Record Your PS3

Take a look at the below video that I recorded with the Roxio card.

* Remember that youtube lowers the quality to any uploaded video. But set the youtube settings to 720p and you will see it as best as it gets for youtube.

Comparison of The Most Popular Cards

View the chart below to get a summary of each card, but scroll down the page to see more details on the individual cards.


Dazzle Plus Roxio Game Capture Roxio Game HD Pro
Video Editing Software check check check
Export Direct To Youtube check check check
HD Recording xbox check check
Pass Thru Device x check check
Play In HD While You Record x check check
Add Voice Overs & Text Overs x check check
Voice Over While Live Streaming x x check
Slow Motion & Fast Forward Effects x x check
Video Connections RCA & S-video HD Component Cables HDMI & HD Component
Audio Connections Stereo Stereo Stereo & HDMI
Highest Recording Resolution 480 (NON-HD) 720p HD 1080 60i/1080 30p HD

dazzle roxio roxio


Video Recorded With My Roxio Game Capture (Not the Game HD Pro)

The two videos above were recorded with two different Roxio Cards. To learn more about Roxio, Or to check current pricing, visit their site here => Roxio Site.

TIP: Remember to set the youtube settings above to 720p so that you can view the videos in HD.

If you want to record your playstation games, edit your videos, and then post them to the internet (YouTube, etc), then you will need a Capture Card. Below are the three most popular choices:

You have seen the comparison chart, and the videos above, now let me breifly talk about each one to further help you see which card is best for you and your budget.

Which Capture Card Should You Get?

Which one should you get? It depends… I’ll break each one down for you:

Dazzle Capture Card

Dazzle Capture CardThe Dazzle is cool and the least expensive out of the three, but it does NOT record in HD. It only has rca type connections (red, white, & yellow) and an S-video connection. None of those will give you 720p HD quality. You will only get a maximum of 480 SD (Standard Definition) from the Dazzle card. You will also need to buy rca signal splitters and rca cables so that you can split the signal allowing you to play on your TV while you record the gameplay to your computer. My opinion is that the dazzle recordings are blurry and hard to read any text on the screen. However, many videos that I see online are low quality 480p vids, so if this is no concern for you (or you are on a tight budget) then you should get the Dazzle card.

Roxio Capture Card

Roxio Card - My Favorite ChoiceThe Roxio card is my favorite card and the one we keep plugged in at home. It records in 720p HD quality (as you can see by the videos that I have posted to this site [make sure you set the youtube settings to 720p]). YouTube lowers the quality a bit, but I have a tip that I will share later in the article. The price is mid range between the Dazzle and Hauppauge. The Roxio card is a Pass-thru card and therefore you can simultaneously play & record in HD. The Roxio card comes with its own editing software which is basically like a multi track recorder. You can add voiceovers, text overs, combine and crop videos, etc. This card is my favorite as it is medium priced but yet delivers true HD quality videos, and I love the recording/editing software. Learn more here: Roxio Game Capture

Roxio Game HD Pro!

Game HD Pro CardPrior to this card coming out, my favorite was the Roxio Game Capture (above), and if you are on a budget it is still a great card. However, I really love this card. The video quality is superb; The card uses component cables and HDMI; Live Streaming; And the software has major improvements and the ability to do voice-overs as it streams live to a website/channel. Another great feature is the slow motion and fast motion effect. This card has it all. One important thing you need to know about HDMI capture cards… Sony PS3 can ONLY support Component out for capture. HDMI video out is protected. That is not an issue with the capture cards, that protection is built directly into the HDMI port of the PS3. However, you can connect the PS3 to the card using HD Component cables, and then connect the card to the TV using component or HDMI cables. You can not tell the difference between videos recorded using 1080 HDMI cables or 720p component cables. Both are HD. And for the few people who must have super abilities and say they can see a difference, most PS3 games are only 720p anyway. I love this card – Check it out here => Roxio Game HD Pro.

Roxio Ease of use:

I used the first Roxio Game Capture card and did the Youtube video below about 5 minutes after I opened the box. It was just that easy to setup. If you plan to record xbox or PS3, or even wii, Then it’s pretty much your best bet as far as price and quality. When watching the video, remember to set the youtube settings to 720p so that you can watch the gameplay in HD.

FYI: The below video is recorded with the Roxio Card.

How To Record Your Games

Recording your gamesOK so let me explain how to record videos using the Roxio Game Capture… Ready? Just launch the included software, press record, and when you’re finished press ‘stop’, edit the video, then upload directly to YouTube. That’s it.. lol. Simple right? Yep.

I initially went with the Roxio product because I had already been using Roxios DVD Creator and I think it’s a solid product, therefore I assume they make solid products. And I was not let down at all. The Roxio card is a great card and easy to use. It comes with it’s own game capture software which is pretty straight forward. It allows you to:

  • set hot keys for record and stop
  • edit and splice your videos
  • create snapshots from your videos
  • add text, voiceovers and even webcam commentary to your videos
  • merge multiple videos together
  • export your videos straight to youTube


The Roxio Game Capture package comes with the capture card, video editing software, and connection cables. Just connect the box, install the software, and you’re ready to go.

record-xbox-ps3-and-wiiIt literally only took me 3 minutes to set this up and start recording my game. It came with all of the cables except for the PS3 component cable. Most people already have this cable, but I was using hdmi for my normal play, so I just ended up taking the component cable from my old PS2 console. Yes the PS3 can use the PS2 component cable, Thankfully. : )

Take the PS3 component cable and connect it to the ‘Component Video In’ on the capture card. Then use the supplied component cables to connect the capture card to your TV. Then connect your laptop to the capture card with the supplied USB cable.

If that all sounds confusing, well take a look at the diagram below – maybe that will clear it up a bit. PS3, Capture Card, TV, and Laptop. : )

ready to record your games

Well that’s it… If you want to record any game that you play on any console, and create high quality videos then you know my recomendation… Either one of the Roxio cards…

47 Responses to “Record Your PS3”

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  1. slam420 says:

    the video quality does look good. I have a question. were you able to play the game on the television while u record with no lag?

    • shane says:

      hey whats up. yeah I’m still able to play in HD because its connected with component cables. and no there is no lag. this capture card is like a splitter or a passthrough. It takes your signal from ps3 and sends it to the computer but at the same time it still sends the HD signal to your television.

  2. ps3 freak says:

    off topic, but is that offline campaign mode for socom 4? the quality is really good by the way

  3. Blenda says:

    I’m trying to help my son, set up and purchase the right equipment to capture his gameplay.

    Is there an option so that we don’t have to connect the PS3 to the computer, and TV? Our desktop is far away from his PS3.

    My husband is deployed or he would be doing this, as this is not my department. Best Buy suggested dazzle, the software your suggesting looks like it is made for gamers.

    Thanks for your help!

    • shane says:

      Hi, I dont know of any way to record PS3 gameplay without a computer… I doubt that PS3 can record itself while simultaneously playing a game… Dazzle is OK, but the Roxio game capture is the best by far in my opinion. The quality is insane (as you can see in the video I posted)… :) Well good luck whichever you choose :) and thanks for commenting.

  4. Blenda says:

    My email was wrong for the above post.

  5. shane says:

    FYI: Dont keep the capture card too close to the back of TV, it creates noise (static feedback) in the recorded video. I had recently just velcro’d the box to the back of my TV trying to make things nice and neat.. but once I did that, my recorded video was distorted. Im assuming feedback, because once I moved the box further from the TV, the picture was perfect again.

  6. Jeff says:

    hey shane, what video editing program do you use? do you use the one provided by roxio or a different program? id like to know your rendering settings to upload video on youtube/facebook in 720hd.

    • shane says:

      Hey Jeff, I use the software that came with Roxio. I just go into Output and select “Share with YouTube”. The only time you need to set settings is at the beginning of your capture. But I honestly think it was set to the correct settings by default… Mine says: DIVX, and the TV standard says: NTSC_M

  7. Josh says:

    hey i was just looking at the roxio and was wondering does the component cable need green/blue/red?

    • shane says:

      Yes the component cable is the one that has green/blue/red markings on it. it should also have a red and white for audio.

  8. CoDaDdIcT says:

    What do i do if my ps3 and computer are about 20 meters away and i cant move either one plz reply plz plz :)

  9. BP Mom says:

    Thanks for the review. I bought the roxio video capture card. you’re right easy setup but i still referenced your site during setup because you did extreme details! haha. by the way good title for your blog. very direct to the point

  10. Hey, I just got my Roxio today and I noticed the games I play go up to 720p and with the hdmi it looked perfect but now with the components the xmb looks 1080I…is there ANY waay to watch with hdmi and still record with roxio game cap? Email please

    • shane says:

      Hey whats up Jose. I’m not sure if the PS3 allows for simultaneous video out, but I think it does. I know I have the PS3 hdmi going into my TV, and I also have PS3 optics going into my surround sound amp, and I play sound through TV and Surround sound amp simultaneously. But im not sure if PS3 allows hdmi and component to both play video simultaneously. Since the HD TVs have so many connections, I just leave both connected (HDMI and Component). I normally play using hdmi, but when Im ready to record something I just switch TV input to component and play using component while recording.
      FYI – If your video looks blurry, Move the video game capture card box away from your TV. Sounds weird, but its true. When I have the box too close to my TV, it causes feedback static or something. :-)

  11. GamerWiz says:

    Will i be able to add voice to the videos i record?

  12. Andrew says:

    Will it capture audio as well?

  13. TheYoutuber says:

    So can u have the hdmi in while u are recording or do u have to take it out

    • shane says:

      Are you talking about the Roxio or Dazzle? If you are talkig about Roxio, Yes you can leave your hdmi cable plugged in (I do) and you just go to PS3 settings to set display to component (to use roxio), you will be playing the game via the component cable that is coming out of the Roxio Game capture card and going into your HD TV component Inputs (there is no delay or latency at all. it is a direct thru-put). Component is HD, Some people get that mixed up with RCA, but totally a different cable. using a Component cable allows you to record and play in HD. Basically what i do, is I hook my PS3 up to my TV both ways.. (1) PS3 hdmi direct to TV hdmi, and (2) PS3 component direct to Roxio Game Capture, and then from the Game Capture it has Component cable direct to TV component input… So then when you first turn your TV on, you select the input right then (hdmi if you do not plan to record anything) or component (if you do plan to record). very simple to switch back & forth. Let me know if I confused you.. I’ll try to write more clearly. :)

  14. ehardbeck says:

    hey i want to record video game walkthroughs with commentary. Does the Roxio device let you make commentary while you are playing instead of adding commentary after the video is made

    • shane says:

      No it doesn’t. game capture cards are connected directly to the HD outputs of the PS3 (or other game system), so you are recording the game, and have to add commenting afterwards. That would be a pretty cool feature though to allow a mic input into a capture box or have the PC simultaneously use PC mic. but so far, I havent seen a card that does this

  15. John says:

    I have a question how can i see the tv of the gamplay while im playing because when i click on capture it just shows it on the computer but no picture on the tv although i can hear the audio Help plz

    • shane says:

      Which capture card did you get? If you have the Roxio Game Capture, then just look at the diagram I posted on this blog. It shows you a nice pic of how it should look. Just plug the component cable (5 wires) from the card into your TV and make sure you select the right input on your TV. that’s it :) (FYI: Make sure you’re not using RCA – You must use Component)

  16. Sandbaggervance says:

    Hi Shane. I just got my roxio and hooked it up earlier today, and I have one question/issue. When I play using the roxio and component cables, the image on my tv is slightly darker, and fuzzier and just not as crisp as I’m used to. Is this the normal result of passing through the Roxio? Or is there a setting I’ve overlooked(messing with the settings on the tv had little or no effect). Or would different component cables going from the game cap to the tv change the image on the tv? I can live with the slightly degraded signal as I’ll usually use hdmi except when I want to capture, but I thought I would ask someone who is educated on this product.

    • shane says:

      Hey how are u. The image on your TV should not be fuzzy at all. Make sure you do not have the roxio card near the TV. I initially velcro’d my game capture card onto the back of the TV but it caused lines to be on the screen. Once I moved the capture card away from TV, everything was back to greatness. :) It could also be cheap component cables. I myself use the component cables from my old PS2 (They fit the PS3) to connect to the capture card, and then I use the included roxio cables to connect to my TV, and all is good. I think HDMI is a better signal than component, but the component is still HD (and should not be fuzzy). so try this: (1) move the capture card away from TV… if it is still fuzzy, then (2) bypass the card and hook your PS3 directly to your TV with component cables.. (to troubleshoot) and see if its your PS3 component outs; or TV component INS; or the component cable itself. Let me know.

  17. John Kazmi says:

    Hey dude so ive just got my new 24 inch led tv and the problem is that i can see the picture on both tv and computer but no sound . what should i do ?

    • shane says:

      Thanks for commenting. Did you go into PS3 settings and set the audio to use component? Double check that… But If that is set correctly, then the only other thing would be that your cables are not set up correctly. Do you have all 5 individual wires plugged in? Note: there are two red wires… so make sure that you use the red one (that is nearest the white wire) as your audio wire. (sorry if that sounds insultingly simple.. But I just have to mention it because it does happen). :) either way, I hope you get it resolved.

  18. Bmxer785 says:

    so you would get all those cables in the box….. and is it worth 100 dollars? last question is there any where i can get it cheaper

    • shane says:

      (1) It comes with the USB cable and also the component cable to connect the roxio card to your TV, But it does not come with the component cable to connect your PS3 to the card. I guess because many people already have that cable (unless they use hdmi). I use my old component cable from my old PS2 (yep it works). If you don’t have a PS2/PS3 component cable, then I recomend BestBuy or getting a used one from GameStop. (2) Yes the Roxio is definitely worth it. The Dazzle card quality is garbage, The Roxio quality is perfect, plus you can still play in HD as you record. I have 2 videos on this site if you feel like checking them out (make sure to select 720p on settings to view in HD). You won’t get anything close to that quality if you buy the Dazzle card. Dazzle is blurry, and you can rarely read the words. (3) I don’t know where to get it for cheaper. It’s a farely new card, I haven’t seen it at BestBuy or anything yet. I got mine direct from the Roxio site. It’s a must have if you want to record ps3 gameplay in HD quality. Tip: export to 720p file first (instead of direct to youtube). then upload to youtube (Iv’e noticed much better quality videos doing it that way).

  19. Teaira says:

    Im doing some research for my brother who wants to do this, except he wants to do live commentary while playing. Any ideas how to do that?

    • shane says:

      I’ve gotten a few emails about this…
      unfortunately I have not seen a capture card that allows you to do live commentary as you play the game. If they ever do decide to create one, I think it would be added to the recording software that comes with cards because it is more likely they would add it to the software than adding a mic input to the actual card. but so far there are none out there.

  20. eric money says:

    thanks for a great comparison of the cards! I needed this.

  21. Michael Powers says:

    Can you record your own voice with the Roxio card? I wanted to make sure before I bought it.

    • shane says:

      Yes with both Roxio cards you can record voice-overs. You can even do live voice-over while streaming your gameplay live to a webchannel (with the Roxio Game HD Pro only).

  22. Ross bell says:

    Hey man im from n.ireland and i was wondering can i use my hdmi cable while recording ? or do i have to use the cables that came with the ps3 ? can i play in hd and record in hd ? thanks man get back to me sooon

    • shane says:

      Hey how are you man. Sony PS3 has its hdmi port protected against copying and therefore no one will be able to record the signal with any card.. even if the card is hdmi. Sux because Xbox 360 is not protected and you can record using HDMI. But if you use one of the Roxio cards, you can still record at 720p HD via HD component cables. And yes assuming you are using one of the Roxio cards, you can play in HD and record in HD simultaneoulsy. Also, if you get the Roxio Game HD Pro card, you can connect the PS3 to the card via Component, and then connect the card to the TV via HDMI. Some people feel that will make a better passthrough signal, others think it will keep the signal from losing slight quality as it travels through the second component cable. Hope this helps… although I’m late replying. sorry man.

  23. Matt says:

    I have recently bought a different capture device and i spent over $100 close to $200 and it hooks up all right and the picture is all there but as soon as i hit record it says there is a block on the ps3 which doesn’t allow me to record any of my gameplay. I have quit using it and was looking for a different way to record my game. Please let me know if there is any trouble using this capture device

    • shane says:

      Sorry for the late reply. I’m not sure of your setup, but I can take a guess: If you bought a card that is HDMI, The problem is that SONY PS3 does not allow you to record from their HDMI out. The HDMI video is protected. If it is not that, then I’m not sure because I have never encountered that issue. What card did you buy? Just switch to component cables and all should be good. You won’t see a quality difference as most games are 720p anyway.

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