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Avermedia-darkcrystal-hd-capture-pro.33828750
9.0 out of 10

Avermedia DarkCrystal HD Capture Pro

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Overall 6
6.0

Mostly Okay

James B., Newegg
29 September 2013
  • Summary: The software it comes with is not required for use. The drivers alone are sufficient to use other software that can view 'cameras' on your system. The drivers put two 'cameras' on your system, so depending on which type of input you're using, it will show up on one of the two cameras but the other will just be black or 'no signal.
  • Pros: The card works well for component and composite connections. There is pretty much zero input lag so you're able to play games, even in realtime online multiplayer, without suffering response lag of any kind.
  • Cons: The standard software for this card is kinda ugly and unfriendly to use. The manufacturers seem to be from Thailand maybe? Or some other non-English country, so there's occasionally weird grammar errors in the program, on their site, in the help files, etc.
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Overall 8
8.0

No lag, decent quality video

Jasper, Newegg
18 September 2012
  • Summary: If AverMedia updated their software so that it wasn't a giant pile, it wouldn't be so bad. I'd like to see some standardized widgets, along with a much interface to control how my video is encoded.
  • Pros: I thought the zero-lag was marketing speak, but it's true. quite nice for realtime gaming.
  • Cons: The embedded software it came with is one of the worst pieces of software I've used: it has custom widgets for things like text and number entry that don't work right (you can't select, cut, copy or paste text), and it installs three system services that launch at boot that you have to disable, though launching the software will pop up a dialog telling you to enable them.
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Overall 2
2.0

Bad Dongle Cable

Charles T., Newegg
13 April 2012
  • Pros: Ordered 2 cards both work well on HD recording via Y,PB,PR dongle, however one dongle cable is bad. No Red.
  • Cons: Spoke to Cain at AverMedia 12:50 EDT 04-13-12 and they refuse to replace the cable ("company policy") and suggested I contact Newegg. Told Cain I would be writing him up here. This is not Newegg's problem. Cable was bad out of the box.
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Overall 8
8.0

functional capture card

David S., Newegg
19 December 2011
  • Summary: I haven't yet decided if I will keep this card or not. I was not expecting it to be so resource intensive during the record process especially at such a low resolution and moderate bit rate. Competitors offers similar products with all the same features but also include a hardware encoder, which means all of the processing power needed to facilitate recording is physically included on the card.
  • Pros: I purchased this card to convert VHS tapes to digital files. The included software is extremely customizable. It allows you to record at a video bit rate of up to 15,000 kilo bits per second and an audio bit rate of 192 kilo bits per second per channel which equals a total of 384 bits per second. It lets you save the files in a huge number of formats including AVI WMA H.264 MPEG-2 and many Apple compatible profiles. The card is physically small and fits very easily in...
  • Cons: *Because it has no hardware encoder it uses a lot of CPU power to record. I have a phenom 2 x4 with a clock speed of 3.4 GHz. When recording at 5500 kb per second video and 192 kb per second per channel audio at 720 by 480 resolution it uses between 20 and 25% of my total CPU time.
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Overall 10
10

Can't beat it

Mark K., Newegg
18 November 2011
  • Summary: Running Intel Core i7 860 with Radion 5750 Graphics card, 8 gig RAM, 6 1/2 Terrabytes on 4 hdd.
  • Pros: This card does exactly as advertised. I download movies and football games from my satellite DVR. I can see the metal flakes in the paint jobs on the players helmets. I also download HD video from my two Sony Pro cameras. No dropped frames, no sound loss, no color distortion. This little card rocks.
  • Cons: I wish they would make one of these for laptops. I could plug my cameras into it and record direct to the laptop then.
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Overall 10
10

works fine

michelle P., Newegg
24 July 2011
  • Summary: This card is the heart of my av pc. i split the hdmi cable from the cable box. one cable to this card and one to plasma. so i can bring up aver media center in HD. and do pip. one hd pic and one analog pic( need tuner, i use old vcr). and one analog pic from the happauge card. looks great on my 58inch plasma. plus i can use half the screen to watch a program and half for computer functions. and pretty much anything else you could want to do.
  • Pros: works fine. the key for me was the hdmi inputs. I have it installed in my av pc. along with happauge card. support was outstanding. i thought i had a problem, but it was a MB setting that i had to figure out. With the amd 955 cpu, quiet and cool and c1e has to be disabled in my bios. took me awhile to get it. sent first card back, but it wasn't the card. if it wasn't for amd and aver support i may never have figured it out. Its actually an amd issue.
  • Cons: none
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Overall 8
8.0

Works great.

Anonymous, Newegg
26 May 2011
  • Summary: Hardware: Good.
  • Pros: Captures video from a variety of sources, works fairly well with no major problems with the hardware...
  • Cons: ... however, the included software is sort of junk. I bought this to digitize a whole bunch of home camcorder VHS tapes from the 90's, and after recording for about 10-15m on about 25% of the tapes, it will stop recording stating that it can not capture from 'copyrighted' video sources. I'm not sure if this was because the video source was dropping out occasionally (old tapes.) or what, but it is annoying. I ended up getting around this by using two VCRs, VCR1 had the...
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Overall 8
8.0

Update Software to get 720p/1080i H.264/mp4/Mpeg-2!!

Michael M., Newegg
20 September 2010
  • Summary: Have used product to capture and archive many hours of HDTV and always seems to work fine!
  • Pros: http://www.avermedia.com/avertv/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?Id=523&tab=APDriver
  • Cons: Takes a strong CPU to work well!! AverMedia has other products that do h/w encoding, but at $300 msrp.
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Overall 10
10

User Review

Anonymous, Newegg
30 December 2009
  • Summary: Contrary to getting bad reviews this little card does work well. Give the little guy an A+. As always New Egg was quick to ship.
  • Pros: This card has done just as advertised. I have recorded at 1080i as well as standard DVD levels. A slow computer will cause jerky video. I would use at least a dual core CPU running at 2.6Ghz or better along with a good video card (ATI 4650 based as an example). I have had good results on the component and hdmi interfaces although I use the component input more.
  • Cons: No cons really. It is a nice card for it's indented use.
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Overall 10
10

Very good Capture Card

Daniel D., Newegg
29 December 2009
  • Summary: This card is not a Professional Capture Card and I don’t think it was intended to be. It is good for Home and Office use for regular good quality recording and requires minimum knowledge to set it up and use it. Best value for your $$. Can be used on both regular tower and small factor desktops. Works on all Windows OS including latest Windows 7.
  • Pros: Package came in excellent conditions. Card is brand new and came with all the adapters as advertised.
  • Cons: No much to say against it. Contrary to what most people have said on their reviews, I think the card is very good and does what was advertised.
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