AVerMedia has become a force to reckon with in the capture device market. Their newest device, the Game Capture HD 2, gives some much needed upgrades to the original Game Capture HD. Is it worth the purchase or should you stick with your current capture setup?
Voice Recording with No Fuss - With the previous Game Capture HD, if you wanted to add commentary to your gameplay footage then you would have to record them separately and edit them together. You could have also used an elaborate audio setup that will set you back around $50. That chore, however, has become a breeze with the Game Capture HD 2.
In the front of the box is a mic and headphone jack. Just hook up your headset with into the two jacks and you’ll be recording audio commentary with no hassle. With an adapter, retro gamers can also join in the commentary fun. The convenience factor for those that do Let's Plays is off the charts.
External or Internal, It Doesn’t Matter - The Game Capture HD 2 doesn’t have onboard memory so you'll need to provide a storage device, internal or external. It’s up to you on whether you want to keep the storage internal with a cheap hard drive or go external to allow for quick transfers to your PC. Whatever size and price is up to you, but the important thing is that you have a choice of picking whatever will fit your needs.
You Ready? Then Upload It - AVerMedia realized that even though moving footage over to your PC was made somewhat easier, they could still make it easier. The way they did that by letting you upload videos directly to your YouTube channel. All you have to do is enter your YouTube account info, give the video a quick edit if needed, and then upload the clip. Again, a big time saver for those people that do Let’s Plays who need a minimal amount of editing.
NOT SO USER FRIENDLY
GameMate is Not Much of a Mate - New with the Game Capture HD 2 is a companion app that acts as another remote control. I would have loved this feature if I could get it to actually work. The app is supposed to control the Game Capture HD 2 through commands sent via the same network. For whatever reason, even with the two devices on the same network, they did not communicate with each other. Not only that the error message that appeared on the app when it failed to connect was in Korean, not English. So I couldn't even see the other options available or try another way to connect. It's also frustrating that the app is useless until you connect with the device. When you start it up, it gives you steps to connect to the Game Capture HD 2, and if you can't connect, your screen gets filled with Korean and that's it. Close it out and you're back to the steps to connect the device. Maybe there will be an update to fix this but as of right now, the app is useless for me.
Leave the Editing to the PC - Built into the Game Capture HD 2 is simple video editor. A VERY simple video editor. The built-in video editor lets you trim your videos stored on the hard drive and that’s about it. It’s hard to consider this option convenient when you have to navigate the menu using the tiny remote control. If you are absolutely terrified about editing your videos on the PC and willing to do the work, then the built-in editor can work well for you. Everyone else, on the other hand, should stick with editing their videos on the PC.
At a price of $170, the AVerMedia Game Capture HD 2 is going to be good for those looking to capture footage and create their own videos from the footage, but it’s going to be perfect for those people that do Let’s Plays. It’s designed to be as simple as possible while capturing in 1080p. For those on a budget or looking to do some streaming, you’re going to want to look elsewhere.
*This review was based on a review sample provided by the manufacturer.