Too late to buy an HD-PVR?

Discussion in 'Everything Else' started by Armadeadn, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. I've always wanted to record gameplays from my consoles but didn't want to spend £200+ to do so. But I've had enough, I want to buy one now but I don't want to buy one and find out next year a new console comes out and the capture device doesn't work on them. What do you guys think? Should I just wait it out or will it work on the next gen consos?
  2. I doubt the next consoles will go above HD resolutions so I don't think you will have a problem.
  3. He'll be SOL when Playstation 9 comes out. I hear that's going to jack directly into the brain.
  4. Hi, this is Armadeadn and welcome to Lets Play

  5. There's not much you can miss on on capture devices nowadays. But be advised no capture device will capture in HD. you'll never find one with hdmi and I've never gotten a component connection to work. HDMI is a digital connection and is riddled with copyright restrictions so I am positive there are none out there. but if your console just uses SCART (wich I believe is just the pal version of the US' Coax, correct me if I'm wrong) or component your good. None of the captures you see on the net will be in HD unless their FMV ripped directly from disk, a pc cap (the way game devs make HD trailers) or a total fan recreation with in game sprites like dead fantasy. Look for a cap device that plugs into your usb port.
  6. I'm talking more specifically about the Hauppauge HD-PVR Gaming Edition.


    A lot of youtubers swear by it and their videos seem to be in HD. My only concern was that the software might only be compatible with the current generation of consoles.
  7. it's a high tech vcr!
  8. Pretty much. I think that's the point.
  9. I think it's a waste of dough but... I'm curious how they got component in there... and if it does indeed do HD like advertised. I mean I'm sure it does, but I doubt it's so easy. My current PCIe card has component, it's either not hooked up right (windows recognizes it so I doubt that's the case) or some kind of restrictions in place.

    Bottom line though I doubt it'd work like you'd want it to, you'd be better off buying a cheap vcr with a pass-through. Hook up the vcr to the tv and pass the console through the vcr. when you get to the point you wish to record press record. Old school and it still works! (though not HD) If this DVR truly records in HD and spits it back out in an editable format than you really got somethin. Sure it might record in HD but will it spit it back out for you or will what you record be kept in the machine like all DVRs do.

    I'll bet it's expensive as all git too.
  10. This is all I need

    (on a review of the Hauppauge Collosus not the HD PVR)
    "You can record pretty much anything except for PS3 through HDMI, but you can record Xbox 360 and PC through HDMI."

    It's still pretty darned expensive though... I might get one, that intrigues me. I'm betting the HD PVR won't work with PS3s except using just composite or s-video either. So if your looking for PS3 recordings you can send to your friends your SOL when it comes to HD.
  11. This is a video recorded from a PS3 using the Hauppauge HD-PVR (I think regular edition, not gaming edition) and as you'll see it's in glorious HD and looks about as good as you could ask for. Sure beats recording it using a VCR!

    Obviously the device is not cheap but you have to pay if you want great quality pictures. I tried using ezcap a few months back, that was a complete waste of both time and money.
  12. Yeah it's using component so there's none of the copy protection palaver going on that you'd get with HDMI

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    So now you're going to be able to record quality footage, you just have to back it up with quality gameplay now.
  13. Therein lies the fun.
  14. Well, if you really want to go overboard, there is always Blackmagic Design. They make an incredible product for the money, and are particularly popular in broadcast. Their Intensity Pro product might be of interest, as they offer it with a PCI Express 1x, USB3, or Thunderbolt interface. It also supports component, composite, s-video, and HDMI loop through. For around $200 USD.

    Then again, if you want some future proofing their 4k product might do nicely.
  15. I bought a Hauppauge HD PVR2 gaming edition yesterday for £118. I figured I'd need a new HDD since the one in my laptop is 220gb and has been almost full for months now, I thought 2tb should be ok. I had a concern about these devices not working with next gen consoles but someone I spoke to said as long as they have HDMI ports (which they will, he added) I should be good to go. Can't wait to set this bad boy up later. I also decided that windows live movie maker is far too amateurish and so bought Sony Vegas HD Platinum 11 this morning for about £40. I've wanted to do this for years, and now I can.
  16. One thing I don't get, why do you want to record yourself playing a game?
  17. Perhaps he is getting into the whole YouTube Lets Play or the Speed Running communities. Some of the YouTube LPers have massive followings and gets tons of hits and with adds on can make a living from it.

    The chap who recently got the world record for Zelda Wind Waker had 18k people watching him do it live, his ads were not working but he made $2500 in donations from watchers in the 4 hour 37 minute stream.
  18. That makes sense, especially if there is money to be made. I kept thinking it might be for himself to watch later, which seems pretty weird.
  19. Yeah it'll be for uploading to YouTube. Plus there been so very many moments in games when I wished I'd been recording so I could see that moment again. Now I can. I'm just moving all my iTunes data from my laptop to my new hdd, 50gb, this will take a while.
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