More and more people want to capture their gameplay and post it to YouTube, we occasionally do this as part of our reviews or interviews, and do so you need a capture box. Hauppauge have released their HD PV2 Gaming Edition device and here is our updated review.

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HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition records high definition video from a Sony PlayStation3 or Microsoft Xbox 360 onto your Windows laptop or desktop PC, in a high definition H.264 format. Make video recordings of your best game play in HD. Upload your favourite games to YouTube and share them with other gamers online. Or make a high definition movie of your game play to share with your friends or use it to discuss tactics with your clan members!

You can also play your game play recordings back onto your PC screen or transfer them over your home network for playback on a PS3 or Xbox 360.

Who are Hauppauge?

From their website:

Headquartered in Hauppauge, NY, about 40 miles east of New York City, Hauppauge Computer Works has been bringing TV to the PC since 1992. The Company is the worldwide leader in developing and manufacturing PC based TV tuners and data broadcast receiver products. Hauppauge’s products allow PC users to watch television on their PC screens, videoconference and create both still video images and digital TV recordings. Hauppauge’s flagship product, the WinTV, is the leading branded TV tuner card for PCs.

Hauppauge Computer Works is a division of Hauppauge Digital Inc. In December of 2008, Hauppauge Digital Inc. acquired the Pinnacle PCTV product line from Avid, and now runs PCTV tuner products as a separate division. PCTV has their research and development labs in Braunschweig, Germany.


  • Hardware encoder
    • H.264 AVCHD high definition video encoder, with record resolution to 1080p30
      Recording datarate: from 1 to 13.5 Mbits/sec
      Recording format:

      • AVCHD (.TS and .M2TS) plus .MP4

      Video down conversion: from 1080p to 720p

  • No delay HDMI passthrough:
    • HDMI in to HDMI out – up to 1080p
    • Component Video in to HDMI out – up to 1080i
  • Input/output connections
    • HDMI in, from HDMI sources without HDCP such as Xbox 360
    • Component video in, with stereo audio
    • S-Video and composite video in, with stereo audio
    • HDMI output
  • Size: 6 in wide x 6 in deep x 1.5 in high
  • Power: 6V at 1.6 amps
  • Weight: .75lb / .34 kg / 12 oz
Bundled software applications
  • ArcSoft ShowBiz, with these features
    • Video capture for recording video game play
    • Trim your videos
    • Upload videos to YouTube
System requirements
  • Laptop or desktop PC with 3.0 GHz single core or 2.0 GHz multi-core processor
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit), Windows Vista or Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • TV set with HDMI input
  • 512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • Graphics card with 256 MB memory
  • Sound card
  • 220 MB free hard disk space
  • CD-ROM drive (for software installation)

What’s in the Box?

  • HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition high definition H.264 personal video recorder, USB 2.0
  • 6V 1.6 amp power supply
  • USB cable – 9 ft.
  • HDMI input cable
  • HDMI output cable
  • PlayStation 3 component video gaming cable
  • Installation CD-ROM
  • Quick installation guide

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