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Hi guys,

Need your help. First, wasn't quite sure which forum to ask this in so if it's the wrong one please feel free to move.

The objective -
My son wants to capture the action while he's playing his PS3 game, then edit it to make short video clips.

Other than a general idea that I need to capture the output from the PS3 on to the PC I'm afraid I know very little on how to do this.

I'm looking for solutions to
- capture the video from the PS3. He wants to capture High Def so assuming HDMI is out. Which means I need to buy the multi-av to component cable? And what is the best way to capture - a capture card or an HD PVR (something like Hauppauge 1212)?

- I'm assuming this device will be inserted between the PS3 and the TV since the TV has no video out.

- Similarly for audio, I'm guessing the optical will go from PS3 to device to receiver.

- Can I retain the HDMI connection to another input for my movies? Will the PS3 allow both outputs to be used albeit one at a time.

- So what is the best device for capture of video and audio?

- Do I need to buy software to edit the files or will an editor come with the device.

- Is it better to save files in a specific format i.e. is there an advantage to using a specific format over another.

- I'm assuming the device will connect to the pc via usb. Does it need to be connected while recording as well or just for transferring the files to the pc.

I'm sure I haven't asked all the questions and there may be more later but there is so little I know about this topic that I feel a little lost not knowing where to start.

I have a laptop with Win 7 installed (in case it helps).

Thanks very much for any help you can give me.

ps. Oh, I don't want to spend too much on this - may be 200 or 300.
 

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The Hauppauge arrived today from NCIX. It was quick shipment and the packaging was excellent.

Installed the software and drivers and checked the website and found and installed an updated driver (son did it all with a little direction from me - which means it was really simple to do).

Still waiting for the cables which were ordered from m/price.

Hopefully, by next week, we'll be able to set it up and test it out.
 

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The cables arrived and we hooked it all up. The colors were off and we found the ps3 multi-av cable was defective (which makes it a hassle to return if bought online from the US). Ended up spending for another cable at EB Games.

Everything works except 5.1 audio. Not sure if there's something in the Hauppauge that needs to be set but it insists on sending 2-ch to the output.

It looks like it is using the red/white input (and not the optical input) and outputting the stereo signal to the optical out (which is the only audio connection to the amp).

I tested this by removing the red/white input to the hauppauge and the audio stopped. I've got the ps3 set to output to optical and also tested it by connecting it directly to the amp and getting 5.1.

But to get audio 'thru' the hauppauge I had to set the ps3 to output both (which also tells me the hauppauge is only recognizing the red/white).

So it looks like there's more work needed to make the hauppauge use the optical in.

Other than that, the video capture and editing works.
 

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Gave up on 5.1 optical 'thru' the Hauppauge. Now I have the optical going straight to the AVR while the Hauppauge only has the red/white. That way while any recording is in stereo at least we can enjoy 5.1 while gaming or watching movies.

I've been trying to program my Atlas 5-device (that comes with Rogers box) to switch the Hauppauge on/off but the code in the manual doesn't work.

Has anyone been able to program the Atlas and know the code.
 
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