Video Capture hardware? Need Help

By brianinlfc
Mar 8, 2008
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  1. Hi,
    I need help with this topic and I cant seem to find any information about it, not the one that I am looking for anways. I hope you guys can help.
    I would like to know if there's any hardware for video capture on screen on my monitor like games and videos. The thing is I used this camstudio and the video quality was very bad hardly visible..so I would like to know if there's any hardware that would record games I play at a smooth frame rate besides setting up a video-camera and recording it.
    My system is pretty decent..
    Intel Dual core 3.0Ghz
    3GB ram ddr2 800MHZ dual channel
    8800 GTS 512mb running at 800Mhz Core clock..

    any comments and help would be appericated..
    Thank you guys!
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    You are asking for something called a "VGA recorder" and a VGA splitter.
    Use the splitter to split the video going to the monitor and hook the recorder to the other end. Mind you, that recorder thing will cost a fortune.

    If I were you, I would double-check the software options. Make sure that you are using the optimal settings for quality and speed. Use specialised programs like FRAPS to capture 3D and a better video player to capture full screen video.

    If you are not after perfect resolution, you could make your TV-out mirror the rimary screen and then feed that TV-compatible output to a video capture device, PVR or a DVD recorder - those are considerably cheaper than VGA capture devices.
  3. brianinlfc

    brianinlfc Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 54

    Thanks,
    I just needed some more help. Reffering to the third point you stated How do I do that? Is there a word to describe it? What additional harware do I need?

    "If you are not after perfect resolution, you could make your TV-out mirror the rimary screen and then feed that TV-compatible output to a video capture device, PVR or a DVD recorder - those are considerably cheaper than VGA capture devices."

    And I need help because I have no idea what to do? even If get it...
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    Well, you need TV-out obviously. Most video cards can do that nowadays. Then you read the friendly manual about how to make the TV display the same as your monitor. Use a normal TV set to set things up at first to get a picture etc.

    After this, you can connect your "TV" output to anything that has this kind of input. A VCR, a PVR, a DVD recorder, a VIVO capable video card in another computer, a video capture card, whatever.
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