Capture Card for on PC gaming

Discussion in 'Wii - Hardware, Devices and Utilities' started by Ryutso, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. Ryutso

    Ryutso Member

    Jan 3, 2009
    United States
    Okay so every year, my robotics team and I take trips to regionals and the finals and whatnot. Usually, we check into a hotel room that doesn't provide composite inputs for the Wii, so one year we tried and RF modulator.

    That didn't work at all, because the hotel doesn't actually let you change the TV to channel 3 or 4. So I saw this capture card, that had a USB stick for my laptop and composite inputs for my Wii! [​IMG]

    However, I'm slightly confused as to which one to buy. So I'm looking for personal preferences for Capture Cards and hopefully links.
  2. Dees_Troy

    Dees_Troy Newbie

    Dec 31, 2009
    United States
    Most of the time you'll have difficulty with any capture card or TV tuner and a computer. Usually whatever software is used will buffer some of the video stream to the hard drive to enable some of the DVR-type functions. In doing so, you'll get about a 2 second delay in the video making it wholly useless for gaming.

    Even if you find software that does not do any buffering, the process of encoding the analog stream to MPEG2 and then decoding it for display will introduce enough of a delay or lag that will make playing most games very difficult. If you can't use the hotel's TV, then your best bet is to pack your own LCD TV.
  3. GameDragon

    GameDragon Mugiwara RAWR!

    Dec 4, 2005
    United States
    New York
    A capture card isn't what you want. Dees_Troy is right, you'd get a couple seconds of lag with that.

    What you need is a VGA box. That will allow you to use any composite or component console directly on your monitor or laptop.
  4. PsyBlade

    PsyBlade Snake Charmer

    Jul 30, 2009
    Gambia, The
    Sol III
    While I always liked the idea I have never seen a laptop with a VGA (or DVI) input.
  5. Cermage

    Cermage GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Dec 2, 2007
    ezcap is the easiest solution. i have one, provides okay video quality, okay sound quality if you have the right drivers. the only lag i notice is some sound, and its quite rare. i have one hooked up to a ps2, wii and 360. shame it can't display 720p. otherwise i've been pretty happy with it for about half a year now. i've got a 116 but dc60+ seems to be your best bet now. good thing its all usb as well.
  6. OSW

    OSW Wii King

    Former Staff
    Oct 30, 2006
    The ezcap dc60 works fine, but the quality is much better with the dc60+ and higher range models. I haven't actually tested with Wii but it works with my ps1, although the s-video only does black and white....