Saturday, November 1, 2008

Easycap USB and ULead - No Audio

I bought a little USB video capture device recently called EasyCap which at the time seemed to be cheap and offer sometinghat others didn't, but as I discovered not all that glitters is gold - this device is hopeless for audio.  They should rename it to EasyCrap.

I tried it on two of my computers and while I could get video I could not get any audio on the bundled ULead free WinAVI video capture software tools.

I spent hours and hours trying to work out what the hell was going on.

Turns out that the device uses Microsoft's generic USB Audio drivers and these have some sort of conflict with Realtek's onboard audio chips.

Just my luck that both my computers (laptop and desktop) happen to have Realtek chips :(

But while it rules out the free software, I have found that AMCap works well (although it unfortunately is not free and limited to a certain amount of video - about 10 minutes worth). The software costs about $50.

So while EasyCap might sound like a cheap option, if you have Realtek audio, consider the add-on cost of software that actually works with this thing.

Update: See my review of the Belkin Hi Speed USB.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I made it work, having Realtek sounddrivers. Make sure that when installing the EasyCAP driver (putting it in the USB so it automatically install the needed drivers) that you in "Device Manager > Sound, video game controllers" get USB audio device. You should also see it in Sound > Recording Devices > USB audio device line-in.
Preferably do this with the USB device not connect to anything. Also driver.exe in the setup pack haft to be installed prior you plug in the USB device.

Anonymous said...

Hi, just got an easy cap device and found the same problem, slightly annoyed but found a Phono to 3.5 jack (Or 3.5 to 3.5) works ok pluged into my microphone socket (Don't have a line in :( )

Thanks for the software suggestion though, might look into that...

Tommy said...

The mic jack answer worked for me. Tve been strugglin with the easycap for 5 months Thanks all

Anonymous said...

I'm also encountering some audio problems with EasyCap. I've connected up using mic jack and sound comes through fine on the preview however the video file being created is not storing any audio. Having gone to the "Video and Capture Property Settings", the Audio device is the microphone however when I go to "Capture Options", the Capture Audio checkbox is both disabled and unchecked! Can anyone please help!

Rich

MrLukeProductions said...

I made it work by just opening Windows Movie Maker and clicking Capture From Video Device on the left column, selected easycap and made sure the input level for the mic was up high. Then I started capture and there was sound! :)

MrLukeProductions said...

I made it work by just opening Windows Movie Maker and clicking Capture From Video Device on the left column, selected easycap and made sure the input level for the mic was up high. Then I started capture and there was sound! :)