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Nov 7, 2012

How to Record your Gaming Footage

If you've ever wished you could do better than recording the screen with a video camera, you've come to the right place.
In the $30-$50 price range you'll only be able to capture DV quality footage. (which is still considered HD online, by Youtube etc. (720p).)

To record Your console Gaming You will need:
1. A computer
2. A Capture Device.
   An HD Device like the PVR or a computer capture card (possibly needs a computer upgrade).
3. Your Gaming console, of course. PS3 or Xbox 360, etc.
4. The right cables

To get good HD footage try the HD PVR2 by Hauppauge.
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The newest PVR device makes it super easy to record your video game footage from both Xbox 360 and PS3.  You can choose a quality up to 1080p30 for recording, while the footage streams to your screen in full resolution  1080p60, with "no delay" video passthrough. The device sends the files to your computer via USB. Comes with the cables, USB and a 6ft HDMI cable to connect to the TV. And with the "no delay" passthrough you don't have to worry about having to split the signal to watch yourself playing while recording. Like you will with the capture card method below.

Capture via a capture card - HD or SD?

Utilizing the speed of your computer, and with a good capture card, you can potentially capture better than 1080p30 quality. You'll need a capture card like one of these.
You'll need a way to split the footage to watch yourself playing while the computer records. Since the vide cables will go into your computer.
Any delay depends on the speed of your computer and the capture card.

You'll need an HD switch/splitter with at least 1 input and two or more outputs.
And two extra HDMI cables.
The setup here is somewhat simple. Your Console's HDMI cable goes into the splitter's input, and the extra HDMIs go into the outputs, one going to your TV and one to the capture card. Then you'll need a editing software (or Quick Time) to make files out of the footage.

Recording with Quicktime Player

This article was written by Nickolai Gibson. A Tubeblogger and video editor who loves video gaming, technology, and YouTube videos.