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




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

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

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

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.

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

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

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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    3 years ago

    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.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    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?


    8 years ago on Introduction

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


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

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


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Easycap Sucks. All I hear is FFFFFFFFFFFFFF.


    9 years ago on Introduction

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

    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


    9 years ago on Introduction

    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


    Reply 10 years ago on Step 5

    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


    10 years ago on Introduction

    "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?

    Hazy Chief

    10 years ago on Step 2

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


    10 years ago on Introduction

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


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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!


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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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