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3.0 out of 5 stars Video Editors take care, 1 Nov 2012
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This review is from: AVerMedia Game Capture HD (C281)-Record Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii HD Gameplay in Real-time up to 1080P (Personal Computers)
This is purely a review of capturing Sky Box recordings onto the AverMedia Gamer. It does this very well, not needing a PC attached, but some of us want to edit the capture and use it with other recordings. so:

- the AM Gamer needs an analogue input (Component), so if the Sky Box has only a HDMI output, a HDMI to Component Converter is needed (Neet have a good one). If the Sky Box has a Component output, this goes straight to the AM Gamer input
- the AM Gamer's output is also analogue, so if the TV has just an HDMI input, a Component to HDMI Converter is also needed (Neet again)
- the current AM Gamer needs an external USB drive/stick to record to. It will also take an internal Hard Drive. Recording is in real time only
- the AM Gamer records in AVI Format (H.264 + MP3) The captured video is a single File, opened in a PC - not all PC editing software can take this format. The AM Gamer website offers a Firmware update (zipped file), whereby the device records in MP4 format instead (ignore the statement that this is Linux - Microsoft XP unzips the download OK) Once again, not all PC editing software can take MP4 and a video/audio conversion program might be needed to take the MP4 to a suitable format for the editing software

Having set up the above, the through-put of the AM Gamer allows Sky Box Live transmissions, or Sky Box recordings to be viewed on-screen - good video/sound. Recording and playback is also very good.

The issue that has caused my discontent is:

- the audio volume from the extenal USB drive to PC is very quiet. If the captured video/audio is to be edited within other video items, it is far too low in volume for some software to boost up the level to other recordings that are being used eg YouTube, Blu-Ray, Home Video etc
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Initial post: 2 Nov 2012 14:22:56 GMT
Gamer Freak says:
Maybe you need to level up volume of source (Sky box, some STB has volume up/down adjustment) ???

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2012 15:04:26 GMT
Peter Frost says:
Thanks. I have a Sky+ HD Box. The Settings screens do not appear to allow volume changes. The volume control on the handset produces no effect.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2012 15:30:35 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2012 15:39:13 GMT
Gamer Freak says:
Maybe it has something to do with those signal converters? I have no problems with my PS3 or STB sat box. :-)

If you find the solution for the audio issue, please post.
It will be good to know how to record from the SKY Box HD :-)
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