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How to Record VGA or DVI signal using Windows Media Encoder

Although the VGA2USB/DVI2USB series of devices come with an Epiphan Capture Tool that is able to record the captured output as video, Epiphan also provide drivers to connect to 3rd party video capture, recording and streaming software that is compatible with DirectShow, QuickTime and Video4Linux. This means that the Epiphan frame grabber appears as an external USB cameras. This tutorial will walk through the process of recording DVI or VGA signal stream using WM Encoder 9 Series. You can follow the instructions below, or watch this brief video.

Step 1: Connect Epiphan Frame Grabber device and start Windows Media Encoder.

You should see the following screen:

Select “Capture audio or video” and press “OK”.

Step 2: Configure the frame grabber for use with WM Encoder.

From the “Video” drop-down list, select the DVI2USB, VGA2USB , DVI2PCIe, or VGA2Ethernet frame grabber capture device. If the frame grabber does not appear in the list, check your connections, and make sure that the latest drivers are installed properly. Use the Epiphan Capture Tool to ensure the device is recognized

vga dvi hdmi broadcasting using Epiphan Frame Grabber

Select “Full screen video (CBR),” choose the desired bit rate, and press “Next”

Select “Next” until prompted to chose to create an archive file.

Epiphan frame grabber to broadcast live recording

Select a file name for the recording. You may “Browse” for a location to save to. Press “Next”.

Next you may configure display information for your video

broadcast live configure video meta data for display

In this screen, select “Begin capturing when I click Finish” checkmark and press “Finish”.

Step 3: Record the desired output.

You are now recording the DVI or VGA signal stream through Windows Media Encoder! Press “Stop Encoding” when you are finished recording. Your recording will be saved in the location that you specified at the beginning of step 2.

Hint: Quality of video not sufficient.

If your video quality from the WM Encoder is not sufficient, try stopping your recording and going into the “Properties” button found at the top of the window. From there, go into the “Processing” tab and select “YUY2” from the “Pixel format” drop-down list.

How To Video - How to Stream and Record using Windows Media Encoder with Epiphan Frame Grabber

The following video will show you how to configure Windows Media Encoder to capture, stream and record using a DVI2USB 3.0 Frame Grabber. The procedure will also work with VGA2USB, DVI2PCIe and VGA2Ethernet frame grabber capture devices.