Cheap way to do DVI/VGA capture from a PC to MacBook?
February 12, 2013 10:38 AM Subscribe
I need to figure out a cheap way to take a DVI or VGA signal from a PC, and capture it to a MacBook Pro to stream video to the internet. Situational constraints inside.
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I am looking into streaming games on Twitch.TV, but I have an older rig that presents some logistical problems. It's not an optimal rig, but bear with me:
Source PC - Mac Pro (2006, 8 core 2.66 Xeons) running XP, sufficient to play the game I wish to stream but unable to handle both streaming and playing at the same time. My video card is has 2 DVI ports, and a displayport. I also have a DVI signal splitter, that would remove any need to mirror the display on the XP side.
Current resolution - 1680x1050
Recording PC - Macbook Pro with a 2.26 Core2Duo processor. Will handle the encoding and streaming to twitch. Twitch provides and suggest software that will work, but here is where I am coming into problems. Not looking for it to stream 720p, but 480p should be fine for now.
I am looking for a converter that would take a DVI or VGA signal and convert it to a Firewire DV or USB that would be Mac compatible. The streaming software will handle the rest.
I see that the Epiphan VGA to USB Video Grabber (VGA2USB) might work, but it's currently outside my budget at $300. Under $150 is my optimal budget.
Used or older equipment is fine. I'm open to both creative, insane, and/or unreliable solutions.