I've been doing this little hobby of mine, sharing vids of virtual babe feet, for the past couple of years. It would not have been possible without access to means of video capture, and fortunately all this time I've been using an Archos Personal Media Player with record function, and it has proven up to now easy to use, problem-free and adequate. However, the videos captured are at best only VGA quality- that's 640 x 480 resolution at 30 frames per second. It's fine for older games, but for hi-res games like Tekken 6, Virtua Fighter 5 and Soulcalibur IV a lot of fine detail is lost. The recently-released Super Streetfighter IV in particular looks pretty crappy (which is why I haven't posted much from it so far).
So with HD being the proper way of seeing video these days, I finally went and bit the bullet, acquiring a solution to capturing video from games in High Definition. I'm not one for complicated capture cards and more for actual devices; so I chose the Hauppage HD Personal Video Recorder. As far as I know, it's the most easy-to-use HD recording device available readily and at a pretty good price. Admittedly, it's not as plug-and-play easy as the Archos device was- a computer is actually required to be hooked to the PVR with software for recording, albeit the machine does most of the actual recording work. Reviews are good and this machine looks to be the tool of choice for capturing HD game footage for us armchair web video casters, particularly on Youtube.
As of this writing, my order has 'already shipped', though I am not totally sure when it will arrive- it could be by next week at the earliest. Till then, I'll continue updates as usual, though I think I should put big vid projects like the Soulcalibur IV Knockouts series on hold since I'll surely be re-doing all the FMN vids in HD once I have the Hauppage in place. But think of it... Tekken 6, SCIV, SSFIV and potentially VF5R (or Final Showdown?) in eye-catching, sole-exposing, foot-lovin' HD! I'm excited, and I hope you guys are too. Fingers crossed that the Spirits of Shipping smile on my package and bring it safely and speedily to my doorstep. Later then!
Billy William Batson
1 hour ago