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Hello thar!

 

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!

 

Setting 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
  • TV
  • PS3
  • Computer/Laptop
  • 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.

 

  1. Remove the PS3's scart leads from the TV
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Take your second set of RCA cables. Plug them into the remaining Y splitter slots, again, in the corresponding colours to the PS3.
  6. 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

 

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.


Here is a video for the best video settings for Easycap 2.0

 

Thank you for reading - I hope this helps you with any capture card decisions you might have!

I'm off for a drink... lol

 

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cant beleive that vid was SD, i might have to buy a good Captare card and try this :) thanx

 

recording games costs less then £23 lmao nice.

 

might have to give this a try, hopemy crap laptop can handle it =/

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This channel is currently full of a few test clips of Brutal Legend, these were all filmed with the Easycap 2.0, however, the quality on some is not as good due to my settings, i'm currently working on that and hopefully i will have crystal clear sound soon :)
http://www.youtube.com/user/BadassPandaPodcast#p/a/u/0/E9U3YOtXuHk
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great guide we dont actually have one of these XD nice some file size examples could be good
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Spidie_Pig_Rules wrote:
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.

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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?

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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 ^_^

 

Pls reply :)

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Here is a few videos I have done over the years with the EasyCap. Mine only cost me £7.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcaPANCMtWU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeXrpD9ik78

http://i2.ytimg.com/vi/Etqe0tsb2YI/default.jpg
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Hey, the Pinnacle Dazzle Video Creator Platinum, can i set it up with HDMI cable? i don't mind if capture isn't HD.

 

Please reply, urgent.

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As far as i know, you can only use AV cables.
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HD videos are so common now people will actually not bother watching SD videos. I'd recommend getting an HD-PVR - yes its more expensive but if your gonna be using it and making stuff regularly and putting the effort in it'll be worth it

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Very nice guide.

I did look into getting the hauppauge HDPVR a while back but couldn't justify the high price tag, the easycap looks like a promising alternative.
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Can you buy any of this software in any shops in the High Street?

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As far as I know no you can't

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i want 1

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japree23 wrote:

i want 1


Really?

 

Just 1?

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Digital Foundry vs. Gameplay Capture for anyone looking into this :)

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easycap plaatje.PNGHey can someone help me ? if I click on capture > OK > than will hapen this

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I have HD PVR Gaming Edition...its the best but costs 180 pound o_O

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CAN SOMEONE HELP ME PLEASE? LOOK THAT PICTURE ON TOP THAT WILL HAPENS BY ME :(

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What should *I* use? I'm using Windows 2000.
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