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Elgato SystemsGame Capture HD High Definition Game Recorder
 
4.6

(based on 44 reviews)

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    (12)

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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

    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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    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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    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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