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Old 01-12-2012, 07:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyhow, what I am looking to do is Let's Play videos of games on my Xbox 360 and PS3. I have heard that you require a HD PVR so I want to know if there are any that are recommended? That or if there is another method just as effective? I would want to record at a minimum of 720p.
Thank you for any input.
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Lucky for you, I already spent hundreds of dollars experimenting with a few devices. here is a quick run down of what I thought of them.

Hauppague HD PVR 1445
Pro:
  • you can record with variable bit rate.
  • can be used for live streaming.
  • H.264 hardware compression - saves space
  • can be used with a laptop.
Con:
  • must be attached to a computer while recording.
  • unit and computer must be powered on for hardware pass-thru even when you don't want to record.
  • cannot record in raw.

Hauppague Colossus:
Pro:
  • you can record with variable bit rate.
  • live stream is possible.
  • H.264 hardware compression - saves space.
  • can capture from none HDCP protected HDMI source.
Con:
  • must be attached to a desktop computer.
  • unit and computer must be powered on for hardware pass-thru even when you don't want to record.
  • cannot record in raw.

Avermedia Game Capture HD
Pro:
  • H.264 hardware compression - saves space.
  • can be used without a computer.
  • unit can be powered off and hardware pass-thru still works - don't have to unplug cables when you just want to use ps3/xbox 360 as media player.
Con:
  • you cannot record with variable bit rate.
  • cannot be used for live streaming.
  • cannot record in raw.
  • live stream is not possible.


Blackmagic Design shuttle:
I have not tested this product myself.
Pro:
  • can record in raw.
  • can capture form none HDCP protected HDMI source.
Con:
  • raw takes up a ton of space - even more than FRAPS.
  • must have usb 3.0 port.
  • must have a very fast storage medium (RAID or SSD) to capture in raw.
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This is a very detailed and thorough answer. Thank you so much, this is perfect for what I am looking for.
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