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How to record video from Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii


I’ve made a lot of YouTube videos recorded from gameplay. And from time to time, I’ve been asked how I get so good quality on my videos. I will try to answer that in this post.

You probably already have a device for recording video; a camcorder, digital compact camera, cellphone or a DVD recorder.

When you record from Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintendo Wii, in most cases you will only be able to record in SD. But that is more than enough for putting the video up on YouTube.

I will go through the different method I’ve used to record video gameplay.

DVD recorder/TV-card

This is the best option if you want to record from Xbox 360, PS3, and the Nintendo Wii. If you have an internal TV-card or a USB-stick of some kind, you will get the records directly on your PC ready for editing. But I actually prefer my DVD recorder since I think that better visual quality. I have to copy the recording over to DVD and rip it on the PC. It’s a bit more work (not much though), and I think it’s worth it.

If you can, record from S-video instead of composite video. It will give you a much clearer picture. For some strange reasons, S-video is not enabled in the European Wii.

Camcorder

I have an “old” DV-camcorder. I’v mostly used this for record DS and PSP gameplay. And it works very well. If you record from the TV screen, it can result in flicker. The PSP-2000 have video out, but you can’t record gameplay from it since it only output gameplay in progressive scan (not interlaced). Tha’s why a camcorder will work very well for the PSP.

 To get a good and steady recording, use a tripod.

Cellphone

Many cellphones are able to record video, and many in VGA-resolution (640 x 480). Remember to hold the phone still. A shaky camera is not fun to watch on YouTube or anywhere else.

Digital compact camera

If you got a relative new camera, they make OK videoes. I got a 4 year old camera recording in 320 x 240 in MPEG-1. Well, it’s not good to watch.

Record in HD

There is actually one option that I know of which let you record in HD, the Hauppauge HD PVR. It will let you record in 1080i with component cables. That will give you a great video quality for you Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii recording. Well, Wii only support 480p, but the quality will be much better. This device will also let you record video from PSP in 480p.

When you have recorded your video, you use your prefered video editor to edit the video and make it ready for upload to YouTube.

 Compare different video sources

I made a video which will show you how the end result are when you compare the same video shot with a DV-camera, a cellphone and using a DVD-recorder.

OK, so this was not an in-depth guide or tutorial, but I hope it give you an idea of how you can record gamevideoes with good quality.

The people behind The Pirate Bay convicted

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The four people behind The Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg og Carl Lundtrøm was convicted in Stockholms tingsrätt (Stockholm District Court) today. They was sentenced to one year in prison and to pay 30 million Swedish Krones. The verdict will be appealed. So we haven’t seen the last of this yet.

Peter Sunde held an online press conference after the verdict, which you can watch bellow.

How to get more visitors to your blog

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So you write a blog, but do you have any readers? How can you drive more traffic to your blog? When you spend time to write a blog, you want people to read it. Right? If you think you don’t have enough visitors or you want more, this small guide is for you.

I’ve been blogging for some years now and I have between 40-60 unique vistors everyday. And I think that is good, but it could always be better. There’s a lot of different tips out there on Internet. The tips I give, is what I have done to get more visitiors. If you have other tips, please leave a comment.

Choose a topic

You have to write about something. I’ve read that you shoud stick to a couple of topics. But I don’t know, I write about everything, and that seems to work just OK. But choose wisely what you want to write about. Write about things that people want to read about. Write about things that last forever, like this blogpost. People always need this information. And write about things that are up to date, like things that happens in the news.

Use paragraphs which makes it easy to read,and don’t write to much. People don’t read if you have too much text, I don’t anyway. But if you devide the text and have space, it’s easier to read.  Keep what you write interesting and if you write well, people will come back to your blog. Quality is good.

Ping your blog

Submit your URL to search engines. You chould be well covered if you only add your site with Google. A quick look at the statistics for my blog, about 96% of hits from search engines came from Google. You should also add your RSS-feed to Google Blog Search and Yahoo. You can also use ping-o-matic which pings a lot of different services. If you use WordPress like me, it will ping a lot of services automaticly when you publish a post.

You could also use services like Technorati and Feedburner (my Feedburner RSS-feed).

Use links

The web is build around linking. You click a link to get from one site to another. So you have to spread the link to your blog. If you have friends or family members who blog, have a list of each others blog with links in the sidebar. People will click on them.

Read other blogs and make comments. You will then be able to leave a link to your site, and the people who own that blog will probably check it out. I do anyway, so leave a comment and you get some traffic from me. And other people who read that blog might just click your link if they thought you made a great comment.

If you are a member of forums, make sure that you put your link in your signature.

When you write an article for your blog, make sure to find other relevant site that have the same topic and link to them. Because of a feature called pingback and trackback, the link to your post will often be posted as comment on the blog you link to.

But remember, do not spam.

Give you pictures a name

I’ve seen that I often do get traffic from Googles picture seach. So it’s actually wise to give the pictures you upload to your blog a real name. Instead of DSC_2494.JPG which is given by the camera, call it eating_hamburger_mcdonalds.jpg.

Tag your post

It will help you to tag your posts. It helps you and your readers to easy find things in a specific categories to read. It also helps search engines.

Headline

Make a good headline. It must describe what your post is about. A great headline will attract more readers, and will help them find what they look for when searching the Net. I hope my headline How to get more visitors to your blog was what brought you here.

Social networks

If you have a Twitter account [link to my profile], you can use that to inform your subscribers that you have posted something of interest. But don’t broadcast all your blogpost on Twitter. That will feel likes spam.

Or if you are on Facebook, you could use the statusbar to link to post that could be of interest for your friends.

Google Friend Connect

With Google Friend Connect visitors can become a member of your site. I installed it some weeks ago. But for me, it haven’t given me any traffic. But feel free to join my site.

Digg it

If you’ve written a great blogpost, like I did with this one, digg it. While I don’t get that much traffic from Digg.com, it do help. It’s one of the biggest news sites out there.

Closing commens

If you do some or all of the above, you will over time increase the traffic to you blog. I don’t say these are the best methods. But it’s the one that I have used and that works for me. I’ve found other sites that says much of the same.

Feel free to make a comment. If you have other and better tips to get more readers to our blogosphere, please write it down. If you add links in your comment, please do not add more than two since you will then end in the spam bin.

I hope this will help you to get more visitors to your own blog. Happy blogging!

Related topics

I made some seraches, and found some blogs that writes about the same topics like I’ve done. You should take a look at them and they will give you some more insight to attract other web surfers to your blog.

How To Increase Your Blog Traffic Easilypikeydude.blogspot.com

How to Increase Traffic to Website for freeonlinedefine.blogspot.com

Few effective steps to increase blog traffic – Professional bloggers’ tips….theneers.blogspot.com

30 Traffic Generation Tipstraffic-payout.blogspot.com

How To Increase PageRankisaacyassar.blogspot.com

How To Increase Your Ranking On Google?money-212.blogspot.com

WordPress updated to 2.7 “Coltrane”

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When I started blogging, I used Blogger.com. That is a great place to start for new bloggers. But after some years, it started to be a bit limiting. I wanted to store some files, have better controll over what I upload etc. So I started looking for some alternative. I found WordPress which had everything I needed and I also got my own domain (from One.com) which I do recommand if you blog a lot. It gives you more freedom and there are a lot of cheap options out there.

Since I moved to my own domain in September 2008, WordPress have been updated many times already with bug fixes and new features. So this is great. The fine thing with WordPress is that it’s absolutely free to use, and if you don’t want to buy your own domain, you can sign up for an account at WordPress.com.

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This week, WordPress was updated to version 2.7 codenamed Coltrane. The big change in 2.7 is the new interface. To make easy for myself, I quote two paragraphs from WordPress own blog:

Next you’ll begin to notice the new features subtly sprinkled through the new interface: the new dashboard that you can arrange with drag and drop to put the things most important to you on top, QuickPress, comment threading, paging, and the ability to reply to comments from your dashboard, the ability to install any plugin directly from WordPress.org with a single click, and sticky posts.

Digging in further you might notice that every screen is customizable. Let’s say you never care about author on your post listings — just click “Screen Options” and uncheck it and it’s instantly gone from the page. The same for any module on the dashboard or write screen. If your screen is narrow and the menu is taking up too much horizontal room, click the arrow to minimize it to be icon-only, and then go to the write page and drag and drop everything from the right column into the main one, so your posting area is full-screen. (For example I like hiding everything except categories, tags, and publish. I put categories and tags on the right, and publish under the post box.)

They have also put up a video.