Genesis Capture

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Console Information

Top the original Genesis Model, Bottom the second Genesis Model. North American version of the Sega Mega Drive

Sega Genesis/Sega Mega Drive
Resolution 240
A/V Outputs RGB SCART, S-video,Composite, RF
Models Genesis, Genesis 2 (Genesis is also known as Mega Drive outside of America)


The Sega Genesis/Mega Drive (all models) outputs a video signal that is 240 lines of resolution. Recording this should not be a problem if you are using a standard definition capture device (one that only has composite/S-Video inputs) or a DVD recorder. You may run into problems if you are using a capture device that is designed to record high definition footage to try and record video from your console. Most high definition video capture devices do not support video resolutions that are this low. Unless your high definition capture device explicitly lists support for 240 lines of resolution, it is safe to assume that it will not be able to record video from the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive and you will need a standard definition capture device to record the footage. Two commonly used capture devices that support 240 lines of resolution are the Dazzle DVC100 and the Ez-Cap.


Original Model (GENS)

The standard model GENS has a multi-out A/V connector in the back. In PAL based regions, the A/V cable that came with the system include the standard RF cable. This cable is actually terrible that SDA will instantly reject runs due to picture quality alone. You'll probably have to buy a standard A/V cable that includes the standard white and yellow (composite video) connectors.

In NTSC based regions the A/V cables that came with the system includes the standard white and yellow (composite video) connectors.


These acceptable cables only supports 1 audio connection, so you'll only get mono.

If you want to capture stereo sound, you can use a Y-cable or similar and plug it in to the headphone jack on the front of the Model 1 Mega Drive/Genesis. This headphone jack outputs stereo sound.

Model 2 (GENS 2)

The Model 2 redesign does not have any significant differences from the original model in terms of reliability or functionality. One notable difference is that the standard A/V cable includes the standard white, red and yellow cables. You are able to record games with stereo sound.

Left = Mega Drive 2 A/V cables. Supports Stereo recording thanks to the 2 audio cables (White and Red). Right = Mega Drive 2 RGB SCART cable.
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