I was thinking about buying a capture card or something with my next check to start recording/uploading some gameplay. I've never used one, nor do I know how they work. I've just heard from friends that they record your gaming. I'm not trying to go all out and buy some fancy HD recording system like some other people use, but I'd still like to get something that'll have some decent video and sound quality. Can anyone here help me out with this before I go out and waste money on a shitty one?
Post by King of Kings on Jan 29, 2012 8:44:05 GMT -5
I've been so interested in getting a gameplay recording system going but I've never had the money or ambition at the same time. I've done a lot of research on it though.
There are a few ways of doing it, but most people say that if you don't use a Black Magic recorder or an HD PVR it isn't worth recording gameplay. You can start off with an EasyCap which ranges from $5 to $15 USD on Amazon, and it records 360p gameplay. Quality isn't great, but it's a start. If you use an EasyCap though, you won't be able to play your game in HD, generally. I think someone posted a way to do it on YouTube but it was overcomplicated and ruined his wires after a while.
This is the best possible quality using an EasyCap, this person sacrificed sound though, by using an S-Video cable I believe.
If you get an EasyCap, you need the standard AV cables (Red, Yellow, White) and you'll wanna have three sets of them. The ones leaving the 360 plug into splitters, then one set into the TV and another set into the EasyCap. Then the EasyCap plugs into your computer, and you can record.
If you get an HD PVR (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Hauppauge+-+HD+Personal+Video+Recorder/9317768.p?id=1218084034619&skuId=9317768) you can record gameplay and TV to your computer in HD quality and play in HD. You won't need a splitter with an HD PVR either, you can plug the component cables into the back of it, and then another set from the HD PVR into the TV.
It's up to you, depending on the quality you want. There's also another product out there called the Dazzle, it's similar to the EasyCap but it has an HD version for cheaper than the HD PVR but you'll need to buy splitters and all of that.
I'd love to get an HD PVR but damn, $200 to record some gameplay is a little much imo. I was gonna start using Story Designer on WWE '12 to post shows on YouTube, but i'm not gonna pay $200 to do so. Lol. And I kind've need sound for that, so idk about the EasyCap one.