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I purchased my Elgato Game Capture HD to replace my old Hauppauge HD PVR due to weird problems when recording PS3 footage. To begin with, the installation of the software was brisk and easy (you need to download the software from the Elgato site as it does not have a CD), once the software is installed, plug in the USB cable and once Windows installs the drivers, you're good to go!
The Elgato is powered buy the same USB data cable used to connect it to the PC, so there's no need for an external PSU, which does eliminate extra cables. And it only uses a maximum of 3 cables at any given time, so it's very compact and light weight.
The box comes complete with the Elgato itself of course, an AV adapter for the PS3, a reasonably long mini-USB cable and an HDMI cable, as we as a composite adapter for older consoles, so everything you need to get up and running is right in the box.
Using the software is easy and simple, everything is laid out neatly, and it's easy to find and fine-tune how you want the Elgato to capture. And for gamers, it even includes built-in Live Commentary and online streaming features.
For me though, it seems my laptop wasn't QUITE string enough to record the source format of 720p @ 60fps, so I had to drop it to 30fps, but I can't notice a difference. Speaking of my laptop... you do need a rather powerful PC/laptop in order to run the Elgato.
You will need a minimum 2.0GHz dual-core CPU and 4Gb of RAM to run it comfortably. I have a 2.4GHz dual-core and 4Gb of RAM, but it seems my laptop did struggle, even though it met and exceeded the requirements.
This brings me on to the biggest problem I have with this device. At first, it worked perfectly.. flawless.. I made so many videos with it, it showed no signs of failing.. however, mine seemed to to just that.
Me, along with many other people, have started having glitching and corrupting in the video recorded by the Elgato. This would result in very messed up corrupt recordings, stuttery audio and blocky artifacts all over the screen. If using Live Commentary, at the point in which it starts glitching, the live commentary will disappear completely, leaving just the game audio. However, if you're using a separate program to capture your commentary, such as Audacity, when you come to sync your video/commentary up, you'll find the commentary won't sync to the video, because the glitching cause the video to become shorter than it should be.
Here is a link to one of my videos, around the 7m20s mark, you can see perfectly how bad the glitching really is and how it completely ruins the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWzWRKY6l94
I have had this happen on SO MANY occasions lately... that most of my videos have had to be deleted because they were unwatchable. When playing a game, I find myself looking at the Elgato capture window every second to make sure I can't see any glitching. Unfortunately, I never notice until it's too late... and most of my recordings can NOT be re-done.
Another strange issue I had regarding the corruption. I notice that it does the same glitching, corrupted, blocky artifact bullcrap when it ISN'T recording. Yes.. seriously... before I even push the Capture button, I can see in the preview window that the software is already gliltching. I always thought it may be that during the recording, the CPU spiked to 100% which caused lag on the Elgatos end, but no... it wasn't even recording.. how do you explain that? During recording, my laptop never seems to exceed 50% CPU usage, and that's WITH the Elgato capturing video.. so why does it struggle so hard to record perfectly?
Either way... despite the constant emails to and from Elgato Support, no-one seems to be able to tell me why it's doing this or how to fix it. I'm getting an HD PVR 2 (stay away from the Roxio HD) and selling the Elgato as soon as I don't need it, at the moment I'm using for some older console recordings, if it doesn't mess those up to.
All in all.. one of the best HD capture devices out there, but you need a killer PC to use it without problems.
I recently purchased an Elgato Game Capture HD to record my gameplay on my Xbox 360 and I have loved it ever since! The product allows you to capture in 1080p HD at 60FPS so it is great for recording games like Call of Duty. The device itself is very small and easy to carry around if you travel alot. The device works on both Xbox and Playstation, and the support that the company themselves give is great. It's amazing that you can do so many things on such a small device that can fit in the palm of your hand. The device allows you to live stream easily through places such as TwitchTV and the easy-to-use software makes recording your gameplay easier than ever. It allows you to quickly skip back to something that just happened and cut it out and share it with your friends over youtube, facebook and other social networks.
Overall, the product is probably the best game capture device out there on the market right now. Well worth a buy!