I know that amongst you, many will want to have the opportunity to record gameplay footage off of their PS3 for things like podcasts and shows on sites like Machinima and Youtube. Well if you've been having problems finding or working these devices, then rejoice! There are plenty of people who can help you out, and although I'm not an expert on capture cards, I will try my bet to help with any problems. So, let's get started!
Picking a capture card
Not every capture card is right for every computer or PS3 setup. For example, some of them can only capture videos in SD, and therefore require the PS3 to be displayed using scart cables rather than a HDMI cable.
If you want to shoot on a Windows XP, Vista or 7 PC (Mac version available - search web) Then I recommend the most expensive of the 3 here, the Pinnacle Dazzle Video Creator Platinum.
This comes with a professional video editing software by Pinnacle, a company who specialise in video and audio software & hardware. I'm not sure if you can shoot in HD with this hardware. (with a HDMI cable)
If you want to shoot on a Windows XP, Vista or 7 PC, but only in SD Then I recommend the EZcap USB 2.0 video capture device which is priced at the less wallet-burning price of around £20. This device comes with a free video editing software (free off the Internet) as well as a licensed 'Blaze video magic 3.0'.
If you want to shoot on a Windows XP PC in SD only then you can go for the super-cheap option of the EasyCAP USB 2.0 priced around £11. This is the capture card which I have, and is very good if you can get to work it, however, it is a cheap version of the EZcap made by a foreign company. It comes with a 2-in-1 video editing software set, but although it is said to work on Windows Vista, a lot of problems have been reported, and to get it working to it's best potential, you need to run it on Windows XP.
What else do I need?
To record your PS3 using one of the above, you will need:
Once you have all of these, you can set it up!
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to set it up.
Remember, you need everything in this list to continue:
- Capture card
- 3 Female-Female Y splitters
- 2 sets of RCA cables
When you start this, your PS3 should be turned on, and your scart leads (for your PS3) should be plugged into the TV, this will give you a clear image on your TV.
- Remove the PS3's scart leads from the TV
- Put a Y splitter on each scart lead, using the side with only one slot (on the splitter) You should have 1 splitter for the white lead, 1 for the red lead, and 1 for the yellow lead.
- Take one of your RCA cables and put the colours into the other end of the Y splitter (either slot) the colours should be identical to the PS3 colours, so your white PS3 lead should be in the same splitter as you white RCA lead.
- Plug the RCA cables (the ones you just put in the splitter) into the scart slots in the TV, this will put the PS3 picture back onto the TV if done right.
- Take your second set of RCA cables. Plug them into the remaining Y splitter slots, again, in the corresponding colours to the PS3.
- Plug the second set of RCA cables into the capture card, with corresponding colours.
The setup should now be complete, if you are stuck, please retrace your steps and read through again, if you can't figure it out, please post and I'll help out.
The software is pretty straight forward, you should just be able to pop in the disc and download everything, however, if using the wrong operating system, some things might not work properly.
So, that is it, everything else should be explained in the book manual, or if you search on the Internet. However, I have the Easycap 2.0, and I had to struggle to get it working, so here are a few problems I encountered, and how I fixed them. NOTE: These problems are most likely unique to the Easycap device.
The videos are coming out in black & white.
This could be down to the format type you're running on, you may be running the software on NTSC which is the US format, the EU format is PAL.
My videos are disturbed by loud distorted noises, even when no sound is being produced.
This problem is down to a driver for the sound software, unfortunately, if you are running on Windows XP or 7, there is no known fix.
I am experiencing odd waves going across my screen when I watch my videos back.
Try changing capture types, you might be recording the video in an AVI format, which makes it wavy, try switching it to DVD or MPEG format.
Thank you for reading - I hope this helps you with any capture card decisions you might have!
I'm off for a drink... lol
great guide we dont actually have one of these XD nice some file size examples could be good
just did some tests for you Spidie.
I recorded a high quality 8 minute video of Modnation Racers, this takes up around 370mb and takes just under 2 hours to upload to Youtube. This is an un-edited MPEG-4 file, hot off the capture software.
I have worked out that my current setup recording Modnation Racers takes up approximately 50mb per minute. This is at pretty high quality video and the highest EasyCAP sound settings.
hey. great post mate and easy to follow. im having a little problem though. ive managed to get a video on my recording box but its only whats on my TV not the games im playing! Im using the arcsoft showbiz 2 and for some reason its only allowing me to see whats on the telly, not my PS3. ive been trying everything but nothings happening any advise?
H E L P
Im so confused im doing nothing wrong i have the ps3 up on the tv but i cannot get it up on my capturing program
Also it is only taking audio from my laptop but im taking it one problem at a time ^_^
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