videocable, otherwise the picture turns black and white.
I had the same problem. No picture and no sound.
Here is what I did to solve it.
1. I Un-installed the software and restarted the computer. 2. Placed the installation CD (that came with the product) back in the CD drive. 3. Click on "Install Driver" (this only installs the USB 2 drivers so that the computer can see the device)
Make sure you do not attach the Easycap Device before you have installed the USB Driver (as above).
4. Once USB Driver has been installed then plug in the Easycap USB Device, windows should then detect the new device, to make sure:- 5. Right Click "My Computer" "Properties" "Hardware" "Device Manager" check "Imaging Device" (which is where my STK1150 Driver was installed) and make sure it has no yellow exclamation mark next to it.
6. Go back to CD and "install the Uplead Software", you then have to Restart the computer.
Once all installed you can then connect your external device VHS Player/Camcorder etc to the Easycap device, using the Red/Yellow/White leads.
I like many before me, tried and I tried to get the image to play on the software "Capture" screen but all to no avail, I was pulling my hair out, I wasted two days on it, I finally decided that this product was a total load of rubbish and I had wasted my money and it had to go.
Then a major break through, some smarty pants made the comment about INPUTS & OUTPUTS, my prayers along with many others could have been answered ??....
I had actually plugged the Red/Yellow/White leads into the INPUT terminals of the external VHS Player, when they should be plugged into the OUTPUT terminals of the external VHS Player/Camcorder.
On a Camcorder the RED/Yellow/White terminals are usually Output terminals but on a VHS Player they are usually always Input only !!....
I tried running my Camcorder through the software and Hey Presto that worked a treat.
So in order to get my VHS to play through the software I ended up having to buy a Scart OUT (very important "OUT") Red/Yellow/White adapter (see link for product image)
I don;t know if this is the solution to your problem but it might work, as it did for me.
When you start ULead Studio click on the capture tab, then click on the camera icon named "capture video", then in the middle of the page you will notice the "options" icon (looks like a cog) go to Input source and then at the top of the window you will see "input source" again, click the dropdown list and select "video composite". Try that and see what happens.