Roxio Game Capture HD PRO Card Review
The Roxio Game Capture HD PRO card is targeted at newcomers to the world of console gameplay capturing. It allows you to capture HD footage from either the Xbox 360 over HDMI or the PS3 over Component without any of the hassles usually associated with capture cards (note it can also capture Wii – via Component - and PC footage – via HDMI - as well).
For example the card is external and plugs into your computer via the supplied USB 2.0 lead, so there is no need to pry open your case. It is also pretty small and portable, so if you needed to capture footage away from home you could quite easily take this with you. Secondly all the technical wizardry is handled by the card so your computer does not need to be as powerful to run it.
Thirdly the software that comes with the Roxio is equipped with a series of handy YouTube guides explaining how to setup the card and use the supplied video editing suite and Live streaming function. Yep this card allows you to stream your gameplay Live over Twitch.
Best of all this card can now be had for £112 from Amazon which offers fantastic value for those looking to capture and edit footage quickly and without needing a degree in IT to understand its functions.
Card Design/Build Quality
As for the build quality of the card, well, its weight is possibly a little too light for our liking which sometimes gives it that plastic feel. Though it’s still well constructed and has small rubberised feet at the base to aid grip when used on a flat surface. At the front of the card it also has an embedded arrow symbol which lights up when powered (looks cool) and two small LEDS to the base which are used to indicate which input has been connected i.e. HDMI or Component.
Mind you one thing you will need to do before setting up the card is to plan ahead by grabbing a few extra cables. The Roxio does not come with either a HDMI or Component lead(s), so we would budget an extra £20-£30 if you plan to capture off both your PS3 and Xbox 360.
To explain the reason for the extra cables we need to explain first how the capture card is linked to your consoles in the first place. To the sides of the card are 'Input' and 'Output' connections, these comprise of both HDMI and Component.
On the Xbox 360 you plug in your HDMI lead - that was connected to the TV - into the 'Input' of the card and another HDMI lead is needed to go from the 'Output' side to the TV. You are now a step closer to capturing.
For the PS3 you may be wondering why the Component lead and not the HDMI? Well this is an issue with HDCP protection which stops the output of the PS3 from being recorded. For this reason as a work around you need to use a Component lead to bypass this. While this may sound like a burden and a negative on the cards side, in all honesty it would be the same problem for any game capture card you buy.
For this reason you will need a PS3 Component lead. We got ours in-store from Maplin’s for £10 http://www.maplin.co.uk/ps3-component-cable-224042 although you can possibly source one from e-bay a little cheaper, but we advise not to go too cheap otherwise this may compromise on quality.
Additionally you will need a Component lead going from your TV to the capture card and a set of audio leads (L+R(RedandWhite). We got our Component lead from Curry’s - at a bargain price we must add. The cable used to cost £40 but we got it for £10. However this was again an in-store price/deal.
Once you have the PS3 cables etc. you can follow the Quick Install guide that comes with the card or view the YouTube visual guides that are accessible via the main Roxio PC software.
However if memory serves us we just left our HDMI cable in the console and then connected the Component lead from the PS3 to the 'Input' of the Roxio card. We then connected the separate audio and Component leads from the 'Output' of the card into the 'Input' of the TV.
After this we switched on the console and headed to the settings option where we changed the display setting from HDMI to Component (making sure we switched to the correct input on the TV afterwards so we could see the picture).
But when choosing the compatible output resolution we found you need to set this to 1080i as the capture card will not work in 1080P via the Component lead – however it’s better than nothing and most games are in 720P anyway so not an issue!
As mentioned the YouTube video covers most of this setup anyway. After the Component setup and is configured you can then remove the existing HDMI lead and always use this for your Xbox 360 - if you own both consoles - and save yourself a tenner in the process (i.e. you won't need to buy an extra HDMI lead for the Xbox).
While the above sounds complex, it isn’t really and before long you are ready to capture!