I am looking to get a capture card (external or internal) for no more than $200-$220 (including all needed cables and devices). This device will be recording and streaming gameplay from the xbox 360 console (mainly FPS's like COD and sports games like Madden). I was hoiping to ask a couple of questions.
I think I prefer an external device, so that is a great benefit. Most of the reviews are good. However, it does is only component or less.
My question is - is there a way to still "play" in HDMI while recording using component?
My logic: I still want to plug my HDMI cable from the xbox directly to the TV and then also plug the component from the xbox to the Hauppauge device and then the device to my CPU (via usb).
I have already done teh component "hack", where you remove the casing from the component cable to allow both cables to be plugged in at the same time. (It works as my Turtle Beach works flawlessly because of this). So, I know both cables can be plugged into the 360 at the same time.
As I stated my turle beach works using this method, but would the video work to do the same with the PVR? If this method would work, I would buy this model. If it wouldn't would there be another way to play with HDMI and have component go to the PVR (like a dongle or splitter or something)? My goal is to be able to record at 720p, 1080i, or less, but sitll play in 1080P. I don't have desire to also record in 1080p.
2) If it's not possible to save playing quality with the Hauppage, I am looking at a few other "devices".
Your first option will not work. You can not send video out both HDMI and Component at the same time. But most cap cards max out at 1080i or 720p. In my opinion 720p is better than 1080i.
The new Aver Media HD will allow you do record and stream in 1080p. I do not know if your computer will handle that, as I have never used one. You may want to check their website for recommended specs.
Your computer should be able to hand the BMI-S. I have the BMIP, but I also have a very good computer. Again with the BMI-S the max capture will be 720p, but the quality is still amazing.
Something else to keep in mind is that your computer will be able to run any of those cards easily just as a capture device. Streaming is a much bigger strain on your PC.
And finally before you spend all that money on a capture device with dreams of streaming, make sure you have the required internet speeds. Go download xsplit and do a test to their severs, it will make a huge difference in weather your stream will be watch able or not.
I stream almost nightly. If you would like to check out my twitch here is the link. www.twitch.tv/otipperx it is a bunch of competitive CoD play.