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« on: January 07, 2017, 05:50:48 PM »

I will personally say that the Elgato HD60 is the best one out there. You can record up to 1080p60 with ease. The software is pretty cool to use as well, since it can "ghost" record your session.(Meaning you can go back like 15 minutes of the session and actually record it.) Live Commentary is an option as well, which is great for LP's or just recording a gameplay session. Although, I mainly just use OBS to record my console gameplay.(Since it is a bit better)

I did have a PVR 2 Gaming Edition. But the software was so wonky and just a mess. It was decent, but it does not have as many features as Elgato's software. The PVR also cannot record 1080p60. Only up to 1080p30. I mean, I guess that makes sense since the time the PVR2 came out, most of the games ran at 30fps on consoles anyways. Overall though, the Elgato has many advantages over the PVR2.

This is all from personal experiences with these two products. I also had a Dazzle DVC100 back in 2011, but its quite obvious that the quality there wouldn't be all that great.

So what capturing device would you say was/is your favorite to use?
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2017, 06:49:00 PM »

I don't use capture cards. Instead, I use a VHS Tape.
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2017, 08:04:24 PM »

I will personally say that the Elgato HD60 is the best one out there. You can record up to 1080p60 with ease. The software is pretty cool to use as well, since it can "ghost" record your session.(Meaning you can go back like 15 minutes of the session and actually record it.) Live Commentary is an option as well, which is great for LP's or just recording a gameplay session. Although, I mainly just use OBS to record my console gameplay.(Since it is a bit better)

I did have a PVR 2 Gaming Edition. But the software was so wonky and just a mess. It was decent, but it does not have as many features as Elgato's software. The PVR also cannot record 1080p60. Only up to 1080p30. I mean, I guess that makes sense since the time the PVR2 came out, most of the games ran at 30fps on consoles anyways. Overall though, the Elgato has many advantages over the PVR2.

This is all from personal experiences with these two products. I also had a Dazzle DVC100 back in 2011, but its quite obvious that the quality there wouldn't be all that great.

So what capturing device would you say was/is your favorite to use?
I use the Elgato HD60 Pro personally. Works like a charm with all my games and allows me to stream with little to no latency. It's pricy, but honestly it's my best alternative since I don't have Windows 10 on my main desktop nor do I want Windows 10 on my Desktop.
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2017, 01:16:09 PM »

I use an Elgato Game Capture HD. I would upgrade to an HD60, but I record most of my gameplay via component cables and I'm too lazy to look for a comoponent-to-HDMI adapter Tongue .  Plus I've had zero issues with my current card after over 3 years of use and I'm perfectly fine with recording at 720p60 for now.
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2017, 05:32:37 PM »

I don't use capture cards. Instead, I use a VHS Tape.
I might as well switch to VHS tapes. Cheap and easy!
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2017, 05:35:54 PM »

I use the Elgato HD60 Pro personally. Works like a charm with all my games and allows me to stream with little to no latency. It's pricy, but honestly it's my best alternative since I don't have Windows 10 on my main desktop nor do I want Windows 10 on my Desktop.
I don't blame you for not wanting Windows 10. I personally havent had much issues with it. Although, the ads and privacy issues are wicked annoying.
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2017, 07:21:57 PM »

I might as well switch to VHS tapes. Cheap and easy!

Just remember, a TV/VCR combo. If you use the VCR separately. It'll record the actual channel.
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2017, 09:17:38 PM »

I use an Elgato Game Capture HD. I would upgrade to an HD60, but I record most of my gameplay via component cables and I'm too lazy to look for a comoponent-to-HDMI adapter Tongue .  Plus I've had zero issues with my current card after over 3 years of use and I'm perfectly fine with recording at 720p60 for now.
I can help you with the Component to HDMI Converter. I use this one and it lets me record my PS2, GameCube, Wii, etc. with my Elgato HD60 Pro:
https://www.amazon.com/AVerMedia-Adapter-Component-Output-ET113/dp/B00TQ6ZCF2

I also use the AV to HDMI converter from them to get signal for the PS1, Dreamcast, N64 (takes sometime to get it to work), etc. I have a harder time with that converter than the Component to HDMI converter though.
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2017, 02:23:21 PM »

Is it possible to record with a capture card from older systems like the SNES? Not that I need to though, I'm just curious.
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2017, 05:55:26 PM »

Is it possible to record with a capture card from older systems like the SNES? Not that I need to though, I'm just curious.
Yes. The base model of the Elgato, the one that rynog14 has and uses, is capable of recording all the way down to the Atari 2600. I used to use that capture card myself and would test with SNES videos all the time. Mind you you'll need the connection for it but Elgato sells that for $10 on Amazon if I remember correctly.
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