Guide to Recording Games.
(Playing in HD while recording footage in SD)
Let me start by saying this is how I record games and of course, this is not the only way to do it.
This is a very simple way of recording games while playing at the same time. In no way do I know everything about recording game footage or specifics relating to resolution, lag data, screen size, copyright protection, PC requirements, graphic cards etc etc etc.
This is how I do it…it’s good enough for me and maybe for some of you who are not looking for anything overly complicated either.
Objective/Pros (or the reasons I chose the HAVA Titanium wifi)
- Recording games/game footage while still playing in HD. (Pass-through)
Important Recordings will be in SD
2)** PS3 (or other source) doesn’t need to be connected directly to the PC. (Wifi option is required of course)**
- <$200.00 price point (amazon price 9.23.2009)
- regular PC can be used (no need for an overly upgraded or preformance PC)
- can play back on the PS3 (havent tried it, but the PS3 recognizes it as a media server)
- You can attach an external HDD to it for storage (then playback on the ps3) I’m assuming, never tried it but it says you can.
- Storage is only limited by hard drive space on your PC. So if you have plenty of room, you can save a ton of footage.
- It is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP.
Cons: (that I know of)
- No HD recording.
- No HDMI I/O
- doesnt record 5.1
- PC video feed has a lag, so you can’t use the PC to play.
- Video game system with component output Xbox 360, PS3, or Wii.
- Hava Titanium HD with Wifi or Hava Platinum HD (no wifi). There are other PVR units out there ie SlingBox, Happauge, etc etc. BUT I knew for sure the HAVA has a HD pass-through so I can play on my TV without having the program open if I don?t want to record anything. The other brands may have this function but I wasn?t positive.
Some features of the Hava Titanium HD wifi: wireless, doesnt require alot of computing power, uses component inputs, records footage on your pc’s hard drive OR you can attach a external hd to it directly. PS3 also recognizes the Hava on the XMB, if you have a hd attached to it, supposedly it can playback on your PS3. I have not tested that yet,although the hava icon shows up on XMB.
And if you ever quit playing games, you can always use it for it’s intended use as a PVR.
So I ultimately bought the HAVA titanium HD with Wifi from Amazon.
- Router with internet connection.
- Video selector with component inputs (I use the Pelican PL-970) or a set of component couplers if you only need to hook up single game system.
- Standard PC or laptop. You do not need a high end machine.
Cost roughly 120.00 to 200.00 depends what Hava unit you purchase.
Hook up your Xbox 360, PS3, Wii to your video game selector via component cable. Then attach the output of the video game selector to the HD IN (video signal) and the A/V IN (audio signal) of the HAVA.
If you only need to hook up one game system then you will need to attach video component couplers to the ends of the component cables. The reason is the component cable for the Hava are different from standard component cables in that the end that goes into the Hava are mini-plugs. When you use a video game selector you don?t need couplers because the selector is essentially the coupler (with multiple inputs).
Attach the HD OUT and AV Out from Hava to your TV.
Install the Hava software and follow instructions.
Attach an Ethernet cable from the HAVA to your router if you chose the Hava without wifi.
Open the Hava program. A screen should pop up and your video should start streaming in. There is a record button and live action rewind slider as well. All audio will be recorded as well, so if you want to record your trash talking, comments, or your opponent swearing as while your beating him to a pulp, just set your chat output to your TV.
Recordings are in .mpg in SD ready to upload to YouTube, or convert to your Ipod.
**There are other ways of doing this with different equipment, cost, difficulty in setup, and overall video quality. **I specifically wanted to play in HD and record my games at the same time. Problem was that I didn?t want to play in SD which you can record with any VCR, DVD recorder etc. This solves the problem because it has an HD pass-through, while the video feed into the PC is in SD. Though I would have loved recording in HD, you start running into problems like hard-drive space, huge file sizes, proper PC processing power, and cost. Additionally, copyrighted content like games, can not be recorded using HDMI, that?s why I?m using the component cables for HD.
I found this the easiest and cost effective way of playing your games in HD, but still recording game footage with pretty decent quality.
Feel free to comment, questions. I will post pics if you need them.
Thanks hope this helps.
Playing on Windows 7. Updated software was needed from Hava website.
The Hava screen complete with record/vcr buttons, time-shift slider, folder icon for recorded vids…