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AVerMedia C985 Live Gamer HD - Capture & Share Your PC Game Footages

  • Capture 1080p@60 HD Gameplay
  • Super Low CPU Consumption
  • Record Live Voice Commentary
  • Direct Connection to Streaming Platforms
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What's Live Gamer HD

Live Gamer HD is a PCI-E card that helps you record and stream your game footages up to 1080p. Designed specifically for gamers who capture/stream gameplay via PC, this highly-compatible PCI-E capture device comes with on-board H.264 hardware encoder, which materially lowers CPU usage and brings you smaller file size for post-editing.
Live Gamer HD also supports a wide range of resolutions; it fits into most PC platforms. Meanwhile, it adopts HDMI connection for inputting different game consoles; the HDMI pass-through function guarantees smooth HD gaming experience even while recording, which consumes considerable CPU usage under general PC.
On top of that, it can be directly connected to streaming platforms; you can even add live commentary when streaming up. From now on, sharing or preserving your legendary matches is no longer a dream.

Amazing Quality, the Bitrate is Up to 60,000kbps

Combat scenes happen very quickly so you need a powerful equipment to capture the moment. Live Gamer HD adopts the latest RECentral that allows you to record at the bitrate up to 60,000kbps, which is a miles ahead of other competitors! Additionally, the HDMI pass-through function brings you a zero-delay video capture capability while gaming in real-time.
Live Gamer HDLive Gamer HD

HD Hardware Compression

The Live Gamer HD is your best gear for tracking every in-game activity. It can capture your local PC gameplay without considerable CPU loading. With the Live Gamer HD, your gaming machine is now fully capable to record simultaneously.

Live Gamer HD

We Understand the Importance of FPS

Always missing tiny milliseconds to nail your enemy due to the unstable frame rate? Back to the battlefield with Live Gamer HD is a wise choice. Your PC’s performance during gaming will not be affected anymore and gameplays can be preserved easily without frames dropping at the same time. You can now focus on how to create superb content without annoying stutter.

Live Gamer HD
Live Gamer HD

Dedicated Record Button

No more hotkey confliction! The accompanying Hot Button helps you fire up the Live Gamer HD timely and preserve the most exciting in-game moments precisely. You can recognize the recording status by simply having a glimpse at it.
Live Gamer HD

Share Your Gameplay In No Time

Do not underestimate your influential. Live Gamer HD generates sharp footages that are ready to be shared to your social networks, allowing others to admire your skills. In addition, AVerMedia's exclusive RECentral software provides intuitive settings for live streaming and quick connection to popular streaming platforms. It is capable of integrating your TwitchTV & Ustream account for broadcasting live gameplays; even more, it allows custom RTMP settings!
Live Gamer HD

Record Commentary with Gameplay & Push To Talk

Sometimes gameplays cannot explain themselves. You need to enlighten & get your audiences involved. The RECentral allows you to record your voice commentary along with the in-game footages to make your video more impressive. Even better, the Push To Talk feature allows you to record your commentary whenever you want to regardless of the gameplay recording. The voice file can be saved separately for post-production, or be streamed out with live gameplay over the Internet.
Live Gamer HD

XSplit Supported

For those looking for advanced streaming functionalities, Live Gamer HD is fully compatible with XSplit Broadcaster! XSplit Broadcaster lets you add different types of media to the stream, such like webcam, graphics and other video inputs. You can even customize scenes to meet different streaming purposes.
Live Gamer HD

Package Includes

  • Live Gamer HD - Weight: 3.6oz (102.5g)
  • Installation CD
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • Hot Button
  • DVI to HDMI Adapter
  • HDMI Cable
  • HDMI to DVI Cable
  • 3.5mm Audio Cable

Learn more about the AVerMedia C985

Model

Brand
AVerMedia
Model
C985

General

Type
Video Capture & Editing
Interface
PCI-Express x1

Features

Features
Capture 1080p@60 HD Gameplay

Super Low CPU Consumption

Graphics Card Resolution Support

Dedicated Record Button Included

Record Commentary with Gameplay

Stream Your Live Gameplay on TwitchTV

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Specifications

Ports In
HDMI, 3.5mm Audio
Ports Out
HDMI, 3.5mm Audio
Specifications
Input Signal:
- HDMI/DVI
- 3.5mm Audio

Output Signal:
- HDMI/DVI
- 3.5mm Audio

*The maximum recording quality is 1080p at 30fps.

System Requirements

Processor
Intel Core2 Duo 2.4GHz or AMD Athlon 64X2 Dual Core 2.8GHz
Graphics Card
VGA card with support for DirectX 9.0c or above (Standalone graphics card is recommended for HD video capturing.)
Memory
512 MB RAM
Available Slot
PCI-E Slot
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 7/ Vista SP2 (32/64-Bit)
Others
Sound Card

Packaging

Package Contents
Live Gamer HD (Weight: 102.5g)
Installation CD
Quick Installation Guide
Hot Button
DVI to HDMI Adapter
HDMI Cable
HDMI to DVI Cable
3.5mm Audio Cable

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the AVerMedia C985

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  • PETER W.
  • 3/10/2015 3:14:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBought something i didn't need.

Pros: Its a capture card and it captures what you plug into it.
The packaging was nice.

Cons: Has some bug issues... sometimes it will not capture anything because of HDCP but its connected to my computer so not sure how thats possible.

Other Thoughts: I bought this because i thought it would increase my game performance when streaming to twitch..

Do not be fooled this is not what it does. You would need two of these cards to see any improvement in performance because you cannot capture and use the encoding on a single card. and even if you did have to the encoding is sub par on this card causing a drastic drop in quality of ur stream.

What this does do though is increase performance when recording gameplay to upload to youtube etc etc. the touch of a button recording is nice.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO BUY THIS FOR TWITCH STREAMING. it is ment that you build a entirely separate system for this card so u can capture ur gaming PC and stream from another one. thats the only way you would see a significant gain in ur game performance when streaming.

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  • Gabriela T.
  • 2/18/2015 6:56:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWaste of money

Pros: Totally disappointment.

Cons: I would not recommended it

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5 out of 5 eggsSo Far, Better Than Other Capture Cards

Pros: Just got this card in the mail today and so far its a joy.

First off, the packaging is incredibly sturdy and robust, it really does look like Aver put a lot of thought and effort into protecting this piece of hardware, not to mention from a design standpoint, the packaging is super slick and just looks top!

The card worked perfectly right out of the box although I haven't tried using the big button as of yet. Its a neat touch, but simply pressing record on screen is easy enough so yeah theres that.

Having previously owned the Black Magic Designs Intensity Pro card, I can say I instantly liked this card better because the setup was almost idiot proof and worked right out of the box with my XBOX ONE at 1080p 30fps. The BMD only caps at 720p with the XBOXONE and is kinda of quirky to get it going.

The software is pretty intuitive and easy to use and made the process really simple getting started up capturing within a few minutes.

Cons: Nothing so far, everything seems good to go.

Other Thoughts: Really diggin this card and the software so far, hope to have some content produced using this pretty soon.

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  • Matthew B.
  • 2/3/2015 3:16:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for multibox streaming

Pros: Great device for multibox streaming (capturing one computer and streaming with another). So far I've not had any issues using this device. One of the few devices that will capture in 1080p60 and output 720p60 natively at this price point. Major selling point for me.

Software seems solid, though admittedly I don't use it.

Cons: The drivers seem to be a little wonky, however I've not had any dire issues. No crashes, or anything along those lines. I do wish it had more driver level controls (brightness, contrast, etc) like other video devices tend to have, but this isn't a large enough deal to knock off more than one egg.

Other Thoughts: Overall a great device, and a great purchase for streamers looking to separate their gaming machines from their streaming PC. Having used it with my PS4, it's great as a general capture device as well. Recommended buy.

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  • Nathan E.
  • 1/25/2015 3:38:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsDoes its job with minor annoyances.

Pros: Records footage on the same computer with 0 performance hit and small file size.

Can record high quality video up to 60mbps once firmware is flashed.

Can record windows sound as well as hdmi input sound.

Contrary to what other reviewers have said my card didn't brick itself when I updated the firmware, I read some people do have the problem but was able to search online for a way to fix it, apparently a device driver issue in windows more than a hardware problem.

Updating the firmware fixed several issues and unlocked bitrates above 20mbps (up to 60mbps).

Cons: Main Con: Lack of ability to record 1080@60 FPS - I knew this before getting the card however so not taking an egg for that.

Other Cons - Lots of little annoying things:

Card does not like soft reboots, has problems after a computer restart that isnt a full power off + turn back on cycle. Causes weird issues with record button not working or monitors flashing etc.

Blows out blacks on hdmi pass through without firmware update and their "0-255" color setting which i have had reset on me a few times even though saving it as the default option. This takes 5 sec on reboot to fix however so not a major issue just annoying.

Software seems kinda buggy but works overall, haven't had too many issues except when I tried to use it to stream directly to twitch for a test. (Crashed when I started the stream up.) I have not tried since after firmware update however, I usually just use OBS for streaming anyways.

The complaint other users have had about windows/mic audio desyncing after an hour or so I did experience, the firmware update claims to fix it but I haven't tested yet.

Other Thoughts: Received card for christmas.

I wanted this card because I do not have one of the newer model GPU's with a built in MPEG compressor in it, and taking a giant FPS hit in video games while recording was getting annoying. For recording purposes I really have little complaints about the card, it does its job.

It has a lot of little quirks though that have to be compensated for, less experienced users may have issues working around these things and think the card isnt functioning, the software works but is a little bit on the buggy side.

I knew the card wasn't going to record 1080@60 before buying it but with a certain video site's recent change to 60 fps videos, having 1080@60 fps would be a great thing to have. I have settled for recording at 720@60 just because 60 fps on games looks so much nicer.

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  • Tavis A.
  • 12/11/2014 6:45:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLove it!

Pros: Fast Install
Sexy Packaging
No Latency
Great Quality
Barely any CPU impact
Easily works in OBS and XSplit

Cons: Issues having the computer finding the card. Even though the pass through was working.
Had to fumble around their badly setup website to find the right drivers and Firmware.

Other Thoughts: I love this thing so far! I don't know why there are so many negative reviews. The only issues I had was my computer was having issues finding the device. But after a few re-installs and firmware update everything was smooth from there. I only stream in 720p 30fps due to Twitch's ways. But Thats fine. I highly recommended this card for New streamers.

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  • Garrett B.
  • 12/8/2014 5:54:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs"Meh" of "Mehest"

Pros: Better than its competitors and offers a lot of different configuration options, such as dual PC or console.

It sort of works, sometimes.

Cons: Drivers are buggy, slow, and have awkward controls.

The hardware suffers of much the same, but with the ability to cause display issues on up to two computers at the same time.

It is pointless to buy this for capture within a one PC system, unless you are incredibly CPU bound.

It likes to crash, gets too hot, doesn't have that much benefit in CPU off-load (varies by use), and costs too much.

As for design, I threw the tacky remote it came with back in the box once I checked that it would work without it. The whole thing has this cheesy "xXxMLGN0SK0P3SxXx" vibe to it, which really devalues it in my eyes. I wouldn't put it in a case with a window.

Oh, and finally, it doesn't record 1920x1080 at 60fps. Just doesn't. If you want 60fps, you have to go to 720p.

Other Thoughts: You can't use it to pirate live TV (easily) and it sucks for games, so avoid it I guess.

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  • Christopher A.
  • 12/7/2014 4:11:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsAVerMedia Live Gamer HD - Capture & Share Your PC Game Footages C985 PCI-Express x1 Interface

Pros: Not that many, works good to record when not streaming online but even still it uses my cpu like crazy, i go from 60fps to 20fps.

Cons: When I try to stream and change the bit rate to at least 20mb it lags and stutters and I have a 65mb upload speed, very disapointing hardware my video card did better streaming and recording.
When im using it with windows 8.1 the icons go huge like if im running at a lower resolution and the quality drops too.

Other Thoughts: First streaming card bad choice on getting it and bad hardware.

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  • Eric A.
  • 11/25/2014 9:41:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsnot perfect, but as good as they get right now.

Pros: Captures in great quality, encodes really nicely, and has great audio capture too.

Cons: only captures at 30fps in 1080p. description lies a bit when it says 60fps capture. it only allows PASSTHROUGH of 60fps, but captures half that framerate unless you set to capture a lower resolution. some games don't take a hit from it, but most show an obvious difference when viewing footage.

Other Thoughts: haven't tried the latest firmware yet, but seeing that it bricks peoples' cards is worrisome...

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  • Isaiah M.
  • 11/10/2014 10:17:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy favorite capture card

Pros: Easy to install
Works in any PCI slot
Cheap
1080p
Working on Windows 8.1
Easy Install
Barely any CPU usage

Cons: No install CD
RECentral does not have an option to overlay webcam with game footage
30fps limit for 1080p "Not that most people can watch a video at 60fps in 1080, but still"

Other Thoughts: Overall, I love it and helps me greatly more than Fraps or Dxtory ever did, just still wish there was an easy way to record webcam along with it, also if there was a way to fix "copy protected" issue when attempting to record stuff such as Call of Duty on PC.

With this card I'm able to actually play my games in High/Ultra settings without any framerate issues unlike with Fraps my fps would drop as I'm actively playing, so to trade out being able to actually play but record in 30fps isn't bothersome to me when youtube only supports 60fps in 720p anyway.

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