It’s been a little bit over a month since Roxio released their Game Capture HD PRO, and after using it for both streaming and capturing game footage it’s time to sit down and give me official review of it. One thing about this device is that for the price it’s a steal, at $149 it is great for those of you (who are also like myself) just getting into game capture and streaming without breaking your wallet in the process.
The first thing you will notice when you open up the package the Game Capture HD PRO comes in is that it’s tiny, I compared it to a Blu-ray movie case in one of my streams as it is shorter and half the width of one of them. Not to mention that the capture device is very lightweight, almost to lightweight to me, at one point I dropped it and thought it would fall apart as it weighs no more than half a pound if not lighter. Which was also concerning because I thought maybe it was cheaply made and would lack the quality that the specs and press releases leading up to it’s release were saying, but I was wrong in those assumptions.
Before I get into the quality of the Game Capture HD PRO for streaming and capturing footage I just want to point out that PlayStation 3 owners who want to stream or capture game footage are in for a headache with setting it up, and it has nothing to do with Roxio this is all on Sony’s behalf. You cannot use HDMI when hooking the PlayStation 3 up to a capture device, it’s because Sony has a block on it to fight piracy of blu-ray films, with that being said you need to bust out the component cables for the PlayStation 3. Xbox 360 owners are okay you can use HDMI when hooking it up to the capture device. Even with using component cables setting everything up is a breeze, the capture device is straight forward, hook up your HDMI/Component cables to the input from the console, then you can connect another HDMI cable in the output that goes back to the television so you can still enjoy gaming on your television as it is being captured or streamed on your PC.
Now onto the quality, since I previously stated that you have to use component cables with the PlayStation 3 this does indeed affect the video quality of streams and captured videos as the best resolution you will be able to get is 1080i, I know this isn’t a big deal to some of you but it is something that is noticeable for those of you who are very perceptive with graphics in gaming. The software that comes included with the Roxio Game Capture HD PRO is easy to install and even easier to set up, with their work with Twitch.tv on the software Roxio was able to set it up so you can have one button streaming from the software. The downside, which this time around is something major to a lot of people who stream, when you are streaming from the Roxio software you can only have your mic on, in the sense that viewers will see and hear your video game and you talking as well, at this time there is no way to add a camera into the stream for those of you who like to be visible while you are streaming on Twitch.
That’s really all there is to say on the streaming portion of this capture device, it puts out some crisp video quality and the sound is great too, but when it comes to capturing video game audio and video I have had a few issues with the software. Although the files saved after you capture are .m2ts (which is a Sony supported video file just to let you know) when it comes time to start editing any captured footage in Sony Vegas Pro it seems that the files don’t like that software, sometimes my videos will lose sound completely and then there are times where I can’t even open them at all causing Sony Vegas to just crash or stop responding. But, with every issue there is a solution, any third part video converting software will be able to change the file time and you can resume editing it to your heart’s content. Sure it’s an extra step but in the end it’s not something that is ending the world now is it?
With all these things factored in the main question still remains: Do I recommend this to you? Of course I do, like I said in the beginning for the price of $149 this is a good start to get into anything you want with game capture, whether it be streaming, commentary, machinima, or walkthroughs. Since this is the first of what I can only imagine to be a new wave of streaming products from Roxio I can’t wait to see what they come up with next as streaming is now a big things and only going to get bigger. If you haven’t already you can order the Roxio Game Capture HD PRO by going here.