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Anonymous 06/24/14(Tue)05:16 UTC+1 No.1711609 Report

Hey /vr/, what is a good capture card for recording retro vidya game footage?

I ended up buying a small capture card that only recorded from my PC and the quality was horrible.

Anyone have any experience in this area? I would like something that I can use while playing on my CRT.


This was the item I was currently checking out.

Thanks in advance
Anonymous 06/24/14(Tue)05:32 UTC+1 No.1711643 Report

What capture card did you buy? What do you mean it could only record from your PC?

I'll tell you the two most common mistakes people make when trying to capture video from consoles. First, don't split a video signal and expect it to look good. Either use a decent cable that has both composite and SVideo and capture from one while viewing the other or get a distribution amp. The second mistake is using some "easy" capture program. If you want maximum quality captures use VLC and actually learn how to configure it to capture properly. I'm sure some of the expensive video editing apps can do it too, but I use VLC.

With it set up right you can get great looking captures out of even a $7 USB EZ-Cap
Anonymous 06/24/14(Tue)05:38 UTC+1 No.1711653 Report


>What capture card did you buy? What do you mean it could only record from your PC?

I bought this capture card


I hooked the capture card up through the system and played it off my PC. The quality was really sub par.
Anonymous 06/24/14(Tue)05:47 UTC+1 No.1711670 Report

Okay well use VLC to capture SVideo and play on a monitor using the composite. You can split the audio and fix it in post.
Anonymous 06/24/14(Tue)06:13 UTC+1 No.1711728 Report


Alright. Thanks for the advice. I just changed the settings. (putting it on S video and recording in MPEG4)

We'll see what me and my friend want to do about it. I still might get a easier route to recording footage
Anonymous 06/24/14(Tue)06:16 UTC+1 No.1711731 Report

Just keep in mind that the higher quality recording you're doing, the longer the delay will be. Unless you have an expensive hardware encoder, if the game is playable from the computer's screen, the recording quality will be poor.
Anonymous 06/24/14(Tue)06:16 UTC+1 No.1711734 Report

I am interested in these "right settings". I have a somagic Easycap. Also VirtualDub lags capture and messes audio hard. Help needed...
Anonymous 06/24/14(Tue)06:21 UTC+1 No.1711737 Report

Use something like VLC where you can really edit your capture setting. The best settings will vary depending on your setup so it's trial and error. Also just accept the fact that you're probably going to have to manually adjust your audio offset if you want it to sync up correctly.
Anonymous 06/24/14(Tue)06:23 UTC+1 No.1711743 Report

Alright, thanks. I can more or less get things done with Amarec, but it has that ugly AMV watermark. LAGS Lagarith codec is a nicework-around but DAMN are files really big. 10GBs for 20 minutes. Will try VLC later.
Anonymous 06/24/14(Tue)06:27 UTC+1 No.1711753 Report

Are there any RGB capturing solutions which don't involve converting signal to component, using a DVR box, or spending a lot of money? In whatever order.
Anonymous 06/24/14(Tue)06:40 UTC+1 No.1711772 Report

Your cheapest option is going to convert the RGB signal to component (Or just outright getting component cables for whatever system you intend on recording with, assuming what you're using supports it. Like PS2 and Wii which are good for PS1 and Gamecube games, respectively) and recording it with a DVR box or a DVD recorder that has component inputs.
Anonymous 06/24/14(Tue)07:03 UTC+1 No.1711826 Report

I was thinking more like 4th-5th gen consoles, and I don't actually have a DVR box, or a DVD recorder that has component input (it has SCART input, but it defaults to composite, and it's really laggy).

I would also need it for streaming, not just recording. An ideal thing would be a multipurpose RCA-to-USB capturing hardware, with 6 cables (red, green, blue, composite, left audio, right audio), so that if I wanted I could record RGBs, and then it can just be ready for component as well. I want to record quality stuff, mang.

I've heard of something called an XRGB capturing card that oscillates between 150$ and 200$, but I can't even find it anymore.
Anonymous 06/24/14(Tue)07:11 UTC+1 No.1711854 Report

I don't think I've ever seen a capture card or DVR device that didn't have an asinine amount of lag. Stuff like that you pretty have to hope that your TV or monitor has video output (Which is something the PVMs are nice for since they do both component and RGB-out)

I'm not aware of any XRGB device that can actually record video. Pretty much any footage somebody captured with an XRGB device was done with a seperate capture card or DVR.

Honestly, your easiest bet for streaming is simply emulation. You have to jump through a lot of hoops to stream on legitimate hardware, plus you'd probably be by your computer anyway during streams.
Anonymous 06/24/14(Tue)07:16 UTC+1 No.1711864 Report

Of course I would be playing on a TV with zero input lag, the are composite outputs on RGB cables for that reason (not really, but it's a good thing). I don't want and can't emulate. Thanks for helping me, anyway.
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