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

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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.
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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




Video Capture & Editing
PCI-Express x1


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



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

Output Signal:
- 3.5mm Audio

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

System Requirements

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.)
512 MB RAM
Available Slot
PCI-E Slot
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 7/ Vista SP2 (32/64-Bit)
Sound Card


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


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

Customer Reviews of the AVerMedia C985

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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
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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  • Anonymous
  • 10/7/2014 7:19:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggsI don't have the card

Pros: I was looking to purchase this card. I was wondering if I could hook up a console and record that. I need something to replace my Hauppauge HD PVR. It would be cool to record normal PC Games.

Cons: none. just have some questions

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/6/2014 12:42:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsWorst Purchase Ever

Pros: NONE

Cons: So Many Issues with this card it is not worth the purchase
BAD support that argues for months and refuses to replace the card till it goes out of warranty then they claim the card is broken finally and won't replace it cause it is out of warranty no Phone support either all you get is broken English emails that argue with you and refuse to fix their product

Other Thoughts: So now after over 10 months of trying to get my card replaced its now considered out of warranty by this dumb company they refused to offer proper support and made excuses for so long that it is now they are saying my card is out of warranty it should not be this big of a hassle to get a product replaced and or fixed especially considering the money spent on the product I have already reported the company to the better business bureau and to new egg for what they have done for all the people out there this is a final warning do not buy there products. Not to mention when I even first received my product I couldn't even use it cause I had to RMA it straight out of the box...... and now they just argue about sending me another one for months. I finally get an answer that the card is broken after I post this to the companies Facebook after months and months of the support arguing with me that nothing is wrong. I would give it negative eggs if I could. When I first received one it had to be sent back out of the box, I figured give them a chance because hey sometimes things ship with issues but with this lack of customer service and support help I will never ever buy anything from them ever again.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/24/2014 7:20:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Piece of Hardware. Great Buy

Pros: I bought this card looking for a better compressioning method then fraps, this card goes over the bar I had set in mind. Before fraps would record lossless RGB video that is raw, about an hour was 300 gigs of video, I have a 1tb drive I save too, but this was still an outrageous file size, and when recording with fraps it always dropped me to 60 fps no matter what. with this card constantly gaming and recording (just in case anything amazing happens) at 200+ fps in some of my favorite games (Warframe, Cod Mw2, Garrys Mod, Ftl, and many others) and the compression is amazing, it isn't fuzzy like some recording programs or looses sharpness after rendering, everything is true 1080p and 3 hours of video was only 13 gigs, an amazing size compared to the raw files. I highly recommend this card to anyone, as it was recommended to me. And the box presentation is absolutely astounding, when you open this thing you already know it's going to be a great product, plus the button and free xsplit trial is pretty nice.

Cons: Unfortunately I was hoping this card could record 1080p at 60 fps, but it's only 30 fps, you can switch to 720p at 60 tho but I like giving my viewers the best looking content.

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  • Neil D.
  • 9/11/2014 7:07:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAlot of people aren't installing this properly...

Pros: 1080p 30fps streaming capabilities
720p 60fps streaming capabilities
Easy to install
Takes up virtually no space
Simple to use if you aren't a dummy.
Makes streams on Twitch look so clean
Captures your monitor flawlessly

Cons: No 1080p at 60fps (But honestly who has the internet connection to watch this on a Twitch stream besides me?)
It did not come with a CD with all the software, but that is normal to me since it can all be downloaded these days.

Other Thoughts: Forward: The below comments are for a streaming setup for PC GAMES. NOT CONSOLES.

Alot of people that are commenting about these devices being bricked or can't get their monitor to run at 144hz or 120hz with this card aren't doing their research or have no common sense.

First off, all you have to do to get this card to work is to go on Avermedia's site and download the driver FIRST. Then go and get v.22 firmware and restart your system. VIOLA! it works. DURRRR. So hard....

Next if you are scared of having your precious 144 or 120hz monitor being locked at 60hz because you are running it as a pass-through through the Avermedia card, then you are doing it wrong. Go to the back of your computer.... If you have a card from the past, I don't know, 3 or 4 years then you have an extra jack called a mini hdmi, or display port. USE THAT AS A MONITOR. Get the cable to plug it from the mini hdmi/display port to the hdmi input on the Avermedia card. Then go into your video card settings (Nvidia Control Panel) and Clone the main monitor display with the Avermedia and you are done.

**WARNING** If you use this as a one PC streaming system it WILL NOT be better than using OBS' Game or Window capture. If you have a seperate system that is STRICTLY for streaming aside from your gaming PC then it will run amazing.

Towelieee has a perfect example on how to use this card the way I have explained. Search for AVerMedia Live Gamer HD, #1 Live Streaming Capture Card, 1080p Streaming! on YouTube. glhf

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  • Brian F.
  • 9/3/2014 7:51:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFew Issues, Not related to hardware.

Pros: Compact
Audio Capture
Live Streaming
quick and easy installation.
Software\default drivers
MP4 or TS format selection
Separated Microphone audio save file from game footage
Twitch handle credentials
Xsplit redeem code.
works with Win 7, Win 8 and 8.1 update

Cons: newer drivers "firmware" bricks capture card. (Default drivers are best used)
separate software installation needed to enable streaming capabilities.
No instillation CD at time of unboxing.
audio pass through was difficult setting up from control panel in windows. ( I used headset to play games)
device requires front speaker pass through.
30FPS when recording 1080p
no external webcam support in recenter software.
recenter cosmetics

Other Thoughts: If Avermeda can release an updated version of Recenter that includes the stream engine as part of Recenter and not as a separate entity that would make me happy. Why this card can not record at 1080p at 60fps is beyond my knowledge. over all if you use the default drivers with the updated software, this device is worth a purchase. I highly recommend no one update their drivers. Actually I recommend people to back up the driver folder after download. who knows if Avermedia will remove the download from their site.. Recenter is a joke right now. This device works best with Open Broadcaster. Xsplit is a joke. Even though the FPS at 1080p is 30. this device actually records very smoothly. I have not seen any screen tearing. I am interested in their portable version as well.

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