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Old 16-04-2009
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How to capture/record video from XBox 360/PS3 to PC
  

Hi All !

I and my friend having X-Box 360(myself) & PS3(Friends) we record videos from game consoles (XBox 360, PS3) using HDMI output.

Does ATI, NVidia or any other companies produce graphic card or any other hardware that can do that?

Please Help.....

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Re: How to capture/record video from XBox 360/PS3 to PC

Thereís no free way to do this, it requires spending a bit of money. Hereís what to get:
  • HAVA Platinum HD placeshifter device (Buy at MyHava.com ($120)
  • Two (2) triple phono couplers ($2.94 plus $2 shipping at Monoprice.com)
  • Xbox 360 console with component cord ($350)
  • 5 to 10GB of free space on your computerís hard drive

Okay, itís likely you already own an X-box 360 or Play Station 3. First off, youíll want to buy a place shifting device. Place shifting can be defined as watching or listening to live, recorded or stored media on a remote device via the internet or over a data network (wireless network, for example.) Once acquired, follow these steps to get to recording your game play.

Step 1:

Lay out the HAVA Platinum HD (picture of back) in an open space near your computer and Xbox 360:



Step 2:

Take a triple phono coupler and plug the component (red, green, blue) cord into one side, and then take a component cord that came with the HAVA and plug it into the other end. Then plug the mini-stereo jack into the back of the HAVA where it says HD In.



Step 3:

Take the audio RCA cable from the Xbox (itís the same component cord that has the red/green/blue on it) and take the other triple phono coupler and plug the red and white cords in (doesnít matter which colors it goes into.) Then take the same audio RCA cable that came with the HAVA (red/white/yellow cord) and plug it into the other side, making sure the red and white plugs are on the same alignment. Then plug in the mini-stereo jack into the back of the HAVA where it says A/V In.



Step 4:

Now take the other audio RCA cord (red/white/yellow) that came with the HAVA and plug the mini-stereo jack into the back of the HAVA where it says A/V Out. Do the same for the other component cord that came with the HAVA and plug that one into the back where it says HD Out.



Step 5:

Plug both cords from Step 4 into the TV where youíll be playing the Xbox 360 on.


Step 6:

Connect the ethernet cord to your router, and the power cord, and plug it in.

Step 7:

Make sure your TV is on the correct video source (for example, the HAVA is plugged into my TVís Component 2). Turn on your Xbox 360. If the logo comes up and everything works fine, youíve set everything up properly.

Step 8:

Go to HAVAís Download and Upgrade page and grab the latest software and firmware for the HAVA Platinum HD. Install the software and follow instructions. Update to the latest firmware if needed. Once everything is installed and set up properly on the computer, run the HAVA Player.



It should show whatever is on your TV, albeit with a slight lag. Which is why youíll be playing on the TV, while your computer records what is being shown on TV. In HAVA Player, be sure to go to up to the menu and go to Player>Settings and set everything up there.

To record gameplay, simply hit the big record button on the HAVA Player. When done playing, hit the stop button. From there, you can do whatever you want with the video that is created.
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Re: How to capture/record video from XBox 360/PS3 to PC

Ever wanted to record a montage or record your gameplay but didnít know how to?? Well this tutorial has all bases covered when it comes to capturing footage from your PS3 or Xbox 360.

Thereís a few ways to go about recording the footage. The easiest way is to connect your console to your PC, but you'll need a video card with video inputs, a dedicated capture card, or a Firewire/USB converter.

You can buy PC capture cards that will accept composite, S-Video, or component video signals. They can cost several hundred dollars though, and aren't significantly different from a device that converts video into Firewire or USB. So unless you are wanting to use your PC monitor as a TV, you should go with a more affordable analog-to-digital video converter that converts your console's video signals into a Firewire or USB connection that can be read by your PC.

Firewire converters can be fairly pricey, but they do work well. If you're on a tight budget, a USB converter would be the best choice. Assuming your computer already has a USB 2.0 port (pretty much all computers have at least one), all you would need is the converter. You can find basic kits that include a converter and video-editing software, like the Dazzle Video Creator for example.

If your console is too far away from your computer, there are several other methods you can use to record your gameplay.

Camcorder - Some camcorders out there have AV inputs that can connect to your console for simple recording. If your camcorder has this option, you can record your footage onto a tape (or DVD depending on how new your camcorder is) and transfer it to your computer.
Note that most camcorders only have one set of AV connectors that function as inputs or outputs. If they're being used as inputs, you won't be able to use them to output at the same time. In this situation, you'll have to use the little screen on the camera as your playing monitor (easier said than done, youíd need a mate to help you with this).
If your camcorder doesn't have a video input, you can just point it at your TV and record the game being played. Although by doing that you lose quite a bit of the quality and may see thick black lines running through the screen if you are using an SD TV. Make sure you have good lighting and the quality should be alright.


DVD Recorder - This is my preferred method of recording, as itís quick, simple, and the quality is great. Be prepared to pay a few hundred dollars for a good DVD recorder though, the price all depends on how big the internal HDD is. Although you can buy DVD recorders that only burn straight to disc (no HDD) but may end up costing you more in discs in the long run. The best way to hook it up would be through HDMI or Component cables, alternatively you can just use the standard composite cables that come with your console.
Connect your console to the DVD recorder, record your footage and then burn the footage to a DVD. Put the DVD into your computer and rip the video to your hard-drive for editing.


VCR - You should only record via a VCR if you are on a strict/limited budget, the quality isnít very good and it takes a lot more effort to convert to the computer. You can record footage on a standard VHS tape. Just pass the game console's AV output through the VCR.


Other Recording Equipment - If you have access to other types of recording equipment (such as mini-DV or Beta SP), then use them by all means. This type of equipment can costs thousands of dollars, but the image-capture quality is excellent.


So there you have it, youíre all set to start making montages and gameplay videos, youíll be famous in no time!
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Re: How to capture/record video from XBox 360/PS3 to PC

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Originally Posted by RoninBlade View Post
Thereís no free way to do this, it requires spending a bit of money. Hereís what to get:
  • HAVA Platinum HD placeshifter device (Buy at MyHava.com ($120)
  • Two (2) triple phono couplers ($2.94 plus $2 shipping at Monoprice.com)
  • Xbox 360 console with component cord ($350)
  • 5 to 10GB of free space on your computerís hard drive
Awesome tutorial. I wonder if there is a similar device to "HAVA Platinum HD" which would work on hdmi signal (from ps3) instead of conponent?
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