Capture Card Xbox 360 No TV.

April 27, 2010 at 14:07:25
Specs: Windows 7
Alright as my subject says, I dont have a tv nor do i want one. My 360 is hooked up to my computer moniter via an HDMI to DVI cable. I want to set up a capture card so i can record some in game footage. Is there a way to do this that anyone knows about?

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April 27, 2010 at 14:48:27
There are HDMI capture cards out there. A quick glance at Google shows such cards in the $250-$300 range. I don't know if the latency is low enough for you to play games though it, though.

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April 27, 2010 at 17:44:23
so your saying i need to buy a whole new graphics card that has a capture feature in it?

something like that?

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April 28, 2010 at 04:05:46
Capture cards are separate from video cards. And yes, you will need to purchase one. Or get someone else to purchase one for you.

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April 28, 2010 at 06:19:29
Is that what i need what i posted in my last post? and i just plug my 360 into that and it will show up on my moniter? and im perfectly capable of purchasing my own hardware lol

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April 28, 2010 at 07:58:54
The capture card you buy will probably have some software you'll use, but there are other programs out there. If you don't want to mess with installing new programs, I think most versions of Win7 have built-in software.

Capturing video, on the other hand, is a bit more difficult. You'll probably need one of the VirtualDub variants (assuming VDub can handle HDMI video), and a fast lossless or semi-lossless codec. I'm sure the forums can help you on both counts better than I could.

Any editing you do should be done with this raw capture. (Especially if you pick a lossless codec that doesn't have keyframes.) I don't know of any good video editors; I used AVS for light editing, which I do not recommend. It's great if you want to process batch jobs or you're a programmer, but it should be otherwise avoided.

As for post processing, you'll want to encode the video as H.264. Pick the encoder that works best for you; they all use the x264 library anyways, so the only difference is the GUI.

For audio, encode that as an MP3. I like the LAME based ones.

Your container? MP4 or FLV if you want to upload it to a video site. Because this encoding takes the most time, I suggest you make a few test captures, one to two minutes in length. That'll keep the encoding time down short enough while you play with the encoding settings. Just make sure to check for audio / video desync when you start making longer videos.

Once you get all THAT worked out, you're more or less ready to go. Just make sure your PC is doing nothing else while recording, and keep an eye on your free HDD space. (Remember, you need enough for both the raw capture and the final encode.)

If you find the latency too high on your PC, you would be better served with a HDMI slitter and a second video monitor than any PC upgrade. If the video or audio is too choppy, or you get dropped frames in the captures, you'll need to either free more resources for the capture equipment, or a new PC.

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