Gamecap Capture Device
Capture Devices are pretty cheap, but they help to do a job that would otherwise be incredibly messy, or highly unprofessional (you know, pointing a camera at a device and using the cameras microphone to record any over the top commentary). With devices becoming more internet integrated these days though, capturing video has become so much easier.
But what about when you want to record a PS1 game… From say a PSP? Well, that’s a problem that I’ve run into recently, as I look to start making a series of videos playing through Final Fantasy IX. If that sounds like a series you’re interested in following me through, then stay tuned!
So, I needed a capture device… My PSP Go struggled with connecting to my network but I already had FFIX installed on the PSP Go. I ordered my capture device from eBay and when it arrived, it came in a relatively smart looking box. Interestingly, there’s no website for this Gamecap Capture Device, which is always a sure fire sign of a knock-off product.
Without sounding nasty about it, this is without a doubt a typical “Chinese knock-off” product, which I’ve had quite a few of in the past. From LEDs and cables, to devices and tools – These are sensibly cheap ways to get what you’re looking for. Sometimes you don’t get what you’d expect, so let’s open this box up and see what’s inside.
Oh. Well that’s not so bad!
As we can see, there’s an instruction manual. Inside the instruction manual there’s Chinese writing on the screenshots, although the instructions are written in pretty clear English. It explains how to wire the device up, quite well too. This is a positive. Let’s look through the rest of the box.
An installation CD, the device itself and some component cables, as well as a USB to Mini USB, not bad. Having gotten the device out, it seems like it’s labelled pretty well as to what goes where and what each port does. Useful to know and it looks very clean and tidy. It looks professional enough, so I’m happy with the quality of it. It does feel like a cheap plastic, but so long as you don’t throw it around a room with a rock hard floor, you should be fine with this device.
I have a PSP Go as previously mentioned, but I also have a PSP 2000 model. This is especially useful right now as although it has no games on it, I thought I’d see if I could get anything off of it with my Linux device. Sure enough: I could! A useful experiment so I can get on with making videos for my Final Fantasy IX playthrough. So much content, so much to do – But hey, at least it’s playing one of my all time favourite games.
Well, that’s all there is to this right now. I’d say for the £19.50 (including PnP) that I paid for this device, it’s pretty good. It works fine, but it does require some patience and a bit of reading to figure out how to make it truly work for you. All this device truly does is allow you to take input from the device and put it over to your computer. You do need another component cable that’ll connect to your device such as your PSP Go which has it’s own special component cables, but once you’ve got all the bits and bobs, you’re rolling.