Entering the market with a device that offers extreme competition in game recording options is Roxio Game Capture HD Pro. Roxio Game Capture HD Pro, also referred to as Roxio GameCAP HD Pro, is a product that focuses specifically on video game capture. This video game capture device provides the perfect balance in ease, quality and design. The hardware is simple to set up and use; it also comes with software to edit videos and quickly upload them to the internet. Roxio GameCAP HD Pro is our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winner in game recording devices because it provides more gaming-specific features and tools than the other game recording devices we reviewed.
Roxio GameCAP HD Pro captures audio and video footage of your game play from any Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii game console. The application will capture games on your PC while you continue to play in full HD on your TV. The video recordings can be captured in up to 1080p, a resolution that provides excellent results. The game recording begins and stops with the simple press of a hot key.
In addition to capturing the streaming audio coming from your game console, Roxio GameCAP HD Pro also has the ability to record audio from a microphone. This comes in very handy when you want to edit your captured files to create a voice over or a tutorial. You can also create voice over when you are doing Live Stream. Roxio VideoCAP comes with a video editor and will automatically send your captured files to the video editor so you can edit and add customized audio as desired.
With the full-feature video editor that is included with Roxio GameCAP HD Pro, you have countless tools at your fingertips. Once you capture games, Roxio GameCAP HD Pro 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 together 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, adding text titles, and adding music for pure entertainment purposes. The video editor is simple to use, creates excellent results and automatically saves your projects.
The application also comes with advanced features, including a 32-track timeline editor which allows you to create a picture-in-picture or video-in-video file. We also found that the application 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 completed you can directly upload the files to YouTube, Facebook or WeGame.
With the Quick Setup Guide that comes packaged with each Roxio GameCAP HD Pro, setup is simple. For example, the first thing you'll see is an informative graphic that displays a picture of where each cord should be plugged in. The setup guide is quick and easy to follow, so we had no problems setting up our Roxio GameCAP HD Pro for use.
Once your Roxio GameCAP HD Pro has been connected to the gaming console, TV and computer, you will be required to download the software that controls your recordings before you can use the hardware. As we mentioned above, 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, making the software very simple to use.
When the application is open on your desktop, you are ready for video game capture. Because the application is so simple to use, you're able to focus on the game instead of on the application recording the game. Before you start recording, you can specify what source you want to record from, additional settings, where you want to save the recording and the prefix/file name. Many of the fields may not change for each file you are capturing; for example, the source will continually remain the Roxio Game Capture HD Pro USB.
The display that will appear on your computer throughout the game recording process includes information on elapsed recording time, file size, remaining recording time and total space left on drive. You will also be able to easily access and view your recent captures and upload or edit them as desired.
Roxio’s full-feature video editor that comes as part of the product is also very easy to use. Roxio did an excellent job keeping their design 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 tool bar which includes shortcuts for tasks like adding text titles, recording from a microphone and a directly uploading to the internet. Additionally, most of the editing tools offer a one-click access, making it very simple to customize your footage.
When the application is running on your computer, you have Help resources right at your fingertips. There is a menu bar running across the top of the application that gives you access to file functions, view options, tools and help resources. You also have access to a variety of excellent resources through the Roxio website. Running across the top of the webpage is a menu bar that has a link to their Support page. You can access the Support Home page, Software Updates, Product Registration page and Discussion Groups through this link.
On the Support Home page you will see a variety of Support Resources sectioned off on the right-hand side of the page. Among these options are customer service and contact support. The customer service link will provide you with information on contacting customer service. You can access a list of frequently asked questions through the Questions After Purchase link, and you can email the customer care team through the Email link. You are required to sign up for a Roxio account before emailing the customer care team. Signing up for a Roxio account will take a small amount of time; however, it is free, and you will be required to have one in order to register your product.
Roxio GameCAP HD Pro is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. For installation alone you will need 2GB of free hard drive space. Roxio also recommends having at least 10GB of free hard drive space for your video recordings. Once you purchase the product, you will receive free software updates as they become available. Although we found the application easy to use, we recommend taking advantage of their help and support resources, including the tutorials, user forums, manual and knowledgebase so you don’t miss out on any of the features and tools that come with this product.
Overall, we couldn’t have been more pleased with Roxio Game Capture HD Pro. It was easy to install and use, and it provided us with more features and tools than other applications we reviewed. The hardware and software combination does focus specifically on game recording, which gives it a game-specific custom fit. We gladly recommend Roxio GameCAP HD Pro to any gamer who wants to focus on the game during play and then easily edit and share the footage afterward.
Roxio GameCAP HD Pro is designed specifically for gamers and offers the most tools of any product we reviewed.
The product is not compatible with Mac computers.
The best choice for game recording. It is easy to use, has a number of features and provides quality results.