18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Rough around the edges, but works reasonably well,
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This review is from: Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition HDMI Capture Device (PS3/Xbox) (Personal Computers)
If you want the short and sweet version of this: If you want to capture from an Xbox 360 then go ahead, but if you want to capture from a PS3 (at 1080p) I'd wait or look at some alternatives.
I'm happy with the quality of video that you get from recording with this on an Xbox 360 - videos look great and file sizes are pretty small considering you're recording 1080p footage. I had some issues with this device at first which was causing high contrast and other weird things happening to my rendered videos, but ATI released a driver update a while ago that solved the issue.
There are two things that annoy me about this capture device though: Firstly with the pass-through, which doesn't work at all unless you boot up your PC with the HD PVR connected to it, and then open up the capture software that came with it - you can shut your PC down after this and pass through will still work, but I find it a bit irritating to have to do this - especially when previous versions of the HD PVR (Hauppauge HD PVR USB Hi-def H.264 Video Capture Device,high Definition USB 2.0 Video Capture With Hardware H.264 Video Encoders) didn't require this. If you want to play using a different console connected to the HD PVR (for example, if you're switching from playing on an Xbox 360 and want to play on a PS3) then you'll have to boot up your PC again and select the different input source. Why Hauppauge didn't put a simple switch on the device itself that lets you choose which video source to use is beyond me.
Secondly PS3 functionality kind of feels like an afterthought on here - you have to record from component video (which isn't Hauppauge's fault) which is fine, but if you want to play at 1080p you're going to have some issues - I believe that Hauppauge is working on getting passthrough at 1080p to work better (the feature is currently advertised as "in beta" on Hauppauge's website). Some times colours on the screen are wrong, video is distorted and I can see some ghosting on-screen as well and you have to re-load the bundles software on your PC for it to work properly again (and even then the ghosting is still noticeable some times). If you're a PS3 user I'd wait until this particular feature is out of beta, or look for some other alternatives (the older HD PVR works great on the PS3, so that's worth looking in to). Also keep in mind that you won't be able to watch Blu-Ray discs in HD on your PS3 with this capture device attached to it, so that's worth keeping in mind too (though this is Sonys fault, not Hauppauges, due to HDCP copy protection).
I do realise that I probably sound like a negative nancy in this review - but I'm just pointing out things that I didn't know about before buying, so I just want to help people be aware of these things before buying this thing - but as I said, video quality from this is VERY good, and you don't need a particularly powerful PC to record from this - by all means pick this up if you want to capture with HDMI from an Xbox 360, but I'd hold off if you want to capture PS3 footage.