You have to use specific VGA resolutions with those VGA to component boxes to get 720p or 1080i component video output to feed the HD-PVR. They probably do not match your monitor's native resolution either, but might look a little better. Plus, I guess you like the capture results you saw on YouTube, otherwise you would have rejected that solution.
Try to find the Sabrent VGA to component converter in the tutorial if you can. I don't think VGA to component converters are all the same. If the Sabrent model is no longer available, you will have to look for one with similar specs.
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Last edited by usually_quiet; 16th Apr 2012 at 22:48. Reason: readability
Look here for more: http://hd.engadget.com/2006/09/21/xbox-360-hd-dvd-playback-maximum-1080i-via-component-1080p-vga/
Fair enough. If it changes anything at all, the specs of my monitor are... 2ms, 80000:1, 16:9
I presume you understand what each of those means. :P
To review his set up, the OP will use a laptop to record, and a monitor plus headphones to play the game. He does not have a TV. His situation is much more difficult than average.
It's an ACER H223H E I believe. Only it's 2ms, the ones I googled for just now all seem to be 5ms. Maybe I have a slightly different version.
[Edit]Sorry, but it is getting late. I have to quit for the evening.
No problem! I actually found the box and checked and yes, it is 1920x1080. Does this change anything or should I still go for the VGA, do you think?
1280x1024 is closer to 1920x1080 than 1280x720. 1280x1024 would look a bit less fuzzy on a 1920x1080 LCD monitor.
I think the captured video in the tutorial was recorded from 720p60 component input. On the HD-PVR side, the VGA to component converter box in the YouTube video would give you 720p60, but the converted video is going to be less sharp than if you could use component input directly from the XBox 360.
Looking at specs, it appears some other VGA to component converter boxes recommend a different VGA resolution to convert to 720p output than the tutorial recommended. The model I linked to as an example of a component to VGA converter probably accepts 1280x1024 at 60 Hz for 720p output as shown in the tutorial, but the maker recommends 1024x768 for 720p60 output.
The Sabrent VGA to component converter is discontinued, and I cannot find a manual or product page for it at the manufacturer's website to look at the specs. I guess you will have no choice but to buy something else and hope for the best.
Last edited by usually_quiet; 17th Apr 2012 at 14:51.
So what are the specifics that I'm looking for when I get this VGA to component converter, would you say?
You should try to use your headphones with the HD-PVR's stereo audio pass-through if possible. This will provide a stronger audio signal to the HD-PVR. The stereo audio output from the XBox 360 will be spilt if you piggy back the stereo audio leads to the VGA to component converter box on the headphone's red and white jacks.
Would I be correct in thinking that these
It appears that Amazon UK doesn't have VGA to component converters for sale, and Maplins didn't have any. I do not know UK e-tailers and have no idea where else you can look for one of the converters you need close to home. 720p60 will work very well for what you want to do, but 720p60 is not the preferred 720p format in former PAL countries. Former NTSC countries use 720p60, so VGA to component converters are a little easier to find on this side of the Atlantic.
These two ebay sellers from Hong Kong are the only good match so far.
Ok no problem. I just wanted to check first because those two are quite expensive so wanted to be sure I couldn't get something that would do the same, or similar, for a lot cheaper!
I've managed to find a Hauppauge HD-PVR Gaming Edition on a UK classified ads website, for £73 and it's still in warranty. On eBay the gaming editions go for easily £150+ and even the standard models go for £90+.
I shouldn't need anything else, right? The HD-PVR comes with the component cables and the VGA connection and I won't need an audio lead if I use the headphones, right?
You will have to plug your headphones into the HD-PVR's stereo audio pass-through because the XBox 360 VGA cable plugs into the console A/V port.
It is too bad you need an expensive converter to accomodate your monitor while recording. An XBox 360 VGA A/V cable is not inexpensive either. We have gone over the alternatives, but I can't come up with anything better.
You can always wait to buy a converter box and use use Xbox 360 Component Video cable and the regular component A/V cable for recording component video directly when you have a TV available during the summer. At that point you can experiment with recording resolutions other than 720p. Maybe you can borrow a TV from a buddy to run tests at school so you can be sure the HD-PVR works.
Last edited by usually_quiet; 17th Apr 2012 at 23:44.
This is the second best configuration I could come up with. Test your monitor with HDMI 720p video output from your console before comitting.
Some users like this for connecting a monitor with their console's component video output
You have cables that should work. These are the connections to be made.
1. XBox 360 to HD-PVR component video and stereo audio inputs with XBox 360 component A/V cable
2. HD-PVR component video passthrough to KanaaN Component Converter video input with regular component A/V cable
3. HD-PVR stereo audio passthrough to headphones
4. KanaaN Component Converter Video HDMI out to monitor with XBox HDMI cable
This looks like the same thing at a lower price
Last edited by usually_quiet; 18th Apr 2012 at 00:37.
How would that second configuration differ from the first?
Also, I don't know if it's possible, but since I'll be using my headset... Will it be possible at all to actually record my voice while I'm actually playing and recording? Or will this need something extra or something completely different? Just wondering.
Edit - I actually found this auction
He seems to be selling that exact converter you linked lastly in your previous post. In which case it may make sense for me to make a bid if it stays under the price that buying both separate would cost me. But yes, how would it differ?
Last edited by giggsidan; 18th Apr 2012 at 11:05.
The head phone audio connects to the HD-PVR stereo audio pass-through, but the microphone plugs into your XBox 360 controller. You might need an extension cable to supply audio to the headphones or an extension cable for the microphone because of distance or comfort. You won't know for certain until you start to set up your equipment.
Yes I just bought the gaming edition now. Cost me £84 which isn't bad I must say. I think I will get the first option you described, if you say it'll give me better quality. The difference in the second option compared to the first is only a measly £10 or so after all.
So I shall buy this - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PC-Laptop-VGA-TV-RGB-Component-YPbPr-Video-Converter-Apapter...#ht_6107wt_995
since it seems the same as the other one and it's £2 cheaper....
And this is the VGA cable I'll need to buy, right?
The cable looks like the right item. I don't know if the official Microsoft cables are made any better. Maybe they just cost cost more. My nephews have an XBox 360, but they use HDMI with a TV, so I can't ask their opinion.
In my experience you usually just pay for the name on the cable. Well I've ordered everything. Came to about £130 which isn't too bad considering the HD-PVR gaming edition alone usually costs around that or even more.
The cable and PVR should be here in a couple of days. The wait for the converter will be annoying but nevermind! I just have to pray that everything will work now!
[Edit]One thing i just thought of... The VGA to component converter didn't appear to have any openings for ventilation. Until you know how hot it gets when being used, be cautious. Don't leave it plugged in when you are not using it and watch out for over-heating during long recording sessions.
Last edited by usually_quiet; 18th Apr 2012 at 18:56.
Alright thanks for that. Are they the kind of thing which usually gets very hot while being used?
EDIT - That VGA cable I linked... Obviously one end of that will go into my Xbox, and this is usually the bit which my headset cable goes into as I linked earlier. How will my headset work without it?
Look at the connections on the HD-PVR at Hauppauge's UK website. The HD-PVR has a component video output and a stereo audio output (the "pass-through" connections from the HD-PVR's internal splitter). You would connect the headphone's audio input jacks to the HD-PVR's stereo audio output. The microphone jack would connect to the controller as usual. You won't use the adapter for your headset that normally goes on the console AV outputs. The VGA cable has to go there.
Hmm how would that be better? :P
I've been looking around and still waiting to buy the HD-PVR. I bought the converter thing, though.
You could avoid the series of adapters by using HDMI input into that and then passthrough output into the monitor. Plus it records 1080p, while the Hauppauge is limited to 1080i.
Fair enough. I'll probably stick with the HD-PVR, though like I said I've yet to buy it. You mentioned getting the gaming edition... The differences were that the gaming edition had a component cable and slightly different software, correct? I'm wondering whether to go for the normal edition if I can get a component cable myself. Would the software be that much of a help? I already have Sony Vegas. It's roughly an extra £50 for the gaming edition, see.