Arcade gaming

My video recording setup

September 23, 2017

I’ve been trying all sorts of setups to capture the video and audio signal from my cabinets. All of the solutions I tried has worked (one involving an old DVD recorder that I had inside the cabinet) , but I’ve landed in my current setup as the best/easiest solution for me. It’s definitely not the cheapest setup, but since you can use most of the parts for other gaming related stuff you’re not throwing money solely at the arcade video recording setup.

1. Egret II cabinet
I’m using one of my Egret II cabinets in TATE mode as the base for the streaming setup. I can move the audio/video signal splitter to a YOKO cabinet as well, but this is the main cabinet for recording sessions.

2. Sanwa VC-J2 (upper right in the image above)
Sanwa VC-J2 is the audio/video signal splitter that i choose for my setup. When I bought it a few years ago, I could not really find any other alternatives. It’s quite expensive with it’s price tag of ¥27,000, but hey, it’s doing exactly what we want in this setup. So go ahead and buy it if you can’t find any other video/sound splitters. It’s sold brand new at
AV output: S-Video & RCA, 240p.

3. XRGB-mini Framemeister (lower left in the image above)
The XRGB-mini is the scaler in my setup, scaling the video from 240p to 1080p on the fly. Why would you want that, when you can scale it in post production you might think?
Since I’m using a Macbook as the computer in my setup, an internal video capture card is not an option, and all the external video capture devices I found on the market for Macs could capture a minimum of 480p, so that’s why I want scaling while recording instead of post production. YouTube is also compressing 240/480p content pretty hard, so uploading your video in 720/1080p would lead to a better viewing experience.
AV output: HDMI, 1080p.

4. Elgato Game Capture HD60
I’m just upgrading from my old Game Capture HD to the newer Game Capture HD60. It’s mostly the same device, but you can also choose to record in 60fps on the new one instead of 30fps. I’ll try to shoot a comparison video soon and add to this post. Earlier video recordings I’ve made has been done with the Elgato Game Capture HD in 30 fps.

The content recorded with the above setup is then added into iMovie (or FCP) and then rotated 90 degrees if recoreded in TATE, and after that I upload it to YouTube. This makes an absolute minimum amount of work in the post production process. It’s not the cheapest route as I wrote above, but it’s working very well for my needs.

What video recording setup are you using when capturing game footage from your JAMMA setups?

2017/09/21 MASTER VER.

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