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Elgato Game Capture HD

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Elgato Game Capture HD

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Name: Elgato Game Capture HD
Type: Streaming Hardware
Hardware Interface: USB 2.0



HDMI Video/Audio Capture

HD Resolutions

1080p (simultaneous 60 fps pass-through and 30 fps capture), 
720p (60 or 30 fps capture)

SD Resolutions

576p, 576i, 480p, 480i

LD Resolutions

288p, 240p

HDMI Passthrough

HDMI output is a mirror of whatever goes into input

Component Passthrough

Component output is a mirror of whatever goes into input
Component to HDMI Conversion
Component input is mirrored onto the HDMI Output

Powered by USB

No wall AC adaptor necessary

Package Includes

Elgato Game Capture HD
Quick Start Guide and software download card
USB cable
HDMI cable
PS3 AV Cable
Component video/audio adapter



Video up to 1080p @60hz
PS3 will not work via HDMI (HDCP)

Up to 1080p60 or 720p for Component
Audio via RCA (Red/White)

Software Compatibility

Direct source input

Open Broadcaster Software
Direct source input

Will only work via a screen region capture

What You Should Know

There is a 1.5 second delay introduced by the hardware H.264 compression. 
All USB 2.0 devices will create a delay between input and PC Capture.
The software has features to mitigate this via Audio Delay.
By delaying the audio, your broadcast will be synced (good for audio commentary)
PS3 users must use Component Out - since there is HDCP Protection on the PS3, which causes all HDMI capture devices to fail

Recommended Usage

Console Capture
Console HDMI/Component > Elgato Game Capture HD > TV/PC
Use Included Software
Wirecast will only work via a screen region capture
PS3 will have to use component due to HDCP

PC/Laptop Capture at TV resolutions (1080, 720)