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Colossus Brings Internal HDMI Recording to PC

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Now you can record unencrypted HDMI and component video feeds with Hauppauge's new internal PCI Express video capture card.

On Monday, Hauppauge Digital announced the release of its new internal HD video recorder for the PC, the Colossus. According to the company, the PCI Express x1 card features both component (YcrCb) and HDMI inputs for real-time H.264 compressed recordings. This means that consumers can now record at resolutions up to 1080i from unencrypted feeds flowing from video game consoles, cable TV and satellite set top boxes.

"We have had phenomenal success with our external HD personal TV recorder, the Hauppauge HD-PVR," said Yehia Oweiss, Hauppauge Digital's Vice President of Sales EMEA. "Due to high demand we have now released an internal version of this product and included an HDMI input so that users can now record directly from any un-encrypted HDMI source too."

The card comes packed with an the Hauppauge WinTV v7 application for viewing, scheduling and recording the video feeds (think software-based DVR). Also included is ArcSoft's "ShowBiz" software which allows video editing including adding effects, transitions, timeline editing and the ability to burn to DVD, Blu-ray or upload directly to YouTube. The overall colossal package also includes a 3-inch component cable, 1 component adapter cable, an IR blaster cable and a remote.

On the system requirements front, customers will need a dual core CPU at 2.0 GHz or faster (the minimum for HD playback), Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit), Windows Vista or Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (32-bit), a GPU with 256 MB of memory or greater, one PCI Express slot, a sound card and a CD-ROM drive for installing the software.

The Hauppauge Colossus can be purchased here online for $159 USD, or at Best Buy, Amazon and other retailers for roughly the same price.

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    Shin-san , July 13, 2011 12:41 AM
    Not a bad price since the Aver version is around $99. I do like Hauppauge hardware, but their software definitely needs work
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    srgess , July 13, 2011 12:54 AM
    Need work ! Jesus my hauppauge hd recorder software look like it was made in windows 95.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , July 13, 2011 1:09 AM
    What? I never even knew such a thing exists! PCI Express x1? $159? I'll wait till these things get a bit cheaper and will get one just for the hell of it!
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    pepe2907 , July 13, 2011 1:40 AM
    Isn't it strictly forbidden by HDMI licensing?
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    digitalrazoe , July 13, 2011 1:48 AM
    pepe2907Isn't it strictly forbidden by HDMI licensing?



    Not if it comes out of your box in HD analog component ... Those that chal1ange that can suck it - You only "get in trouble" that if you go HDMI to HDMI (or decrypt to HD-SDI) and defeat the key codes ...
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    adamboy64 , July 13, 2011 2:00 AM
    Oh, okay..? I've owned a Hauppauge Colossus for over 4 months now.
    Guess it was just recently released in the US?

    It is a nice card. I haven't done as much as I'd like with it yet though.
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    Anonymous , July 13, 2011 2:11 AM
    Talk about old news. This may be the first consumer level product to do this but black magic design did this over 5 years ago.
    http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/intensity/
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    pepe2907 , July 13, 2011 3:31 AM
    digitalrazoeNot if it comes out of your box in HD analog component ... Those that chal1ange that can suck it - You only "get in trouble" that if you go HDMI to HDMI (or decrypt to HD-SDI) and defeat the key codes ...


    You are maybe right, but my word is - they will definitely try to ban usage of this hardware by judical measures.
    Maybe I'am not precise, but one of major reasons for developing HDMI was to provide a clean and unbreakable channel of DRM secured streaming of video outside and INSIDE your system /as initialy it was designed to provide also the connection between the DVD reader and video output hardware - but CD/DVD-player manufacturers didn't play the ball, saying it will make hardware more expensive etc./.
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    dormantreign , July 13, 2011 3:36 AM
    triwavTalk about old news. This may be the first consumer level product to do this but black magic design did this over 5 years ago.http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/intensity/


    Thanks for pointing that out, Been looking for one of these for a few. It still don't do 60FPS 1080p though. Only 24. Id go with this company as they have been out for a few longer.
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    dormantreign , July 13, 2011 3:47 AM
    http://www.amazon.com/review/R1Z5ZTTE9U64MB/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt#R1Z5ZTTE9U64MB

    Scrape what i said about buying one of the blackmagic. This review is too convincing. Ill go with the one mentioned in this article.
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    leon2006 , July 13, 2011 3:55 AM
    For all the hype it has only one HDMI input....
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    wiyosaya , July 13, 2011 4:39 AM
    pepe2907Isn't it strictly forbidden by HDMI licensing?

    Not if they obey the "do not copy" bit that content providers can set.
    triwavTalk about old news. This may be the first consumer level product to do this but black magic design did this over 5 years ago.http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/intensity/

    Much agreed. There is also this from Matrox that captures 1080p as well as HD audio.
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    leandrodafontoura , July 13, 2011 6:03 AM
    Another option is Avermedia Avertv HD DVR High Definition, its a low profile card for smaller htpc cases
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    Anonymous , July 13, 2011 6:08 AM
    There are alternatives for a fraction of the price I bought my Card from http://bit.ly/pzLeBz for only $10
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    agoodyu , July 13, 2011 9:06 AM
    See this message I am moved, this shows that our country's technology has the absolute progress!
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    Hotobu , July 13, 2011 11:09 AM
    I'm going to set the "over under" for some enterprising hacker to override HDMI decryption on this thing to 6 months.

    ...Anyone want to take the over?
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    Neog2 , July 13, 2011 11:45 AM
    Booo they are sooo late. I have been able to do this for 3 years now with the Black Magic Intensity Card. I got so fed up with the HAVA Platinum HD, and Different Dazzle Style devices when trying to record in HD. I have had component splitters, and Y connecters going into DVD Recorders and such.

    The Black Magic Intensity card I bought 3 years ago allows me to record Full Uncompressed 1080P from my Xbox 360's HDMI with no problem. I can record from bootup, dashboard, to game and I dont miss anything.

    I have never tried this with a Blu-Ray Player, nor while watching movies on Xbox 360 never really even thought about that since all that stuff is I can find on the net all ready compressed which I would have to do myself if i tried recording it with the Black Magic card.

    Only downside is you need a pretty decent setup to run this card as intended.
    When I first bought the Black Magic Intensity I needed a seperate raid box to be able to record the 1080p raw uncompressed video.

    Now I have OCZ RevoDrive X2 220GB and I can record directly to that PCI Express SSD

    This would have been a nice cheaper alternative 3-4 years ago but now they are just plain late, and like others have said there software still sucks.

    http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/intensity/
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    keither5150 , July 13, 2011 12:19 PM
    Blackmagic does not work with Media center. Hauppauge's software sucks. The Colossus works great with Windows 7 media center.

    This is old news though. They have been available through hauppauge's website for about a year. Media center drivers have only been available since Feb... I think.

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    keither5150 , July 13, 2011 12:21 PM
    I don't think that Avermedia Avertv HD DVR High Definition works in Media center.
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    drwho1 , July 13, 2011 2:54 PM
    I own an HDMI avermedia HD card for over a year now, I can plug in and record directly from my PS3 using HDMI, no down converting of any kind, the problem is that the files are huge, even for a few minutes of game recording.

    So I haven't use it much because of this problem.
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