As an experiment I am going to use my tv set top box to connect to easycap using the usb front port. Once I run the CD the drivers are installed as well as dedicated software. The manual seems to make this device extremely easy to use despite some issues others have mentioned. Since this is an experiment I am using this because it's cheap and easy. I can use AUDACITY for audio or VLC for recording a/v if I can get VLC to recognize the device. VLC settings would be welcome. Is this device or similar really that easy to use? Other recommendations by name and model please.