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Where can I find a good recording system for game consoles? Answered

Hello once again, it's Thergox with another screen recording question. Lately I've been hunting down a proper screen recording system for game consoles -- because the ghetto look of a big TV screen at an angle isn't exactly appealing. I am not concerned about computer-central games (Computer referring directly to the Macintosh and PC) -- it is things like the Wii, Xbox, and the PS3 that I am looking to record. Things like Dazzle or EasyCap won't fit -- I am told they are not very good at what they are meant to do. Things more like AVERMEDIA, just a little more in a cheaper price range. Please tell me what you know.

Thank you, Thergox.


In case you didn't know.... EZcap is an actual company, "easycap" are cheap bootlegs that tends not to work as promised. 

I have heard a lot of good things from EZcap Model 116, but there are newer versions on their website. (Just be aware that most of the negative comments/rating on amazon sound like people who have no clue what they are doing, or they're on Vista *rolls eyes*, or trying to convert VHS to DVD)...

It was the bootlegs that scared me off from the true product. This seems quite promising -- I'll look into it.

I've owned a couple of Kwolrd brand tuner and capture cards that have worked out great. They where all pre digital TV cards so the resolution was no better then standard def TV but they are well priced and work great. Now they offer better options.

This one can record 720p at 30FPS. At just under $30 its a good price range.

But if you want up to 1080 resolution in your recordings you'll have to pay a lot more and you'll want to go with a good quality brand like a Hauppauge. Some of the more expensive options record to the box then can export the video over USB to your PC.

Hey, I like it! But will it record games? Is there any specific software required to use it (On the computer)?

It comes with the software you need to record and it will record any component video input you put into it. As you can see in the pictures it has an old S-video connection and component connections. So if you don't have a component cable for your system then get a component cable and you can connect it right up.

Just so you know... The KWorld product you linked to is not HD or 720p.

720p is a progressive HD signal with a resolution of 1280 x 720 and an aspect ratio of 16:9. The display resolution is the total number of horizontal lines, represented by the second number (not the first).

That KWorld product is a DVD-Video format only with a 4:3 aspect ratio and NTSC resolution at 720 x 480, which is 480i (interlaced, not progressive and not 720p). A 4:3 aspect ratio is also the old standard-definition for television and computer monitors.

So I wouldn't recommend that product at all because capturing at 4:3 (which is basically a square) you'll have letterboxing (black bars), image stretch distortion or cropping of the video capture when viewed on a (rectangular) 16:9 display (the new standard in televisions and monitors). The other major downfall of that product is that it only supports Windows XP and Vista.

For $1.96 more than the KWorld product, the product that I linked to can fully capture Xbox360 & PS3 (as well as all video formats). It can upload to YouTube at 720p HD, it supports 16:9 and 4:3, works with XP/Vista/Win7, and can convert video to play on iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, PSP, PS3, Xbox360 and cellphones; plus many other features, so in my opinion, its the better option.

I hope I didn't sound too preachy (it is late), but in order to make the right decision you have to understand how they work and their strengths & limitations.

I have been doing some research, but I never gathered such in-depth information. Through some videos online, numerous critiques, and this, I think I am beginning to reach a conclusion. Thank you.

You're welcome. Let me know if you have any other questions. I wouldn't say I'm an "expert" in this area, but I've been doing video broadcasting/streaming for the web for a number of years now. Our hardware and software was over 15K, but the same principles apply with what you are doing. :-)

some YouTubers just line the video camera up with the screen and talk while playing. I would guess they are using a separate microphone for that.

you could also use a video capture card on your pc and then plug in your xbox or other console to an composite splitter. then connect a link between for the tv and the capture card. this way you can capture the video while playing.

I was hoping to avoid the video camera thing -- it sort of gets in the way and resolution gets rid of some viewers. I also hope to include a camera facing me and my comrades (My comrades and I?) as we play he games. The Capture Cards were the specific item I was looking for -- I was hoping to get a specific name so I may look into it.

+1 use a decent camera and an LCD screen. My HD camera produces quite good results from my HD monitor.