How to capture video

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The goal of this page is to help describe different methods of capturing video to some kind of medium. If you see something that isn't on here, feel free to add it! Initial info is from this post on the scanlines forum.

Stand-alone

Sometimes you don't want to have a computer involved while recording.

VHS

VHS wikipedia

  • Takes composite input
  • Machines are currently pretty much free to get started with
  • Records to VHS tapes
  • Tapes are cheap

S-VHS

S-VHS wikipedia

Rescan

The art of pointing a camera at a screen

First rescan tests

  • This is a playlist trying out rescanning at different resolutions (480,720,1080,4k)

4k Rescan playlist

this video discusses some of the points you’ll need to address when rescanning a CRT

  • Things of Note – set camera to 1/60 (NTSC) / 1/50 (PAL) shutter speed – turn off lights in room and/or utilize/make a monitor hood – adjust back light on monitor if possible otherwise adjust brightness/iso until a desirable image is found. – on my camera in a dark room an iso of 100/200 is necessary for rescanning

Cameras used for rescan:

I’m using a mevo plus (only because the place I work for bought one and it isn’t getting used currently) I would not really recommend this camera unless you understand how it works as it is weird… that being said a newer version has been released so this version is fairly cheap on ebay now.

Black Magic hyperdeck shuttle 2

Black magic hyperdeck shuttle 2

Details:

In order to get a useable input into the hyperdeck shuttle from the LZX visual cortex component output use the Extron 300a to get the video into the YUV colorspace.

AV > microSD

Composite to microSD

Computer

computer based recording is sometimes a great answer

Black magic intensity shuttle

Black magic intensity shuttle

with the intensity shuttle you can get a ton of different formats and resolutions into your computer once you have it in the computer you’ve got to figure out where to go from there

Setup:

BMD driver and app download then search for the intensity shuttle and look for the correct “desktop video xx.x” download for your machine. If you are using an older mac I had to go back to like 10.7. The problem may have been fixed since then but I haven’t tried another download since it works. Make sure to set up your shuttle to be looking for the right resolution at the correct input or else you may feel like the thing doesn’t work. On a mac you go to system preferences > Black magic desktop video > intensity shuttle set things for whatever you are trying to capture

HDMI > USB

HDMI to USB

  • shows up in OBS as “USB Camera”

AV > USB

AV > USB