How to Capture Gameplay from Xbox 360

By Mar 20,2017 19:48 pm

Want to share your best gaming videos with the your friends? With the use of your consoles or a capture card, you can record your favorite games with high definition. Here's the steps on how to record gameplay from Xbox 360.

Record Xbox 360 Gameplay Without Capture Card

Wanting to Capture gameplay from Xbox 360 is accessible without a capture card. In order to have the capabilities to stream or record using your Xbox consoles, you will need to gather the following supplies.

  • To start off with you will need the Xbox console with the game or content to stream.
  • For a connection to the tv and the capture device, you will need an HDMI splitter to send the HDMI signal.
  • Purchase a total of three HDMI cables for the setup of the splitter.
  • For the viewing or playing of the video game, a display or TV will be needed.
  • Epiphan's easiest to use external USB 3.0 video grabber which is AV.io HD.
  • The Open Broadcaster Software needs to be installed on the capture computer. Mac, Windows or Linux based computers will suffice.
  • Lastly, a network connection is needed for prime streaming.

Follow these step by step directions for capturing gameplay from Xbox 360.

Step 1.Begin by connecting your Xbox console to your TV using a splitter.

Make sure your console is set up properly and working correctly with your TV. Just as you would have set the console directly from the box, connect the power source along with the network cables. Where you would normally connect the HDMI cable from console to the TV, redirect the connecting point to the input port on the HDMI splitter. From there the second cable connection should go from one of the splitter output ports, the other end to the TV's HDMI input port.

Step 2.At this point of the procedure, connect the AV.io HD to both the HDMI splitter and the capturing computer. With no drivers to install, the AV.io HD is recognized immediately through the UVC/UAC drivers of the OS, once the connection is complete with the capturing computer.

  • With the third HDMI cable connect to another output port found on the HDMI splitter.
  • Take the other end of that cable and attach the HDMI to DVI adapter supplied with the AV.io HD.
  • Along with the adapter, connect to the DVI- I port located on the top of the AV.io HD.
  • The USB 3.0 cable supplied with the AV.io HD connect that cable to the bottom of the AV.io HD.
  • The other end of the USB cable needs to be connected to the port on the capturing computer.

Step 3.Make sure you have installed the software going to be used to capture gameplay from the console. During this step you will need to start the capturing software.

Step 4.We have reached the Configuration step of the capturing software (using the OBS as example software)

  • In the lower right side on the main OBS screen, Settings button, click on it. Should open up.
  • In the tabs area locate and select the video, on the left side.
  • Here is the area to configure the base resolution, if wanted; downscale and FPS setting.
  • The Encoding settings tab is where you want to switch to, make sure to click the yes to save completed work at this point.
  • Here you can set the encoding settings or leave it on default.
  • At this point you want to click the OK to save all your configurations.

Step 5.Adding the AV.io HD as a Global Resource in the software allows you to reuse the configurations set, for those who will use the same settings on a regular basis. Otherwise you will have to configure every time you want to use when added directly as a source. Follow these steps to utilize the Global Resource configuration.

  • Located in the bottom right corner, click the Global Sources and the screen will open.
  • Click on the add button and a drop down menu will appear. Follow down and click on the Video Capture Device, you will see a pop up box with a field to name your resource.
  • Name your resource and click OK, then the capture device selection screen opens.
  • Clicking on the drop down attached to the Device button located on the top of this opened screen. Select the AV.io HD Video.
  • Lastly click the OK.

Step 6.Almost to the finishing point, so lets add the AV.io HD to the default scene's source list.

  • Begin by right clicking on the Sources list area.
  • Locate the and select Add from the drop down, select the Global Source, select from that list of whatever source name you want to use.
  • You will see a pop up wanting you to name the source, use the default name and finally click OK. This is where your recording takes over.

Step 7.Seeing a preview of the capture. You have the ability to start your recording but take a look at the preview function to ensure all the steps you have taken to get to this point are working correctly. On the right bottom of the main screen is the Preview Stream button, click on it. The captured gameplay will open as a preview/capture window. You can visualize the capture rate along with the encoding bit rate in the bottom right corner.

Step 8.Finally, time to Record. Locate the Start Recording button and click on it. Shortly, the captured gameplay will show in the preview/capture screen and recording has begun. When you have finished simply click Stop Recording. The recorded file is saved within the location chosen in the Settings> Broadcast Settings page.

Record Xbox 360 Gameplay using a Capture Card

Wanting to Capture gameplay from Xbox One or Xbox 360 using the Elgato capture card HD. To make this happen you will need to have the recommended things before you begin.

1.Your game console along with the game or content to stream.

2.The Elgato Game Capture Card HD device.

3.The USB cable which is provided in the Elgato package.

4.A total of two HDMI cables to connect the devices.

How to record

With the use of the Elgato Game Capture Card HD device, follow these steps to complete the connections from the Xbox console to the capturing computer.

Step 1.Get your USB cable, locate the mini USB end, insert into the mini USB output port on the Elgato.

Step 2.Grab one of the HDMI cables and plug one end into the output port on the Elgato, located next to the mini USB port.

Step 3.Get the second HDMI cable and plug it into the input port on the Elgato located next to the AV input.

Step 4.Finally take the other end of that HDMI cable and plug into the back of the Xbox console the HDMI port.

Step 5.Locate the other end of the USB cable and plug it into the computer of choice.

Step 6.Go on the computer and make sure the Elgato Game Capture HD software is downloaded. This is where we begin setup for capture gameplay from the Xbox console.

  • Open the application to get started. The screen showing no signal has a Settings button, click on it.
  • The screen with have a selection heading topics to choose from, Click on the Capture button.
  • Select the Xbox console you are using as the input Device.
  • In the Input drop down, click on the HDMI. The Xbox console screen will pop up on the background.
  • Dependant upon your choice, select the standard or expanded option in the HDMI Color Range.
  • The next drop down menu give you the option to adjust the resolution accordingly.
  • Using the sliding scale for quality, slide it to the best option.
  • Make sure the box for the Preserve Source Format is checked while the one below, Stretch Standard Definition Input is not checked.
  • It is not recommended to change anything in the Picture, Audio or Profiles menu areas.
  • The last on the menu bar is Advanced. Here you can adjust to the TV compatibility to your specific TV. Which this should be done automatically.
  • Finally complete with the settings, click on the Ok button. Recording off of your Xbox console is now ready to begin.

At this point of the it is suggested to do a test preview. You can do this by clicking on the record button and you should see a live streaming of your console.

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