Skip to: |

Newegg.com - A great place to buy computers, computer parts, electronics, software, accessories, and DVDs online. With great prices, fast shipping, and top-rated customer service - once you know, you Newegg.

If you are reading this message, Please click this link to reload this page.(Do not use your browser's "Refresh" button). Please email us if you're running the latest version of your browser and you still see this message.

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, HDTVs, Digital Cameras and More!

Sign up today for a 30-day free trial of Newegg Premier
  • Shipping Destination: United States
  • Wish List
  • Feedback
  • Help
Search all
Search

AVERMEDIA C281 Game Capture HD Record Xbox 360 & PS3 in Real Time with up to 1080p resolution

  • Component Video
  • Stereo Audio
  • Remote Included
ICON Loading...

  • Overview
    Overview
  • Product Tour
    Product Tour

 

Capturing your console gaming triumphs is now much easier! If the living room is your war field, all you need is your video game console, TV set and the Game Capture HD. The Game Capture HD is a standalone HD video capture box which allows users to preserve PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 HD gameplays to an internal or external hard drive without a PC. Installation is easy. Just connect the Game Capture HD to your game console with Component cables, and there you go! With one click, the Game Capture HD can capture and preview live game footage in 1080i resolution. When you’re gaming or playing back your recordings, you can also capture the precious moment in an image file freely. You have the right to decide where to save the recordings or screenshots. Besides, all your recordings and screenshots can be moved between the connected hard drives for portability and sharing.

  • newegg One click capture Just a press of a button, you can capture HD content up to 1080i from your game consoles, such as PS3 & Xbox360, and record HD gameplays directly to your internal or external hard drives. No PC required. Most attractively, the one-press capture feature allows you to instantly grab high score screen and record your existing gameplay footage without feeling delay in actual gameplay. You can also take a snapshot by pressing the button on the remote control.
  • newegg Intuitive main menu The Game Capture HD features intuitive main menu including recording and snapshots, file management and settings. Under the recording and snapshot menu, you will see recording gallery in thumbnail. And you will see wise indicator for recording setting under setting menu.
  • newegg Playback and share You can playback recordings instantly or later in 1080i resolution and share them online. Besides the HD gameplay, you will find terse on-screen display with recording information to give you the progress status of the playback.

Learn more about the AVerMedia C281

Model

Brand
AVerMedia
Model
C281

General

Type
Video Capture & Editing
Remote Control
Remote Included

Features

Features
Capture HD Gameplay in 1080i

Work without a PC

One-click Capture

H.264 Hardware Compression

Recording Playback

Take Snapshots while Gaming or Playback

Record the Footage without Felt Delay in Actual Gameplay

Pass-thru Mode Support

Record to the Internal 2.5" or External USB Hard Drive

Built-in 2.5" HDD Slot

Remote Control Included

Specifications

Ports In
Component Video
Stereo Audio
Ports Out
Component Video
Stereo Audio
Specifications
Input Signal:
Component Video
Stereo Audio

Output Signal:
Component Video
Stereo Audio

Storage:
- Internal: 2.5" SATA Hard Drive
- External: USB 2.0 Hard Drive
* NTFS and FAT32 file systems are supported.
* Hard drive is not included. Please install or connect a hard drive before using Game Capture HD.

Packaging

Package Contents
Game Capture HD
User Manual
Remote Control (Batteries Included)
Universal Component Cable for Game Consoles
Component Cable
RCA Audio Cable
Power Adapter (12V/1.5A)

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the AVerMedia C281

Do you own this product? Write a Review

ICON Loading...

Filter Results

Go
  • Anonymous
  • 6/8/2014 5:49:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAn OK capture card

Pros: Pretty affordable compared to other capture cards. It can record HD footage without needing to be tethered to a PC. Card can be carried around easily and is very rugged; Will probably not break if dropped.

Cons: Video on it often has a more rough look to it. Colors in videos have often had over-saterated colors during the video. It eats up storage on the device you record to and uses slow USB 2.0. Also when recording the latency of the screen skyrockets to the point where it can become difficult to play the game. Final con is that it uses component cables instead of HDMI cable to record.

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

  • Gabriel L.
  • 4/22/2014 11:15:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo problem so far

Pros: Plugged it in the wall, plugged it into my xbox, then in my TV. Plugged an external Hard Drive to it, tested it. Worked instantly.
The quality is not the best out there, of course, since it can only record up to 1080i @ 30fps (maybe a firmware update could repair that, though) but I bought this product on sale for $50, so 720p+ is a reallllly good deal if you ask me!
Comes with a remote with batteries, long cables aswell to plug in your console and TV.
Very easy to use, there's two thing you can do; press the record button on the device itself, or press the record button on your remote, bam, easy as that!

Cons: There is that short delay of about 3 seconds when you press the record button for the device to start recording, however, no big deal for me.
1080i natively, which is not the sharpest picture you can get as opposed to 1080p in HDMI (not supported)
I would have liked the usb port to be behind the PVR, just to make the device a little bit more nice looking, but that's me.
In general, the grey and black box looks pretty ugly if you ask me but I don't mind since it does its job very well!

Other Thoughts: Be sure to format your flash drive/hard drive in NTFS before you use the game capture or it will simply don't work.

You can do a firmware update on avermedia.com under product to solve multiple problems.

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

  • Anonymous
  • 3/25/2013 9:49:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsDoes not record !

Pros: None

Cons: Got this device to record off from my set top box and console. Everytime i get an error macrovision found and it does not record at all. Pass through works fine but does not record - Waste of money. Contacted avermedia and even got a replacement and same issue with the new device. Now they say it cannot record from copy protected sources - fair enough - i then contacted my set top box and cable company they said i can record from the set top box as long as it is for personal use and i m not distributing the content but avermedia will not listen to this. This device is of no use if you want to record your tv shows. They even have ezrecorder plus which will supposedly record and schedule tv recordings but mind you again it will have the same copy protection issue - Buy the hauppauge hd pvr instead its value for money!
Avermedia does not understand different countries have different laws and in my country it is fine to record for personal use . they are not offering a way to turn off macrovision check or record with macrovision - Very disappointed with my purchase.

1 out of 5 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

  • Trevor W.
  • 3/10/2013 1:01:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGoof for the money you get

Pros: No computer needed, easy to handle menu, and pretty good quality for what you get.

Cons: The fact this is a bit of a step down from any other pvr you see today, it's quality is degraded compared to without it being plugged in to the pvr. It records in a weird type of .AVI file, so you need to download a mp4 converter from AverMedia themselves in order to edit the clips.

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

  • Corey S.
  • 1/29/2013 9:27:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent product

Pros: While I do use this to record at home, the main reason I decided to buy it was because I play a lot of games at a friends house and I wanted a portable option for capture. If you use a 2.5" internal hdd, it doesn't get much more portable than that. The fact that you can also use a thumb drive (I formatted mine to NTFS and it worked just fine) and an external hdd are nice as well.

In addition, the recent firmware updates allow you to record in 1080p and it now saves in .mp4 as well.

Pass-through works even when the device is off, and during gameplay I haven't noticed any lag whatsoever.

Overall I've had nothing but a great experience with this and I would definitely buy it again.

Cons: -If you use an internal hard drive with this, it can get pretty hot in there.
-There's a few second delay upon hitting record.

Other Thoughts: Purchased from another website.

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

  • Neil J.
  • 12/11/2012 8:03:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSomething's wrong

Pros: Firmware updates allows 1080p recording.

Cons: Doesn't work with any USB 2.0 Drive I had
Starting displays green and purple horizontal lines on passthrough output along with a buzzing sound. I've tried talking to AverMedia (who kept insisting I didn't know how to plug in cables correctly...) and they said talk to NewEgg. NewEgg hasn't said anything for a month....

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No

  • James H.
  • 10/28/2012 7:51:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsVery Picky...

Pros: -Many Features
-Not very big
-comes with remote (w/ batteries)
-comes with 2 component cables
-does not need computer!

Cons: -can only record to certain drives
-only records in 1080i intead of 1080p
-looks kind of ugly :P
-Very laggy, takes about 4 seconds after you hit record to start recording and pop up the recording screen

Other Thoughts: Story Time! I bought this item in July 2012. They shipped it quick, no packaging problems, etc., but there was one thing wrong... It would not work with any of my flash drives, External HDDs or 3.5" SATA HDDs. I then proceded to buy 2 16gb Kingston DataTraveler 100 G2's which set me back about another 50 bucks... To be honest if you do have a computer that you can bring around I would buy the Hauppauge because of the quality and the "laggyness" of this item.

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

  • Anonymous
  • 7/31/2012 1:25:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood shhh

Pros: Easy. Easy..easy. it has great quality in videos. I hardly notice a difference from recorded video just alittle color hit but minimum. I have it hooked up via usb to a hard drive dock and works no problems. It records anything going threw my PlayStation Netflix and all. Dvd blueray. Anything... and the avi to mp4 converter for free.. sweet and even that simple

Cons: Component cables suck its junk don't use. use your own u must update firmware immediately. It will work but not for everything until you get 1.7 update. then it will record anything

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

  • Anonymous
  • 7/31/2012 1:24:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood shhh

Pros: Easy. Easy..easy. it has great quality in videos. I hardly notice a difference from recorded video just alittle color hit but minimum. I have it hooked up via usb to a hard drive dock and works no problems. It records anything going threw my PlayStation Netflix and all. Dvd blueray. Anything... and the avi to mp4 converter for free.. sweet and even that simple

Cons: Component cables suck its junk don't use. use your own u must update firmware immediately. It will work but not for everything until you get 1.7 update. then it will record anything

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

  • rick e.
  • 7/25/2012 11:14:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsawesome

Pros: very easy to use. all i have to do to record my voice is use audacity. very simple to put the video and autio together. i will get mine in 3 days but i have used my friends and i love it.

Cons: not many cons to think of

Did you find this review helpful? Yes No

ICON Loading...
Are you an E-Blast Insider? Subscribe Newegg e-Blast
PayPal
Shop without retyping payment details. Secure shopping made faster.
Check out with PayPal.

Related Products
Features: 100% Brand New and High Quality. ? ...
Specification: Allows you play HD game on big ...
Features: Capture real time game video from Xbox ...
Record your Xbox or PlayStation gameplay to a ...
Shop by Region: United States | Canada | China
VeriSign Click for the BBB Business Review of this Computers - Supplies & Parts in Whittier CAThis site protected by Trustwave's Trusted Commerce program Inc500
Policy & Agreement | Privacy Policy  © 2000-2014 Newegg Inc.  All rights reserved.
If the Adobe Reader does not appear when you click on a link for a PDF file, you can download Adobe Reader from the Adobe web site. nassau