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Recording DC gameplay to PC?

Post#1 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:31 am

Gday :D

I was wondering if you guys could help me with, or know of a guide how to, recording gameplay and audio from my Dreamcast to my PC so it can be uploaded to Youtube etc.

Ive never tried this before, and would like to record some our Quake 3 games to put on Youtube as a first step in my grand plan to build up the online DC Q3A community.

Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
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Re: Recording DC gameplay to PC?

Post#2 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 5:30 pm

You need something like a Hauppauge capture card that will take the composite output from the DC and record it. You could also use a DVD recorder, but that involves an extra step of ripping the DVD after you make it.
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Re: Recording DC gameplay to PC?

Post#3 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:11 pm

Are VGA capture cards more expensive?
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Re: Recording DC gameplay to PC?

Post#4 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:21 pm

You would be hard pressed to even find such a thing as a VGA capture card, because most video equipment uses component as its best output type. VGA is for computers, and there isn't a need to record the input to your monitor, since you can just record the output of a PC video card directly with software. Someone may be able to suggest one, but I don't know of any companies currently making them, and you'll probably have to pay a lot, assuming you can even find one. Wanting to record your DC and wanting to play with VGA are almost mutually exclusive desires. Your best bet might be a VGA to HDMI adapter (which requires external power), and then you could get an HDMI capture card to record your gameplay. I think that's how some of the people here do it.
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Re: Recording DC gameplay to PC?

Post#5 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:41 pm

I did a bit of searching around and this seems to be what i need Image

Would this be suitable?
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Re: Recording DC gameplay to PC?

Post#6 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:23 pm

Assuming you have a free PCIe slot, a VGA to DVI adapter, and that card has some sort of audio jack for you to record the sound, then yes.
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Re: Recording DC gameplay to PC?

Post#7 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:41 pm

VGA to DVI adapter?
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Re: Recording DC gameplay to PC?

Post#8 » Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:10 am

The input on that card is DVI-I, not VGA. It supports both DVI and VGA input, assuming you have an adapter to make the VGA plug fit.
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Re: Recording DC gameplay to PC?

Post#9 » Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:27 am

Ahhhhh ok, from a quick glance i assumed it was a VGA input. Also i dont see an audio jack. Ill give that one a miss.

So you believe component is the way to go?
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Re: Recording DC gameplay to PC?

Post#10 » Fri Apr 25, 2014 4:17 am

VGA and component are incompatible. You'd need a powered VGA to component adapter to make a component capture card work.
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