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Tutorials for various things.

Bypass Twitter and Facebook; Get the Most Out of PS4 Screens

Bypass Twitter and Facebook; Get the Most Out of PS4 Screens

The Share button is one of the PS4’s more popular functions with images and videos. Screens and sharing them with friends are popular across all platforms. With improvements in the works with future firmware, sharing your accomplishments will be even better.

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Not bad, but FAR from good…

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Wimpy wimpy wimpy…

One glaring flaw, however, is the fact that Facebook and Twitter both compress these images. They are compressed and made shoddy in the process. You can easily bypass this problem until more uploading options are (hopefully) added down the road, such as flickr.

If you have a smartphone or tablet, you likely have the PlayStation App (iOS Link  ///  Android Linkon those devices. With it, you can keep tabs on your friends, and better yet, view the screenshots you’ve sent to them via in-app messaging. This is where the tricks come in, allowing you to bypass Facebook’s 960×540 resolution and get the glorious 1920×1080 resolution.

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Ahhh… Now THAT’S better.

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HEFTY HEFTY HEFTY!

Save the images from the app, directly to your device and upload them to whatever service you wish. That’s all there is to it.

Launch App  >  Messages  >  Tap Screenshot  >  Save

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Just a friendly tip to help you get the most of your screenshots and keep from downsizing.

Greatness awaits to those who have something bigger and better to share.

[How-To] Record/stream PlayStation 3 (and potentially PlayStation 4) footage

[How-To] Record/stream PlayStation 3 (and potentially PlayStation 4) footage

There have been more rumours lately about the PlayStation 4 possibly not turning HDCP off for gaming like Microsoft has with the Xbox One.  If, for whatever reason, HDCP is enabled for video game content, there is a way around this and I’ve been meaning to post a tutorial for awhile, and after seeing an article on N4G and reading some comments on YouTube, I decided to answer a few questions and make my own video on how to set everything up.

Since the PS4 is pure HDMI for video sources, capture cards that use component cables to bypass the HDCP on the PlayStation 3 will not work anymore.  Bummer, right?  Well, I have some good news!

One of our members, King Koopa, told me about his capture card, the AverMedia Live Gamer HD, earlier in the year, so that’s what I picked up.  It runs pretty well; the only downside to the card is that it can’t run 1080p video at 60 frames per second.  It can do 720p at 60fps and 1080p at 30fps, but the card has a built-in encoder, so the stress on your CPU is very little, which is great for your PC.  Since a lot of people don’t have the download or upload speeds to consistently watch or stream 1080p, the basic rule for HD on Twitch is for 720p content, so when the PS4 is in our hands, I will do some tests to see how 720p at 60fps looks compared to 1080p at 30fps.

I do apologize for the last part of the video where I had to record my TV with my camera in order to show the two programs. I can’t use them because the card can only be used with one program at a time. I could have used Open Broadcast Software, possibly, to make it clearer, but I haven’t had much luck with the little I played with it in the past.

It’s a pretty simple method, and if Sony doesn’t remove the HDCP on the PS4, then all you need is this little box and you can then record whatever you want.  Yes, the PS4 comes with built in streaming, however until we get to play with it ourselves we have no idea what limitations it has.  XSplit is a great program to add various video segments, scrolling text, or other options to your stream.  The free version is limited to 25fps though, so since I plan to extend my membership I will continue to use this over the built in streaming.

Converter Box: http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?p_id=5369