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Pros: Good for capturing VHS and older Camcorder recordings.
Cons: Pinnacle software has gotten a bit cumbersome over the years.
Other Thoughts: I used to own the internal capture card and the software was awesome, easy to use etc. But that was for a WinXP machine. Now on Windows 8+ things are a bit trickier. The software and drivers are a pain to install.
For some reason because this is an older device, the Autorun does not function properly with Windows 8.1+ If you have Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 do NOT use the Autorun. Open the disk manually.
Install the Drivers first, under <Drive>:\DRIVERS\ and either x64 or x86 folders click SETUP.exe. It should install fine.
Then run the software install <Drive>:\STUDIO\SETUP.exe.
That installed everything pretty quickly and everything ran smoothly.
Reviewed By:N/A,11/26/2015 12:40:52 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month. Did you find this review helpful?
Pros: Someone needs to highlight the fact that HDHomeRun View WILL NOT WORK with Windows 10. You get sound but no video. It is not totally SD's fault. Microsoft has removed the Codec needed to convert the video (you cannot watch DVDs with a new Win10 install, or .mpg or others, either). The problem I have with SD is that they acknowledge the problem, but expressly refuse to tell you how to work around the problem. Only, apparently, if people boycotted the product until SD remedied the situation, would it get fixed. So, as well as it works with my older Windows installs, do not buy this until it fixes the Windows 10 issue. I think SiliconDust is monitoring these reviews. Show me how I am wrong or fix the issue and I will gladly change my review. It is a good product, but you can't leave Win10 users hanging like this with no solution other that, "go see how others have fixed it, we can't tell you."
Cons: Need 3rd party codec to work with Windows 10
Other Thoughts: Rather than leave this up to the user to figure out on her or his own, make the solution clear and understandable, if not automatic. As more users migrate to Windows 10, this will become an increasing problem for you SD.
Reviewed By:N/A,11/25/2015 1:15:50 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week. Did you find this review helpful?
Pros: -Can live stream & capture video at 1080p/60fps -Has an HDMI pass through for easy hookup unlike the Extreme Cap U3. -Can custom your capture card with the custom artwork software.
-ReCentral 2 is very easy to use if you don't want to use any video editing (i.e. Sony Vegas) or any streaming software like OBS or Xsplit.
Cons: -You would need almost a high end PC or Laptop to use this capture card & have a motherboard with usb 3.0 -ReCentral 2 while it does work (as of 11/25/15 using windows 8.1) it's very basic for video editing & live streaming..nothing more.
Other Thoughts: Had the Avermedia Live Gamer Portable for 2 yrs & it was awesome, but it time to upgrade so I looked no further than this capture card. This pretty much the live gamer portable minus the SD card slot & uses usb 3.0. Hook up was easy & I was ready to capture video. Little latency between your game & software. Only problem I have with this card is that you need high end PC (minimum CPU is i7 3400) & can't use usb 2.0. Overall this is awsome capture card to use for 1080p/60fps. The video is awesome. definitely pick one up.
Reviewed By:Dabigkilla,11/25/2015 6:11:22 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
Never owned a simple device like this before, and despite any flaws- really, it works quite well !
1. If running 64bit, BEFORE ANYTHING you likely need to disable driver signature reinforcement ! You will know you are good to go when the red UAC driver box pops up "Install This Driver anyway" How to: http://sabrent.com/support/knowledgebase.php?article=14
2. The CD drivers & Software included do work fine. You might need .exes to run in compatibility mode for 7 or Vista. I in fact had to roll back to CD drivers, as the Windows update/device install service versions got no signal.
3. Try not push the coaxial in too far, in fact the connect is just an pop-on extender cap to the board coaxial inside - you can back the exposed cap off a bit if shorting/or no signal seems evident.
4. Another "couldn't get remote working", but no reason to need it! Since using TV splitter & placing the device after the cable box - I keep the software on cbl channel 3, merely cycling channels through regular cable TV remote.
Cons: *same as above
Other Thoughts: Not too bad! Competitive price + all I needed... at least. Have no tested S-video, but coaxial signal is nice and clear with good sound!
Reviewed By:N/A,11/24/2015 12:43:43 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
Pros: I haven't have a video file format it couldn't play! MKV, MPEG, AVI you name it! I can't remember how long I've owned it but its got to be at least two years. I can tell you this, I've replaced the batteries on the remote twice.
Cons: The remote isn't to bad, but does require a little more pointing than a typical Cable Box/Satellite Box.
Other Thoughts: I'm buying a second one because I accidentally plugged the wrong power cord into it. 8.8 volts fried it and the room smelled like burnt plastic. Good thing is, when I get the new one I'll have a 2nd remote. Other good thing is they still sell this model. It must be good if they are still making them.
Reviewed By:N/A,11/23/2015 3:08:29 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product more than 1 year.
Pros: I am writing an update to my first review......I have had this unit now for 1 year and have recorded many videos with it. In my first review I stated that the only thing I didn't really like about the unit (there is always something not perfect about ANY device) was the HDCP encryption. It sucks, and it is this way with ALL recording devices that have HDMI recording I found. Unless you have a stripper of some sort you cannot record through HDMI. (PS3 and Xbox exception?). By accident. TOTAL accident, I needed to split the TV signal off to another device so I bought an ordinary HDMI splitter. Viola. NO MORE HDCP. I record through the HDMI perfect now.
Cons: The only con, other than wishing that the unit could defeat the HDCP, but I am sure if they defeated it within the unit they would not be able to legally sell them, is the timer recording. While it does work I wish they could improve it. Next would be if it could record in 5.1 sound like the Hauppauge.
Other Thoughts: I just saw it for sale in Newegg for 115.00. That sucks. I paid 150.00 for it.
Reviewed By:N/A,11/20/2015 12:03:51 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.