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Help picking a capture card + software

Ninjutv Jan 21, 2013 10:15PM PST

Hello there Twitch.tv Community! I am currently looking into streaming here on Twitch. I will mainly be streaming games on the Xbox 360 and some PC games here and there. From my research it looks like the BMD Intensity Pro, the Avermedia Game Broadcaster HD, and the Hauppauge HD PVR 2 are the cream of the crop. I use HDMI to connect my Xbox 360 to my monitor and I would like to keep it that way. I know that aside from the volatile nature of internet connectivity, most of the basics can be summed up into 'PC Specs' and 'Bandwidth'. Here's a list of my setup.

PC Specs:
-Processor (AMD FX-8120 CPU (8x 3.10GHz/8MB L2 Cache))
-Processor Cooling (Liquid CPU Cooling System [AMD])
-Memory (8 GB [2 GB X4] DDR3-1600 Memory Module)
-Video Card (AMD Radeon HD 6870 - 1GB - Single Card)
-Motherboard (ASUS M5A97 -- AMD 970))
-Motherboard USB / SATA Interface (U3S6 USB 3.0 & SATA 3.0 PCI-E 2.0 x4 Expansion Card)
-Power Supply (900 Watt - Standard)
-Primary Hard Drive (2 TB HARD DRIVE -- 64M Cache, 7200rpm, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive)
-Optical Drive (24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - [Lightscribe Technology] Black)
-Flash Media Reader / Writer (12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer - Black)
-Sound Card (3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard)
-Network Card (Onboard LAN Network (Gb))
-Operating System (Microsoft Windows 7 Professional - 64-bit)

And my connection is:
-68.68 mbps download
-5.87 mbps upload
-Ping 22 ms

(I understand the connection fluctuates)

Currently, that is the fastest connection I can get in my area without having a business account, which I hope to change in the near future. :)

I have some experience with Xsplit but I will be using multiple cameras and I haven't heard to much about WireCast or any other similar programs. What streaming software(s) would be good for multiple media sources?

Any advice and/or non-biased opinions you guys can post to help me with this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
NinjuTV

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Avean: Jan 23, 2013 11:36AM PST
Avermedia Live Gamer HD have gotten some incredible review by one of the best in the streaming industry like Totalbiscuit, JP and Toweliee. They all use it. Not only is it good for recording gaming content but using it as a camera in XSplit or in OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) reduces cpu usage ALOT.

Regarding XSplit, its very good but i feel OBS is outperforming it right now. XSplit has alot more features to make almost studio quality production with all theyre tools for scenes, but for regular streaming i find OBS better and its also free! So i would highly recommend OBS: obsproject.com

Also the GUI in XSplit is flash based so it feels very sluggish and slow, while OBS is just instant. It feels and performs faster. But that said, Xsplit has its usage also if you are into doing some advanced background effects and other cool stuff.

I would check em both out if i were you. Stuff like this can perform different on my hardware versus yours.

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