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Hello everyone:)

 

I spent some time digging around in the forums looking for info on this subject. I found some threads that included using VCRS, rewritable DVDS and something called a USB DV Capture Dongle. I checked on Amazon and the Dongle box is really expensive! What I would like to do is hook up a real 2600 to a modern HDTV and link up my laptop somehow to the HDTV to record. The video doesn't have to be in HD or anything. Is their a low-cost option to do this?

 

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A VCR and something like this: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/905778-REG/startech_svid2usb23_s_video_composite_to.html

But - and I say this as someone who actually does real capture - do you really need to capture the real hardware vs. just recording an emulator? Most YouTube videos and such are using emulators, which is obvious from the clean look. It's a lot easier, and it's free. It depends on what you're really trying to show, though.

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An old friend and I are going to play some M-network Super Challenge Football in the near future. I would like to record our contest against each other. I have never considered using Stella for this purpose. To play this game with any precession you have to use real 2600 joysticks. Gamepads just won't cut it.

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Well if you don't mind using Stella instead of a real Atari liteCam is not that expensive.

Some modern TVs will actually record to a USB memory stick or external HD, if your TV has that capability and records in MP4 on an NTFS formatted stick you should be ok, however I suspect they will use a non standard video or file format it prevent public distribution of any recordings.

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Hello everyone:)

 

I spent some time digging around in the forums looking for info on this subject. I found some threads that included using VCRS, rewritable DVDS and something called a USB DV Capture Dongle. I checked on Amazon and the Dongle box is really expensive! What I would like to do is hook up a real 2600 to a modern HDTV and link up my laptop somehow to the HDTV to record. The video doesn't have to be in HD or anything. Is their a low-cost option to do this?

 

Thanks

USB capture 'dongles' can be gotten cheap, I got one for well under $25, quality is fine.

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An old friend and I are going to play some M-network Super Challenge Football in the near future. I would like to record our contest against each other. I have never considered using Stella for this purpose. To play this game with any precession you have to use real 2600 joysticks. Gamepads just won't cut it.

 

I don't think Stella has a recording function, but I am not very familiar with that emulator.

 

But I think the best way to accomplish your goal would be to use Stella on a computer, and then for the joysticks you can get a couple of the 2600-daptor II adapters and you can use real Atari joysticks.

 

Then you can use a free screen recording software for the computer. There are tons out there and I've seen threads in some other sub-forums here on AA that talk about screen recording software.

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I don't think Stella has a recording function, but I am not very familiar with that emulator.

 

 

But I think the best way to accomplish your goal would be to use Stella on a computer, and then for the joysticks you can get a couple of the 2600-daptor II adapters and you can use real Atari joysticks.

 

Then you can use a free screen recording software for the computer. There are tons out there and I've seen threads in some other sub-forums here on AA that talk about screen recording software.

 

Windows 10 recording function works with Stella. Thanks everybody for all the ideas and input.

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