For some reason I keep on typing HP instead of HD…that has nothing to do with…nevermind
So I decided I should actually do more content on this site so I decided to invest in a capture card so instead of my insane ramblings you will hopefully now get my insane ramblings and VIDEO! ooooOOOOOOoooo. I know. So after much musing and wondering what I should invest my money in I heard about the Elgato Game Capture HD. I checked out some test footage on youtube and thought that the quality was amazing. After teasing the basket on Amazon with my putting it in my basket and removing it I decided i’d pay the £179.99 for the card and it finally arrived yesterday.
In the box you get the capture card itself, HDMI cable, AV cable for the PS3 as the conversion on that console is a little weird and simply attaching a HDMI cable to it just won’t cut it. You get a USB cable to connect your capture card to your Mac/PC and then that’s pretty much it. It gives you some brief instructions on how to attach everything, though it’s very self explanatory. The only thing I was expecting that didn’t come in the box was the actual software to run it. It wasn’t a problem though as you can just download it directly from the Elgato website. The software is really simple to use.
When the capture card is connected to the computer all you do is press the big round button at the bottom of the screen to start recording. There seemed to be a lag of about 5 seconds or so between what was happening on my TV and what was happening on my Mac. You can adjust the settings as to what kind of output you’d prefer. It can record up to 1080i but I recorded my test footage below at 720P and to be honest I think it looks great.
Of course I felt I should go all out and play some Trials Evolution. Gigatrack is my white whale and I will capture and kill that bitch! Anyway It wasn’t the most detailed write up in the world but I just wanted to bring it to light as to how awesome it is.