Retro gaming is very much ‘in’ right now, and why not? Some of the greatest games ever were made for the older consoles such as Gamecube, PS1, PS2, Gameboy and advance and more. Plus, in the age of youtube, we want to be able to share, edit and even stream our footage, so what is the best capture card for gamecube? How can we capture the footage from our retro console and get it onto our PC in a digital format or even upload straight to Youtube and Twitch?
The first model I am going to recommend is the Elgato Capture HD, which has the capacity to input from component, composite and HDMI meaning that you can use it on a huge amount of devices both modern or retro. The process is easy and we have a full Elgato review explaining in depth the features on offer. The truth is that Elgato offer a range of different game capture products and they have become perhaps the best known on the market today, offering excellent video quality (HD, as the name suggests) and a wide compatibility with many different consoles and video sources, you can even use them to convert your old VHS and VCRs to digital files. Just make sure you have the correct connection tables before you get started.
The cool thing about the Elgato is the built in twitch streaming which allows you to run your video straight onto streaming sites even from your Gamecube, you can also capture, edit and upload in your own time should that be your preferred route. It is lag free and the quality is great, but bear in mind that it is only as good as the video you are feeding through it and with many retro consoles, this will not be high definition.
Another model of capture card I see people using again and again for this is the Dazzle. The Dazzle will also do an adequate job, as long as you set it up with the right input, and it can put your footage onto DVD, or record to video which can be put on Youtube or elsewhere. In terms of streaming and hi-tech, it isn’t quite as good as the Elgato, but it also tends to come at a cheaper cost and the HD capabilities are less important if you’re just capturing from an old Gamecube. In their own words “The Dazzle® DVD Recorder HD captures video from VHS, Hi8 and V8 cameras, and other analog sources, including game systems and even DVD players.” – so it can do HD, but it isn’t essential. The compromise comes with the streaming capabilities and if you want to do this I definitely recommend the Elgato range.
There are many ways to get round this problem but these two models will definitely see you in the right direction and are among our best capture card reviews.