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Hauppage HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition review

Demonstrate your console gaming skills by recording the evidence on a Mac or PC

Our Verdict

For

  • Big hardware record button
  • Photo confirmation of cables

Against

  • Some illogically placed settings
  • Requires a spare plug socket

The Hauppauge HD PVR 2 captures output from things like games consoles and records it on your Mac or PC. Tell its app which cables you're using and it helpfully shows photos to verify the choice, and a textual description of the signal its receiving.

A slightly delayed video preview can be displayed if VLC is installed, but the input is immediately sent to a TV to allow normal play.

Video data rate and colour can be controlled from the app. Captures can be triggered from the application, or using the conveniently large button that sits atop the hardware.

Recordings are stored as an MPEG transport stream, which OS X can't immediately play. Strangely, listed among Audio Encoder settings is one that automatically rewraps the media in an MP4 file. It contains H.264 video and MPEG-4 audio, which QuickTime and many other apps can read.

Our Mac mini took just a couple of minutes to process an hour-long video, but this step isn't necessary with our existing champion kit of this kind.

Recordings are broadcast to a server using the UDP protocol by specifying an IP address and port number, but you can't simply provide account details for services such as YouTube Live.

Lack of convenience extends to simpler features, most notably that the app reverts to Component input every time it's opened.

Tech Specs

Product TypeVideo Recorder
Product FamilyHD PVR 2
Brand NameHauppauge
FunctionsVideo Recording
USBYes
HDMIYes
S-VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Digital AudioYes
Height38.1 mm
Width152.4 mm
Depth152.4 mm
ManufacturerHauppauge Computer Works
Product NameHD PVR Gaming Edition, with English Manual
Product LineHD PVR 2
Manufacturer Part Number01482
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hauppauge.com
Marketing Information

Record your Xbox®360 or PS3® game play in HD

Upload and share your games on YouTube with one click

Includes real-time passthrough, allowing you to play while you record

Includes all the cables you need to connect to your Xbox 360 or PS3

Record video game play in HD on your laptop or desktop PC
HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition records high definition video from a Sony® PlayStation®3 or Microsoft® Xbox® 360 onto your Windows laptop or desktop PC, in a high definition H.264 format. Make video recordings of your best game play in HD. Upload your favorite games to YouTube and share them with other gamers online. Or make a high definition movie of your game play to share with your friends or use it to discuss tactics with your clan members!
You can also play your game play recordings back onto your PC screen or transfer them over your home network for playback on a PS3 or Xbox 360.

Package Contents
  • HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition
  • 6V 1.6 amp Power Supply
  • USB Cable - 9 ft
  • HDMI Input Cable
  • HDMI Output Cable
  • PlayStation 3 Component Video Gaming Cable
  • Installation CD-ROM
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • English Manual
Weight (Approximate)340.2 g