I'd like to be able to capture video of me playing games on my PS3, especially when earning difficult trophies, or getting past tricky levels so I can share my techniques/tricks with others.

Obviously, I could just point a camera at the screen, but the quality of the capture is extremely poor and would take up physical space in the area where I normally sit to play.

What's the best way to capture that so I can post it to YouTube, Vimeo, etc?

Can I use Mac OS X? Windows? What hardware do I need? Software?

  • Possible duplicate - gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/13705/… - most (if not all) of the solutions for one console will work on the others.
    – ChrisF
    Jan 1, 2011 at 17:21
  • I thought they would be different because they use different outputs, i.e. HDMI vs. component vs. composite. Plus, I'm looking for specific, not generic, advice. Jan 1, 2011 at 17:27
  • @ChrisF agreed, unless maybe there's some way to capture from HDMI output which would allow a better quality than the methods that apply for the Wii. (edit: sorry, wrote this before I saw the comment from splattered bits)
    – bummzack
    Jan 1, 2011 at 17:27
  • in that case ask a specific question about capturing from HDMI which would apply to both PS3 and Xbox 360
    – ChrisF
    Jan 1, 2011 at 17:29

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I'm not certain whether Sony activates HDCP on their HDMI during gameplay. There are HDMI capture cards, but HDCP would throw a brick in your ability to capture HDMI. A much more sure way to capture HD would be to use a component cable and a Hauppauge HDPVR hooked to your PC.

  • And to think I received flack for choosing component over HDMI... lol
    – Aeo
    Jan 4, 2011 at 13:18
  • The HDCP is only activated when watching movies or using applications like Netflix. At least that's how it is on the Xbox 360.
    – user7268
    Aug 14, 2011 at 12:22

You know, the way I used to do it was to output the video through a DVD recorder with a HDD and then record the session, and then transfer the recording to my laptop to further edit or just upload. If you already have a DVD recorder or similar device, this seems to be the simplest thing I can think of.

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