I would like to digitize some old VHS tapes before the time is reducing the quality more and more. My current operating system is Debian 9.3, but the following instructions should work mostly on every Linux distribution. Some of the stuff has been taken from the german Wiki of ubuntuusers.de about Videograbbing.
The following hardware has been used.
I hope it is clear which way the hardware should be combined. The video grabber on the computer and the cable combines the video grabber with the output of the videocassette recorder.
Very helpful is the graphical V4L2 Test Bench qv4l2 by
I guess it is sadly not possible to record with this tool and save to an
avi file or so, but we can check if it is possible.
You can install the tool on Debian based distributions with the following command and super suer permissions.
apt-get install qv4l2
Just run qv4l2 and configure it to capture the
As a test run we can start the videocassette recorder and push the
Start Capturing button.
We can go on, if see the video and hear the sound.
The following command will detect the audio input.
0 [PCH ]: HDA-Intel - HDA Intel PCH
HDA Intel PCH at 0xd8420000 irq 36
1 [NVidia ]: HDA-Intel - HDA NVidia
HDA NVidia at 0xd6000000 irq 17
2 [usbtv ]: usbtv - usbtv
USBTV Audio at bus 1 device 2
Important for me is
usbtv at number
We need to start the videocassette recorder and execute the following
command afterwards. Please note that I have used
because the audio detection had as result
usbtv. My parameters are for a european
ffmpeg -f v4l2 -standard PAL -thread_queue_size 512 -i /dev/video0 -f alsa -thread_queue_size 512 -i hw:2,0 -vcodec libx264 -preset superfast -crf 25 -s 720x576 -r 25 -aspect 4:3 -acodec libmp3lame -b:a 128k -channels 2 -ar 48000 out.avi
We can stop the process by pressing the
q button on our
keyboard and the video should be available as