View Full Version : How to take a screenshot on a console?
03-28-2004, 01:57 AM
I have a strange habit of pressing print screen when i'm using the computer and see something interesting (either nice graphics, or a nice drift around a bend, or some computer virus). After using dreamcast's vga box for a week and the incredible graphics (I won't ever go back to the tv, maybe except s-video), I want to do that too! I see people at gamespot or ign, having really high quality screenshots, how do they do that?
03-28-2004, 03:30 AM
They probably use TV tuner/capture cards in their PC. They're pretty much a PCI card with a coaxial cable jack and either an S video, or RCA jack. You can plug in your cable TV, or a console, and view it on your PC screen. From there, you can make videos and take screen grabs.
03-28-2004, 03:38 AM
Do you mean like these type of quality pics?
I made them by connecting my Dreamcast to my PC's MPEG2 Video Encoder card Via S-Video. The original pictures are much bigger than these shown. I made these smaller to save on bandwidth. This is probably the same way magazines and other sites like IGN get their screen shots.
03-28-2004, 05:57 AM
and the best way to make screenshots is by using an devloppers kit. although I do know that you can take high-resolution screendumps with it when you've got the dreamcast devloppers unit.
03-28-2004, 06:53 AM
I use a tool in the dreamcast sdk with my dev box hooke dup to the pc ;) Only Downside is everytimeyou take a pic it freezes the screen so you have to softreset the dev box and get back to wherever to take the next pic.
03-28-2004, 08:21 AM
Yeah I use my TV capture card as well. Pics dont look terribly great though, perhaps using something like Dscaler would improve the quality but i cant be arsed :P
Its funny to look at very old game magazines with their shitty screenshots, obviously there was no cheap & good way to do screenshots back then so some just look like they've been made by pointing a camera at the screen :smt043
03-28-2004, 10:45 AM
I use a capture card. It takes S-video, so the quality isn't too bad. 640x480 looks okay, although it's actually some queer number -- 572xsomething.
03-28-2004, 12:44 PM
I have an ATI All In Wonder 9600 Pro Radeon. I'm able to hook up just about every console. It can't however, do component video. It's a gread video card. I used it to record some of my Gran Turismo 2 runs as well as some Zelda adventures I undertook.
03-28-2004, 02:10 PM
as far as I know there are no (or maybe an obscure few) video capture cards that have video inputs other than RF, Composite or S-video.
Pretty stupid, for the Euro market they could've left out the composite & s-video bits and just slap on a SCART connector that also takes RGB :snipe:
03-28-2004, 08:14 PM
There are some RGB capture cards for the Euro market, they're SO expensive though.
03-29-2004, 12:15 AM
Ok, i guess I can't do it. What's the print screen key doing on the dc keyboard??
03-29-2004, 05:33 AM
the ninja library has the ability to take a screen dump with a command and save as a bmp - but probbaly as a bmp would be too big for a vmu i guess it was never used.
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