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Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder

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Product Highlights
  • For PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
  • Record Gameplay to a Mac or PC
  • Advanced H.264 Encoding
  • HDMI Pass-Through to TV
  • Flashback Recording Feature
  • Share on YouTube, Facebook & Twitter

With the Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder from Elgato, you can relive your greatest gaming moments time and time again and even share with friends and fans. That's because the Game Capture HD lets you record PlayStation or Xbox 360 gameplay to a Mac or PC.

Advanced hardware H.264 encoding lets you capture in HD yet keeps the file size small. Gameplay is passed through to your TV via HDMI. With direct Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 input, you can use a single cable to connect the recorder to your console, eliminating a tangle of cables in your entertainment area.

Along with the recorder, you also get software that makes it easy to capture every move you make, even if you forget to press the record button. The software also lets you trim your gaming scenes and pass them on to your favorite editing software. The Flashback Recording feature lets you timeshift your gameplay -- that means retroactively hitting the record button on your computer. And with a single click, you can share your gameplay on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Record your PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 gameplay to a Mac or PC
Advanced H.264 encoding
HDMI pass-through to your TV
Direct Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 input
Flashback Recording feature lets you record retroactively
One-click sharing to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter
Interface USB 2.0
Input Xbox 360 (unencrypted HDMI), PlayStation 3 (A/V in)
Output HDMI (pass-through)
Supported Resolutions 480i/p, 576p, 720p, 1080i
System Requirements Mac: Mac OS X 10.7, 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU
PC: Windows 7, 2.0 GHz dual core CPU, sound card
4GB RAM, built-in USB 2.0 port

Internet connection required to download Elgato Game Capture HD software
Dimensions 2.9 x 1.0 x 4.3" (73 x 24 x 109 mm)
Weight 5 oz (142 g)
Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder
  • Game Capture HD Software
  • PlayStation 3 Cable
  • HDMI Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Elgato SystemsGame Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder
     
    4.5

    (based on 36 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (30)
    • Easy to use (20)
    • Reliable (19)
    • Good graphics quality (18)
    • High quality (12)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gaming (28)
      • Everyday (5)
      • High-end multimedia (5)
      • Movies (4)
      • Multimedia (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Gamer (16), Quality oriented (12), Power user (10), Casual user (6), Graphic designer (6)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (10)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      what a buy :)

      I will break it down as simple as i can. pros- records in hd (up to 1080p/i on xbox 360)- easy one click quick option software to record, livestream, mic...Read complete review

      I will break it down as simple as i can. pros- records in hd (up to 1080p/i on xbox 360)- easy one click quick option software to record, livestream, mic on/off and such- rewind your recordings up to a certain point to rewrite in a sense over a section of the recording- works with xsplit now- comes with all the cables u need (unless u dont have at least 1 hdmi cable then u need to buy one, no biggie)-works with both mac and pc-easy to set up and easy instructions- size is great to bring on your travels, a little smaller than the size of a samsung galaxy s3 phone-audio lag is none (from my experience) when streaming-video streaming lag (on my computer which is average nothing special for specs) is roughly 3-4 seconds with an upload speed of about 2.25MB/sec-variable upload speeds/servers for downloadscons-it MUST be plugged in at all times to a computer in order to use it,computer must be on, it must be plugged in order to see the game you are playing on the tv otherwise is will come up with no signal on your screen.-must buy an adapter in order to play older consoles (n64, super nintendo), i bought an AV to hdmi converter box that plugged into the hdmi input on the elgato- no place for a hard drive to store recordings, you must record to your computer or u must record to an external hard drive hooked up to the computer (need 2 usb ports, one for elgato and one for external hard drive)-i have not found a way to add (on game capture software) webcam, another video, text box for titles, and such. use xsplit if u want to do all that. (xsplit crashes on my computer but that might be because of system requirements im not sure)overall impressionother than having to have the elgato hooked up all the time in order to play (unless u just simply hook the hdmi directly to the tv/console) and not having an option to plug and record with a usb or hard drive, the product overall is great. the capturing quality is very high. the software is easy to use. going live is just a simple click (if u have an account already, if not it only takes 5 mins at most). with a few tweaks i would hands down give this product a 5 star rating. but i like to stream and i like the extra options. maybe the game capture software will have updates later to give me these picky options. i use this product almost every day.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Works fine with proprietary software

      This works fine with the supplied software, and the video recording works well. Volume controls quite good with the separate embedded control.

      The latest firmware has built in streaming, but...Read complete review

      This works fine with the supplied software, and the video recording works well. Volume controls quite good with the separate embedded control.

      The latest firmware has built in streaming, but it won't go below 0.5Meg upstream, and does not have separate quality, framerate, resolution settings for the streaming. So you can't record in hd but stream in lower rates.

      Also, this device is not directshow compliant. What this means is that various industry standard software, such as Adobe, VLC, don't recognise it as a device.

      Reviewed by 36 customers

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      4.0

      Fantastic Product

      By Ericflorex

      from Fort Collins, CO

      About Me Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Cost
      • Crisp Picture
      • Easy Installation
      • Easy to use
      • Included Cables
      • Included Software
      • Size

      Cons

      • Cost

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Recording Game Play

      Comments about Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder:

      I purchased this product for myself to use for recording the Gameplay footage from my PS4. It works very well so long as you have the proprietary software. However the software is completely free from the Elgato website which is nice. I was half expecting to have to pay a premium to download the Game Caputre software.

      One of the greatest thing about this piece of technology is the flashback recording feature. This allows for you to not be recording directly to your hard drive while still recording. Basically every time you open up the software and have the device connected to your computer it will record the input but will not save it. The the coolest way this feature works is that if something happens while playing and you wern't recording you can still save it by saving the flashback footage.

      One weird problem I did feature with the product was sometimes the input did not go to the TV. Everything was plugged in to the right ports, however the TV was indicating it was not recieving a singal. However this was alliviated by restarting the consoul.

      All in all this product is fantastic and very easy to use.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Works perfectly

      By consmet01

      from Sparta, NJ

      About Me Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Crisp Picture
      • Easy Installation
      • Fast Connection
      • High Resolution

      Cons

      • Disconnect To Play Wo
      • None

      Best Uses

      • Movies
      • Youtube

      Comments about Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder:

      This is the best capture card I have ever used and is great for making my youtube videos

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great Product

      By Fatty Boom-Boom

      from Georgia USA

      About Me Power User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Crisp Picture
      • Easy Installation
      • Fast Connection

      Cons

      • No Linux Support

      Best Uses

      • Game Recording
      • Home
      • Movies
      • Office
      • Pc Tutorials
      • Sports

      Comments about Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder:

      i ran this for PS3 and Xbox 360 mainly i use this for PC recording.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Elgato game capture

      By Brandon

      from Eugene

      Comments about Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder:

      Great product

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      5.0

      Better then the Hauppauge

      By Hawki007

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Crisp Picture
      • Easy Installation
      • No Stupid Software

      Cons

      • Na

      Best Uses

      • Anywhere

      Comments about Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder:

      I got the Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus, and returned it as quick as I could say the name. Why? The software is a joke. The Elgato had no problems. Love it.

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      4.0

      Good quality video and easy to use

      By The Dad Gamer

      from Corona, CA

      About Me Gamer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Gaming

        Comments about Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder:

        Be aware of the hardware and software requirements to ensure that your computer can perform adequately.
        The device was very easy to setup. After downloading the software we were capturing gameplay video and sound within minutes.

        The video and sound quality is very impressive.

        Some minor issues with voice-chat sound dropping out, but this may be a mic/sound level issue. We have not yet had time to play with all the settings.

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        4.0

        This product is incredible

        By MonsterSauze

        from New York City

        About Me Animator, Cinephile, Gamer, Graphic designer, Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comes With An Hdmi Cable
        • Easy To Install
        • Easy To Use
        • Full 1080p Recording
        • Good Graphics Quality
        • Reliable Performance

        Cons

        • Rder
        • Weird Built In Audio Reco

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Gaming
        • Livestraming

        Comments about Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder:

        I use the product to record my game footage from my xbox 360 and upload it to my youtube channel. This product is amazing to do so. The only thing i don't like is the built in voice recorder, but I just use audacity and it works fine. I love how it records in full 1080p, which really brings good quality to my videos

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        5.0

        Oh Look, a Legendary Product!

        By M3RKMUS1C

        from Florida

        About Me Beast, Gamer, Youtuber

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Lacks 1080p60fps Capture
        • No Face Cam Options

        Best Uses

        • Gaming
        • Live Gameplay Commentary
        • Making 1337 Montages
        • Posting Videos To Youtube

        Comments about Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder:

        The Elgato Game Capture HD is the best capture device as of now for recording video game gameplay! I currently use it to capture Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC footage.

        The Elgato is amazing because it's easy to set up, use, and your recordings will look great without taking up too much of your hard drive space.

        I have no problems with the device, but 1080p/60fps capture for next-gen/PC gameplay and recognition for webcams for doing live face cam sessions is something we've been longing for. It'd be awesome!

        I've bought 2 for personal use and 3 for giving away on my Youtube channel. Throw away any of your doubts, you can't go wrong with an Elgato!

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        5.0

        I will get another one soon

        By djnol

        from Bronx, ny

        About Me Casual User, Gamer, Graphic designer, Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Gaming
          • Multimedia

          Comments about Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder:

          Simple to use and setup to the device

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          5.0

          AWESOME !!!

          By Andre the beast

          from Chandler, AZ

          About Me Casual User, Gamer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gaming

            Comments about Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder:

            This is the cheapest place to get a elgato it works perfect.. great buy !

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            2.0

            Works fine with proprietary software

            By grantcoll

            from Hamilton, NZ

            About Me Power user, Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Industry Noncompliant

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use

            Comments about Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder:

            This works fine with the supplied software, and the video recording works well. Volume controls quite good with the separate embedded control.

            The latest firmware has built in streaming, but it won't go below 0.5Meg upstream, and does not have separate quality, framerate, resolution settings for the streaming. So you can't record in hd but stream in lower rates.

            Also, this device is not directshow compliant. What this means is that various industry standard software, such as Adobe, VLC, don't recognise it as a device.

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            1.0

            Take care if considering this item

            By grantcoll

            from New Zealand

            About Me Professional

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Recording
            • Reliable Performance

            Cons

            • Bad Streaming
            • Poor Graphics Quality
            • Streaming

            Best Uses

            • Personal Use Only

            Comments about Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder:

            These are not Microsoft Directshow compliant, so many industry standard streaming applications won't recognise this device.

            It has its own proprietary software and for recording to the computer, it works ok, but they introduced further proprietary software for streaming. But it stutters badly, so if you are serious about your stream quality, choose something else.

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            5.0

            Amazing product

            By Brian Lopez

            from Columbia, MO

            About Me Gamer, Graphic designer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gaming

              Comments about Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder:

              I use this product to stream from my wii u to twitch and it couldn't be any easier to set up and use, just plug & play then enjoy your game and let the world see you in action. The only thing that might bother some is that the device has to have USB power for your picture to show up on your tv or you have to rewire your av cables everytime you want to put it away.

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              4.0

              Works Great, But...

              By daveryder

              from ontario, canada

              About Me Casual User, Gamer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Lacking Editing Options

              Best Uses

              • Commentaries
              • Gaming
              • Movies

              Comments about Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder:

              Works great easy to use and set up, recording look and sound great as long as your PC/ Laptop can handle the high demands of 720p and 1080p/I,
              the only thing I was disappointed with is the built-in editing software, for me it is lacking the ability to raise and low game audio or voice audio throughout the video, as well as adding different transitions for beginnings and endings etc.

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              4.0

              Great Capture Device

              By FetusZero

              from Quebec, Canada

              About Me Gamer, Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Gaming

                Comments about Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder:

                I've been looking for an HD capture device for a long time now, and after gathering a lot of information, I decided to go for the Elgato.
                In truth, I always wanted a BlackMagic Intensity Pro, but the Game Capture HD was less expensive and in the current situation, I preferred having my device external rather than having it in PCIe.

                First, the quality is nearly as good as PCIe devices, making this one of the best USB 2.0 capture device I've tried. The software it comes with has minimal options to adjust brightness, contrast, etc., and lets you create profiles based on your settings. It has two modes: Capture and Edit. In capture mode, you obviously record what's on screen. Being a USB device, there is a small delay between what's really happening and what you see in the software, but luckily the Elgato has an HDMI port that can be used for "live" playback. For this reason I strongly recommend having a second monitor (I actually consider it as a requirement).
                In edit mode, you can modify the length of your videos, take a screenshot of the current position within a recorded video, and you can convert them to MP4 or upload them to different video hosting websites.
                Note that the capture mode does NOT have a screenshot button, but a shortcut does exist: CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+C. It's a lot of keys to press for a screenshot and it bothers me, as they could of simply added a screenshot button to the interface within this mode. Game Capture HD is still fairly new among the competitors, so I expect this to be added in a future update.

                The software has a nice feature which I hadn't seen before: It keeps in memory a certain amount of time of your video. If I remember it's called Flash playback. For example, if you are playing a video game and saw something nice but weren't recording, you can use this option to rewind your gameplay within the software to record it.

                Pros:
                - Easy to install.
                - Good quality.
                - Comes with all the necessary cables.
                - Game Capture HD software is simple.
                - Software has both a "capture" and "edit" mode, allowing you to do simple editing.
                - Allows you to stream to YouTube and Twitch.
                - Allows you to convert recordings to MP4 for easy use in video editors.
                - Allows you to directly upload to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and to email within the software itself.
                - Extremely good customer support (I had to contact them for a minor thing).

                Cons:
                - PCIe will still deliver better quality, but that is to be expected.
                - No screenshot button in "capture" mode for quick capture.
                - Could have more options and settings.

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                5.0

                Price, Performance - It's All Here

                By ShaunaM

                from Virginia

                About Me Gamer, Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gaming

                  Comments about Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder:

                  This product was recommended by a friend, and it lived up to all my expectations. I've been able to record not only my PS3, and 360, but I've made a few retro videos of my old systems like the original xbox and dreamcast. Anything made in the last 10-15 years works great. I even got some Ouya footage in 1080p.

                  It's easy to set up, and you never miss a moment, even if you forget to press record. Just and excellent device at a great price.

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                  4.0

                  As Expected

                  By Alex

                  from Ventura, CA

                  About Me Casual User, Cinephile, Gamer, Graphic designer, Power user, Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Incomplete Packaging

                  Best Uses

                  • Gaming
                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder:

                  The item in question was cheaper than what was offered elsewhere. It came in functioning order in package with all advertised components, save for the installation disk containing the quick start guide, and the software required to run the device.

                  I was able to download it off of the Elgato main site, so it was more of a peculiar and obnoxious inconvenience, rather than something that would break the product.

                  Overall I recommend it.

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                  5.0

                  It's Grrrreat!!!!

                  By KingLoveJones

                  from Atl

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder:

                      The elgato game capture is one of the best on the market. From its hd recording to the format that allows long videos to take up a little bit of space. For anyone who is planing on getting into commentaries its fairly easy to start with this or if you just like to stream . The only down side to this product is you have to get the drivers from the manufactures website which really isn't to much of an inconvenience.

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                      5.0

                      Stellar HD GameCapture

                      By Elite Ninja Master

                      from Yo Sammity!

                      About Me Gamer, Ninja, Power user, Professional

                      Pros

                      • Allows Vintage Gaming Rec
                      • Easy To Install
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Graphics Quality
                      • No External Ac Adptr Req
                      • Recently Upgraded To 1080
                      • Reliable Performance
                      • Stays Cool

                      Cons

                      • Not A Nair One

                      Best Uses

                      • Gaming
                      • Pc Gameplay Via Hdmi
                      • Wii U Gameplay
                      • Xbox 360 Gameplay

                      Comments about Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder:

                      i4mb3c0m3d34th, you do not need your laptop until time to edit. I use this on my Wii U and I plug it into my Wii U USB port to power it, no laptop needed. This works the same on the 360/PS3, just FYI.

                      This device is amazing and if you have a decent CPU, you will love it. For the money, best you can buy in my opinion, I have nothing bad to say about it. It also looks really nice set next to my Wii U Deluxe Set and 2TB WD MyBook. It fits my theme perfectly.

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                      5.0

                      Easy set-up, High Quality video

                      By Developer83

                      from Largo, FL

                      About Me Casual User, Gamer, Graphic designer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Occasional Unplug

                      Best Uses

                      • Gaming

                      Comments about Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder:

                      I've been wanting to get a game capture unit for a while. This one was a breeze to set up and install. The software has a user-friendly UI and is fairly straight forward to use. The video quality is crisp and clean. I haven't experienced any audio lag or video glitches since I've used it. My only qualm is having to unplug the unit to use my Xbox when I don't want to capture any game play or just stream videos. Otherwise, top notch product.

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