Getting Xbox 360 HD footage onto MacBook Pro (Unibody SD)

applemax

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Hi

What's the best/cheapest way of recording/loading up HD footage from Xbox 360 gameplay onto a MacBook Pro for editing? I've got an HDMI/Component Xbox 360, a Denon AVR-1907 with HDMI and Component out and a 15" MacBook Pro unibody (SD slot)

Thanks! :D
 

jaw04005

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If you want 720p, 1080i or 1080p support there's not a cheap way. In fact, the only reasonable solution I know of (and this is what IGN and the other gaming Web sites use) is by purchasing an Infinity card from Black Magic, which would require a Mac Pro or a PC.

You need component or HDMI HD input, which is sort of rare and requires lots of bandwidth across the bus.

http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/intensity/

There's also the Matrox Mini for around $450, but I believe it requires an ExpressCard slot.

http://www.matrox.com/video/en/products/mxo2_mini/specs/

If you just want 480i there are several component/composite to Firewire 400/USB 2.0 devices on the market. The composite to USB 2.0 are the cheapest and I would recommend El Gato's Eye TV Hybrid.

I think your best bet is to record in 480i at a 16:9 ratio (to make it "look HD") and go from there. I have no personal experience with trying to record 16:9 on any of the composite to USB 2.0 devices.
 

applemax

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If you want 720p, 1080i or 1080p support there's not a cheap way. In fact, the only reasonable solution I know of (and this is what IGN and the other gaming Web sites use) is by purchasing an Infinity card from Black Magic, which would require a Mac Pro or a PC.

You need component or HDMI HD input, which is sort of rare and requires lots of bandwidth across the bus.

http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/intensity/

If you just want 480i there are several component/composite to Firewire 400/USB 2.0 devices on the market. The composite to USB 2.0 are the cheapest and I would recommend El Gato's Eye TV Hybrid.
Can't I use something like a Slingbox or something else similar to that?
 

jaw04005

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Can't I use something like a Slingbox or something else similar to that?
No. All a Slingbox is going to do is make your 360 available on the Internet via Sling’s Web site or applications. How would that help you? Unless you planned on capturing the stream.

And the post above ^ list another device. It appears to go up to 1080i. However, it still retails for $250.
 

LethalWolfe

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That little guy is going to capture in H.264 (which is bad) and is SD only. Unfortunately w/the MBP you have your options are very limited and none of them are inexpensive.


Lethal
 

applemax

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That little guy is going to capture in H.264 (which is bad) and is SD only. Unfortunately w/the MBP you have your options are very limited and none of them are inexpensive.


Lethal
I do have a PowerMac G5 Dual Processor 2.3Ghz from April 2005 - can I do anything with that? :)

Thanks for helping, guys! :D
 
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