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Elgato SystemsGame Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder
 
4.7

(based on 58 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (30)
  • Easy to use (21)
  • Reliable (19)
  • Good graphics quality (18)
  • Easy installation (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Gaming (30)
  • Home (6)
  • Movies (6)
  • Everyday (5)
  • High-end multimedia (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Gamer (16), Power user (15), Quality oriented (12), Casual user (10), Enthusiast (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13)

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

Excellent device

By tech junkie

from va

About Me Power User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Crisp Picture
  • Easy Installation
  • Fast Connection

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Works Incredibly well.
      This is my second one. This is the backup unit.

      Hooked to a quad-core i5 8GB.
      Make sure you have a fast computer.
      I cannot emphasize this enough.
      This desktop is running at 30-55% during recording.
      It is recording at minimum speed & quality.

      I do not use this for recording video games.
      I use it for recording from hdmi camera.

      Video quality is great!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Does what it should

      By Mark Jackson

      from Tennessee

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Crisp Picture
      • Easy Installation
      • Fast Connection

      Cons

      • Little Pricey

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Xbox

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

      I bought this for my son's xbox 360. He uses to capture games to Elgato software on computer and then edit for youtube channel. This product was simple and straight forward for install and use. I hooked it up in a matter of minutes and my 10 year old started using and recording very quickly. Works great and looks captures in high quality. Comes with all cables needed for Elgato and usb cable to computer. You must have or order a Hdmi from Elgato to TV.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Perfect for starting a youtube channel

      By GuitarDude

      from Utah

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

      It does everything you need/expect it to do. The only downside would be that it's kinda annoying plugging it in and unplugging it when you want to watch Netflix or something.

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      5.0

      Perfect. Great Service from B&H

      By Mike N

      from Knoxville TN

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy Installation

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home

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

        Bought the Elgato for my boy for Christmas so he can record the stuff he does on Xbox. He absolutely loves it. Performs just like Elgato said it would. B&H shipped in less than 24 hours and I had the package within a few days. Everything arrived in one piece. I did have to dig a little deeper than usual into the search engines to find you guys, though. Make yourself easier to find and watch your sales explode!!
        Mike N.
        Knoxville TN

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        5.0

        depends on setup

        By MASTER

        from New York, NY

        About Me Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Crisp Picture
        • Easy Installation
        • Easy To Configure
        • Easy to use
        • Fast Connection
        • Great Quality Through Hdm

        Cons

        • Expencive
        • Get A Mate Screen To Test
        • Needs To Stay Cool
        • No Contact Phone
        • No Registration
        • Useless Tech Support

        Best Uses

        • Big Hardrive Computers
        • Home
        • Movies
        • Office
        • Sports

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

        it really is the only choice for an HD video recording of any kind. the device works depending on what you have, I use mine through an HDMI splitter through my tivo, but the splitter wont split so I have to plug it in&out like a switch. Almost every time I record it's different. when it works it's brilliant and lifesaving, when it doesn't it's aggravating. The tech support is NON-EXISTANT. they just want you to buy unnecessarily expensive equipment so they can "diagnose" your problems. The recording works best at either short two-hour or long ten-hour recordings (half of the time). just remember that most of it's issues can be cured with either plugging and replugging, restarting the computer (they don't update the software often and never the firmware), and/or clearing the port-RAM (COM/CTRL>ALT/OPT>P+R simultaneously). recently I noticed my problems getting consistantly worse so I RELUCTANTLY bought a second unit to test

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        • No

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        5.0

        Works Perfectly!

        By CaptEO

        from Glendale, CA

        About Me Power User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy Installation

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Office

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

          Great quality. User-friendly. Lots of format/distribution options.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great HD Recorder

          By Rocman

          from Stamford, CT

          About Me Power User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Crisp Picture
          • Easy Installation
          • Fast Connection

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Office

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

            I had to record a segment from TV for a Client who had permission to use certain clips from the broadcast. The Elgato worked like a charm! I was very satisfied with the results!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Very good price and shipping

            By NerdBubblegum

            from NSW Australia

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

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

            I already own one of these but I needed another for various reasons, The price from B&H was very good and I'm surprised I didn't buy my first one from here. Anywhere else its +$ so I was quick to choose this site.It took under two weeks to arrive which may sound terrible but I live all the way over in Australia so that's surprisingly fast and the multiple emails with payment and shipping info were also very helpful.

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            4.0

            Good Solution for my needs

            By sbrenner

            from Brownsville, OR

            About Me Power User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy Installation
            • Fast Connection

            Cons

            • Heavily Encoded Output

            Best Uses

            • Dvr Recording

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

            Easy setup. Nice hdmi passthrough.
            I got this to record programs from my
            satellite tv. Works quite nicely.
            The only problem is that the resulting
            video clip requires a great deal of
            rendering in premiere pro cs6.

            I haven't tried to rca input option yet,
            but that should be very handy for legacy
            devices.

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            • No

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            5.0

            gameure works real

            By sethbrosius20

            from salisbury, maryland

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy Installation

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                you have to hook it up to your playstation or xbox and then to your laptop.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Elgato Game Capture HD

                By Javalamp Games

                from Burke, VA

                About Me Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Crisp Picture
                • Easy Installation
                • Fast Connection

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Games

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

                  The Elgato Game Capture HD captures not only gameplay from my consoles but also the essence of my being. I can finally share with the world my trials and tribulations as I wander the magnificent digital creations of man, exploring these environments that I only imagined in my dreams. Whether I'm battling demons in the depths of Diablo III or avoiding execution in Mortal Kombat X, I can share the intensity and adrenaline of my gaming endeavors on a global scale. Before, gameplay videos were merely a figment of my imagination being that I lacked the proper equipment and resources. Now that I have gotten my hands on this amazing device from the Gamer Gods, I feel as if I have acquired the powerful and almighty box that goes by the name Elgato Game Capture HD. It is an absolutely fantastic device and the software is very intuitive.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Expectations met

                  By Fwed

                  from tx

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

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

                  No issues

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great and easy

                  By faint

                  from Ny

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

                  The elgato is really simple to hook up and very small. It records and sounds beautifully. Highly recommended for gamers

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                  5.0

                  Great piece of Equipment

                  By Julian

                  from Gibson

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

                  This is great for recording my gameplay. Although it is compact and easy to install, making sure you have the right computer specs is a must. The small design blends in well and the set up is very easy. All the cables you need are there with it. I haven't had an issue since.

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                  5.0

                  Amazing

                  By Pj

                  from New york

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

                  The elgaro game capture hd is the overall best capture card you can buy! I loved the b&h service it was very quick easy and there super store was very fascinating! I recommend this product to anyone who loves gaming and wants to make videos on any console and of!

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                  5.0

                  The best thing ever used

                  By Garrett

                  from 3822 jamestown rd

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

                  i love this package

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                  5.0

                  Great product!

                  By Horde of Hoskins

                  from Arvada co

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

                  Fast delivery and a great product. Thank you.

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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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