roxio game capture Roxio launches Game Capture and PC Game Capture

Capturing quality video from a game console has so far either been a fairly expensive thing to do, but Roxio has announced a solution that should make it a lot more affordable, at least as long as you have a PC nearby. The company has also launched a piece of software that is set to compete with Fraps when it comes to create in-game videos on your PC.

Capturing quality video from a game console has so far either been a fairly expensive thing to do, but Roxio has announced a solution that should make it a lot more affordable, at least as long as you have a PC nearby. The company has also launched a piece of software that is set to compete with Fraps when it comes to create in-game videos on your PC.

The Roxio Game Capture is a simple USB 2.0 capture device that allows you to hook up your console to your PC with the added benefit of also being simultaneously connected to your flat screen TV. Roxio supplies software that allows you to record your in-game videos, edit them, add voice-overs, effects, text and what not and finally upload it to various video sharing sites. So far so good, but there Game Capture has two downsides that there aren't really a simple way around.

roxio game capture Roxio launches Game Capture and PC Game Capture

For starters you're limited to recording video over a component video connection, so the signal passed through to the TV will be 1080i at best. The other is that thanks to its USB 2.0 connection, you're limited to capturing 480p video which might not be high enough resolution for some. A USB 3.0 version might solve this problem, but thanks to HDCP copy protection being part of the HDMI standard, it's not going to be possible to ever capture 1080p in game videos unless the console makers issue an update that allows the consoles to output an HDCP free signal while playing games.

The PC Game Capture software suite is pretty much the same as the software that comes with the Game Capture, but instead of capturing from an external source, it'll do a screencast type recording of whatever is game is running. Oddly enough, DirectX 11 games and older DirectX 7 and below titles aren't supported. We're not sure this is going to be a big seller, especially considering it's US$12.99 more than Fraps which is pretty much the standard when it comes to recording in-game videos on a PC. That said, the PC Game Capture software does have editing feature, something Fraps doesn't offer.

Both solutions support accelerated video encoding using Nvidia Cuda, AMD Stream and Intel Quick Sync Video. The Game Capture will retail for US$99.99 and will be available from the 24th of March while the PC Game Capture will retail for US$49.99 and is set to arrive sometime in Q2.

Source: Roxio