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What's the easiest/cheapest way of recording Xbox 360 gameplay at a decent quality (710p 30fps would be nice, but 1080p even better)? I was looking at HDMI capture cards but all of them seem to be a bit pricey (around 100€ including shipping or so). Is it so that cheap HDMI capture cards simply don't exist? Also, is there some alternative ways of getting the Xbox360 gameplay recorded on to my PC?
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HDMI was never meant to be recorded. It is quite possibly the most locked-down and proprietary DRM standard out there for cables.

Cracking the encryption and decoding the stream in real time is something that takes special hardware; your $29.99 Wal-Mart USB capture card not going to cut it. smile.gif

BlackMagic makes the best one I've yet seen on the market. The Intensity lineup is a good one to check out, but definitely not cheap.
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If you want to record HDMI, the Elgato is probably the best choice. If component (720p) recording is good enough for you, check out the Hauppauge HD PVR.
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