How do I record my console into my Mac?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by d3athlyd4rk, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. d3athlyd4rk macrumors newbie

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    I want to record the direct video and audio from my console (Wii) and edit it on my Mac. How can I do this easily? I have a Macbook Pro, and it has Firewire and USB. I also want the recorded video to be in widescreen HD. My TV is widescreen and HD, just so you know. Can anyone help me? Thanks.
     
  2. DISCOMUNICATION macrumors 6502a

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    BlackMagic Video Recorder
    You can buy it here.
    It's not HD, but the Wii isn't HD either. Cheapest way to record component video that I know of. Won't work with copy protected signals though. Game consoles usually don't have this except when playing back DVD like on a Playstation or Xbox.
     
  3. d3athlyd4rk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Um... thanks... but...

    Your link was broken, but thanks. =) Any other ideas?
     
  4. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    He just had a couple extra characters in the URL. Here is a working link.

    The downside to this is that it captures as h.264 which means it will need to be transcoded into another codec before you edit with it (I'm also not sure how good the quality is to begin with). Also, capturing from the Wii is difficult because they 16x9, 480p signal option is not a broadcast standard and almost every capture device only works w/standard video signals. If you capture interlaced you shouldn't have a problem though.


    Lethal
     
  5. d3athlyd4rk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay, thanks. The H.264 codec is easy to work with for me and supposedly the highest quality codec right now. Thanks for the tip about the broadcast standards, though.
     
  6. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    H.264 is great for final delivery but it's not a good codec to use for acquisition or editing (especially if you are using any of Apple's apps).


    Lethal
     
  7. d3athlyd4rk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh, well, I'll make due. So this video recorder is a good idea? Anything that can make better HD? At least 720p?
     
  8. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    There are other things out there but this is most likely the least expensive. How much are you looking to spend? The fact that you are using a laptop limits your options and jacks up the prices as well.


    Lethal
     
  9. DISCOMUNICATION macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry I fixed the links.
     
  10. d3athlyd4rk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking to spend somewhere under $300. That would be best.
     
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