PROS / This capture device comes with the best software on our lineup – it's easy to use and gives you a lot of powerful tools.
CONS / It doesn't come with all of the necessary cables, and the software isn't available for download.
VERDICT / Roxio's Game Capture HD Pro is the go-to device for recording your in-game footage on consoles. The combination of solid hardware and excellent software makes this game capture device a compelling option.
Roxio Game Capture HD Pro focuses specifically on video game capture. This game capture device provides a good balance between ease of use, quality and design. The hardware isn't particularly difficult to set up or use, and it comes with software to edit videos and quickly upload them to the internet. Game Capture HD Pro is our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award winner in game recording devices because it provides you with a host of gaming-specific features and tools.
Game Capture HD Pro records audio and video footage of your gameplay from any Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 or PS4. The application captures games on your PC while you continue to play in full HD on your TV. It can capture the video recordings in up to 1080p, a resolution that provides excellent results. Just remember that 1080p video can take up a lot of storage space.
This video game recorder does not come with all of the necessary cables to begin recording. The only cable in the packaging is the USB cable that connects the device to your computer. You'll have to purchase other cables separately. In the case of the PS3, you'll need special component cables that are compatible with the PS2 and PS3. You can't record PS3 video over HDMI using the Game Capture HD Pro because it's secured with High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection technology.
In addition to capturing the streaming audio from your game console, Game Capture HD Pro has the ability to record audio from a microphone. This comes in handy when you want to add a voice-over or tutorial to your recordings. You can also create a voice-over when you are doing a live stream. Game Capture HD Pro comes with a video editor that it automatically sends your captured files to so you can edit and add customized audio as desired.
With the full-feature video editor that comes with Game Capture HD Pro, you have an impressive number of tools at your fingertips. This is the best game capture device because of its powerful and plentiful editing tools. Once you capture games, the game recorder gives you the tools you need to perform basic video editing such as cutting, splicing, focusing attention and zooming. You can also split your audio and video files, creating two different files, or you can join your audio and video files to create a single file. We were able to use the video editor to create more engaging videos by cutting and splicing video footage to show our game highlights and adding text titles and music. The video editor is fairly easy to use, the tools are high-quality, and it saves your projects automatically.
The application also comes with advanced features, including a 32-track timeline editor that allows you to create a picture-in-picture or video-in-video file. The application also offers green-screen editing, animated credits and motion effects that allow you to slow down or speed up your footage. Once the gaming footage is complete, you can upload the files directly to YouTube, Facebook or WeGame.
Ease of Use
With the quick setup guide that comes packaged with this video game recorder, setup is simple. For example, the first thing you see is an informative graphic that displays a picture of where you should plug in each cord. However, these simple instructions can be a drawback if you would appreciate more in-depth documentation. A picture isn't always enough.
One of the few gripes we have with Game Capture Pro HD and Roxio is that the software is only available on the disk that comes with your HD game capture device. You can't download the software from Roxio's website or anywhere else. This creates a major problem if you lose your disk or if your computer doesn't have a built-in optical drive, as many computers are going all digital.
The application has a hot key that starts and stops all recordings and allows you to upload videos directly to the internet. We were impressed with the clean design of the application's interface, which makes the software simple to use.
The display on your computer throughout the game recording process includes information on elapsed recording time, file size, remaining recording time and total space left on your drive. You can also easily access and view your recent captures, and upload or edit them as desired.
Roxio's full-feature video editor is easy to use. The design is clean and easy to navigate. The left-hand side of the window provides tools that allow you to add content to your file, including a photo or video, background audio, text, overlay, video effects and transitions. Across the top is a menu bar and a toolbar that includes shortcuts for tasks like adding text titles, recording from a microphone and directly uploading to the internet. Most of the editing tools offer one-click access, making it simple to customize your footage.
Help & Support
Help resources are easy to access from within the game recorder's software. The menu bar gives you access to file functions, viewing options, tools and help resources. You also have access to a variety of useful resources through the Roxio website.
Roxio offers all of the support options you'll find with the best game capture devices. You can contact the support team through email or by phone. You can browse the knowledgebase, manuals, tutorials and user forums. All of these options combined should be enough to solve any problems you encounter.
Roxio's Game Capture HD Pro is easy to install and use, and it has more features and tools than other HD game capture devices. The hardware and software combination focuses specifically on game recording, which ensures your game highlights come out looking good. We recommend Game Capture HD Pro if you're a gamer who wants to focus on the game during play and then easily edit and share the footage afterward.