Old Skool AV to HDMI converter


The Old Skool signal converter is a godsend for Gaming Insurrection. Because we focus on retro systems primarily, our reviews tend to come from systems that do not support the more recent HDMI signal. In comes Old Skool, which converts the analog signal into HDMI. With that small hookup, we can use our Elgato HD60 recorder to get video from games for systems such as the Dreamcast and Saturn, which don’t have reliable emulators.


In our tests, we used our physical Dreamcast, a copy of Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and the Elgato HD60. The hook up of the Old Skool was simple and gave crisp audio and clear real time video through the Elgato, and the resulting rendered video was perfect. To augment the setup, we also purchased two extra HDMI cables for spares. The extra cables came in handy and were necessary for a comfortable hook up. Alongside the ease of use, the low cost of the converter was also a factor in our purchase; it’s less than $20 from a variety of places.


We highly recommend this to anyone who needs to capture retro games and has the physical systems to use.


Cost: $14.99 to $19.99

Where to buy: Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart



ViewHD HDMI Splitter


The ViewHD HDMI Splitter is necessary for one purpose: defeating HDCP with a PlayStation 3. If you’re like GI and you want or need to capture video with your PS3, you’re going to have to invest in something that gets you past the built-in copy protection.


The ViewHD is simple to use and quick to set up. Like the Old Skool, it needs an extra HDMI cable but it’s ready to rock otherwise. For our early tests, we used our PS3 and Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection as well as LittleBigPlanet, and the resulting video was flawless. We were also pleased with the quality of the screenshots captured using our Elgato HD60 and with the low cost to purchase.


This is a must have if you’re in the video streaming and capture market and you own a PS3.


Cost: $19.50

Where to buy: Amazon