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Hauppauge Colossus 2 PCIe Video Capture Card

BH #HA1577 • MFR #1577
Hauppauge
Hauppauge Colossus 2 PCIe Video Capture Card
Key Features
  • Record from Game Systems + Set-Top Boxes
  • HDMI and Analog Video Inputs
  • HDMI Loop-Thru
  • Optical Audio Input
Record TV shows, gameplay, and other video sources in full-HD resolution H.264 video directly to your PC with the Hauppauge Colossus 2 PCIe Video Capture Card. The Colossus 2 plugs directly into an available PCI Express slot and features a real-time hardware H.264 encoder which compresses the input video before recording it for high-quality yet compact video files. Aside from recording, the Colossus 2 can stream video using the included StreamEez software. StreamEez allows you to stream your video to popular platforms such as Twitch, YouTube, and UStream.
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Hauppauge Colossus Overview

Record TV shows, gameplay, and other video sources in full-HD resolution H.264 video directly to your PC with the Hauppauge Colossus 2 PCIe Video Capture Card. The Colossus 2 plugs directly into an available PCI Express slot and features a real-time hardware H.264 encoder which compresses the input video before recording it for high-quality yet compact video files. Aside from recording, the Colossus 2 can stream video using the included StreamEez software. StreamEez allows you to stream your video to popular platforms such as Twitch, YouTube, and UStream.

Using the available input selection, recording can be done from a variety of sources. The HDMI inputs provide the highest quality video from unprotected sources such as camcorders and some game systems. If you wish to record a protected source, such as a set-top box or other game systems, recording can be done through the component video input which also supports HD resolutions. When using the analog connection, higher quality digital audio can be recorded from the optical output found on many set-top boxes. Using the included WinTV software and IR blaster, the Colossus 2 can control your set-top box so you can schedule recordings for your favorite shows to watch later.

Features

Record your TV programs in HD from a cable TV, DVR or satellite TV box. Offload your DVR and free up DVR disk space. You can also create a library of your favorite TV programs in HD.
Record your Xbox, Playstation or PC game play in HD using analog or digital inputs.
Now with an optical audio input for digital audio input, and an IR blaster to control your cable or satellite set top box
Includes a no-delay HDMI loop-thru, so you can watch TV from your cable or satellite box while you record in HD.
Includes the StreamEez application for live streaming capabilities. StreamEez can stream to Twitch, YouTube, and Ustream channels.
A personal logo inserter allows you to add your own logo to your recordings or Twitch and Ustream channels.
UPC: 785428015774

Hauppauge Colossus Specs

Video EncoderMagnum H.264 video encoder
AC-3 recording from AC-3 source
Bitrate: 1-13.5 Mb/s CBR (VBR maximum rate approx. 21 Mb/s)
Recording FormatsNTSC:
1080p60 (recorded as 1080p30)
1080i60
720p60
480p60
480i60

PAL:
1080p50 (recorded as 1080p25)
1080i50
720p50
576p50
576i50
System Requirements1 x PCI Express slot
3.0GHz single-core or 2.0GHz multi-core processor
Microsoft Windows XP SP3/Vista/7/8 (32 or 64-bit)
1GB RAM
Graphics card with 256MB vRAM
Sound card
220MB free hard drive space
CD-ROM drive (for software installation)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.953 x 7.716 x 3.307"

Hauppauge Colossus Reviews

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By Ahmet
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-28

HD ve SD analog grntleri mkemmel ekilde yakalar. Ben memnunum. Ayrca muadillerine gre daha ucuzdur.

Not for me.

By Roger
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2015-09-03

I own the original Colossus PCI-e card, so I thought I would get this one with it promises of a better encoder and better pictures. IF there was better video, I was unable to determine the difference. Then it malfunction giving me errors in the files it produce. *.ts files showed bad times. a 6 gig HD files that took two hours to make showed a time of 50 seconds. This happened a lot, to the point of buying software to repair TS files. And it kept happening. And Hauppauge tested it and could not reproduce the problem. So I bought another at a lower price from B&H and it to did the same things. I no what your thinking but I have the space the processor power and the ram. I got an RMA and already have the second original Colossus for my other desktop to do twice the work. The design seemed a bit better with the round ended dongle but because of it's size your computers divider may get in the way Hauppauge had said they had run into this problem. I was hoping for a new driver and with the second one they released it, it did nothing to improve the errors. So RMA it is and the colossus 1 is already installed easily and working.

Works when it feels like it

By Donald
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-29

The 2 is for twice as many bugs as original Colossus. Being fair, some problems appear to be Windows 10 updates (which is why I gave 3 not 2 stars). I had fewer issues with original Colossus on Windows 7. You get decent capture when the software recognizes the video card and video signal (requires occasional PC re-boot). Horrendous signal lag compared to Elgato capture cards. Elgato is better for gamers and live view, but lacks component inputs necessary to capture from VCR or TV (HDCP TV/Cable Box). Note: Component input results in lower video quality even when recording high quality H.264.

Correction

By Claudio
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-01

I am writing this review in a change of mind, why? along comes a savior, a program that at the time and version were not compatible with this board, Pinnacle Studio 22. Now studio 23 support several format including M2TS used by colossus 2, bundle together for the price (less than $200) can't go wrong, specially if you like me, are trying to rescue memories only, least to say the support staff on both Hauppauge and Pinnacle at the time were excellent. Still a few minor details I do not like but, over all if you are not a professional and whiling to spend hundred if not thousands of dollars this is the best way to go.

Avoid this card

By Claudio
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2017-08-31

Capture mode not compatible with Adobe Premiere or Pinnacle Studio. Analog connector to big keeps falling off, not tight and the original adaptor for analog connections seeing on the upper part of the picture is not functional, a waste of money.

AVOID this PRODUCT!!!!

By Jack
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2016-02-13

It is unfortunate this capture card is not worth purchasing due to one major fatal flaw. The Skip Back feature cannot be turned off. Even when you slide the switch back to the OFF position the card/capture software will constantly write a series of TMP files to the capture drive/directory. This is utter murder on an SSD and takes unnecessary bandwidth of the SATA bus. Hauppauge needs to actually REMOVE this 'feature' from their product, as such it will prematurely ruin your SSD/HDs with unnecessary writes for those who don't want or need this Skip Back feature.

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