Conclusion: Video capture cards do the same thing as the HD PVR Gaming Edition, but Hauppauge's little black box provides an incredibly simple solution that is easy to setup and captures the highest quality footage that you could possibly want. While the video editing software isn’t the most in-depth, it has some great features, such as the automatic upload to YouTube, and it does provide a very effective and intuitive way of editing.
Conclusion: Tech-savvy enthusiasts looking to grab high-definition video from various sources—such as a game console or existing DVR—will love Hauppauge's HD PVR, but mainstream consumers pining for an easy DVR replacement without monthly fees should look elsewhere.
Pros: Records HD programming without copy protection concerns (via the "analog hole"). Burns Blu-ray-compatible, high-definition DVDs. High-quality audio and component video cables included.
Cons: Doesn't function as a standalone DVR. Complex setup involves multiple software packages. Remote is nonfunctional with bundled software.
Summary: Overall, the PVR is a solid performer for just under $200 in price. It’s simply a question of your needs. If you are happy with your current DVR and don’t feel the need to watch content on other devices, you are probably fine with your existing setup. However, if you prefer versatility where you can play purchased movies or television broadcasts, the Hauppauge PVR is one of the simplest solutions I’ve used for recording, saving and cataloging a library of...
Excerpt: HDMI is vastly superior to the high-definition connectivity solution of yore, which relied on one of two types of digital cables for audio and a second, well-shielded, three-gang cable for component video. Unfortunately, HDMI is tightly entwined with HDCP, and that DRM standard interferes with our ability to exercise our fair-use rights to time-shift TV programming and to make back-up copies of Blu-ray movies.
Pros: Simple connections; easy to use software; very good image quality.
Cons: Generational loss in video quality; relies on the “analog hole,” which might be plugged someday.
Conclusion: While it won't do 1080P, I'm really happy with the affordable solution Hauppauge has put out for recording HD video. Yes you have to use components but it's a small price to pay to be able to archive shows off of a DVR or record video from an Xbox 360 or PS3.
Excerpt: 4 Flares 4 Flares × If you own an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 console then today’s review product might raise an eyebrow. Have you ever wanted to share video content showcasing your gaming exploits? The Hauppauge HD PVR Gaming Edition records high definition video from either console direct to your computer in compressed H.264 format. This time Hauppauge supply all the cables you need for a complete ‘out of the box’ experience.
Excerpt: 2 Flares 2 Flares × Hauppauge have been creating a plethora of TV oriented products now for many years and today we are looking at their Colossus video recording card which can capture real time H.264 compressed recordings at resolutions up to 1080i. Is this ideal for capturing video console footage?