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Hauppauge Colossus Video Recorder

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Product Highlights
  • Internal PCI Express Board
  • H.264 Compressed Video/Audio at 1080i
  • Records HD Video from Un-encrypted HDMI
  • Supports AVCHD Format
  • Records HD Video Game Play & TV Programs
  • Supports Stereo Audio / Composite Input
  • Turns Old Video Tapes into Blu-ray Disks
  • Simultaneous HD Recording & Viewing
  • IR Blaster & IR Receiver/Learn Cable

The Hauppauge Colossus Video Recorder is an internal PCI Express board that offers real-time H.264 compressed video recordings with digital audio at a resolution up to 1080i. Equipped with an HDMI input port, the Colossus allows you to directly record HD video from an un-encrypted HDMI source such as a digital SLR.

You can record digital audio using 2-channel stereo or optical audio with five channel Dolby Digital. The video recorder allows you to record AVCHD format videos at variable recording rates from 1 to 20 Mbits/sec onto a DVD-R or DVD-RW disk for playback on a Blu-ray DVD player. With Arcsoft ShowBiz application, you can easily record and playback your video game in HD (up to 1080i) via Xbox360 or PS3 game consoles.

The WinTV v7 TV application enables you to create personal HD video library of favorite TV programs by automatically recording TV programs from HD cable TV and satellite set top boxes. The recorder allows you to connect to any component video equipped with an HD set top box. Supporting a standard definition composite input, the unit enables recording old video tapes and burning these videos onto a Blu-ray DVD disk.

Component video plus stereo and digital audio pass through facilitates simultaneous HD recording and viewing. Included IR blaster and IR receiver/learn cable identifies your cable TV or satellite remote control and can change the channel on your set top box automatically. The Colossus Video Recorder runs on Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP platform.

Internal PCI Express board
Includes a built-in H.264 high definition encoder for enhanced video recordings
Offers real-time H.264 compressed video recordings with digital audio at a resolution up to 1080i
Includes an HDMI input port that allows you to directly record HD video from an un-encrypted HDMI source such as a digital SLR
Records digital audio via 2-channel stereo or optical audio with five channel Dolby Digital
Supports AVCHD recording format
Allows variable recording rates from 1 to 20 Mbits/sec 1
Burns onto a standard 4.7GB DVD-R or DVD-RW disk
Arcsoft ShowBiz application allows you to easily record and playback your video game play in HD (up to 1080i) via Xbox360 or PS3 game consoles
Can burn HD disks or upload video game play in HD to YouTube
WinTV v7 TV application enables you to create personal HD video library of favorite TV programs by automatically recording TV programs from HD cable TV and satellite set top boxes
Connects to most HD cable TV and satellite TV receivers with component video and optical digital audio
Supports stereo audio input
Allows to connect any component video equipped with an HD set top box
Supports standard definition composite input
Enables recording old video tapes and burning these videos onto a Blu-ray DVD disk
Component video plus stereo and digital audio pass through facilitates simultaneous HD recording and viewing
IR blaster and IR receiver/learn cable identifies your cable TV or satellite remote control and can change the channel on your set top box automatically
Runs on Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP platform
NTSC and PAL support
Compression Format H.264
Encoding Formats AVCHD video encoder
Source AC-3 recording from AC-3 source
AAC audio encoding from PCM source
Recording Bit Rate 1 to 20 Mbits/sec (user selectable in the ArcSoft ShowBiz application)
Recording Format up to 1080i from component video (YCrCb or YPrPb)
NTSC: 720p60, 1080i60, 480i60, 480p60
PAL: 720p50, 1080i50, 576p50, 576i50, 480p50, 480i50 1
Please Note:

Any other format conversions needs to be done with the MediaConvert program (supplied).

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Signal System NTSC or PAL supported
System Requirements Processor Requirements (minimum for HD playback): Dual core CPU 2.0GHz or faster
Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit), Windows Vista or Windows XP service pack 2 (32-bit). For use with Windows 7 Media Center.
Graphics with 256MB memory (or greater)
PCI Express x1 slot
Sound card for audio playback
CD-ROM drive for installing the Colossus software 2
Please Note:

When playing back video recordings made with the Colossus, a fast CPU and at least 256MB of graphics memory are needed.

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Software Control ArcSoft "ShowBiz": for video recording and authoring and burning of your TV recordings onto a Blu-ray DVD compatible disc
Hauppauge WinTV v7 application: with support for the Hauppauge remote control and IR blaster
Input/Output A/V cable input adapter with:
  • Component video input
  • Left/ Right RCA audio input

  • A/V cable output adapter with loop through audio and video:
  • Component video output
  • Left/ Right RCA audio output
  • Optical audio input and loop through output
    HDMI input (Note: for use with un-encrypted HDMI video sources)
    IR Blaster output 3
    Please Note:

    Video input on Component and HDMI sources is limited to 1080i

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    Hauppauge Colossus Video Recorder
  • Hauppauge Remote Control
  • A/V Cable Adapters (2 Sets Supplied)
  • Component Video Cable Set
  • IR Blaster/Receiver Cable
  • Installation Software on CD: WinTV v7 and Arcsoft
  • ShowBiz Applications
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 2-year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    HauppaugeColossus Video Recorder
     
    4.4

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good graphics quality (7)
    • Easy to install (5)
    • Easy to use (5)
    • Reliable (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday (4)
      • Movies (4)
      • Multimedia (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Power user (5), Casual user (4)

      Reviewed by 8 customers

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      4.0

      Works well once software setup correctly

      By Gene

      from Atlanta

      About Me Power user

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Install

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use

        Comments about Hauppauge Colossus Video Recorder:

        The hardware works well once you get the software installed and set up correctly. The Colossus that I received had a third cable to plug into the back that contained composite and S-Video connector. I have a comcast Pace STB device. It would not work with the IR blaster but I found a file to make it work at http://www.kernellabs.com/blog/?p=1552 I also had a problem with the Hauppauge remote not working and found the IR blaster plug was not pushed in all the way. I had a problem with 60hz hum so I changed the PCIe slot to one that did not share bandwith with anything else and the hum went away. I installed the software and driver from the CD and then updated them from the updates on the web site.

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        2.0

        great image, but horrible win8 software

        By Steve

        from Denver, Co

        About Me Casual User, Power user

        Pros

        • Good Graphics Quality

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Horrible Win8 Software
        • Unreliable Performance

        Best Uses

          Comments about Hauppauge Colossus Video Recorder:

          The image quality is fantastic. Unfortunately this doesn't work with windows 8 media center so you are left using other software. This wouldn't be an issue if the wintv software was stable but it just isn't. I have yet to find a good software alternative to media center. It shouldn't be rocket science to find a bordless windowed software for watching tv on windows 8 but it's been a serious pain. The ammount of rebooting i have to do makes it not worth even messing with this card. This might be a great card for windows 7 but in windows 8 it's a total pain.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          NICE PRODUCT !!

          By CANELA

          from BRONX NY

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Graphics Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Hauppauge Colossus Video Recorder:

              To record TV to PC is EXCELLENT LIKE HD 1080P

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              5.0

              Love it, love it, love it.

              By Steve

              from Pittsburgh, PA

              About Me Casual User, Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Easy To Use
              • Good Graphics Quality
              • Reliable Performance

              Cons

              • Price could be less

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Movies
              • Multimedia

              Comments about Hauppauge Colossus Video Recorder:

              I use this in my HTPC to watch satellite tv. I've had no issues with this what so ever and the setup was not too difficult. The picture is good, the delay is about 1-2 seconds, which is very acceptable.

              I also got this working with WMC and it works pretty well.

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              5.0

              Everything I was Expecting

              By Bill from Texas

              from Texas

              About Me Cinephile, Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Easy To Use
              • Good Graphics Quality
              • Reliable Performance

              Cons

              • NONE

              Best Uses

              • Movies

              Comments about Hauppauge Colossus Video Recorder:

              My Colossus is in an Intel Based i5 quad with 8 gigs of memory and lots of hard drive space. I am running it from a satellite reciever with the HDMI only and the HD picture is great.

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              5.0

              Great Image Quality And Digital Sound

              By Roberto Gómez Torres

              from Mexico City

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Easy To Use
              • Good Graphics Quality
              • Reliable Performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Graphic Design
                • Movies
                • Multimedia

                Comments about Hauppauge Colossus Video Recorder:

                I live in Mexico City and recently upgrade my TV cable system contract to receive HD channels with the CABLEVISION provider.

                The new set top box from the cable provider only has HDMI, Component and Composite outputs for image and RCA Stereo or TosLink for digital audio. The set top box is a Motorola DCX700 HD.

                My prior set top box had a coaxial output for audio and video which was attached to a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 HDTV PCI Card.

                Since the new top box receiver does not have a coaxial output I decided to upgrade to this new Hauppauge Colossus PCI-E card in order to be able to watch the high resolution channels and be able to record them.

                The card was easy to install using the last drivers from the manufacturer web site on my Windows 7 64-bit PC. I am using the COMPONENT video output from the cable TV top box as well as the TosLink Digital Audio Optical output.

                I am very happy with the Colossus card, it allows me to watch the HD channels at full resolution full screen or on a small window the size I desire with the WinTV application from Hauppauge.

                The HD TV card works great with my Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro PCIe Sound Card and my AMD ATI FirePro V8800 Graphics Card.

                Hope that helps.

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                4.0

                So far so good

                By ourgangmn

                from Waterville, MN

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Easy To Use
                • Good Graphics Quality
                • Reliable Performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Gaming
                  • Movies
                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about Hauppauge Colossus Video Recorder:

                  I use it to archive hd tv programming to my computer hdd using component video out from my receiver to the Colossus card. I can record everything in 1080i. I have not had a chance to burn any blu-ray discs yet, because I do not have a bd burner.
                  I have not tested the hdmi in or out connections.
                  Comes with Arcsoft software for editing videos, creating avi or mpeg files, dvd's or blu-ray dics.

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Card

                  By Bill

                  from New Jersey

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Graphics Quality
                  • Reliable Performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Hauppauge Colossus Video Recorder:

                      This card works as advertised. Installation was easy and the recording quality is excellent. It does not work with Beyond TV, but I use separately with my STB.

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