Justin.tv and MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kidwithdimples, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. kidwithdimples macrumors 6502a

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    I've seen some people stream their tv to the computer. How is that possible? For instance, I saw this person streaming his xbox from tv to justin.tv

    Do I need to buy something additional?
     
  2. upaymeifixit macrumors 6502a

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    I'm actually planning on doing the same thing. To do this you need a Capture Device, be it a card or an adapter. You plug that into your computer and then plug your device into the capture device. You then need software (that usually comes with your device) to record video.

    Now obviously the more you spend, the better quality it will be. Some people may just play straight from the video output that is displayed using your software, but your resolution, quality, and FPS may be suffering on that output (depending on the capture device and computer specs). Another way would be to split the output from your console and run it to your display and the capture card (this may be what I am doing), thus giving you the best quality to play on. Another method is to run the output from your console into your display, and then if your display has an output, connect that to your capture device.

    So I just ordered an EasyCap DC60 this morning from Amazon for $6, and will be using the EasyCapViewer software to view/record the video from my Xbox.

    Now depending on the quality, I may just have to use the splitter method to get the best quality. If I do end up doing that, I will probably buy an HDMI splitter and plug one end into my display, and the other into an HDMI to RCA adapter and then plugging that RCA adapter into my EasyCap. If you want I can tell you how the EasyCap quality is, but you will have to wait until I get it. I ordered it this morning and they said 3-5 business days (to ship, or to get here?), so I'm hoping for Friday, but who knows.

    Hope that helped!
     
  3. kidwithdimples thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sent you a PM.

    Thanks and do let me know please.
     
  4. upaymeifixit macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, I'll keep the conversation in here for future readers convenience. I will let you know how it is as soon as possible. I have this page bookmarked as "REVIEW EASYCAP HERE" so I don't forget. :D
     
  5. upaymeifixit macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, I received the EasyCap yesterday, so I will write my review now.

    Honestly, I don't really know if it's worth it. to test it I played Modern Warfare 2. While the device description says it can handle up to 720p at 30fps, I could only set the Xbox to 420p. I simply can't play on 420p when the Xbox is plugged in directly to my monitor, but this seems to add some compression to make it even worse. It's unplayable, but my brother said it's not unwatchable. It seems like a lot of the people on Justin.tv and ustream.tv have about the same quality. Oh one thing about the EasyCap software, it doesn't support the audio, so you will have to get an RCA to 3.5mm adapter if you want audio. Another thing about the device is it seems just a little bit slow. So you walk into a room, try to shoot someone in there, but in realtime you're dead before you ever saw him. Now it's not really this bad, but in those split second reactions, it does help to be live.

    As far as recording movies goes, well it doesn't. The recording feature that is on the EasyCap software will let you choose where to save the recording to, the quality of the recording, and if you want it to record to the RAM. Recording to the RAM limits the file size to 2GB, but will start making your computer unresponsive at about 75% of your RAM capacity. It does make the video a little smoother, but it's still not great. Whenever you record, it records at 30fps, but it drops one second's frames every few seconds (depending on the quality you have set and if you are recording to RAM).

    So here are some screenshots I took for you to decide. They are completely unaltered, except for two which have been cropped to keep under 3MB. I would recommend you download these and view them at full resolution. If you want any more let me know.

    This is the window on my desktop at "Actual resolution". You can resize it to half, actual, double, and full screen. I am shooting in this one.
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    Same thing except I am spinning to show off the lines that appear on horizontal movement. EasyCap has an option to turn of and off V-Sync, but that doesn't seem to change anything.
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    Here is a screenshot of the window only.
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    That same screen in fullscreen view. Note if you resize it to 720x480 it actually doesn't look as bad as the above one, or I don't think.
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    Plugged it into my VCR (I know I know.) and thought it wasn't as bad for watching something.
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    And fullscreen.
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    Hope that helped!
     

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