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Elgato Systems Game Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder

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Product Highlights
  • For PS3, PS4, 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 PS3/PS4 or Xbox 360/Xbox One 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 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 PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, or Xbox One gameplay to a Mac or PC
Advanced H.264 encoding
HDMI pass-through to your TV
Direct input for your Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3.
Flashback Recording feature lets you record retroactively
One-click sharing to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter
Interface USB 2.0
Input PlayStation 4, Xbox One & Xbox 360 (unencrypted HDMI), PlayStation 3 (A/V In)
Output HDMI (pass-through)
Supported Resolutions 1080p (simultaneous 60 fps pass-through and 30 fps capture), 1080i, 720p (60 or 30 fps capture), 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i, 288p, 240p
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
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    Elgato SystemsGame Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder
     
    4.5

    (based on 41 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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    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 (29)
      • Everyday (5)
      • High-end multimedia (5)
      • Movies (5)
      • Multimedia (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Gamer (16), Quality oriented (12), Power user (11), Casual user (6), Graphic designer (6)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (10)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (4)

      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.

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      5.0

      Definately Worth The Price

      By FAoOHxSniperFox

      from Tampa, Florida

      About Me Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Crisp Picture
      • Easy Installation
      • Fast Connection

      Cons

      • Elgato Software Limited
      • Only Has Hd Connections

      Best Uses

      • Recording
      • Streaming

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

      I got this as a birthday gift, and use it to stream gameplay from my PS3 to Twitch as well as capture screenshots and footage directly from the console.

      It works perfectly & was easy to set up.

      Image quality is great - I stream and record at 720p, and it looks really good.

      Not very many cons, other than the Elgato software that you can get - for free - isn't all THAT fully featured. You can use it to stream to places like Twitch and Ustream, or upload past recorded footage to Youtube, but that's about where it ends.

      That said, the software works great, though if you want to do more, I'd recommend something like Open Broadcaster, also free and a lot more control over your streaming/recording settings as well as having more features, like being able to have multiple "scenes" to make your stream more of an actual broadcast.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Love it!!

      By Bobby

      from El Paso

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

      As soon as my friend recommended this product to me I knew it was going to be a worthy investment once it was delivered and was quite fast I hooked it up and recorded and was shocked on how simple it was and how beautiful the picture was I recommend this product to those who want to start up their own channel--------- .

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      5.0

      Review on Elgato and B&H!

      By VoiD Mhenlo

      from Grand Junction

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

      The Elgato Capture Card is actually the best game recording system I've tried, the other recorders to have to download updates all the time and are hard to understand. The Elgato is easy to use and download the program once and you're good! I was also very happy with the shipping fee on B&H! Was packaged very nice and shipped out with some good speed! I'd suggest this product and ordering it from B&H to anybody.

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      4.0

      working great for my son

      By crazy98

      from new jersey

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

      We are doing great with this and tge support was also great

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing product

      By KingSos17

      from new york

      About Me Power User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy Installation
      • Fast Connection
      • Great Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Movies
        • Video Games

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

        I use the product to make YouTube videos, and its amazing. Easy instructions, great quality, all around amazing product.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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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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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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              (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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