The Elgato Game Capture HD is the easiest to set up and most versatile video game capture device I have ever used.
I’ll be honest, coming from me this isn’t saying too much—considering I’m not a professional YouTube director or even an amateur video creator. But let me tell you, I know a quality piece of hardware when I see it and I couldn’t be happier with the Elgato.
In case you’ve been under a rock, let me start with the basics:
The Elgato Game Capture HD enables you to record PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 gameplay to a Mac or PC and share it with your friends (or YouTube subscribers). With advanced hardware H.264 encoding, you can capture gameplay in HD quality while keeping the file size small on your computer’s hard drive. A recent update even adds the ability to record in full HD 1080p at 30fps, making the Game Capture HD the first and only USB capture device to do so.
Your gameplay is passed through from your console to the TV via HDMI and then in to your PC or Mac’s USB port without loss of quality. Elgato Game Capture HD doesn’t require a bunch of cables or a bulky power supply to record your gameplay. With a direct Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 input, you can use a single cable to connect it to your console. Everything included, it literally uses three cables (HDMI in, HDMI out, USB in). You can seriously be recording clips in about 10-minutes. It’s that easy.
The included software is pretty nifty too. Even if you forget to press the record button, the Flashback Recording feature lets you go back in time. So, you can simply slide the slider (did I say slide the slider?) back and hit record retroactively so you don’t facepalm when you miss something awesome. Elgato Game Capture HD’s software also allows you to quickly trim your gaming clips and pass them on to your favorite editing program for easier editing later. Again, easy!
For $179 (Amazon.com price as of this morning) the Elgato Game Capture HD seems like a good deal to me. It does exactly what it’s supposed to do and makes it easy for you to do what you’re supposed to do—create epic gameplay montages! So this is good news for all of you guys and gals looking to make a name for yourselves on YouTube: Elgato did all of the hard work for you so all you need to do is hit the big red button and play.