Connecting PS2 to PC using TV Tuner

I’m back again after taking a break for about a week or so if i recall correctly :) .. and this time im going to post about connecting ps2 console to monitor using TV Card / TV Tuner Cards. And if you ask me, why i did not use other method to connect my ps2 console to my monitor using other peripheral such as VGA BOX or something like that ? .. the answer is simple, because the only thing i have is just a low quality tv tuner from PixelView (Prolink) named Prolink PlayTV HD (it is an old tv cards and not many PVR program are support this tv tuner so if you decided to buy it, you might reconsider on choosing other card) but i also use my video card vivo capability

As a side note, i decided to connect my ps2 console into my pc monitor because my pc monitor is larger than my tv size :( .. other than that, my old tv can only support Mono Audio not stereo audio which is a big disadvantage for all music games such as Guitar Hero, Drum Mania, Guitar Freaks, etc. But the downside of this method is, you’ll need to turn on your computer whenever you want to play your ps2 (but it can be easily switched just in case you do not feel like turning on your computer)

Okay .. that’s all for the introduction, and now here’s what you’ll need in order to connect your ps2 output to your monitor :

Hardware :

1. TV Tuner with Composite Video In which is the most important peripheral before anything else or Video Card / VGA Card with ViVO capability

2. Soundcard … <= to record audio of course but im 100% sure your computer already has a soundcard even if it’s an onboard soundcard

3. RCA Y-Connector or Y Adapter to connect your ps2 audio output to your soundcard (recommended) or tv card

Software :

  1. Im using DScaler 4 and you can get it from here (Open Source / Freeware) .. <= small file size, and recommended or you can also use other software such as Media Portal (Open Source / Freeware) if your card supported or even you can use the bundled software from your TV Tuner card should you prefer
  2. Optional : Divx 6.1 ++ (i’m using Divx 6.4 Codec) that has High Speed Recording mode so you can record your ps2 into a video file

And here’s the step :

  1. Connect your ps2 video output cable (in this example it is using the composite output) or you can also say the Yellow Cable to the Video input of your tv card or your VGA Card
  2. Connect your ps2 audio output cable to Y-Connector and connect the Y-Connector into the Line-in of your soundcard
  3. Run DScaler and configured it to use your capture card and set the video source to composite
  4. And to make thing even easier, configure DScaler to automatically detect your PS2 Video Output (NTSC M/NTSC M JP/PAL BGHI) by checking the Automatic Format Detect on the Deinterlace menu
  5. Configure the rest of DScaler to your liking (to get the best thing possible from your card)
  6. and the results :


Updated Screenshots :

Capture Memory Card from PS2

Suikoden 5 Capture from PS2

That’s it .. now you can freely record your ps2 games easily =) or make a screen capture from your PS2 games ..


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73 comments on “Connecting PS2 to PC using TV Tuner

  1. damn with some fiddling around i fixed it, only question now is, how do i get the perfect picture or close to that and how much better is s-video than composite, btw i already have gamma on.

  2. i am getting sound, but it is minimal at best through my speakers and headphones, and to make sure my line-in is full not muted and full blast.

  3. ey, i might sound like a total noob, but i read your instructions, and am getting a picture but no sound. i plugged my y-connector in my blue socket of the sound card, and on the dscaler sound menu, i cant change anything, and on the status-bar it says volume mute, plz help. no sound and picture is pretty bad, i have a winfast dtv1000 t tuner card and nvidia gfx 5200, pretty shit.

  4. Hey, I have a pinnacle tv tuner (external) with a mini usb input, in the package there was also an “adapter” from mini usb to S-video, composite and sound. My only problem is that I can’t find a Y-connector anywhere… anyone know of an online store or something that has it and can deliver it to Norway?

  5. i have a global terminator tv tuner card with av cables and a s-video coonector. i have connected my ps2 av cables to the tv tuner card ports and it worked fine, although the picture quality is not that good. will the picture quality improve if i connect the yellow av cable to the s-video connector? thanks. :)

  6. # stg

    hm … since i live in different country i don’t know where you can find it lol but i’m sure you can find it easily on various online electronic store ;)

    # billvuong

    could you tell me what is your capture card ?

  7. hey i’ve been trying to do this but i have a lot of trouble, i have a slimline s3220n i put in the y connector into the audio and the yellow into a converter into the video

    the Dscaler doesnt work for me my computer does not detect my ps2 at all, how can i make the dscaler play my ps2?

  8. I have a quick question. I managed to get my video to play on my computer but I don’t have one of those Y-connector things, where can I get one?

  9. I wish there was a better way to capture. Like capture in the exact size of the output video instead of having those black bars around the picture. I’ve also tried playing my PS2 on my computer but there’s always a slight delay between the video capture card and my moniter. The sound is okay though since that’s pretty direct. Just the video lags behind a bit. It’d be nice if they had something like RemoteJoy for PSP on the PS2.

  10. Hey I’m wondering if anyone can help me with a question. I been trying to connect my ps2 to my monitor. My monitor is a 24″ with 1920 x 1200 resolution. I wanna know whats the best way to connect it and get the best results?

  11. Do you have any drivers for Philips FM 1216ME H-3 Tuner card. Coz earlier when i had the original setup, I got sound from the games i played using Dscaler earlier without the method you suggested. But now no matter what i try( My TV tuner does not have the 3.5 mm jack), i cant get the sound to come. How come it worked fine earlier and now no sound is coming? I only connected the white yellow and red and earlier it was absolutely fine. Only now the problem has risen

  12. So sorry for really late reply because i didn’t saw your comments

    # Mike

    My guess is … dscaler doesn’t support your card :(

    # Jowy

    Actually as long as you have tv tuner card you can use it to connect your ps2 output to your tv tuner input :)

  13. heya guys!

    I wished to know if I can play PS2 on my PC monitor if I get an internal capture card and install it on my PC while having a quite slow computer and does not have a good 3D card… (perhaps doesn’t even have one, lol)

    description of my PC:
    Pentium 4 1.5ghz, 128mb RAM, running on windows XP Professional SP2.
    does not have any good 3D card.

    I’m wondering if the whole stuff work out without having my PS2 connected to the 3D card?

    thanks in advance!

  14. I have a problem w dscaler. every time I try to setup the video input, It shuts down. I’m using a s video cable and a ATI 650 tuner. any advise?

  15. well since im still using the old crt i can’t say much about it (i guess i should upgrade my monitor into LCD too if i had the money *not HDTV* lol)

    But one thing for sure is S-Video output is a lot better than the composite output ;)

  16. wow! that was fast! Thanks a lot Reaper X, u definitely rule!! I’ll try out the things u told me to do. BTW, earlier i only connected the 3 pins of the A/V cable of the PS2 to the tuner, and it used to run fine( both audio and video). Dunno what happened now!!
    With regards to the video, it looks washed out on the wide screen monitor( unlike in the earlier CRT where it was fine!!). In this case do i have to use component or S video cable to increase picture clarity or should i mess with the settings of Dscaler to get optimum picture quality. Coz on my HDTV( LCD based), it looks really good( but it is constantly used by the family members and hence can never get it free!). So i was wondering if there is anything wrong with the my LCD monitor or my setting of Dscaler.

  17. My tuner card has the yellow, red, white ports with S video connector.

    Wow you’re using a good tv tuner card there unlike mine lol !

    Based on your description (i dont know what tv tuner card you’re using so im just guessing this), i think you can use this method :

    1. Connect all the AV Cable (White,red,yellow) to your tv tuner card

    2. If your tv tuner card has a 3.5mm line out connector now you need to buy a 3.5mm cable from :

    3. and then connect it to your soundcard line in

  18. In the initial try( when in XP) i connected the PS2 directly to the Tuner card, and everything loaded up perfectly fine and audio was perfect. But in Vista, the audio does not load. I have reverted back to XP and am gonna try one more try. My tuner card has the yellow, red, white ports with S video connector. I also have a Geforce 8600 GTS with Audigy 4 5.1 surround system on a 19 inch LCD monitor. The Y connector you have mentioned is not available. So what is the next best option. When i initially ran it, the audio was routed to my headphones. But now i have a 5.1 system. Is the Y connector the ONLY option? Please help. Thanks for everything..

  19. Your welcome Tommy Chooi :)

    as for the S-Video, im sure that it’ll give you a better quality, although i havent tested it yet :)

  20. if your audio cable are connected to your pc soundcard you can try check at the sound control panel there for line in make sure it’s not muted (assume that you plug your cable to the blue color jack)

    I’m using composite cable to connected to my old
    snazzi easy vcd creator card .. the quality is acceptable :) going to buy a s-video output cable for my PS2, hope there more improvement on it ! :) cheers !

    Thanks for the guide Reaper-X :D

  21. No audio ? try looking if White and Red cable already connected to your soundcard input using the Y-Connector, and make sure the recording is set to Line In on Windows Volume Control

  22. The article on the PS2 connection to the PC is really good. I tried connecting mine. The Video loads just fine but there is no audio. Any help?

  23. Actually I just figured out how to get to composite by going to their website and everything is working great! Thanks for this webpage!!!