Elgato Game Capture HD

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Dec 11, 2013 in PS3, PS4, Tech, XBOX 360, Xbox One |

Elgato Game Capture HD

 

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve become quite addicted to watching and capturing videos using the features on the PS4 and the Xbox One. There is something strangely voyeuristic about being able to sit and watch somebody play through a game, and I’ve found myself spending many evenings doing so.

Last year, I picked up a AverMedia Game Capture HD C281 for recording my Xbox and PS3 footage and have had mixed results with it. When it works, it’s great, simply record footage to the internal hard drive, then either pop out the drive or copy to a USB stick, move to PC/Mac, edit, then upload. Over the last couple of months I’ve had some issues with the Xbox recognising the cable properly, which has lead to the captures being in 480p only. I’ve run through all the tests I can, new cable, resetting the Xbox, bypassing the device and going straight to the TV, even a different Xbox, but to no avail, so I’ve decided to replace it with a different model.

The Elgato Game Capture HD offers a few benefits over the AverMedia Game Capture HD, notably the HDMI passthrough, instead of having to use the component cables. The device doesn’t have it’s own internal storage, instead it records directly to a PC/Mac, which will eliminate the need to move files between devices. This isn’t really an issue for me, as the Xbox 360 I record from is sat next to my iMac

Some of the additional features allow live streamings to Twitch, UStream and YouTube,  as well as one-click sharing to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and many other services. I guess one of the main features for me is the Flashback Recording feature that constantly records your footage, but will only commit to a file if you ask it to, kind of like the ‘Xbox…..Record That’ feature on the Xbox One, but this will potentially record hours.

As you can see from the below images, the device is very small and compact and takes up a lot less room than the AverMedia Game Capture HD. Setup was simple, I connected two HDMI cables, one to the Xbox and one to the TV, the USB cable to my Mac and installed the software.

The software is probably the best feature. In the middle of the screen you have your live feed (with a second or two delay), and on the right you have your controls, allowing you to easily start recording or streaming. Once you have your video recorded, you can use the built in editor to simply trim down the video. Once trimmed, you can either upload as it is or if you want to add your own touch to it, you can simply sent it to iMovie to add the polishing touches.

I’ll be primarily using this with the Xbox 360, however the cables included will allow recording from any HDMI device. The included cables allow connection to the PS3 (as the HDMI is encrypted) and component cables so I could use this with the Wii as well. Looking on the forums, this device will also be compatible with the Xbox One, and once the PS4 has received a firmware update to remove the HDCP protection, this should work flawlessly too.

So far, I’ve been really impressed with this device, very simply to use and plan to flesh out my YouTube channel in the coming months.

Unboxing photos below.

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