Introduction: How to Play a Console on a Laptop (NTSC Only)

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In this instructable I'll be showing you how to play a game console on any decent laptop with 1 free usb port. Im sorry but easy cap does not work with PAL only NTSC

You can do this with a tower but there is a more effective way to do it if you don't need to capture and ill be posting that instructable soon.

Also im going to post an instructable on how to do this with s- video because it gives you a better video quality.

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Step 1: My System

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this is the tec specs of my laptop. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess the better it is the better it will run. I have about 1/8 seconds of video lag. It is not enough to effect gamplay or be noticeable on its own but if you have your system running on a TV and computer you can sort of see a very slight lag.

Windows Version: Windows Vista Home Basic
manufacture: Dell
windows experience rating: 3.1
Processor: Intel(R) Pentuim(R) Dual CPU T2370 @ 1.72 GHz 1.73GHz
Memory(RAM): 3062 MB
System Type" 32-bit operating system

Step 2: What You Need

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Ok this is the long list of stuff you will need.

1)A EasyCap usb Capture card

2)A usb extension cord (optional)

3)Three RCA female couplers

4)5 RCA cables (i used 1 yellow, 2 red two 2 white)

5)Two RCA splitters

6)L/R RCA to 1/8 plug

7)1/8 female to 1/8 female coupler

8)1/8 Headphones/1/8 Speaker

Most of this stuff you can get a radio shack. the only thing you can' t get there is the easycap usb capture card. you can get the easycap on ebay but i would avoid that because theirs a lot of fakes that ether have crazy lag or don't work properly.

Step 3: Install

Ok to start off you need to install the driver and studio software that is on the included disk. Follow all the instructions given to set up easycap the proceed to step 4.

Step 4: Setup

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So now that you have easycap and the included studio software installed its time to set up all the wires.

1)The Y/R/W cables on the console plug those in to the female to female couplers

2)On the the red and white plug in the rca splitters

3)add rca cables to the 2red 2whit and 1 yellow

4)plug 1 red 1 white and 1 yellow in to your easy cap. add a USB cable to the end if you wish.

5)plug the l/r RCA to 1/8 adapter to the end of the other two RCA cables. plug the 1/8 female to 1/8 female on the end of the l/r RCA to 1/8 adapter.

I know this is a mess of cables but all are needed because easycap does not monitor audio meaning you can not hear you game through your laptop speakers thus requiring external speakers.

Step 5: Getting Ready to Get Your Game On.

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Plug the usb cable in to your computer and plug speakers of head phones in to the 1/8 plug. Launch the included Ulead VideoStudio and slick on video studio editor. Well that is staring up turn your console on. Now back to Ulead VideoStudio click on the capture tab then click capture video. The preview scree should be blank. Click options then video and audio capture and property settings then click ok once that opens. Now the preview screen should not be blank.

Step 6: Getting Your Game On

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Ok so now you want to play. This is what you need to do.

1)Turn you speakers on

2)Get your controller

3)hit the maximize preview button(right hand corner of preview window oval with 4 triangles around it)

4)recline your chair

5) get ready to pwn some noobs

Step 7: Graphics Comparisons

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Here are some Graphics comparisons. They are all lvl 12 jpegs which is the highest resolution you can get. What you see in these pics is what you'll see in game.

Step 8: Other Notes

depending on your computer you may be able to get a better quality picture than me or not as whell. i can get an almost HD picture but then i have the problem of crazy lag. You have to play with it for a little to find the perfect balance between running smoothly and quality picture.

ALWAYS set the video to constant bit rate. you can do this by clicking options/ video and audio capture settings/ the capture tab/ advanced/ then change bit rate to constant bit rate.

when you start to capture a video do it well the game is paused because the video will freeze for 3-5 second but then it will return to normal.

If the screen looks too dark you can change it by clicking options/video and audio capture settings then the color tab.

This is not intended for people with 50+ inch TVs its meant for people like me who have a 20 inch to play on and figure they would be better off on there laptop.

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RahulP85 (author)2016-04-04

I recently moved out of and I don't have enough money for TV so I try this Solution and it worked fine, I been playing my xbox for few weeks now and I am satisfied with it. it easy to setup and need to compromise on quality part, there isn't any lag at all, you might wanna but SVideo to RCA converter for better quality.

cbikeck (author)2014-02-06

Hi everyone!

Which software would enable me to play My PS3 on my laptop screen in a HD mode, which has a HDMI input on the side? Would it be: Studio software that is on the included disk or an EasyCap-Capture-Adapter-Editor-Software? Or a Clevox8100? And how would it be connected?

youiswho (author)2010-12-19

I Have an easycap from a friend but he lost the install disc awhile ago where can i get new install files???

kwn_lin (author)2010-05-01
1161858 (author)kwn_lin2010-12-18

easy caps have a settings button on the studio software, you can switch between ntsc and pal

NYPA (author)2010-08-27

Easycap Sucks. All I hear is FFFFFFFFFFFFFF.

bugolf (author)2010-06-30

I used VLC Media player. but i had to enter a formatting code.

MrCantThinkOfAName (author)2010-06-06

My laptop has a HDMI input on the side, so yeahh. This is good though, i just need a software for it, there wasnt any put on my computer, as far as i know

jamiespark (author)2009-05-06

avi is sexi beast

Chowmix12 (author)jamiespark2010-05-09

i see no difference between AVI and MPEG

daiatlus79 (author)2009-12-22

i have a gamebridge which is pretty much teh same thing.. it does the job.. got it for ten bucks still in the package on my local facebook flea market.. some sites i see selling it for a hundred bucks.. by the way any one else having issues with their gamebridge remote? cause mine dont work and if it did it would make my tv obsolete.  right now i use it to tivo some shows that i dont get to watch while i am at work

punkhead58 (author)2009-11-25

This setup works, but is very complicated, try this instead. It's much easier.

ArthurCarvalho! (author)2009-09-04

My screen just stays black? HELP PLEASE

Hycro (author)ArthurCarvalho!2009-11-18

I get the same problem from time to time when using my webcam to capture video, and I use Ulead Photo Explorer 8.0 SE Basic, since that's what came with my

abun1991 (author)2009-09-29

"You can do this with a tower but there is a more effective way to do it if you don't need to capture and ill be posting that Instructable soon." When were you planning on posting that Instructable, if I may ask?

hcaz-301 (author)2009-09-28

can you email me the software please

Hazy Chief (author)2009-06-13

Can you get this stuff in HD, for example like RGB component cords

Numb-Nuts (author)2009-05-23

is there a way to disassemble an old laptop and use the screen as a dedicated unit for my 360?

josh92176 (author)2009-04-21

I have the same capture card and I think you could achieve a better frame rate and with no video compression (like you get with ulead video studio) with vlc. vlc is a free media player available here. Also you would get audio through vlc. Try it!


Houdinipeter (author)josh921762009-05-13

good idea. Then you wouldn't need splitters, a rca to 1/8 jack, or any rca extenders unless you really want them.

sleeplate18 (author)2009-05-07

i got all the cables and stuff set up properly.... installed Ulead Video Studio - tried following ur directions but its not working! what am i supposed to do with the properties tab? i keep on getting a "cannot capture" error message!

tigraki (author)2009-04-13

I have already done that 2 months ago but the problem is that there is a big lag. You can see the movements of the control after 1 second.

victorbacani (author)2009-04-04

I just bought this unit (Kworld TVbox 1920). I bought this in order to play my wii on my HP dv2000 special edition laptop. It came with a wii cable. I connected the wii cable to the unit, used an external speaker and plugged it to the unit, used its vga cable and plugged it in my laptops S-video and finally plugged the unit in outlet. All I got was the sound of the wii on the external speaker but no video on my laptop. Im guessing my laptop S-video is to send data out and not in. Im feeling sick to my stomach on buying this unit and not really researching thoroughly. Do you think I should just get an USB TV tuner like yours to replace this?

Hi somerockenguy, I followed your instructions and got to hook my wii to my laptop. Everything is working fine except that I had used Cyberlink Power director for my video capturing software and its preview screen does view full screen. I tried downloading Ulead VideoStudio v11 and all I could see on the video capture screen was my face looking back at me. This is since it used the webcam on my laptop as source. Looking back at your instructions I noticed that this version of Ulead does not have the Options Tab. I'm wondering if I have the right version, can you clarify?

luching (author)2009-03-16

what game is that?

tomonto (author)2008-09-21

If my laptop has built in speakers, do I still need to split the rca jacks? (sorry for any apparent noobishness.... :\

recneps (author)tomonto2008-09-21

You should not need to split the audio if you are using the built in speakers.
The capture software should be able to route te sound over your sound card.
I do this all the time with my tv tuner card.
(You don't need a capture specific card, any tv tuner that accepts RCA/svideo input should do the job.)

Also, I've found the EasyCap on a reliable webstore I use. They're legit, if you're worried about using ebay and want an alternative. That, or any tv tuner card with RCA/svideo input options, as I said.

tomonto (author)recneps2008-09-21

Ok, thanks a lot, I do worry about things being legit so thanks for that too :)

junits15 (author)tomonto2009-03-14

you could skip the connectors and just use the headphones

somerockenguy (author)tomonto2008-09-21

you still need speakers there is not audio monitoring in this capture software so you need external speakers. even if there was audio monitoring it would raise you chance of video lag.

im using my gamecube to play on my laptop and the quality is pixely and the screen isnt full screen its like a little box inside the screen.and when i plugged my ps3 in to the easy cap the quality was bad and it was still a little box inside of the screen could you please tell me the settings you have so i may fix this?

sonyhacker95 (author)2009-03-07

im using my gamecube to play on my laptop and the quality is pixely and the screen isnt full screen its like a little box inside the screen.and when i plugged my ps3 in to the easy cap the quality was bad and it was still a little box inside of the screen could you please tell me the settings you have so i may fix this?

atk000 (author)2009-02-23

Will this work for a PS3 on an HDM1-in only laptop?

evanbetti (author)2009-02-22

is there any way you can just use the easy cap usb?

Capt. Fat (author)2009-02-20

would this work for a Wii and a Compact presario laptop?

somerockenguy (author)Capt. Fat2009-02-20

wii yes but idk if it will work on that laptop i dont own it.

brian2012 (author)2009-01-23

hey, i saw this instructable and decided to buy this, i bought it, did all that u said, but when i use it every thing is very blurry, idk whats wrong, plz help!

somerockenguy (author)brian20122009-01-25

check your quality setting it automatically adjusts the quality based on your computers performance.

calpul (author)2009-01-21

yay i got it to work i changed my xbox 360 display from pal 60 to pal 50. its now in colour but i cant play all my games coz some of them are pal 60. but ow well. just a question is there anyway i can make the easycap run on pal 60??

somerockenguy (author)calpul2009-01-21

not that i know of im not in the uk so i use ntsc even if i found some update that says it will make it work i would have no way of testing it because every thing i have is ntsc

calpul (author)2009-01-21

is there anyway i can use pal with this anyway at all everytime i change the pal settings on the easycap i get a colour picture but its a frozen pic it just freezes. is there a update or soming that i can get to allow easycap to run in pal. anyway if easycap runs ntsc and pal why does the pal not work. why is there a setting for pal if it dont work??? if there is no way of doing it using easycap is there any other usb capture cards out there that are cheap, the same quality as easycap and will work with pal??? plz help me im a dumb

calpul (author)2009-01-17

hi there thanks for showing me how to do this i have just bought All the stuff i need to make this work. im still waiting for easycap to arrive. got it of for £15. bargin!!! just wondering is there a lag i mean a lag that will effect my game play.

somerockenguy (author)calpul2009-01-17

as long as you only have ulead studio running there should be no lag. it all depends on your computer but most people should be fine because my laptop is very low end.

blzzrd (author)2009-01-17

Hey just got my easycap and it works great except the way you have it hooked up to the speakers, my speakers are in my monitor. I bought it to record xbox more than to play it on a laptop. I was wondering, if i were to buy 3 RCA splitters and hook one set up to easycap and other set up to TV would it all still work fine?

somerockenguy (author)blzzrd2009-01-17

ya it wil work just make sure you plug them in the right way xbox to rca splitters to easy cap and TV. you might need 3 female to female rca plugs because the in side of my splitters are male and the out of my xbox is male.

blzzrd (author)somerockenguy2009-01-17

alright thanks

rockthisway654 (author)2009-01-06

Hey, good job on the video. I was just wondering: I own a MacbookPro. Most of the stuff on your list would be compatible, and since it's just the monitor being used I wasn't sure it would matter. Is there any way at all for me to do something like this with my computer?

the only way that i know of is this and the gamebridge. idk for sure if this is mac compatibly but i think it is and the gamebridge is like $80 and once again idk if its mac compatible.

timator6 (author)2009-01-04

can you buy an easycap at best buy?

timator6 (author)timator62009-01-04

if so can u link?

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