Capture: Hauppauge HD PVR 2: GE

  1. Check the settings.
  2. Hit Record when ready.
  3. During a cutscene or two, crank the volume (with your headphones off if you are recording with them) of the game so that the microphone picks it up – this is useful for aligning.

We use the HD PVR 2: GE to capture game footage (this is anything not on PC pretty much).

Settings-wise; we change a couple of things from the defaults, the important one here is the advanced settings to capture sound in a separate track to the video in the same file.

Advanced

The reason is for syncing issues. If you do not capture as part of the track, then you will find that the produced video has sound which is out of sync with a separately recorded vox file. The way to fix this is to have the video sync to the audio as part of a transcode. I don’t like to transcode, because I’d want to do it losslessly. Better to be able to use the original file than making a massive intermediary file. I guess the disadvantage is that your vox will be captured in mp2 codec, which is sucky, but at 384kb/s, quite acceptable quality for the advantage of not having to spend possible hours transcoding and setting up a proxy file to make it tolerable to edit in kdenlive. Blergh.

We change where the file is recorded to, we use a fancy schmancy solid state drive, but that’s just so all captures go to the same place, you only need the extreme speeds for Fraps. So the first thing we changed was Video Quality, which is maxed. At 14Mb/s, it isn’t going to take a large amount of storage, certainly nothing comparable to Fraps. This is left as variable quality after we tested to see which produced better results. It shouldn’t make a difference, but when we tested it, it did.

So there.

Select the microphone input you want to use. Select the right Video Input and Audio Input. We do not touch the volumes for the multiple tracks as they seem to be set up right. In fact, if anything, the microphone volume might be little too high and clip too easily. If you want to adjust to a finer level than the UI of Hauppauge Capture allows you, adjusting the setting file of the Hauppauge directly may help. You can find it in “%public%\Hauppauge Capture”. Since we’re using multiple tracks we cannot use AAC encoding, but that should be fine. Just set the sound quality bitrate as high as you can (384kb/s)

No real point in changing much of anything else. We mute the volume in the bottom right as you don’t need to be able to hear a delayed version of the sound.

You can make sure that the vox is being recorded by playing back a captured file and changing the audio track to track 2.

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