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Hands on: Elgato Game Capture HD

updated 09:13 pm EDT, Wed June 6, 2012

Record videos from Xbox, PS3 feeds

Among the myriad of gaming companies in Los Angeles this week for E3, Elgato may seem a bit out of place. The company last week released its Game Capture HD, however, and we had a chance to check out the new recording device for Xbox, PlayStation or any other game console.

The Game Capture HD connects between a game console and a television or other display, hijacking the video feed and automatically converting it into H.264 format. Users can then store the videos on a computer or post them online to share with others.

The hardware is simple enough, and we were equally impressed with the included software available for Mac or Windows. Users can quickly edit captured footage, removing any boring segments and organizing the final clips into groups based on game title, console or other criteria. The interface is simple and easy to use, with just enough functionality to quickly complete the task at hand.

As a purpose-built device, the Game Capture HD succeeds in bringing an easy way to record 720p or 1080i gaming videos to show off to friends. At $200, however, we suspect that it will have a difficult time getting beyond its specific niche.




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