Recording a PC's VGA ouput...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by doowrehs, Nov 25, 2005.

  1. doowrehs macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2004
    Hi there,

    Apologies if this is in the wrong forum...couldn't decide which one would be most suitable.

    OK - my problem is this: I'd like to capture the VGA output signal of a PC on my PowerBook and record it. In theory, I plan to simply detach the VGA cable from the PC's monitor and plug it in to my PowerBook via the DVI/VGA port (using the DVI/VGA connector - although I might have to mess around with male/female connectors). Having done that, I'm hoping that Quicktime will recognize it as a video source and I'll simply be able to select 'New Movie Recording' from the file menu, thereby creating a .mov of the PC's VGA output.

    How does this sound? Am I heading in the right direction or hopelessly off base (and if so, any advice?)?! I know people will probably say, "just try it and see!", but I don't have access to a PC until the day I'm supposed to do the actual recording - and I don't want to mess it up.

    BTW - the reason I'm doing this is because I need to create a Dreamweaver tutorial for some Windows users. I know it would probably be much simpler if I ran Dreamweaver in Virtual PC, but I can't afford to buy VPC right now.

    Thanks for any input!
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Umm, unless I majorly misunderstand you, the biggest flaw in your plan is that the DVI/VGA port on your powerbook is an output, and not an input. It is there to send data out to the screen -- you cannot use it to bring anything into the computer.

    I think you will need some kind of hardware digitizer card or device, such as EyeTV, etc, etc, to do this.

    The other option (could you explain why this will not be acceptable?) is to use software on the Windows computer that captures the screen as a video.

    I can help you look for such software, although I haven't used it in great detail. It will output a video file of the screen capture on the Windows computer, which you can then transfer easily to the Mac.
  3. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    Just use one of those utilities that takes rapid screen captures. It works better that way

    PS: Hey, even movies are only 27 frames per second :rolleyes:
  4. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
  5. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Whilst it's mostly for games fraps might work to capture the movie on a PC.

    As noted above you have no hope of getting it to work the way you are talking about!
  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    There are $100-$300 Firewire boxes used to capture Digital/Analog video signals.

    You can use one of these to capture the PC video signal.

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