The Game Capture HD device from Elgato is the perfect
accessory for hardcore gamers who wish to inform the world of their
gaming prowess. At its heart, the Game Capture HD allows you to
record any gaming moment on your console and then easily share it
with the world via YouTube or another social networking site,
provided you have access to a laptop or a PC.
In order to use this product, you need
a laptop which in turn records the video from either your PS3 or
XBox 360. This basically allows you to record your footage as you
play your game on the console of your choice via your FULL HD TV.
The Game Capture HD then passes the footage back to your TV while
the video is split to your PC in order for the included software to
record your gaming.
Best of all, the installation of the
Game Capture HD is child's play. You simply connect your console to
the device via the HDMI cable which in turn connects to your TV and
the USB connection goes to your laptop. That's it! Another
impressive feature of the device is that the video quality is true
HD quality thanks to the H.264 encoding, so all your videos will be
crystal clear. This also means that the Game Capture HD does all the
encoding itself which compresses the file in real-time.
STEP 1 - Connect your Game Console
STEP 3 - Connect your FULL HD TV and
The device supports a variety of
resolutions that include 480ip, 576p, 720p and 1080i, ensuring that
almost all resolutions are catered for. The software included with
the Game Capture HD contains all the editing features you need to
get your videos online ASAP. If you want to give them that extra
professional touch, other editing software is required. For our
purposes, the included software was all we needed.
STEP 4 - Run the software on your PC
The software is also extremely easy to
use and supports both PC and Mac. Once your video has been saved and
is ready to be uploaded, the software easily allows you to share
your gameplay on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Another interesting
feature of the unit is that it automatically records even if you
forget to tell the software. It's similar to the function of TiVO
which allows you to rewind live television. On the Game Capture HD,
it's called Flashback but is great if you accidentally forget to
record or something record worthy happens in your game.
STEP 5 - Play the Game!
The specifications of the Game Capture
HD requires a PC with Windows 7, a dual CPU of 2.0Ghz or higher plus
4GB of RAM with a USB 2.0 port. The Mac requires the same
configuration but needs Max OS X 10.7 or higher. The contents of the
Game Capture HD include the Elgato Game Capture HD, quick start
guide, USB cable, HDMI cable and a PlayStation 3 cable. Everything
you need for recordings is included in this package.
If you're looking for a straight
forward device to record your gaming sessions, than I suggest you
check out the Elgato Game Capture HD which does the job perfectly
and offers some very impressive video recording capabilities. The
only downside to the device is that you need a laptop or desktop to
setup which does create a little bit of extra work in the
installation process. Hopefully Elgato will make a device that
directly records onto a USB stick or hard drive. Even so, this
product does a remarkable job at saving your gaming videos forever
and the quality is outstanding!