Video capture on usb device on video4linux

Tom Poe tompoe at
Mon Feb 25 03:42:59 UTC 2008

Paul Johnson wrote:
> I have a Pinnacle dvc-80 gadget that takes output from a vcr and into
> USB.  In Windows, I can capture output with this device.  Now I'm
> wondering if I can make it work in Linux. I need software to do the
> capturing.
> I load the module for v4l and in dmesg I see that the device is found
> and registered:
> USBVision[1]: registered USBVision Video device /dev/video1 [v4l2]
> USBVision[1]: registered USBVision VBI device /dev/vbi1 [v4l2] (Not
> Working Yet!)
> usbcore: registered new interface driver usbvision
> I am guessing that sets me up to do video capture, but i can't find
> software that can do the capture on USB.  In kino, it seems to insist
> that only firewire can be used.
> If you can advise me of a way to capture this video input. I gather
> the input should be stored as avi or mpg in order to fit my goal,
> which is to write it on a DVD.
> PJ
You might find you can modify this command to your system, and test your device.
ffmpeg -f video4linux2 -s 320x240 -i /dev/video0 -f oss -ac 2 -i /dev/dsp -f mp4 a.mp4
Good luck,

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