Review | Elgato Game Capture HD
Whether it’s for walkthroughs, reviews or for showing off, more and more gamers are taking to recording their gameplay footage and sharing them all over the place.
We’ve seen our fair share of capturing devices but perhaps none have impressed us as much as Elgato’s Game Capture HD. For starters, the device is nice and small, unlike another solid, but bulky option that is popular on the market right now, which is fantastic for taking it on the go. Secondly, the device us USB powered, so no need for additional power cables while offering a pretty simple setup.
What will no doubt attract gamers to this device is the HDMI input, which in our tests, helped produce as crystal clear an image as we’ve seen on similar devices. The Game Capture HD coverts into H.264 format and can support 1080i, 720p, 576p and 480i resolutions and while using it on the Xbox 360 will yield unencrypted video, that won’t be the case for the PS3, due to HDCP. So if you think you’re going to throw in a movie and record it on your computer, think again. The video you capture also gets compressed, which keeps the video files relatively smaller than you would have had otherwise. And while tech-savvy folks might not dig the idea of compressed video, the general user will appreciate the fact that it’s less taxing on your PC or Mac.
For those who find it to be an annoying and difficult task to capture footage from an iPad, the Game Capture HD also does supporting, only asking that you have a Digital AV adapter for the iPad, which will then allow you to use HDMI. The process of this was also a snap, and we managed to nab some footage of a few games without any trouble.
The included software also has a neat feature called Flashback Recording that basically lets you go back in time to record footage you may have missed. You can also easily share your videos via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube with a simple click; while the software lets you edit your scenes fairly easily. Also, for those who are already using the Eye TV (v. 3.5.5) software, either for other Elgato products or for the Hauppauge HD PVR, the Game Capture HD is also now supported.
As for requirements, Mac users will need to be on Mac OS X 10.7 or later with a 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, while PC users will need Windows 7 with a 2.0 GHz CPU. Either way you go, you’ll also need 4GB of RAM and a built-in 2.0 USB port.
All in all, for $199.95, the Elgato Game Capture HD is a fine device that should be at the top of any gamer’s list, looking to capture their gameplay footage. Picture quality is great, it’s simply to setup and use and it’s nice and small.