Elgato Game Capture HD review

Forget achievements - show off your gaming skills in video form

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  • Works with all home consoles
  • Powered through USB
  • Solid, easy-to-use features

Elgato's Game Capture HD allows you to record console game footage, with devices being connected using plain HDMI (for Xbox and iOS devices) or a Component cable.

The PlayStation 3 encrypts its digital output even when playing games, so a PlayStation-specific Component cable is provided. An adaptor with five female phono connectors (two for stereo audio) is also supplied for other Component devices, such as the Wii.

No other cables are needed, since enough power is drawn from your computer over USB. A hardware encoder turns the input into H.264 video and AAC audio.

However, there is some latency, so you need to connect to a TV for playing the game as well as to your Mac for recording it. Footage can quickly be sliced, stitched and posted to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter from the interface's Edit tab. It can also be sent to iMovie or Movie Maker for more refined editing, even if only to add a voiceover.

The lack of 1080p support on the Game Capture HD is our only real source of dismay. Even so, 720p captures are silky smooth and impressively crisp, even over an analogue connection from a PlayStation 3.

UPDATE: 1080p support has now been added to the device.


Tech Specs

Product TypeVideo Capturing Device
Brand NameElgato
Form FactorExternal
FunctionsVideo Capturing, Video Recording
Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Host InterfaceUSB
Height24 mm
Width73 mm
Depth109 mm
ManufacturerElgato Systems
Product NameGame Capture HD High Defination Game Recorder
Video FormatsH.264
Manufacturer Part Number1GC108801000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.elgato.com
Marketing Information

Elgato Game Capture HD enables you to record PlayStation or Xbox gameplay to a Mac or PC and share it with your friends and fans. With advanced hardware H.264 encoding, you can capture in stunning HD quality, while keeping the file size low.

The gameplay is passed through to the TV via HDMI - in pristine quality, without delay. Elgato Game Capture HD doesn't need a lot of cables or even a power supply to record your game: With direct Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 input, you can use a single cable to connect it to your console.

Package Contents
  • Game Capture HD High Defination Game Recorder
  • Quick Start Guide
  • USB Cable
  • PlayStation 3 Cable
  • HDMI Cable
  • Component Adapter
Weight (Approximate)141.7 g