Video from vhs via USB capture device on Linux


I want to transfer video from a VHS tape to my computer with Arch Linux, using a USB capture device that comes with Roxio Easy VHS to DVD, which I recently bought. I tried to plug in the device, and it was properly recognized. From /var/log/messages.log,

em28xx #0: Identified as Pinnacle Dazzle DVC 90/100/101/107 / Kaiser Baas Video to DVD maker / Kworld DVD Maker 2 (card=9)
saa7115 3-0025: saa7113 found (1f7113d0e100000) @ 0x4a (em28xx #0)
em28xx #0: Config register raw data: 0x50
em28xx #0: AC97 vendor ID = 0xffffffff
em28xx #0: AC97 features = 0x6a90
em28xx #0: Empia 202 AC97 audio processor detected
em28xx #0: v4l2 driver version 0.1.2
em28xx #0: V4L2 video device registered as video1
em28xx #0: V4L2 VBI device registered as vbi0

Is there any software that enables me to capture video coming from this device? I don't mind if it is console or GUI based.

asked on Super User Jan 16, 2011 by astrojuanlu

2 Answers


It appears as a standard V4L2 device, which means that you can record with VLC, mplayer, etc. etc. etc...

answered on Super User Jan 16, 2011 by Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams

If you come across this page after 2019, there is a slight change for the VLC info from Ignazio. I was just given a Roxio Creator USB by my sister - brand new, still in the box from over 10 years ago. Here's what you need now.

  • Be sure the key is NOT plugged in
  • Open a terminal, and enter the command: ls /dev/video* (you may see, for example, /dev/video0 and /dev/video1)
  • Plug in the key, and re-enter the command: ls /dev/video*
  • You will now see a new device. In my case it was /dev/video2
  • In VLC, use: Media -> Convert/Save -> Capture Device -> /dev/video2

With that small change, it is possible to select the video settings (mine show NTSC, PAL, etc etc) and get started.

answered on Super User Jan 31, 2020 by JD53

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