With this new console generation, new problems arise with capturing game play footage. As many people may already know, the PS4's HDMI signal is protected by HDCP (High Bandwidth Digital Copy Protection), and cannot be captured directly with a capture device. I thought I would give a small guide on how to capture these signals for the lets players and potential lets players.
Some things to note:
1. PS4's HDCP is currently on ALL FOOTAGE. Sony has already stated that they will be patching it out of game play signals. Applications such as Netflix, Hulu, ect will still have HDCP. [AS OF FIRMWARE 1.70, HDCP HAS BEEN REMOVED ON GAMEPLAY FOOTAGE. I am unsure if this applies to the system menu or not].
2. Xbox One does not have HDCP enabled on gameplay footage, but it does have it enabled for applications such as Netflix and Hulu.
3. Xbox 360 DOES NOT have HDCP at all.
4. The PS3 has a minor work-a-round for HDCP. You can use component cables to record in HD, but many times the colors will look washed out. The PS3, does have HDCP on all footage. The following method will enable PS3 HDMI capture.
5. This method essentially "strips" the HDCP off the signal, allowing the user to record any footage on the device.
6. Some other devices have HDCP, such as the Ouya or the Nexus 7 tablet. This method should allow you to capture footage from those devices.
What is needed (Assuming you own an HDCP enabled device):
1. An HDMI able capture device, such as an El Gato Game Capture HD, Hauppage HD PVR 2, Avermedia Live Gamer Portable, or some other HDMI able device.
2. An HDMI "Passthrough" (AKA, HDCP Stripper). NOTE: NOT ALL HDMI SPLITTERS ARE PASSTHROUGHS. Please do some research before you purchase one.
3. AT LEAST 3 HDMI cables. This may be different for those attempting to capture footage from a phone or tablet
1. Hook up your device like normal.
2. With your HDMI Splitter, plug the device's HDMI cable (HDMI Cable 1) into the splitters "input #" slot.
3. Get another HDMI cable (HDMI cable 2), and plug it into the "Output #".
4. With HDMI cable 2, plug the other end into your capture device's "INPUT" slot.
5. Grab a 3rd HDMI cable. Here you have two options, do which one you want.
5A. Depending on what splitter you have, you may have another "OUTPUT" slot, plug HDMI cable 3 into that section, and to your T.V. or monitor.
5B. Plug HDMI Cable 3 into your capture devices "OUTPUT" slot, and then plug the other end into your T.V. or monitor.
6. Load up your capture program and capture your footage.
A diagram if you need it.