Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR Review
Enter the Hauppauge HD-PVR
You are wanting to capture your video game sessions to upload to Youtube for some bragging rights BUT there are so many ways to record as both Dazzle and Roxio have video game screen capture devices but they are NOT high definition (only 480p at best) and everyone wants to have HD these days, don't you?
Enter the Hauppauge (pronounced HA-POG) 1212 HD-PVR!
This amazing gadget will capture your video game sessions in high definition 1080i (though all you need is 720p - more on that later). You can then import your movies in a video editor like Sony Vegas or Adobe Premier to add effects or picture-in-picture, just to name a few. There are other capture devices on the market, but if you want to record in HD - you NEED to get a Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR (or the Hauppauge 1445 Gaming Edition)!
My Personal Experience with this Device
I do own a Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR, and have been using it for close to two years now. I have never had any problems with it at all. My sole purpose for buying this device was to capture my Gran Turismo 5 drift sessions with my drift team (watch our video below for example). All of my friends who have seen my Youtube videos are amazed at the picture quality and I always get compliments about it (along with questions about how I did it).
To setup this device (which is extremely easy), you will need to have the component cable for your game console whether its a PS3, Xbox 360, or Wii. This gadget is a "pass-through" device that connects your gaming console to your TV and your PC - the PVR is the middle man between the console and TV. After this, the software that comes in box drives the Hauppauge HD-PVR.
The software that comes with the 1212 model is called Arcsoft Total Media Extreme. I use Arcsoft Total Media software on my PC to capture my gaming sessions and then edit my videos with a separate video editor software (Sony Vegas). It really is that easy!
Hauppauge HD-PVR 2 Gaming Edition Review
The "Gaming Edition" Model
My review for the 1212 model is the same for the Gaming Edition model.
Late last year (August 2012), Hauppauge released what they called their "Gaming Edition" version of their PVR to the market. Bear in mind that there is NO difference between the two devices - other than the light they emit when the device is in capture mode (notice the pic to the right has a green light ring and the pic above has a blue light ring).
The subtle differences between the 1212 model and the Gaming Edition are:
-Hauppauge 1212 includes a IR blaster cable to control your cable or satellite set top box channel changing. This model was primarily intended to record live TV - it just so happened to be good at capturing video games as well!
-Hauppauge Gaming Edition has a Component Video cable for easy connection to an Xbox 360 or PS3 (no Wii cable - see above for component cable). This model does not appear to have IR blaster cable capability.
-Hauppauge 1212 contains Arcsoft Total Media Extreme plus Arcsoft Media Convert. This software is decent at capturing the screen but I have not used any of the other functions at all.
-Hauppauge Gaming Edition contains Arcsoft ShowBiz with capture and upload to YouTube. A media converter is NOT included in the HD-PVR Gaming Edition.
Lastly, the 1212 model uses a blue record ring to indicate that recording is taking place while the 1445 Gaming Edition uses a green record ring (see image above).
If you are NOT using component cables for your consoles, it may be worth buying the Gaming Edition model as it comes with a 2-1 component cable for PS3 and Xbox 360 (savings of at least $10 if you bought the Hauppauge 1212 model).
Watch This Video! - High Definition Quality
This is a video that was recorded using the Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR. I hope you enjoy the video! As you can see, I only record in 720p because anything over that is overkill. The max resolution for most video games is 720p (Gran Turismo 5 max is 720p). You can specify this in the software that comes in the box before recording.
Check out all of the quality settings from the lowest to the highest.
You can see more of our team videos at: Team NEMESIS!
How to Edit Your Gaming Videos
The software included with the HD PVR can NOT do the kind of production you saw in my video. You must use a video editor to add the text movements, the special effects, the music, etc. I am using Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 Production Suite. There are a few others out there like Adobe Premier, and Final Cut for the Mac BUT I prefer the Sony Vegas software suite because that is what the Pros use!
Video editing is a another topic all together especially with an advanced video editing software like Sony Vegas - but just remember that Youtube has a tutorial on how to do it.
I look forward to seeing your gaming videos! Leave me a message telling me your Youtube username so I can watch your videos!