We recently got the Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition sent to us to take a look at, and so far, the new personal video recorder did not disappoint as this device has been absolutely awesome. If you are not sure about the acronym, PVR stands for Personal Video Recorder and simple, the Hauppauge PVR allows you to record content so you can watch it anywhere and anytime. Recording game play has been going on forever some folks like to create walkthroughs while others just want to share the recordings with others. The Hauppauge HD PVR 2 makes recording your game play easy and the included software has a YouTube upload component. I was able to get the Hauppauge HD PVR 2 up and running in about five minutes and we are posting some of the steps to get you going.
Unboxing the Hauppauge PVR
The Hauppauge PVR 2 Gaming Edition is relatively small and and is two toned where the top is a glossy black whole the sides are matte black.
When opened, the size of the box becomes quickly explained as Hauppauge included all the cables you could ever need to get this device setup and recording your gameplay. In addition to the RGB cables there actually to HDMI cables included one for video in from your Xbox and one for Video out to your TV. Finally there is a nice long USB cable for connecting the PVR to your PC which will allow it to record your video.
As we mentioned earlier, the size of the Hauppauge PVR is relatively small and here you can see that with the device next to a GameStop card.
The ports on the back of the Hauppauge PVR allow for a few different connection options with the included HDMI cable or an Adapter for a coax connection.
The Top of the PVR has a nice shiny lacquer look to it and a convenient button on the left hand side to initiate a recording with out having to use your PC.
Connecting the Hauppauge PVR 2 to the Xbox could not have been simpler. The first step was to take the HDMI Cable that I had going from the Xbox to my TV out and place it into the HDMI out on the PVR. Next, I took one of the supplied HDMI cables and placed that into the IN on the PVR and the other end into the out on the Xbox. Finally After plugging in the USB cable in to the port on the Hauppauge PVR and an open slot on my PC I was ready to install the software.
Installing the Included software
As we mentioned earlier the Hauppauge HD PVR 2 also includes recoding software which was simple to install. Simply put the disk into your DVD tray and launch the setup application.
The first step of the install is to choose your language.
After that the main install screen appears asking which you are trying to install either the recording software or the drivers for the device. since I had the device already plugged in to the PC via USB I decided to install the drivers. In fact, you will see a notification asking you to make sure the PVR is connected.
After the drivers are installed it is time to install the software that came with it.
The install only took a few minutes and when it was done it asked for a reboot of the PC
One the PC was rebooted I logged back in and launched the recording software, the first step was to choose which device I wanted to capture video from for which I selected the Hauppauge PVR. And as soon as I did the video that I was seeing on my TV now was also showing up on my Windows 8 computer.
At this point you are now ready to record by hitting the Capture button on the screen or tapping the button on top of the PVR. Before you record be sure to choose the file format that suits your needs. The options are M2TS which the PlayStation uses, TS which is a standard video format and MP4 which will work on your Xbox. Once the recording is complete it is save and you can now edit the video with the included editing software.
Now that your edits are complete there are different options available to you for outputting your produced Video including to YouTube.
If you choose to save to a file then there are some information needed such as the save location and final file format.
For advanced users there are a host of configuration options available to you including out put video size and the aspect ratio.
The Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition is 150 Dollars on amazon which is not a bad price at all. The fact that installing and configuring this device really took about 10 minutes and 20 minutes later I had my first recording was really amazing. I really like the look of the Hauppauge PVR 2 as well since most of my equipment is black so it fits in nicely. Here is a clip from my first recording:
If you are a blogger or just like to record your gaming sessions you can grab the HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition from Amazon for around 150 dollars.