Looking for some advice on a good HD Video Capture device. Essentially, want to record PS3 gameplay to my computer. One of my computers has an HDMI port, I'm assuming that's my best option? Are there any other options?
I figure I can either directly input my PS3 into my laptop and use software(recommendations please ) or use a piece of hardware in between the two.
Ideally, I'd like to be able to play on my TV while it's capturing on my laptop. Perhaps there's a box that has two HDMI outputs?
As far as I know, all of the available HDMI capture boards that are available are broadcast focused (Here is just one example) and more importantly, adhere to HDCP protection schemes. By that I mean that they will not copy a singal that is HDCP protected. Which I believe the output of the PS3 is, even when it is outputting a video game (yes, that *is* just plain stupid of them.)
The other option is to capture the output from a component connection, which you can do with an HD PVR 1212 USB capture card (including output the signal to the TV at the same time.) I don't know if Sony allows for full res out of the component connection or gimps that to 480p for "Security" reasons.
But if I use an HDMI Splitter and send one output to my Laptop, what is governing the HDCP? Wouldn't the splitter just see it as another input? Then I could get software that records my screen and that has no idea about the HDMI input as well. So wouldn't a plain splitter work for that?
As mentioned, the problem is that HDMI is protected. A device that was used to make videos for an old clan of mine was the Hauppauge HD-PVR. The quality actually wasn't bad, and as far as I know it was easy to record. Here (obviously not raw quality and with YouTube compression) is one of the videos we made with it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcddpIMseaE . As the editor, I can say the raw footage does look a bit better, but that is a good example of the quality expected. The downside is, you have to use component instead of HDMI.
Gotcha. Thanks all for the info. Think I've got a good understanding of HDCP now. Basically PS3 has HDCP flagged on the HDMI and there's essentially no way and no device to record using HDMI. Gotta go the component route to record anything.
The first reply included a link to a capture card, it had HDMI inputs.
My point with linking to that card is that, yes HDMI capture cards do *exist*, but you still can't use them to cap your PS3 footage.
That card I linked to adheres to HDCP, as such it won't capture the PS3 signal even if you plug the two together. If the PS3 didn't HDCP encrypt the output for games (which I find just stupid for them to enforce on their customers) yes, you could use it. However, Sony locks the HDMI output for everything, not just movie playback, so it would be useless.
I tried an HDMI capture card on my computer from Black Magic but never got a signal so I sent that one back. Now I use the capture box from Hauppauge. It's not HDMI but uses component. It will capture 1080i if you want. But what I really like about this is that it has a video pass through so I can see my preview in realtime. When you watch it on your computer, there is like a 1 or 2 second lag. With this I can play my game and record it in realtime. This would be impossible to do on the computer with the lag time.
Maybe more games will have the feature that JustCause2 has. It allows you to record and save to PS3 or upload to youtube. I don't think it's HD though, but still a cool feature. Hopefully others will follow. (This is a PS3 feature only not available on other platforms)
Most HD capture cards/dvr will actually display the contect w/ full sound in HD. The problem is it won't record due to HDCP.
So All I do is hit full screen, and record with FRAPS for a lossless quality recording.
Only downside is the files are huge, but I just render in vegas
Hmmm.....interesting loophole in the whole HDCP licensing thing. Does this method require an HDCP compliant monitor on the PC? I expect VGA should work, but a non-HDCP DVI should not from a legal standpoint.