There’s nothing more frustrating than having a long, impressive kill streak on Black Ops and not being able to boast about it to your mates. But you don’t need to sulk in the corner any longer, because Roxio has brought out Game Capture so that you can preserve those power plays forever.
Designed to grab in-game footage from your Xbox 360 or PS3, the game capture unit is a small black box roughly the size of a cigarette pack. Supplied with it are a set of component video and audio leads, plus a USB lead to connect it to your PC. Setup is a simple matter of attaching your console to the box and the box to your TV, while installing the video capture and editing software on your computer.
While video can be captured at resolutions from standard 480p to 1080i, you can only output at 480p – which is fine if you just want to quickly show off your gaming prowess on YouTube, but not if you intend to keep a high-quality HD recording. Maybe the next version of the device will make use of the console’s HDMI connection – but if it does, we’d expect the price to be a lot steeper than £80.
The capture software handles very smoothly, with a big preview screen and options to record as a WMV, AVI or DivX file. The editing software lets you play around with transitions, voice-over and additional text. It’s also worth mentioning that a PC version of Game Capture is available for just £39.99.
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- Fuss-free installation.
- Only outputs at a fairly low 480p.
If this is your first attempt at capturing Xbox 360 or PS3 gameplay to post on YouTube, then Game Capture is easy to set up, record and edit - but will only allow for 480p playback, and it's still a little pricey.