Have I told you, Bingers? The five month lockdown has made me re-evaluate my content creation plan. When everything was still normal, I was a Pop Culture x Lifestyle content creator. I regularly attended movie premieres, reviewed food establishments, and featured products. But when COVID-19 happened, that changed a lot! Particularly my pop culture side as a content creator. Events were put on hold and cinemas were closed. Movie premieres were cancelled all through out. In fact, the weekend the lockdown started, I was supposed to go to the advanced screening of A Quiet Place: Part 2 but then I received an email the day before saying that it was cancelled. To keep up with the times to still create content, I turned my eye onto vlogging and now, livestreaming my Nintendo Switch games. I did my research and every livestreamers need to have the right equipment, especially a capture card.
Capture Card on a Budget
So, before I decided to start livestreaming, I watched on YouTube different setups for Nintendo Switch. Basically, the equipment needed are: a Switch, a TV, a laptop with an OBS software, and a capture card. I have the three except for the latter. So, I looked around Lazada for capture cards. The top search and most recommended by streamers are an Elgato capture card. But it costs P 8,000! I thought, there is no way I am going to spend that much for a hobby, and an experimental one at that. So, I kept on browsing Lazada. That was until I came across a capture card that costs less than P 800! Yes, that was not a typo and I did not miss a zero. I was super skeptical but still proceeded with my purchase.
The item came all the way from China that was why the delivery took almost a month. That was fine by me because I did not have time to livestream then nor touch my Switch. When it arrived, though, I wanted to see if it worked and you can watch my unboxing and initial impression of the product below at my vlog:
Setting up The Capture Card
- Open the package. The items inside are the following: capture card, two USB cables, and a manual.
- Connect the HDMI of Switch to the Input port of the capture card.
- Insert an HDMI to the capture card’s output port and connect it to the TV.
- Use the USB and put it at the card’s USB slot and connect it to the laptop.
- On your OBS software, add a Video Capture Device and pick the capture card.
There you have it! That was a quick and really easy setup. To my surprise, the budget capture card from Lazada worked really well. I cannot wait to livestream soon with you guys so make sure to give us some love at our pages below! For now, stay safe and keep binging, Bingers!