Video capture on PC?

12 replies [Last post]
clok1966
Offline
Joined: 01/21/2009

QUick question (I think) when capturing ingame video what are you guys using? I had used FAPS in the past a bit, but its been ages, and keep in mind this is win7 64bit. What do you recomend?

Bill Loguidice
Bill Loguidice's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/31/1969
Based on the comments, it

Based on the comments, it looks like the Blackmagic solutions STILL require incredibly beefy and specific specs to even function: http://www.amazon.com/Blackmagic-Design-Intensity-Computers-Professional...
http://www.amazon.com/Blackmagic-Design-Intensity-Pro-Editing/dp/B001CN9...

So it seems like even now you need very specific hardware to make it work, hardware that you'd pretty much have to custom build around their requirements. No thanks.

I did come up with an alternative though, that I do think is workable. I of course already have two of these: http://www.amazon.com/AVERMEDIA-AVERTV-Tuners-Capture-C874/dp/B004VEKS76... , which again, works very well for me. The only thing it can't do is systems with HDMI output. It appears, that can be solved with this: http://www.amazon.com/ViewHD-Component-Converter-Support-Surround/dp/B00... , which essentially lets you go from HDMI to component output, the latter of which the AverTV capture device supports. Total cost for that solution would be around $250. That is $60 more than the external Blackmagic USB 3.0 solution, but without the potential compatibility and performance issues. Seems like a fair trade to me.

n/a
Bill Loguidice
Bill Loguidice's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/31/1969
Given the age of your systems

Given the age of your systems (and I only mean that in terms of when the ports came out), Matt, meaning no USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt, you'd have to go with the internal card as your only option, which is probably better than the external devices overall in terms of overall performance. My gaming laptop actually has one USB 3.0 port (the only such system in the house), so the external device is an option for me, but I'd need to verify compatibility, as we ALL should with any of the options, because I think that's what made me not pull the trigger on this in the first place way back when I was investigating these things (I'm sure compatibility has improved since, but you never know).

By the way, my present external capture device does do HD captures with little effort at 720p or 1080i, albeit only over component cables. Naturally, though, being able to capture HDMI would pretty much allow us to capture ANY device, including a modern computer, which is certainly part of the appeal of the Black Magic solution. After all, if you don't task the computer you're capturing from with both playing the game AND capturing the output, it could play the game at full frames and resolution and then the OTHER computer doing the capturing can do the heavy lifting of the capturing.

n/a
Matt Barton
Matt Barton's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/16/2006
Intensity
Bill Loguidice wrote:

Wow, unless I'm reading this wrong, this will be the first consumer-level device able to capture HDMI output, albeit it doesn't get around copy protection, so I'm not sure it will work with most HDMI-equipped consoles (but PC's, it should!): http://www.gizmag.com/blackmagic-intensity-extreme/19802/?utm_source=Giz...

EDIT: Looks like it does! http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/intensity/

Definitely a must-buy, along with a new computer... ;-) (hopefully PC's get proper Thunderbolt around the time of Windows 8's release, because that's when I'm getting my next mega-desktop)

EDIT EDIT: They have USB 3.0 versions, so perfect and it looks like it's already out in that form... (in fact, now that I think even more, I seem to remember investigating this before getting my current solution and deeming it too fraught with potential incompatibilities. Still, I imagine the Thunderbolt version does away with a lot of that, though I'd still like to investigate the USB 3.0 version for my present laptop)

Wow! Yup, that looks like exactly what I've been waiting for, and the price is sweet. I'll have to check to see if my current PC or Mac have the right ports, first though. It's going to be great finally being able to record full screen PC games and 360 stuff in HD.

n/a
clok1966
Offline
Joined: 01/21/2009
hmmmmm I have been a video

hmmmmm I have been a video capture card guy...but quit about eh time HD was getting big as none of the cards did it (dang coopy protection) so I lost interest and been out of the game for a few years (hence this post on video capture).. but this thing looks sweet and price point isnt out of this world.. WOW.. nice find. I may just invest, some heavy research is in order.

Bill Loguidice
Bill Loguidice's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/31/1969
Wow, unless I'm reading this

Wow, unless I'm reading this wrong, this will be the first consumer-level device able to capture HDMI output, albeit it doesn't get around copy protection, so I'm not sure it will work with most HDMI-equipped consoles (but PC's, it should!): http://www.gizmag.com/blackmagic-intensity-extreme/19802/?utm_source=Giz...

EDIT: Looks like it does! http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/intensity/

Definitely a must-buy, along with a new computer... ;-) (hopefully PC's get proper Thunderbolt around the time of Windows 8's release, because that's when I'm getting my next mega-desktop)

EDIT EDIT: They have USB 3.0 versions, so perfect and it looks like it's already out in that form... (in fact, now that I think even more, I seem to remember investigating this before getting my current solution and deeming it too fraught with potential incompatibilities. Still, I imagine the Thunderbolt version does away with a lot of that, though I'd still like to investigate the USB 3.0 version for my present laptop)

n/a
Matt Barton
Matt Barton's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/16/2006
I use camstudio (free) and

I use camstudio (free) and fraps. In some cases I have to use my tv capture card, running the svideo out into it.

n/a
clok1966
Offline
Joined: 01/21/2009
Well I can see why you use

Well I can see why you use Camtasia Studio its very nice, and easy to use as far as I have looked. But it wont record games, at least not some. I did some looking at the forums and it doesn't like full screen games it seems. SO I dug out Fraps and have it going again. Fraps works fine but seems like it needs a few more options for tweaking, I guess I'm supposed to record with it and edit with other programs. I think Camtasia Studio will get some workout after i do some recording.

Bill Loguidice
Bill Loguidice's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/31/1969
Honestly, I bought the

Honestly, I bought the academic version of the Camtasia Studio/ScreenIt bundle, otherwise I would not be able to afford it. Some online retailers don't check. See if Camtastic works first, though, since it's free.

n/a
clok1966
Offline
Joined: 01/21/2009
yes my plan is to join the

yes my plan is to join the youtube crowd a few years late. As I have a voice for solo confinement and the looks for radio I have never been into much of that stuff. But I have recently started watching some "lets play" video's on Ytube and enjoy the people with some humour. anmd how they do it. I thought a bit about takeing a crack at it with some games in a review/gameplay way..

I see Camtasia Studio has as 30 day thing.. though I cant see me paying $300 for it. I almost hate to try it and see its a great item then haveing to fall back to lesser stuff. WIll update with some findings later.

Rob Daviau
Rob Daviau's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/19/2006
Heh heh

Yeah I suppose. Truthfully I have yet to have any need for anything HD related so my response was purely suitable for my own non HD requirements.

n/a

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.