Stupid encryption hampers my attempts to get video game footage, how do I fix this?
May 31, 2010 6:18 PM   Subscribe

How can I capture video game footage from my Sony Playstation 3?

Hello! I create videos that often have a lot of video game content, including footage from video games themselves, such as walkthroughs and skits (see this video as an example). I use a variety of tools to record this footage, such as FRAPS on the PC. For capturing via hardware, I own a Hauppauge HD PVR and I have a BlackMagic Intensity Pro capture card that I am playing with on a second PC.

Unfortunately I have run into an issue with the output of the PS3. As far as I know, unlike the Xbox 360, all output from the PS3 is encrypted via HDCP, even if I am not using the Blu-Ray player or downloaded video content.

So my question is this - is there a way for me to capture the footage from video games via the HDMI output? Is there a way anyone knows of to separate the video game output from the BD output? I don't really care about recording Blu-Ray stuff, that isn't my intention. I just want to be able to make game walkthroughs and skits using games I play on the PS3.

Barring any of the above, is there a way to break the HDCP encryption (I realize this may mean buying another device) on said video game footage?

Thank you very much!
posted by Nixie Pixel to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
You can get HDMI strippers like the MUX HD which are ostensibly sold for the purpose of being able to use older pre-2005 HD displays that lacked HDCP, or for being able to easily switch between inputs. The problem is that acting as a repeater that removes the copy protection violates the HDCP licensing terms and so these sort of devices are always getting their keys revoked. Whether key revocation means that the device stops working sort of depends on how it's used -- for example Blu-ray disks contain lists of revoked keys so it might be something along the lines of one day you play a new Blu-ray and from then on the PS3 won't talk to the repeater anymore. If you don't regularly play Blu-rays or let the PS3 connect to the net then maybe key revocation wouldn't ever matter.

But wouldn't it be a lot easier just to capture component output instead? I realize that it introduces an unnecessary D->A->D degradation, but maybe it wouldn't be that noticeable once the video has been downsized and transcoded to h.264 for youtube.
posted by Rhomboid at 7:24 PM on May 31, 2010 [1 favorite]

make that HDCP strippers of course
posted by Rhomboid at 7:28 PM on May 31, 2010

Doesn't that capture card support component input? I agree with Rhomboid that in the grand scheme of whole capture/compression process, the A-D conversion shouldn't significantly affect quality.
posted by The Lamplighter at 10:11 PM on May 31, 2010

I have a Hauppauge HD PVR myself for capturing Wii and PS3 video output and component is the only way to go. HDMI capture is just not worth the trouble.
posted by Servo5678 at 7:16 AM on June 1, 2010

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