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Colossus Brings Internal HDMI Recording to PC

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.

  • Shin-san
    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
    Need work ! Jesus my hauppauge hd recorder software look like it was made in windows 95.
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  • amk-aka-Phantom
    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
    Isn't it strictly forbidden by HDMI licensing?
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  • digitalrazoe
    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
    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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  • 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
    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
    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
    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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