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Slowly but surely more and more high definition video capture devices have started to appear, although most of them haven’t exactly been priced at a consumer price point if you wanted something besides a PCI Express card. Elgato’s new Game Capture HD is set to change things at least for those interesting in capturing HD gaming videos from a console.

Slowly but surely more and more high definition video capture devices have started to appear, although most of them haven’t exactly been priced at a consumer price point if you wanted something besides a PCI Express card. Elgato’s new Game Capture HD is set to change things at least for those interesting in capturing HD gaming videos from a console.

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The Game Capture HD connects to a PC or Mac over USB 2.0 and features a built in hardware video encoder that records the video in 1080i30, 720p60, 576p60 or 480p/i60 depending on the source/settings. It accepts HDMI – without HDCP copy protection – input as well as composite video plus audio and is as such compatible with both Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s Playstation 3. And HDMI throughput connector is also part of the package which allows you to play the game on your TV or display at the same time as you’re recording it. One neat trick is that it’s bus powered and as such doesn’t require an additional power adapter.

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Elgato also supplies the Game Capture HD with some basic capture and editing software. This has a rather unusual feature which Elgato calls "Flashback Recording" which offers what most people would refer to as time shift record or pre-recording. However, in this case it’s only up to an hour worth of video, but at least it can come in handy for those times when you forget to hit record. The software also include direct uploading to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter for easy sharing of your videos.

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The Game Capture HD will be available next month for US$199.99 (S$255) which might still be a bit too expensive for most of us, but it’s far cheaper than most professional grade video capture hardware and it doesn’t require a high-end computer to do the video encoding in real time. The only limitation is that Elgato only supplies drivers for Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.7 or later.

Source: Elgato