Summary: Overall, the device seems to work well. There are a couple things I did not like. First of all, it captures .ts files which you then have to export to .mp4 in order to use them in other programs. However, it seems like it ruins the video quality when converting from .ts to .mp4 and I can't seem to find a place to change how it converts the file. If anyone knows, I'd love to hear.
Excerpt: I purchased this device in an attempt to stream Amateur Radio Club meetings to ustream.tv. I was impressed with how easily it was set up, but soon found out that to use it, I had to purchase an additional cable since I use Svideo/composite cameras for the stream. The cable cost was negligible at about $11.00, but it was something that should have been included in the cost for the PVR2.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Small
Cons: Does Not Work Wustream, Software Crashes, Unreliable
Summary: I've been using this little box to record footage of consoles and PC. It been great once you figure the pitfalls of the device, and unfortunately, there's maybe too many for average players. The first downside is in order to record in 60fps, you need to downsize your resolution output of your console or PC to 720p. If you record at full HD (1080p) you will only able to record at 30fps.
Pros: + good recording chip, + High def, + drivers often updates on Hauppauge site, + HDMI passthrough, + Toslink support
Cons: - only 30fps at 1080p, you need to set your console/PC to 720p for 60fps, - bad softwares bundles, - You need external accessories to bypass HDCP, - 2 second delay in recording (playing in a window is impossible).
Excerpt: It actually doesn't record anything. It needs a computer, with which it will communicate via USB, sending its video data down that port while activating the ArcSoft app (a process that takes about 30 seconds. Your distance from unit to computer is dictated by the finite length of USB cabling, ~ 15 feet. It will record well (compressed)and is so simple even a college professor can use it.
Had trouble with the component cables with the Wii
Victoria V., Amazon
25 April 2013
Summary: I hooked up this thing to my Xbox 360 and no problems. I do like the device. It's really nice, but whenever I hooked up my Wii to it with the component cables a black screen would always flicker on it. It was very frustrating. I assumed the cords were too weak. Whenever I plugged the component cables to my Wii's component cables, it felt really loose and weak. I eventually returned it to buy the Elgato, and I'm really satisfied with it.
Summary: Only records through component cables, will not record xbox or PC through HDMI port, disregard what the box says. That said, when it does manage to record the display is crisp and there is no input lag. Still going to be returning it.
Summary: I bought this unit with the highest of hopes and expected more. The unit itself works awesome! records in full 1080p and the user interface is super easy to use! I am currently running v. 1.4 on the device it self and 3.5 on Arcsoft Showbiz! Now the button doesn't work!! One of the key and unique features about this device does not deliver!! This one button is what won me over instead of the El gato capture...and it does not work anymore!
Great HDMI capture solution, but has it's faults... and quite a few.
Brent D, Amazon
20 September 2012
Summary: Let me say on the record I am very experienced with Hauppauge's line of HD PVRs, having owned the original HD PVR for years. When I heard about the HD PVR 2, I was ecstatic. On to the product. The unit comes in a slightly smaller, stout box than the HD PVR1. It came with the main unit, power adapter, 2 HDMI cables (cheap, generic kind), AV connector, PS3 Component Cable, USB cable, Install CD, and various booklets.