This 2020 blog post provides a link to the EasyCAP DC60 SMI Grabber/SM-USB 007 driver that can be used with Windows 10 and I’ve written instructions for free software which can be used with the device.
Warning: You download files at your own risk and the drivers I’ve linked to don’t include uninstall software. By downloading the files you’re taking responsibility for your own actions!
Please note: I believe there are actually at least four versions of the EasyCAP device, so if the driver I’ve linked to doesn’t work for you, that’s a shame.
I also think PC hardware does matter as my old Dell D620 laptop produced awful results. When testing for this blog post I created video files with:
- Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.6GHz CPU
- 4GB DDR2 RAM
- NVIDIA GeForce GT520 2GB DDR3 graphics card
- Windows 10 and OBS Studio on a SSD
- Test recording to a mechanical SATA hard disk
My device has been in a box for a while and I don’t actually have a need for it. I’m having a clear out and I decided to test the Somagic EasyCAP SM-USB 007 capture device with the latest version of Windows 10. By today’s standards, this device captures low quality video and sound files, but perhaps some people have a use for it. I’m beginning to enjoy using old hardware again, so perhaps I will have a use for it in the future.
SM-USB 007 driver download
Warning: The zip file in the link doesn’t provide an uninstall option for the drivers!
Here is the link to the SM-USB 007 drivers and it includes drivers for XP, Vista, Windows 7. The Windows 7 drivers can be used with Windows 10 and I tested this in July 2020.
How to install the driver for SM-USB 007 on Windows 10:
- Extract the files from the zip you downloaded.
- Attach the SM-USB 007 device to your PC.
- Open ‘Device Manager’.
- Right-click on ‘SM-USB 007’ and select ‘Properties’.
- On the ‘Driver’ tab, select ‘Update Driver’. *
- Select ‘Browse my computer for driver software’.
- Now browse to the location of the files you extracted and for Windows 10, select the right Win7 folder for your PC. i.e. wind7_64 for Windows 10 64-bit
* If this is grayed out, you can either log into an administrator account or from the ‘General’ tab, select ‘Change settings’ to grant admin access to make changes.
Before I move onto the software, I thought I would quickly mention shielding. When plugged directly into the front of my PC I noticed interference in the video. When using a USB extension cable to move the EasyCAP device away from the PC and other cables, the interference was greatly reduced.
OBS Studio (free)
It’s easy to get this device up and running with OBS Studio, which can be used with the EasyCAP device. In OBS Studio you can configure the device and capture/record MP4 video files.
How to add the SMI Grabber to OBS Studio:
- Under ‘Sources’, select ‘+’ then add the device as a ‘Video Capture Device’.
- From the ‘Create/Select Source’ pop-up windows select ‘OK’.
- Then select ‘Configure Video’ from the ‘Properties for Video Capture Device’ window.
- In the new window select your ‘Video Standard’. i.e. PAL type. I used PAL_B for UK *
- When ready, select ‘Apply’, then ‘OK’ and again ‘OK’ to close the configuration window.
- I might be wrong about PAL_B for UK, but it seemed to work for me! You can also switch from the ‘Video Decoder’ to ‘Video Proc Amp’ at this step and adjust brightness, contrast and other visual options.
Adjusting preview and output in OBS Studio
You will likely need to adjust the preview settings and output resolution. You can force OBS Studio to save a MP4 video file in another resolution and aspect ratio.
To adjust preview options, right click on the preview window, then you can set the options. Two that I set were:
- Canvas (720×576) for Preview Scaling.
- Fit to Screen for Transform.
I noticed that my saved MP4 video files used the wrong aspect ratio. I changed this by setting a different resolution for output.
How to change aspect ratio and resolution of a MP4 in OBS Studio:
- Near the bottom right select ‘Settings’.
- Choose ‘Video’ from the left hand options.
- Now you can input a different output resolution. i.e. 1024×576
In the past I’ve used VLC media player and VSDC Free Video Capture software with the SMI Grabber Device, but when testing for this blog post I only used OBS Studio.
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