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Capturing VGA using a component breakout cable

by Crashdance22 / November 2, 2009 12:07 AM PST

I have 2 computers, one running Windows XP and one running Windows 98. I want to capture video from the Windows 98 machine by splitting the VGA output into component RGB connections, then routing that signal to a capture card in the XP machine. Are there any precautions I need to take to ensure that any hardware doesn't get damaged? Such as resolution changes and recommended refresh rate? I wish I could use a screen recorder for this, but Windows 98 can't run on the hardware of my XP machine and my Win98 machine isn't fast enough to record the screen.

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This will be costly.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 2, 2009 12:16 AM PST
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Getting Intensity Pro
by Crashdance22 / November 2, 2009 12:36 AM PST
In reply to: This will be costly.

I'm planning on getting a Blackmagic Intensity Pro, which runs for only $200. It can record HDMI, component, composite, and s-video. So it's pretty top of the line for a very low price. I'm just wondering if using a VGA>RGB component will work.

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May not work
by Crashdance22 / November 2, 2009 12:47 AM PST
In reply to: Getting Intensity Pro

I read on a few sites that the signal type of VGA is different than a component signal, although they can both be sent through RGB RCA cables. This confused me at first, as I assumed that both signal types were interchangeable. I considered your input R. Proffitt, I just needed some clarification.

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VGA is not any of those signals.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 2, 2009 1:54 AM PST
In reply to: Getting Intensity Pro

While we can "pipe" the VGA signals over said cables that doesn't make it a component RGB signal or any you listed.

Tell more. Maybe what you are doing can be done with some TV OUT card on the old PC? Why must it be VGA?

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Hi-res gaming
by Crashdance22 / November 2, 2009 6:11 AM PST

Well, I'm wanting to record some old game footage from a laptop running Windows 98 using a video output. The system has both a VGA and S-video output. I could use S-video just fine, but I was wanting to see if I could also use VGA for games than can run in resolutions higher than 640x480.

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Ok, let's forget all the capure hardware.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 2, 2009 10:32 AM PST
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S-video will work
by Crashdance22 / November 2, 2009 8:33 PM PST

Well like I said, I'll just use S-video since VGA and RGB aren't the same. I tried VMWare and Virtual PC, but neither support full 3D hardware acceleration, which is needed to run 3D games.

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