Roxio Unveils A Sub-$US100 Video Game Capture Kit

For less than $US100 Roxio's diminutive Game Capture kit lets you play in high-def while capturing video of your PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 gaming sessions.

Introduced today, the Game Capture device is about the size of a Nintendo DS and includes a set of component output cables and single USB cable to connect the device to your PC. The kit also includes Game Capture software.

I've played around a bit with the tiny device and found it very easy to set up. The only draw back is the 480p cap on video quality, but for most users that's probably going to be fine. Kotaku uses Hauppauge's HD PVR system, which allows us to capture at up to 1080i, but also costs twice as much at $US199.

While the Hauppauge kit is a must if you have to capture at that high a quality, I found Roxio's software to be much more feature heavy, letting me capture in AVI, WMV, DIVX and export to H.264. You can also grab screen shots, saving as JPG, PNG, TIFF, BMP or GIF file types. The Game Capture kit also includes fairly robust video editing software.

For $US99, it seems like a fairly good option for game capture, if you don't mind that 480p cap. You can see a short Rango gameplay session I captured above.

Roxio Game Capture


Comments

    That's super awesome. Does anyone know if there are devices that do this job with a HDMI connection? I feel like anything but HDMI is so old-school and bound to degrade these days :P

      I also wondered this.

      However the problem I came up with if a device was to use HDMI was the HDCP.
      The video output hardware [ps3 etc...] encrypts the video which must be decrypted by the monitor or TV screen.
      I know this is used with blu-ray movies as a way to stop people from pirating by merely capturing the video stream before it gets to the screen.
      I remember a little while back someone had claimed to have reverse engineered hdcp and made a device capable of capturing such video, but it was not legal therefore would not be a commercial device.

      With video games I dont think HDCP would need to be used, so there could probably be a device which could do so. Maybe an hdmi splitter?

      My understanding is that the copy protection built into HDMI prevents, or makes very difficult and therefore expensive, video and audio capture from a HDMI output. (As Ed mentioned)

      The HD units usually use component video instead of HDMI which allows up to 1080i video quality. There is not much difference between 1080i and 1080p when it finally is compressed/converted for display on YouTube so no one really bothers to focus on HDMI capture.

      I personally wouldn't spend that much for an SD capture, you can get a cheap generic one that records up to 576p over s-video for about 10 or so bucks. The component one mentioned here allows a clearer image but not enough in my view to justify a hundred bucks or more (with postage from US etc.)

      Here's an example of what I did with a cheapo EASYCAP one you can get off eBay for about 10 bucks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUklyEirG68

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