I just got a New PC with USB 3.0 would like to buy a new capture card.
Only really have one requirement. Needs to do 1080P with good quality with a decent bitrate.
The cards I considered:
ExtremeCap U3: reviews have been mixed, some say great card but it's the software that causing issues, locking up during recording. Anyone who owns it tell me if software cause any major issues? or if other software like Nero or Maybe VirtualDub Capture will work with it?
Elgato: I know Nero Capture now supports the card. Has anyone used Nero capture with this card if so how is it? Can you use the full bitrate (all 30)? I believe the naive software splits the files and then merges them once the recording is done. Why I would use Nero over their software.
HD-PVR 2 (Non Gaming version): I had game edition however it always had heat issues, Getting way to hot then it should. Any know if the heat issue has been fixed?
Blackmagic Shuttle: Don't think this is a option since blackmagic does not support Windows 8.1. If anyone has heard different please weight in.
If theirs any other card I should consider please let me know.
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Congratulations! You may have set a record here for the longest time between joining and making your first post. Couldn't hold out another 10 years and go for 20? Mostly kidding, but geez, what took you so long?
Anyway, you need to post back WHAT you want to capture. If you're a gamer then we need to know that. If you live in a country where your analog TV format is PAL (ie. UK, Australia, many many others) AND you want to capture games, then you will need PAL60 support in your capture card.
Did you do anything unusual with your HD-PVR 2 Game Edition, like use it for a LONG time in a row? I haven't heard of any heat issues with the card, but then again, maybe you were doing 5+ hour captures and yeah, that might get hot.
Nero tends to be a "jack of all trades, master of none" kind of software so even if a card can use Nero Capture, there's probably a better capture program available.
I'm in the US. I'm going for Game capture & TV capture (to get content from my DVR to PC). 1080P with high bitrate. I would assume ExtremeCap would be the best choice since it can do 60FPS.
It seems VituralDub can be used with ExtremeCap as well.
As for the HDPVR2 I have ran it for hours at a time, the time it got boiling hot, it wasn't even on for 30 minutes yet.
One side question:
One requirement for ExtremeCap is: Intel chipset with native USB 3.0 host controller (Verified chipset: Intel, Renesas, Fresco).
My PC is a Dell 8700 Special Edition with i7 Intel Processor. I believe chipset is a Dell Lynx Point Z87.
I would assume it's a verified intel chipset, Does anyone know for certain?
If Nero uses the DirectShow capture driver of the ElGato CPU usage will be very high. The DirectShow filter decompresses the incoming h.264 video stream delivering uncompressed frames, which you'll have to compress again. But the device can deliver 30 Mb/s and at that bitrate looks better than the other capture devices at their (~15 Mb/s) max bitrate.
And don't forget: you'll probably need an HDCP stripper to record from a cable/sat DVR.
^ Thanks I will look take a look.
One Final Question:
For Blackmagic Shuttle USB 3.0. I was wonder if my PC would be able to run it or install it correctly.
My PC is a Dell XPS 8700 Special Edition.
Videocard: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750Ti 2GB DDR5
Harddrive: 2TB 7200 RPM
Memory: 16GB Dual Channel DDR3
Processor: 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4790
Chipset: Lynx Point Z87 (I Believe)
Motherboard: Not sure what Dell uses I couldn't find out what they use.
OS: Windows 8.1 (Fresh)
If not Shuttle any chance I could run the Pro?
You know something is terribly wrong when drivers were very hard to install.
I never had that much trouble with GE version.
I went with Elgato instead. It's a little weird how the device records.
No where did I ever say GE was the same as 1512. Don't know where that came from. Someone needs to read posts more carefully before replying to them.
a little warm, try again. It gets very hot to point you can't even touch it.
Not all of us are on the PC 24/7, Sometimes their are more important things to deal with then getting a capture card.
Last edited by SHS; 23rd Jun 2014 at 13:21.
I take it you don't what SageTV is ? you know what MCE is I hope that that SageTV is only it far better DVR Recorder
The originally HD-PVR GE did need a fan min of us mod the case for that.