Video capture on PC?

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Bill Loguidice
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He's not looking for an

He's not looking for an external recorder I think, just a way to capture his PC screen, which would require a software solution since you can't do HDMI or VGA captures on a consumer level. For that, I recommend Camtasia Studio, which, though pricey, gives superb performance and has a host of features. Camtastic is a freebie knock-off, but I haven't had the same success with it.

If it's an external recorder, I HIGHLY recommend this: http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_hdpvr.html . It allows for full 1080i captures using component cables and doesn't overly tax your PC, and it also allows a pass-through to another display, so the issues of lag are non-existent. It's what we've been using to get captures off the Xbox 360 for the upcoming book, and it's worked beautifully.

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Rob Daviau
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Ha!

You know, I have a fairly powerful PC and fiddled with various capture cards, usb devices etc. When I went from XP to VISTA to Windows 7 64 bit those devices never received a driver update and became useless, PISS ME OFF. Also between software settings, lag, sync issues I finallt decided to simplify! I picked up an $80 Standalone DVD RECORDER from FUTURE SHOP, composite and RF input (great foe my older consoles) I record direct to DVD. This has several advantages:

1. CHEAP.
2. NO DRIVER ISSUES.
3. NO O.S. ISSUES
4. Footage is already captured to digital format ready to import to PC (Though must support .VOB files or CONVERT)
5. Footage is already archived if using DVD-r OR use DVDrw to re-use media.

Seriously, I do not bother with fiddly software and capture devices anymore. I recommend this to many with positive results.

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