Userspace test driver for the easycap usbtv007 (utv007) video capture adapters.
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Userspace test driver for the easycap usbtv007 (utv007) video capture adapters.

To use this you need to get the v4l2loopback kernel module:

Then load it:

modprobe v4l2loopback

Install the usbtv007 userspace driver dependencies (python-libusb1, python-v4l2, etc)

run it:

./ -d /dev/video0

Use for example mplayer to look at the output:

mplayer tv:// -tv device=/dev/video0

(remember to replace "/dev/video0" with your v4l2loopback device)

This driver is extremely experimental, code is ugly and full of debugging prints: this code was made to investigate the usb protocol of this device. Hopefully me or somebody else will use this to make a kernel driver.

Python was used to make this program. Performance is not the best (not necessary python's fault), I guess it may be possible to improve it. In my computer (Core i5-2500T) it consumes 70% of one of the processor threads (very bad).


  • resolution 720x480
  • Composite (CVBS) Video input capture
  • Tested with two different adapters

Missing features: (due to missing analysis of usb protocol)

  • change resolution (or recognize different input resolution: I only have one analog video source, therefore I can not check different resolutions)
  • S-Video input
  • Audio capture
  • Colorspace transformations (currently uses the same one that comes from the adapter, I don't know if it is possible to tell the adapter to change what it sends, or do it in the driver)
  • ...