|You'll be looking for capture devices with low latency; the lower the better. I was going to suggest Gamebridge, but apparently it's not supported anymore and it doesn't work well with x64 OSes. Alternatively, you could just get your hands on some RCA splitters, and feed the signal to both the PC and the TV. Then you'd be able to get a capture device without worrying about latency. Just make sure said device is able to handle your most visually complex game before committing. |
I personally use a Hauppauge HVR-1800. The card has a built in MPEG2 compressor, so capture isn't CPU bound, and the I/O load is heavily reduced (60 min of NTSC = 655 MB). It's discontinued (replaced by the HVR-1850), and its latency is measured in seconds so the split output approach is required. Hauppauge apparently makes gaming focused capture hardware now, which appears to be a modern Gamebridge.
For SNES and the PSX, you'll want to use emulation with either Camtasia or Fraps.
For the SNES, the typical recommendations are ZSNES or SNES9x. Both were "completed" years ago, and mostly differ in their UI's; ZSNES started out as a DOS program, so its UI is peculiar. Pick whichever you like. I know Camtasia works on both. ROMs (the games) are sort of a gray area; they were (and mostly still are) not sold anymore and largely considered abandoned by their companies. Then Nintendo learned how valuable nostalgia is and they started selling 20 year old games.
The PSX has a few emulators. I use PSXe, but the configuration is a pain and I never got the emulation to 100%. Still, any emulator out there should be able to read your PSX disks from your PC's CD-ROM, if you still have them.
You might also want to check out the TAS community. They have their own set of emulators to facilitate what they do, including doing their own video encoding.
About Camtasia vs FRAPS: I know Camtasia works with more things, while FRAPS tends to give better results when it does work. Either program should allow you to expand into PC gaming with minimal hassle. And then you can put out yet another VVVVVV video.
On audio support, you'll want to get USB microphones, as each are their own sound device. You should be able to record as many channels as you can support running instances of Aduacity.
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