The, "What Capture Should I Get?" Thread

Discussion in 'Gaming Videos' started by Chix, Nov 6, 2010 with 132 replies and 20,036 views.

  1. Chix

    Chix I can smell you Retired

    This thread will inform people what type of capture card that fits them to record their Xbox gameplay.

    We will start with the less expensive ones and work our way up.​

    Standard Definition Television

    Dazzle Video Creator Plus
    $90-$100, comes with software, easy to use.

    I have personal experience with this product. I brought one a couple months ago to record Mw2 gameplay. The products works but not anything past that. If you are serous about uploading great gameplay on a daily basis, don't buy this product. Dazzle works well and gets the capture, but it won't work a lot and if your computer is slow your footage will lag a lot. Pinnacle is a good company and has good customer service.

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    Roxio Video Capture USB
    $100-$110, easy to use, ready out of the box.

    This is a fairly new capture device from Roxio and it is compatible with most operating systems out of the box. This device costs around the same price range as the Dazzle capture devices but is in a lot smaller package. This product is great for users with a standard definition TV. This comes with a software and a great product to get started today.

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    Home DVD Recorder
    $100-$130, no size limit.

    Though I have not actually worked with this device I have heard many reviews. This product is made for someone that already owns a home DVD Recorder. If you already have a DVD recorder you do not need to buy anything. Since this is a recorder you don't need to worry about the size limit of your video which is very handy. Because of this it will not make separate video files which can be a huge pain searching though hours of footage. I do not recomend this device if you are planning to record a lot, go with the dazzle.

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    HD Definition Television

    Hava HD Device
    $150, records in standard, captures in HD.

    The Hava is also a newer device that allows you to play in High Def and record your Xbox 360 gameplay at the same time in standard definition. It is quite expensive for a standard def recording device but it is a small price to pay for someone who has paid a few thousand dollars for a HD-TV and wants the full benefit of it while recording their game play. It also will has many more uses than system than a game specific capture device.

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    Hauppauge HD PVR
    $200, records and captures in HD.

    This is the best product on the market. Though it is more expensive then the others, its works great and the HD footage is amazing.This device captures FULL 720p or 1080i HD video in a variety of formats and is worth the money for anyone interested in capturing their gaming in extremely high quality.

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    ADS Pyro Platinum DV


    Price= $150

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      packed capture card bundle which include Premiere 6.5 and more!

    • Produce broadcast-quality videos with your DV
      camcorder and PC without the price tag of high-end 1394 hardware.

    • Take advantage of the 400Mbit/sec fast data rates
      that professional video editors have been using for years.

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    Pyro Platinum Includes

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    Blackmagic Intesity Pro/Intensity Shuttle

    Price= $199

    Intensity Pro is the world’s first HDMI and analog component, NTSC/PAL and s-video PCIe capture and playback card for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux computers. Intensity Pro is great for HDTV or standard definition editing using big screen televisions and video projectors. Intensity Pro works with uncompressed SD or HD video, and compressed codecs such as ProRes, DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO 50, JPEG, HDV and DV! Intensity Pro is a professional editing card featuring maximum real time effects in Apple Final Cut Pro™ and Adobe Premiere Pro™, with full support for both uncompressed and compressed AVI and QuickTime files. Intensity Pro also has full integration with Adobe After Effects, Photoshop and Fusion.

    Intensity Shuttle, the world’s first 10 bit HD/SD editing solution for USB 3.0 Windows computers! Simply plug in Intensity Shuttle and get access to incredible quality 10 bit HDMI, analog component, composite and s-video capture and playback. Intensity Shuttle’s innovative design is compact and portable, plus you can plug inline with your cables because input connections are on one side, and output connections on the other! Intensity Shuttle powers from the USB 3.0 connection so you don’t need cumbersome power supplies. Intensity Shuttle comes ready with advanced video technology such as HDMI 1.3 and 1080p electronics, so it will grow as faster high performance USB 3.0 computers are released in the future!

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    Blackmagic Ultra

    Price= $895

    UltraStudio Pro is the world’s first broadcast quality
    SD/HD capture and playback solution for USB 3.0 computers! UltraStudio
    Pro combines the latest broadcast technology into an attractive
    ultra-thin design that looks great on your desktop! With the incredible
    speed of USB 3.0 running at a massive 4.8 Gb/s, UltraStudio Pro easily
    has enough speed for the highest quality uncompressed 10 bit HD video
    with the maximum possible real time effects!

    Innovative Design

    UltraStudio Pro’s innovative design looks great on your desktop while
    hiding the cables behind the unit. With dozens of audio and video
    connections built-in, you can keep your studio neat and clean!
    UltraStudio Pro includes audio level meters for accurate audio level
    calibration. UltraStudio Pro’s chassis is machined from solid metal with
    high grip silicon feet, so it’s strong enough to withstand the most
    harsh broadcast environments.


    Advanced Broadcast Technology

    UltraStudio Pro packs state of the art broadcast technology into an
    impossibly thin design. You get more video and audio connections, high
    quality up, down and cross conversion, full 10 bit video, internal SD
    keying and more!UltraStudio Pro also includes a massive number of video
    and audio connections including 3 Gb/s SDI, HDMI, analog component,
    composite, s-video, 4 channel analog audio, 2 channel AES/EBU audio,
    genlock/tri-sync and RS422 deck control connections.


    UltraStudio Pro even includes a broadcast quality 7 foot/2 meter
    breakout cable, so you’ll save hundreds of dollars on expensive
    professional cables! There’s even an independent SDI output that’s down
    converted for simultaneous HD and SD monitoring while you work! The
    built-in up, down and cross converter lets you edit in one format, and
    then output to any HD or SD format!

    [​IMG]Incredible Speed USB 3.0

    UltraStudio Pro takes advantage of the new SuperSpeed™ USB 3.0 to
    allow highest quality 10 bit HD video capture and playback! SuperSpeed
    USB 3.0 is the new USB connection standard for computers that’s 10 times
    faster than regular USB. That’s a blistering 4.8 Gb/s, which easily
    handles the highest quality 10 bit uncompressed 1080HD video.
    UltraStudio Pro supports x58 and P55 series or better Windows™
    computers, and all you need to do is simply plug in to install!

    Connect to Anything

    Connects to a massive range of video and audio equipment for capture
    and playback in SD and HD! You get separate connections for 3 Gb/s SDI,
    HDMI, analog component, composite, s-video, 2 ch AES/EBU, 4 ch XLR
    analog audio, down converted SD-SDI output, genlock/tri-sync and deck control. Perfect for HDCAM, HD-D5, HDCAM SR, Betacam SP, Digital Betacam, televisions and more!


    Powerful Image Processor

    UltraStudio Pro includes a fast video processor for incredible 10 bit
    quality hardware up, down and cross conversion! Now you can edit once
    and deploy in SD, 720HD or 1080HD while leaving all CPU time dedicated
    to real time effects. You can also select between letterbox, anamorphic
    16:9 and pillar-box 4:3 video! When working in HD video, down conversion
    lets you monitor in SD and HD at the same time with s-video and
    composite video outputs active.

    High Quality

    For highest quality digital broadcast workflows, UltraStudio Pro
    includes incredible 10 bit SD/HD-SDI video with low SDI jitter, combined
    with AES/EBU digital audio with a high performance linear phase digital
    filtered sample rate converter. UltraStudio Pro features a total of 10
    on board power supplies to isolate high precision analog electronics
    from digital noise, so you get pristine quality analog video and audio.
    UltraStudio Pro provides all the quality you need for the most demanding
    broadcast environments and ensures your work retains that wonderful
    film look!

    [​IMG] Professional Quality Audio

    UltraStudio Pro features a massive 4 channels of balanced
    professional analog audio in and out, as well as 2 channels of AES/EBU
    digital audio in and out, for broadcast quality and sample accurate AV
    sync. UltraStudio Pro also includes a sample rate converter on the
    AES/EBU input, so you can connect to any digital audio device, from
    either synchronized or un-synchronized sources. UltraStudio Pro includes
    8 channels of SDI embedded audio perfect for Premiere Pro's multi
    channel audio support. UltraStudio Pro can switch it's analog audio
    output 3 and 4 to AES/EBU digital audio outputs for an extra 2 AES/EBU
    digital audio outputs! UltraStudio Pro is perfect for 5.1 surround sound

    [​IMG]More HD Real Time Effects

    UltraStudio Pro lets you create as fast as your mind works, because
    you get more HD real time effects! Unlike FireWire which is only half
    the data speed of HD video and needs to use heavy video compression to
    handle HD playback, USB 3.0 eliminates this bottleneck because at 4.8
    Gb/s it easily handles native 10 bit HD video! This means UltraStudio
    Pro doesn’t waste CPU time compressing video just for playback, so all
    CPU time is dedicated to more HD real time effects.

    [​IMG]Built in Hardware SD Keyer!

    UltraStudio Pro includes an amazing quality standard definition
    digital internal keyer that lets you key RGBA images over the video
    input. That’s a total keying solution built right into UltraStudio Pro.
    The built-in keyer works great when used with Blackmagic Design’s
    Photoshop plug-ins, or even with RGBA animated video software for
    keying. Built-in keying is perfect for live events. You can even key
    over HDMI and analog video!

    Includes Blackmagic Media Express!

    UltraStudio Pro includes Media Express so you can capture and play
    back video fast! Use Media Express to work with professional file
    formats for maximum quality. You can even create your own playlist.
    Media Express is fast and easy to use and supports Windows™ USB 3.0
    computers for uncompressed, compressed and DPX video. You can also grab
    still frames directly from the UltraStudio Pro video input!

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    Price= $495

    Eliminate the high cost of HDTV monitoring with HDLink -
    the world's most advanced full resolution 2D/3D HDTV and 2K monitoring
    for DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI monitors. Includes the quality of 4:4:4
    SDI video, lookup tables via USB and analog audio outputs. HDLink will
    solve all your monitoring needs from only $495.

    [​IMG]Full Resolution HD Monitoring

    HDLink connects SDI video directly to any supported DVI-D and
    DisplayPort based LCD computer monitor for incredible true HDTV
    resolution video monitoring. HDLink includes 3 Gb/s SDI for high
    resolution 2K film monitoring when connected to a large 30 inch DVI or
    DisplayPort display. With every individual pixel in the HD or 2K SDI
    connection digitally mapped directly to the pixels of the LCD display,
    you get a perfect digital-to-screen pixel for pixel HDTV or 2K display.
    Connect any HDMI television or video projector to HDLink for cinema
    style monitoring! Even large 23 inch CRT based monitors can’t display
    the full resolution of the HD-SDI signal, but with HDLink you see every
    pixel in the HD signal, so you'll always see a perfect image. You'll be
    amazed at the quality of High Definition or 2K video when you monitor
    via HDLink for the first time. There’s simply no higher resolution HDTV
    monitoring possible!

    [​IMG]Supports both DVI and HDMI

    HDLink supports all DVI-D and DisplayPort based digital computer
    displays and also includes HDMI video support. HDMI supports video at
    1080i/50, 1080i/59.94 and 720p/59.94 on any HDMI device. DVI-D and
    DisplayPort supports displays at 1920 x 1200 (16:10) resolution for all
    1080 HDTV formats. When working in 720 HDTV formats you can even use
    lower cost 1280 x 800 resolution display for pixel for pixel 720p
    viewing. When working in NTSC or PAL, HDLink can scale to fill the
    screen making viewing easier. Because most computer displays are limited
    to approximately a 60 Hz refresh rate, HDLink will automatically apply
    pull-down to allow video frame rates to be displayed. HDLink includes a
    built-in Power PC processor allowing automatic adjustment of native
    display resolutions using VESA E-EDID1.3.

    World's Highest Quality 3 Gb/s SDI in 4:4:4

    HDLink introduced the world’s first full HDTV resolution 4:4:4
    monitoring solution that supports both standard definition SDI, HD-SDI
    and HD-SDI 4:4:4 for full resolution color monitoring. HD-SDI 4:4:4
    features twice the color resolution. Conventional SD and HD video is
    4:2:2 based, which limits color detail while 4:4:4 HD video preserves
    the full color detail which is important for critical keying and feature
    film work.


    HDLink Pro is the first solution for the new high speed 3 Gb/s SDI
    standard for 4:4:4 RGB and 2K film monitoring. 3 Gb/s SDI runs twice the
    data rate of normal HD-SDI video, allowing 4:4:4 RGB video to be
    connected using a single SDI connection. 3 Gb/s SDI also allows full
    resolution 2K feature film quality 2048 x 1556 video to be connected via

    Affordable 3D SDI Monitoring

    Now HDLink Pro supports 3D monitoring for the latest 3D production
    workflows! HDLink Pro 3D lets you display both dual stream as well as
    interleaved 3D inputs and then display them on any compatible 3D DVI
    display or HDMI television. When used with a DisplayPort to HDMI
    adapter, HDLink Pro 3D DisplayPort also supports HDMI 1.4 for
    compatibility with the latest full resolution 3D televisions!


    Built in Optical Fiber

    The HDLink Optical Fiber model is the world's first broadcast
    monitoring solution with built in optical fiber SDI connections. Optical
    fiber easily handles long distances, is low cost, and optical fiber
    cables last virtually forever because you can keep plugging them into
    faster equipment in the future, and the same cables will go much faster.
    Optical fiber cables can be installed by your local electrician, and
    the cables can be purchased from your local electrical wholesaler.
    That's because optical fiber is used all the time in computer
    networking, so it's low cost and commonly available! Now you can build a
    native optical fiber facility!

    [​IMG]Standard Definition, HDTV or 2K

    HDLink supports all SDI based formats from standard definition
    NTSC/PAL to HD-SDI 1080 and 720 and even 2K film resolution when used
    with DVI displays. HDLink features 3 Gb/s SDI, so also works with real
    time 2K monitoring as used on Blackmagic Design's Multibridge Eclipse,
    Multibridge Pro and DeckLink HD Extreme. With HDLink you'll get the best
    image quality possible with format compatibility guaranteed years into
    the future. HDLink's SDI video input automatically switches between SD,
    HD and 2K. Unlike CRT based monitors, HDLink also supports all HDTV
    frame rates and formats including progressive HD formats.

    SMPTE 352M video payload identification ancillary data is used for
    automatic input format recognition and RGB/YUV color space detection.
    Color precision is at an incredible 10 bit in both SD and HD formats.
    Video data is automatically rounded down to the bit depth of the
    connected LCD display for superior viewing quality.

    [​IMG]Color Management via 3D Lookup Tables

    For matching LCD display colorimetry and simulating various types of
    film stocks, HDLink Pro model features more advanced 3D lookup tables.
    Advanced 3D lookup tables increase color control because a blend of red,
    green and blue video can be output to each primary color on the
    connected display. Only advanced 3D lookup tables can give full color
    control for accurate simulation of almost any feature film stock. Lookup
    tables are fully adjustable via a high speed USB 2.0 host computer
    connection using the included HDLink Utility software for Windows and
    Mac OS X. Custom lookup tables also allow film industry log video to be
    converted to linear for monitoring when used for feature film work.
    Preset gamma tables for Panasonic™ and Grass Valley Thomson Viper
    cine-gamma are included.

    Supports LCD Displays

    HDLink supports DVI-D and DisplayPort based digital computer
    displays. For 1080 and 720 HDTV formats, a 1920 x 1200 (16:10)
    resolution display is recommended. However, if you’re working in 720
    HDTV formats only, then a lower cost 1280 x 800 resolution display is
    recommended. When working in NTSC or PAL, HDLink can scale up the
    displayed image to fill the display making viewing easier. Because most
    computer displays are limited to approximately a 60 Hz refresh rate,
    HDLink will automatically apply pull-down to allow video frame rates to
    be displayed. HDLink includes a built-in Power PC processor allowing
    automatic adjustment of native display resolutions using VESA E-EDID1.3.


    Analog Audio Monitoring Output

    Audio outputs are de embedded from the SDI input and then converted
    to analog at an incredible 24 bit. HDLink supports 6 channels out
    allowing easy monitoring of 5.1 surround sound audio. Audio is output on
    RCA connectors so you can easily connect to standard HiFi systems. If
    the connected display requires pull-down processing then HDLink will
    apply a variable audio delay ensuring perfect audio to video sync. To
    protect speakers and eliminate loud pops and other audio glitches,
    HDLink gently mutes the audio if video formats change or when SDI
    signals are connected and disconnected.

    Three Fantastic Models

    HDLink is available in three models to match your workflow needs. If
    you need Dual Link 4:4:4 monitoring then HDLink Pro DVI or HDLink Pro 3D
    DisplayPort models are ideal at only $495. If you don't need Dual Link
    4:4:4, as you're running a 3 Gb/s SDI facility, and you need optical
    fiber SDI built in, then HDLink Optical Fiber is perfect at only $795.

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    Blitzboz HD

    Price= $129

    The BlitzBox HD Video Game Capture Card connects your game console to
    your HDTV and PC at the same time, allowing you to record / stream your
    game from a PC (in standard def), while watching on your HDTV during

    The BlitzBox HD allows users to play on their HDTV sets in all HD gaming modes (480/720/1080)

    Includes Ulead VideoStudio® video editing and DVD authoring software suite. Easily produce professional-looking videos.

    Package Includes:

    • Ulead VideoStudio®

    • Audio / Video RCA Cables

    • Power Adapter

    • Installation & Driver CD

    • Instructions card

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    DVI frame grabbers


    Price= $1000 - $2000

    DVI2USB is our most versatile frame grabber and allows you to capture DVI, VGA, and HDMI
    signals at resolutions up to 1920×1200. All of our DVI frame grabbers
    are compatible with non-protected HDMI video sources, providing the
    appropriate HDMI-to-DVI adapter is used.

    Reasons to choose Epiphan DVI frame grabbers:

    • Compact external devices, easy to transport between different locations, rugged enough
      to withstand the stresses of an industrial environment
    • Support for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux
    • Free SDK and API with examples letting you use frame grabbers as part of your own solution
    • USB or Ethernet-based solutions that work with virtually every modern computer
    • Free software that lets you capture, record, and broadcast any VGA or DVI stream in resolutions
      up to 2048×2048 and rates in excess of 60 frames per second
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    Price = $189
    ready to be blown away with the high quality of H.264 Hardware
    Compression Technology. The AVerTV USB HD DVR records High Definition
    Digital Video up to 1080i, via Component and Analog Video content via
    S-Video/Composite. With the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface, users will have
    the flexibility of connecting directly to their laptop or desktop

    Witness True HD Content

    With HDMI out playback, simply connect your Cable / Satellite
    Set-top-box, Video Camcorder or Game Console to capture High Definition
    and Analog video content to record, save and share recorded content with
    family and friends.

    Looking for more? Through the built-in Hardware Encoding, the AVerTV
    USB HD DVR provides you with superior true color picture images, with
    low CPU consumption. In addition, the included IR Blaster can be set-up
    to change your Set-top-box TV channels automatically, for total control
    of your scheduled recordings.

    AVerMedia Gives You More

    Get access to schedule all of your recordings with,
    which is an online iEPG (internet Electronic Program Guide). With
    AVerScheduler, which is bundled with the USB HD DVR, you will never
    again miss your favorite HDTV programs. You can set-up and configure
    AVerScheduler to turn on your Set-top-box, chose desired channel and
    start recording at the scheduled time, automatically.

    ArcSoft application is also a part of this incredible package. This
    software is equipped with Media Converter features, allowing users to
    Capture, Playback, and Edit Video media content recordings. Users can
    easily convert their High Definition recorded content into portable
    media format and upload to their iPod, iPhone, PSP or any other mobile
    media device.

    The AVerTV USB HD DVR, enhanced featuresand bundle software allows you to witness true HD content from the best of the best.

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    Thanks for reading. If you have any other questions about products I will tell you about them.

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  2. chaoschief

    chaoschief JTAG Expert

    Great thread! I agree that the HD PVR is the best capture card.
  3. Brinko

    Brinko Retired & VIP HypeMan. VIP Retired

    Wow very nice selection man very impressive, you are always helping out.
  4. Shorty

    Shorty Rowdy Gentleman

  5. Chix

    Chix I can smell you Retired

    Thanks guys, if there are any other devices you want me to add I will.
  6. Kershocker v2

    Kershocker v2 Contributor

    WHAT THE f*** ?

    EasyCap > Hauppauge HD PVR
  7. Chix

    Chix I can smell you Retired

    I don't get it xD
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  8. Trammell

    Trammell Banned

    This is what I used to use, [​IMG] its not bad at all.

    That whole video was filmed with it.
  9. Luminate

    Luminate Contributor

    How much did you pay for that?
  10. Kershocker v2

    Kershocker v2 Contributor

    Easy Cap = $5 + $40 cables > Happauge HD PVR = $200.
  11. Trammell

    Trammell Banned

    There like $40 now.
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  12. Chix

    Chix I can smell you Retired

    Thanks for sticking this.
  13. KaNiinSaNiiTy7s

    KaNiinSaNiiTy7s Enthusiast

    so you just turn it on when your playing and it starts screen recording?
  14. Chix

    Chix I can smell you Retired

    No. There are some cables involved. You must have it plugged into a computer and record from there while you are playing.
  15. TeeRom

    TeeRom Creator of EOTM Retired

    Add the Blackmagic Intensity Pro and Shuffle.
  16. Chix

    Chix I can smell you Retired

    I would the thing is that I haven't used those products and I don't know them personally. I would basically be copying someone else's review.
  17. TeeRom

    TeeRom Creator of EOTM Retired

    Someone else could review them for you
  18. Buzz Lightyear

    Buzz Lightyear Young Moolah Baby Retired

    Well done Ugly. Seriously. Well done. Not even a week ago, you were asking me for some ideas on AIM, and you wrote up a 'AAA guide' in no time.

    Hats off to you.

    Only thing I'll say is, if you doubt the product, check Amazon for user reviews. They will certainly help, as you hear from those who actually have the device.
  19. Chix

    Chix I can smell you Retired

    Since I only posted devices that I have used, feel free to submit your review of any device. It will be posted.
  20. EclipseModz

    EclipseModz Retired Retired

    Dazzle - poor quality
    Hava - Doesn't record in HD. Only upscaled SD.
    HD PVR - Amazing Full HD quality.

    I have owned all 3. HD PVR is by far the best of them all.