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Recording Console Gameplay and Uploading It to YouTube: Part 1

May 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 148

If you are an avid console gamer, it is likely that you have searched on YouTube for hints or tips on how to beat that difficult boss, improve your online multiplayer skills or find that elusive special item or "easter egg", among other things. You may have also wondered how some of the better quality submissions have been put together.

Some of the videos that have been submitted have been recorded using a camcorder, or worse, a video camera built into a mobile phone / cellphone, and the poor quality of the upload is not only obvious but often derided by other users. This guide goes through how to record and upload high quality gameplay videos, including high definition, also called HD, for those consoles that provide an HD output.

The first piece of equipment you will need is a device to capture the console's audio and video output. There are two main options for recording the output; first is a capture card, such as a Dazzle, and second is an HD PVR or high definition personal video recorder, such as a Hauppauge. Choosing your device is simply a matter of choosing between low cost and high quality. The capture card can only record in standard definition or SD, however is by far the lower cost option running at around £60-£70 in the UK. The HD PVR, which can record in HD is substantially more expensive retailing at anything up to £200. Prices will vary in different countries, and I have found that this type of item tends to run at a lower cost in the US than here in the UK.

Next, you will need a set of cables to run between your console, your recording device and your TV or monitor. The cables you will need will depend on the device you have chosen. If you choose to go with a capture card option, the only input it will accept is composite video and stereo audio, that is the yellow, white and red cables that will often be supplied with your console. You will then need three splitters, with two female inputs and one male output; the output end goes into the capture card with the input ends running from the card to your console and TV. Be sure to match up the colours of the cables and sockets before putting the splitters in. You will then need a second set of three composite AV cables to run to your TV; these are often provided but tend to be be inexpensive if not.

In the next part of the guide, I shall discuss connecting up an HD PVR and setting up your PC.

Tim R Taylor is a gaming enthusiast and recent addition to the YouTube gaming community who is willing to share some of his Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer hints and tips to gamers throughout the world. If you would like some Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer tips, then visit MW3 Online Guide for a guide to the different weapons and equipment found on Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer.

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