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Dominic Breakey
How record video game footage using component cables?
on Jan 20, 2011 at 6:06:05 pm

I'm using the Blackmagic Intensity Pro capture card and I'm just wondering how to record Xbox 360 and PS3 footage with component cables?
Thanks to anyone that helps out.


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Sam Cole
Re: How record video game footage using component cables?
on Jan 20, 2011 at 11:03:27 pm

We do this often with PS 3. Unfortunately not all games are 1920 x 1080.
So we use an Extron HD scan converter to get it up to component 1080HD and then feed it into a Blackmagic Multibridge to convert it to HDSDI and embed the analog audio out of the PS3. Then we can record it onto tape etc.

But for an Intensity you will need a component to HDMI adaptor.

Sam Cole
On line Mastering Facility
FCP, Avid, Adobe
Sydney, Australia


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Lachlan Jadezak
Re: How record video game footage using component cables?
on Jan 22, 2011 at 12:51:58 pm

I currently have mine set up for Playstation 3 capture, I'll give you all my settings. Oh and I'm running the 3.4 drivers, I hear they are the most stable.

Starting with the Blackmagic control panel:

Set ouput - HDMI & Y,R-Y,B-Y

Set input - Y,R-Y,B-Y video & analog RCA audio

setup in NTSC - 7.5 IRE

remove field jitter when video is paused - ticked

last two off and off


In blackmagic media express (v1)

Edit > Preferences

Video Format - HD 720p 59.94

Compression Type - compressed Motion JPEG (if you're running a RAID set up and have space, then you can go uncompressed)

Capture Location/Filename - whatever you want

playback settings - irrelevant, mines unticked anyway.

On the PS3 you want to make sure you got video output on component, and have the highest resolution at 720p, any higher/lower and it won't display

audio output is the red/white cables.

For xbox you can use a HDMI cable, but I believe the settings would be the same.


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Lachlan Jadezak
Re: How record video game footage using component cables?
on Jan 22, 2011 at 12:54:20 pm

Oh and sorry for the double post, but I have component cables going out of the PS3, into the DVI breakout cable on the Intensity Pro, and then HDMI out of the intensity into my monitor.


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