How to use Easycap Capture

Updated April 17, 2017

The EasyCap USB Video Capture device lets you turn all those VHS video cassettes gathering dust on your shelves into digital video files that you can then view and store on your computer, share on social networks or burn to a DVD disk. After installing the software that comes with EasyCap, plug the device into a free USB port on your computer and the composite or S-Video output on the VCR video recorder. Play the video tape and start recording the output as a digital file with high-quality audio and video resolution.

Insert the software CD that came with the EasyCap device into the CD/DVD drive on your computer. Click the "Install Driver" button in the pop-up window, and then follow the on-screen prompts to install the software automatically. Click the "Finish" button in the "Found New Hardware Wizard" window to complete the driver installation procedure.

Plug the EasyCap device into a free USB port on your computer. Check that the driver installed correctly in the computer's Device Manager that you can locate and open using the Windows search tool. The Device Manager should display the "SMI Grabber Device" in the Sound, Video and Game Controllers section. If SMI Grabber Device entry displays a yellow warning triangle, disconnect the EasyCap device and then reconnect it to the computer again to automatically install the driver.

Return to the computer's desktop screen and click the "Install Application" button in the software installation pop-up window. If you ejected the software CD after installing the driver, insert the CD again to open the pop-up window. Click the "Next" button, accept the terms of the licence agreement and click "Next" again. Click the "Finish" button to complete the software installation.

Connect the VCR to the EasyCap device with the supplied composite (red, yellow, white cables) or S-Video cable. Power on the video recorder and insert a VHS tape that you want to digitise.

Double-click the "Honestech VHS to DVD 2.0 SE" program shortcut icon on the computer's desktop. Enter the product licence key that you'll find printed on the software CD sleeve in the applicable field, and then click the "OK" button. Select "SMI Grabber Device" from the input video drop-down menu in the main program window. Click the "Video Setting" button, and choose "Composite" or "S-Video" in the input source field. Click the "OK" button. Select "Control" and then choose "PAL B" in the Video Standard box and click to select the "VCR Input" box.

Click the "Capture" tab on the program menu. Select the output file format, video recording type, recording quality, duration and video file output folder. Play the video tape on the VCR and click the red "Record" button in the program window to start recording. When you've finished recording, you can cut, edit and add transition effects to the video using the tools in the program's Edit menu. Use the features in the Burn menu to burn recorded clips to a DVD disk.


Use a blank, recordable DVD disk when you burn a DVD from the captured video on your computer. EasyCap doesn't support VCD, SVCD or Data DVD formats.

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