Footage I recorded with the set-up detailed below:
For an explanation of why we need a third party converter for this set up (item 6 below), see this post.
OK, you will need:
- PlayStation 1 (or a PS2, it doesn’t matter)
- PlayStation 1 game
- Telly with HDMI input (see photos below)
- Elgato Game Capture HD
- A laptop or conveniently located computer
- A composite to HDMI converter (see step 3) – this is an extra purchase and does not come with the Game Capture. You may not need this if you have an older TV. To find out, follow the PS2 setup instructions. If you get no picture on the TV with a PS1 (or with PS1 games on your PS2), it is likely that your TV doesn’t support the lower PS1 game resolution over HDMI.
Before you begin, connect your PlayStation 1 directly to your telly, pop your game in and make sure it all works together.
Ours didn’t the first time we tried it, and we ended up performing minor surgery to coax it back to life:
OK, so once you’re happy it’s all working as it should, and your game is appearing on-screen, it’s time to link in the Game Capture.
First of all you need to connect the HDMI cable (supplied with the Game Capture) from an HDMI slot on your telly to the “HDMI out” slot on your Game Capture.
Next you will probably need to acquire a composite to HDMI converter (why).
We bought ours on
Amazon for around £27. That particular one is no longer available. You can try this AV2HDMI converter, which looks to be the equivalent (although I haven’t personally used it), and has power included.
Some of them come with US plugs, or no plug, so read the spec carefully. And make sure you buy composite to HDMI (AV2HDMI) and not HDMI to composite (HDMI2AV). They look very similar.
Connect a second HDMI lead from the Game Capture “HDMI In” to the AV2HDMI:
Then, plug in the USB power for the AV2HDMI and connect your standard PlayStation 1 lead to the AV2HDMI.
The final order should be:
TV —-<HDMI>—- Game Capture —-<HDMI>—- AV2HDMI —-<Composite>— PlayStation
Connect the USB cable (supplied with Game Capture) from the USB port on the Game Capture to a standard USB port on your laptop/computer.
www.gamecapture.com/download and download and install the Game Capture HD Software.
Set up the software with the correct settings.
Input Device: Other
Profile: HD 1080
Leave everything else unchanged.
Finally, make sure you switch the AV on the television to the correct HDMI port, or you won’t see anything on your TV.
Ta da! You should see output on both your TV and your laptop.
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