BlackMagic Intensity Pro Xbox 360 Setup

This game recording setup has more advantages than disadvantages compared to the Hauppauge setup, it can involve a lot less cables using the HDMI ports, can record up to 1080p and capture 5.1 surround sound, comes with Mac OS compatible recording software and best of all it’s cheaper! The only downside to this setup is that there is no portability and your Xbox 360 and TV must be near your PC or Mac Pro, you can get some extension cables and try to expand the range your setup can be from your computer.

What You Need

Xbox 360 with HDMI

  • IntensityPro

    BlackMagic Intensity Pro Grahpics Card
    Price: $0.00
  • HDMICable

    2m HDMI Cable (Xbox 360)
    Price: $0.00

    Xbox 360 without HDMI

  • IntensityPro

    BlackMagic Intensity Pro Grahpics Card
    Price: $0.00
  • HDComponentCable

    2m HD Component Cable (Xbox 360)
    Price: $0.00
  • PhonoCable

    2m Phono Cable (Xbox 360)
    Price: $0.00

Installing the recording software

After you have installed your BlackMagic Intensity Pro PCI Express grahpics card, you can now begin installing the gameplay capturing software. The good thing about the BlackMagic Intensity Pro Card is that it comes with BlackMagic Media Express, which is Windows and Mac OS compatible recording software! When everything is installed correctly and you run this software you will be presented with this user interface and in replace of the aeroplane picture you will have a live preview of what’s being seen through your TV screen when we have everything set up correctly!





No need for any extra expenditures compared to the Xbox 360 Hauppauge HD PVR setup.

Connect Xbox 360 to BlackMagic Intensity Pro

Xbox 360 with HDMI

The Xbox 360 introduced a HDMI port way back in August 2007, so if you are lucky enough to have bought your console after this date then you should have a HDMI port at the back of your Xbox 360 no matter if it’s an Elite version or not, a lot of people seem to get confused about this!

Next Step: Connect TV to BlackMagic Intensity Pro

Xbox 360 without HDMI

If you are one of the unfortunate people, like myself, to have been a hardcore gamer and still have your Xbox 360 since before August 2007 with no HDMI port, luckily the BlackMagic Intensity Pro provides a component cable solution for us too! It’s not anymore complicated than plugging your HD component cables from your Xbox 360 to your TV than into the component plugs for the Intensity Pro, it’s exactly the same, just make sure that you are putting your Xbox 360 cables into the ‘In’ plugs rather than the ‘Out’ plugs for the TV:

Connect TV to BlackMagic Intensity Pro

Xbox 360 with HDMI

The HDMI is definitely the easiest setup for the BlackMagic Intensity Pro graphics card, hooking your TV up to it is now just a matter of plugging in your HDMI cable into the slot on the right, the HDMI ‘Out’ slot, then plugging the other end into your HDTV:



If you can remember I recommended buying 2 x 2m HDMI cables in the ‘What’s Needed‘ section above, well basically this is the point where it can come in useful, having the extra length on the HDMI cable allows you to place your TV and Xbox 360 further away from your computer and still be able to record. I chose to buy the 2m length as this was appropriate for my setup, everyones setup is going to be different so please choose a length that will suit yours.

Next Step: Capture Gameplay with BlackMagic Media Express

Xbox 360 without HDMI

Take the HD component cable and phono cable and plug them into your TV where your Xbox 360 component cables would usually be, then connect the other end into the remaining available component plugs from your BlackMagic Intensity Pro i.e. the ‘Out’ plugs.

What these setups are essentially doing is sending the Xbox 360 display into your BlackMagic Intensity Pro graphics card, it then captures the display and sends it straight out to your TV, and this happens so fast that you will not receive any lag between your Xbox 360 and your TV screen!

Capture Gameplay with BlackMagic Media Express

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