Video Recording Guide Part 2 - SD Console Capture Card

SD Capture Cards

SD or Standard Definition Capture Cards are the cheapest, but record in lower quality. The only one I recommend is the Dazzle DVD Recorder. It’s a great capture card for starters, and is easy to sell if you should decide not to record.

This capture card doesn’t require very much hard drive space. You can download the latest Drivers and Manuals directly from the manufacturer’s website.

Dazzle DVD Recorder

This connects primarily through a USB 2.0 port.
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How to Use


  • This is an external capture card, meaning it’s set up without having to open your computer.
  • Its highest resolution is 480p*.
  • It can record Composite and S-Video signals, and inputs for both.
  • It does not require its own power outlet.
  • It does not come with an extra set of cables.
  • It comes with recording and editing software, which is only good for recording.


  • An available USB 2.0 port
  • An extra set of RCA cables or an S-Video cable and audio cables
  • RCA or S-video splitters

*Sometimes you’ll see the DVD Recorder advertised as an HD capture card, when it is technologically impossible for it to record in any resolution higher than 480p.

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