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Hauppauge HD Personal Video Recorder 2 Gaming Edition

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Product Highlights
  • Records in Full HD 1080p
  • Uses H.264 Video Format for Recording
  • HDMI (Input/Output) + Component Video
  • No-Delay, Real-Time HD Video Passthrough
  • Tactile Top-Mounted Record Button
  • Supports Both Stereo & Optical Audio
  • Bundled with ArcSoft ShowBiz Software
  • Upload Recorded HD Videos to YouTube
  • Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PC Compatible
  • Compatible with Windows XP, Vista & 7

The HD Personal Video Recorder 2 Gaming Edition from Hauppauge! allows you to record gameplay from your preferred gaming console in Full HD 1080p video. With HDMI input and output ports as well a component video input port, this personal video recorder supports the Xbox 360, the Playstation 3 as well as the PC. Also, the no-delay HDMI video passthrough allows you to record and play in real time.

Recorded video will automatically be compressed in the H.264 video format (often used in Blu-ray Discs). This personal video recorder can record videos at Full HD 1080p resolution and at 30 frames per second (fps). However, there are exceptions to this rule. In order to achieve Full HD 1080p at 30 fps, the content being recorded through HDMI must not use HDCP protection.

Xbox 360 games can be recorded through HDMI at 1080p at 30fps, but Playstation 3 games use HDCP protection. For Playstation 3, you will have to use the included component video cable and as a result, will only be able to record in 1080i. The Wii U can also use the HDMI cable like the Xbox 360. However, if you want to record the older Wii system, you have to connect the yellow cable from the Wii to the Blue connector of the AV cable. Then connect the red and white audio cables from the Wii to the corresponding connectors on the AV cable. Finally, in Showbiz or Hauppauge Capture, you have to select Composite under Video Input and Line In under Audio Input. This same method can be used to record your Playstation 2 as well.

No-Delay HDMI Video Passthrough at Full HD 1080p
With a no-delay HDMI video passthrough, you'll be able to play in Full HD 1080p at 60 fps and record in Full HD 1080p at 30 fps at the same time. Also, recording doesn't slow down your computer because all the encoding is done on the personal video encoder itself. There is a catch, though. The source being recorded from HDMI must not use the HDCP standard. If it does, you will have to use the included component video cable and will only be able to record in 1080i
Port Authority
With an HDMI input port and an HDMI output port, you'll be able to play and record at the same time. Plus, HDMI supports both video and audio signals in a single cable so there's less hassle when it comes to cable management. There is also a component input port, which provides an alternative to HDMI, in case the content you want to record uses the HDCP standard. A USB port is used to connect this personal video recorder to your computer in order to save the recorded video onto its hard drive
ArcSoft ShowBiz
This personal video recorder comes bundled with the ArcSoft ShowBiz software. The ArcSoft ShowBiz software allows you to record video, edit recorded footage with the video editor and even upload videos straight to YouTube (Internet access required)
Top Mounted Record Button
The traditional way of recording gameplay or video content would have been by opening up ArcSoft ShowBiz on your connected computer and pressing Record. This personal video recorder also has a top-mounted Record button on the personal video recorder itself so you can record video directly from it. Just press the Record button once and ShowBiz will open on your computer and automatically start recording. If you want to stop recording, just press the top-mounted Record button again
Technical
Encoders H.264 AVCHD video encoder with a recording resolution of 1080p at 30 fps
Data Rate From 1 to 13.5Mbps (user selectable)
Recording Format AVCHD (.TS and .M2TS) plus .MP4
Pass Through HDMI-in to HDMI-out: Up to 1080p
Component Video-in to HDMI-out: Up to 1080i
Input/Output Connectors 1 x HDMI-in (from HDMI sources without HDCP, such as Xbox 360)
1 x HDMI-out
1 x Component video-in and S-Video (with stereo audio; optical cable not supplied)
1 x USB 2.0
System Requirements Processor: 3.0GHz single-core or 2.0GHz multi-core
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Vista or XP (Service Pack 3)
RAM: 512MB (1GB recommended)
Graphics: Graphics card with 256MB of discrete memory
Sound Card: Recommended
Hard Drive: 220MB of free hard disk drive space
Optical Drive: CD-ROM (for software installation)
TV set with HDMI Input
General
Power Supply 6V at 1.6 amps
Dimensions (WxDxH) 6 x 6 x 1.5" / 15.24 x 15.24 x 3.81cm
Weight 0.75 lb / 0.34 kg
Hauppauge HD Personal Video Recorder 2 Gaming Edition
  • 9' USB Cable
  • Installation CD
  • HDMI Input Cable
  • HDMI Output Cable
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 6V 1.6 Amp Power Supply
  • Playstation 3 Component Video Gaming Cable
  • Hauppauge! A/V Cable Set for Component Video
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    HauppaugeHD Personal Video Recorder 2 Gaming Edition
     
    4.4

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (11)
    • Small (6)
    • Reliable (5)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Fast (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home (7)
      • Desktop (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • High bandwidth user (6), Power user (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (6), Business (3)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (7)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Pretty Dang Good!

      I bought this to replace a dumb Dazzle PVR for recording gameplay. It is definitely better. The setup is quick and easy if you understand how these things work. Only problem I had...Read complete review

      I bought this to replace a dumb Dazzle PVR for recording gameplay. It is definitely better. The setup is quick and easy if you understand how these things work. Only problem I had was the color was a little washed out, but after further inspection I noticed I didn't have a wire plugged all the way in. It doesn't have fantastic color when using it with a PS3, but after running it through a video editing program, I can have a beautiful video within 2 minutes. I would suggest that to anyone looking for an excellent PVR, this is the one to get.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      PVR2 Streaming Problematic

      I purchased this device in an attempt to stream Amateur Radio Club meetings to ustream.tv. I was impressed with how easily it was set up, but soon found out that to use it,...Read complete review

      I purchased this device in an attempt to stream Amateur Radio Club meetings to ustream.tv. I was impressed with how easily it was set up, but soon found out that to use it, I had to purchase an additional cable since I use Svideo/composite cameras for the stream. The cable cost was negligible at about $11.00, but it was something that should have been included in the cost for the PVR2.

      I asked Hauppauge support if this would work with ustream before I bought it, since the internal card I had purchased from B&H did not (neither I nor B&H were aware of that;tech support told me that when I emailed about how to get it working). They said that it would and indeed warned me I would need an additional cable.

      When the cable arrived, I was able to immediately see the video from my test camera, including the camera audio, although there were some drop-outs (which apparently happen when the PVR2 initialized in software). The HDMI pass-through worked well, and I plugged in an external monitor and could see the camera output just fine.

      I tried to stream to ustream using the Hauppauge software, which crashed every time. I downloaded Ustream Producer, and when I attempted to select the PVR2, it could not find the video although it was shown on the selection screen.

      I have not contacted Hauppauge support about this issue, but it is getting tiresome to have to spend hours trying to troubleshoot a device which supposedly works fine in my application. It appears that Hauppauge needs to fix the drivers and capture software, because to be honest I am disappointed.

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      5.0

      HD PVR 2

      By RunAgentRun

      from Joppa, Maryland

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy To Use
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • 4gb Of Ram Or More
      • Large Amount Of Cpu Ram
      • Needs A Fast Internet

      Best Uses

      • Enhance Experience
      • Upgrade

      Comments about Hauppauge HD Personal Video Recorder 2 Gaming Edition:

      I use the product for YouTube videos and live streaming on YouTube and Twitch. The system took me a few days to understand thanks to the Happuage application on YouTube. However its simple and comes with video editing software which is better than Movie Maker and it Helps to record live presentations and audio simultaneously.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      5.0

      Works great for digitizing 8MM tapes

      By V_Capture

      from Chicago

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Works Outside The Box

      Cons

      • There Is A 3 Sec Delay

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hauppauge HD Personal Video Recorder 2 Gaming Edition:

        I bought this box for converting my 8mm tapes to digital format. The product worked well out of the box. It was easy to setup. There are options to convert at highest frame rate, but this does create large size files.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Awesome Product

        By Isaac

        from Jasper, GA

        About Me Low bandwidth user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fast
        • Small

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Desktop
        • Home
        • Larger Networks
        • Smaller Networks

        Comments about Hauppauge HD Personal Video Recorder 2 Gaming Edition:

        Crystal clear quality, easy to record and very easy to set up. I would recommend this product to everyone. A++

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        3.0

        PVR2 Streaming Problematic

        By Jim

        from Springfield, OR

        About Me Low bandwidth user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Small

        Cons

        • Does Not Work Wustream
        • Software Crashes
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Meetings

        Comments about Hauppauge HD Personal Video Recorder 2 Gaming Edition:

        I purchased this device in an attempt to stream Amateur Radio Club meetings to ustream.tv. I was impressed with how easily it was set up, but soon found out that to use it, I had to purchase an additional cable since I use Svideo/composite cameras for the stream. The cable cost was negligible at about $11.00, but it was something that should have been included in the cost for the PVR2.

        I asked Hauppauge support if this would work with ustream before I bought it, since the internal card I had purchased from B&H did not (neither I nor B&H were aware of that;tech support told me that when I emailed about how to get it working). They said that it would and indeed warned me I would need an additional cable.

        When the cable arrived, I was able to immediately see the video from my test camera, including the camera audio, although there were some drop-outs (which apparently happen when the PVR2 initialized in software). The HDMI pass-through worked well, and I plugged in an external monitor and could see the camera output just fine.

        I tried to stream to ustream using the Hauppauge software, which crashed every time. I downloaded Ustream Producer, and when I attempted to select the PVR2, it could not find the video although it was shown on the selection screen.

        I have not contacted Hauppauge support about this issue, but it is getting tiresome to have to spend hours trying to troubleshoot a device which supposedly works fine in my application. It appears that Hauppauge needs to fix the drivers and capture software, because to be honest I am disappointed.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Better than I expected

        By Sean the Guitarist

        from New York, NY

        About Me High bandwidth user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fast
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable
        • Small

        Cons

        • Can't Record Long Episode

        Best Uses

        • Record Videogames
        • Youtube Videos

        Comments about Hauppauge HD Personal Video Recorder 2 Gaming Edition:

        My friend and I have started our own YouTube Channel, as for something we've always wanted to do and to also fund our films we want to direct int he future. So far the product has been great! We've never used anything like this before so it was more of a trial and error ordeal. Runs smoothly and captures in 1080i. We did find out that around 1 hour of straight filming, it can't be processed properly. Found out the best way to do it was to film 15 to 25minutes, no problems there. Just have to get a composite cable so we can record from N64 and try to find a way for PC's and MAC's

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        4.0

        great

        By JeffPI

        from San Francisco, CA

        About Me High bandwidth user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Reliable
        • Small

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Desktop

          Comments about Hauppauge HD Personal Video Recorder 2 Gaming Edition:

          I use this to make HD DVD's with date and time stamp. Being a Private Investigator we have to have it on the screen. My old way was regular Def, now my video looks better. Thanks

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          4.0

          GREAT PRODUCT

          By Tuke

          from Virginia Beach, VA

          About Me High bandwidth user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • File Size Adjustments

            Best Uses

            • Desktop
            • Home
            • Larger Networks
            • Smaller Networks

            Comments about Hauppauge HD Personal Video Recorder 2 Gaming Edition:

            EASY TO USE AND FUN TO PLAY WITH. A MUST HAVE IF YOU WANT TO UPLOAD YOUR GAMES TO YOUTUBE.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Waited a while to buy this beauty.

            By Litheran

            from Meridian, ID

            About Me High bandwidth user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Desktop

              Comments about Hauppauge HD Personal Video Recorder 2 Gaming Edition:

              Been wanting to do walkthroughs and whatnot on youtube for a while. Waited until I had enough money to buy all the gear I'd need. Glad I went with the Happauge as it performs up to it's reputation. Packaging was secure and installation was a snap.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Buyer be aware

              By Brass MonkeyIOA

              from IOA

              About Me High bandwidth user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Small

              Cons

              • Not As Stated

              Best Uses

              • Home

              Comments about Hauppauge HD Personal Video Recorder 2 Gaming Edition:

              It actually doesn't record anything. It needs a computer, with which it will communicate via USB, sending its video data down that port while activating the ArcSoft app (a process that takes about 30 seconds. Your distance from unit to computer is dictated by the finite length of USB cabling, ~ 15 feet. It will record well (compressed)and is so simple even a college professor can use it.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              4.0

              Amazing everyone should own it......

              By Almighty Noob

              from Port Republic, NJ

              About Me High bandwidth user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fast
              • Records In High Def 1080p
              • Reliable
              • Small

              Cons

              • 3 Second Delay When Video

              Best Uses

              • X Box 360 Recording

              Comments about Hauppauge HD Personal Video Recorder 2 Gaming Edition:

              Love that it records in High Def
              Video Looks awesome
              Playback quality is awesome

              Don't like that there is a 3 second delay when it is recorded and sent to the computer.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              5.0

              works good

              By ryan

              from Milwaukee, WI

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Hauppauge HD Personal Video Recorder 2 Gaming Edition:

              use it for youtube channel.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              superb quality

              By rich

              from LINDEN,N.J.

              About Me Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Hauppauge HD Personal Video Recorder 2 Gaming Edition:

                  outstanding quality, easy and quick install. I use it for recording only HD content off satellite tv (HDMI) 1080p on a 46" 1080p tv.(sharpness setting set to full) Using the mp4 setting at 10mbps.on the pvr. Cant tell or notice any signs of color sharpness or picture loss from the live transmission after play back.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Best Video Recorder I've used for XBOX.

                  By John

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Power User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Reliable
                  • Sleek Design

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Television

                    Comments about Hauppauge HD Personal Video Recorder 2 Gaming Edition:

                    I use this product for recording Xbox footage off of my TV and into my Windows laptop. It records HD and gives a high quality image. It also records the in-game audio, which is a plus. Initially, I was disappointed to learn it only recorded to Windows because I wanted to set it up with my iMac, but then I learned that they offer software for $ , available on their site to record to Macs. Great buy!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Completely satisfied

                    By Christy

                    from Yukon oklahoma

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Hauppauge HD Personal Video Recorder 2 Gaming Edition:

                          I bought this item for my son. I chose B& H because they had a great price on the item. The HDPVR was in excellent condition when receive and has operated exactly as we expected.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Pretty Dang Good!

                          By Dowens

                          from Indiana

                          About Me Power User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • All Wires Are Included
                          • Df
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy To Use
                          • It Lights Up
                          • Lights Up
                          • Sleek Design

                          Cons

                          • Certain Wire Gets Loose
                          • Not Perfect Colors

                          Best Uses

                          • Dorm Room
                          • Home
                          • Maybe Wii
                          • Ps3
                          • Xbox 360

                          Comments about Hauppauge HD Personal Video Recorder 2 Gaming Edition:

                          I bought this to replace a dumb Dazzle PVR for recording gameplay. It is definitely better. The setup is quick and easy if you understand how these things work. Only problem I had was the color was a little washed out, but after further inspection I noticed I didn't have a wire plugged all the way in. It doesn't have fantastic color when using it with a PS3, but after running it through a video editing program, I can have a beautiful video within 2 minutes. I would suggest that to anyone looking for an excellent PVR, this is the one to get.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          Share this review

                          (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Hdpvr2

                          By Razor

                          from Melbourne,Vic

                          About Me Power User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Sleek Design

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Office
                            • Television

                            Comments about Hauppauge HD Personal Video Recorder 2 Gaming Edition:

                            I use this to upload youtube videos if you guys want to check out the quallity then go to my channel SpasticRazor.This is a great product and should be widely used and its at an affordable price Do note that if you wish to use this on the monitor make sure you either have a HDMI port or you need a DVI to HDMI cable. There are really no bad things about this product. It records in 1080p.

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                            • No

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