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AVerMedia C875 (Live Gamer Portable) Video Device

  • Super Sharp HD Quality Videos
  • "PC-Free Mode" Option for Gameplay Recoding
  • Ultra Low Encoding Latency
  • Fully Compatible with XSplit

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What's Live Gamer Portable?
Live Gamer Portable is a USB box that records and streams your gameplay up to 1080p. Designed specifically for game lovers, this pocket-size game capture device comes with an on-board H.264 hardware encoder, which guarantees lower CPU usage and smaller file size even for full HD footage, not to mention the file format is extremely easy to work with in post-editing and uploading. Live Gamer Portable supports a wide range of resolutions and adopts HDMI and component connections for different gaming platforms. The HDMI pass-through function guarantees smooth HD gaming even while recording the gameplay. On top of that, it can be directly connected to streaming platforms; even add live commentary when streaming. From now on, sharing your legendary matches is no longer a dream.
Flexible
Live Gamer Portable adopts a USB interface and works perfectly with a tower PC or laptop. With support for a wide range of resolutions and its HDMI and component inputs, Live Gamer Portable provides flexible connectivity for various gaming platforms, and allows you to record or stream game footage from your Xbox360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and even a gaming PC.
Performance
With the advanced H.264 hardware encoding technology, Live Gamer Portable takes care of the HD video processing and avoids CPU overload. The hardware encoder also guarantees stable frame rates when you game, record or even stream. The Live Gamer Portable certainly brings smooth gaming and viewing experiences without frame dropping or choppy games.
Efficiency
Live Gamer Portable requires low CPU usage, which lets your PC focus on the game without being distracted by video-processing tasks. The MP4/H.264 format generates smaller files even for 1080p footage, and is super easy to work with in mainstream post-editing software. It no longer takes a long time to upload or transcode the footage you want to share.
Ultra Portable
The Live Gamer Portable is the only game capture card that provides the option of "PC-Free Mode", allowing you to record video games without a PC. Just flip the switch, insert an SD card, and you are ready to go! Under PC-Free Mode, Live Gamer Portable can be powered by your game platform via USB, with no additional power outlet needed. Live Gamer Portable sets you free from any possible hindrances when you game on the go!
Instantly Share
For those who love to share, Live Gamer Portable generates sharp footages that are ready to be posted to social networks. In addition, AVerMedia's exclusive RECentral software provides intuitive settings for live streaming and quick connection to popular streaming platforms. It is capable of broadcasting live gameplay to TwitchTV and Ustream directly with your own account, and even allows custom RTMP settings!
Voice Commentary
The RECentral software preserves not only your epic gameplay, but also the live commentary. It lets you trigger the voice commentary with a simple hotkey or a push-to-talk option. The voice file can be saved separately for post-production, or be streamed out with live gameplay over the Internet. Plus RECentral's convenient connection to streaming platforms, Live Gamer Portable surely makes voicing yourself easier than ever.
Hot Button & LED Indicator
Sharing your gameplay with Live Gamer Portable cannot be easier. With just one press on the Hot Button, the game recording or streaming starts in no time. The Hot Button also serves as an on-board LED indicator, the color of illumination and the lighting frequency help you know the working status with a single glance.
TimeShift
With the TimeShift function, you can easily jump back to any footage where you want to start recording. Missing outstanding footage will not happen again.
XSplit Supported
For those looking for advanced streaming functionalities, Live Gamer Portable is fully compatible with XSplit Broadcaster! XSplit Broadcaster lets you add different types of media to the stream, like webcam, graphics and other video inputs. You can even customize scenes to meet different streaming purposes.
Connections
Interface USB 2.0
Video Input Digital: HDMI
Analog: Component Video
Audio Input Digital: HDMI
Analog: RCA L/R, 3.5mm Audio
Video Output Digital: HDMI (Pass-through from Component and HDMI Input)
Audio Output Digital: HDMI (Pass-through from HDMI Input)
Analog: 3.5mm Stereo (Pass-through from HDMI and 3.5mm Audio Input)
Other  SD Card Slot
Standards
Resolution Input/ Pass-through:
640 x 480 (60p), 720 x 480 (60p), 720 x 576 (50p), 800 x 600 (60p), 1024 x 768 (60p), 1280 x 720p (50p), 1280 x 720p (60p), 1280 x 768 (60p), 1280 x 800 (60p), 1280 x 1024 (60p), 1360 x 768 (60p), 1440 x 900 (60p), 1680 x 1050 (60p), 1920 x 1080 (50i), 1920 x 1080 (60i), 1920 x 1080 (24p), 1920 x 1080 (25p), 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (50p), 1920 x 1080 (60p)

Capture:
640 x 480 (60p), 720 x 480 (60p), 720 x 576 (50p), 800 x 600 (60p), 1024 x 768 (60p), 1280 x 720p (50p), 1280 x 720p (60p), 1280 x 768 (60p), 1280 x 800 (60p), 1280 x 1024 (30p), 1360 x 768 (50p), 1440 x 900 (30p), 1680 x 1050 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (24p), 1920 x 1080 (25p), 1920 x 1080 (30p)

Chroma Subsampling Input/ Pass-through: YUV 4:4:4
Capture: YUV 4:2:0
Audio Format Input:
HDMI: PCM Stereo
RCA L/R, 3.5mm Audio: Stereo

Capture:
AAC Stereo
Hardware
Codec Hardware H.264 encoder
User Interface On-board Hot Botton for one-click recording/ streaming
LED indicator for working status
Dimensions (mm) 22 (h) x 131 (w) x 70 (d)
Weight 117g
Applications
Software AVerMedia RECentral, XSPLIT Broadcaster (3 months Premium License included)
Record Quality Maximum: 60Mbps@1080p30
Operating System Windows 8  (32/64 bit), Windows 7 (32/64 bit)
CPU Intel® Core™2 Duo 2.8GHz
AMD Athlon™ 64X2 Dual Core 3.0GHz
Memory 4 GB RAM
Graphics Card VGA card with support for DirectX 10.0c or above
Power Requirement USB Power
PC Free Mode
Storage Media SD Card: SDHC Class 10 is the minimum requirement
Resolution Input/ Pass-through:
720 x 480 (30p), 720 x 480 (60p), 720 x 576 (30p), 720 x 576 (60p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 1920 x 1080 (30p),  1920 x 1080 (60p)

Capture:
720 x 480 (30p), 720 x 480 (60p), 720 x 576 (30p), 720 x 576 (60p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 1280 x 720 (60p)

Record Quality Maximum: 16Mbps@720p60
Power Requirement USB Power (5V/1A)
Package Includes
Device Live Gamer Portable
Cable HDMI Cable
Component Video / Stereo Audio Dongle Cable
Mini USB Cable
3.5mm Audio Cable
PlayStation 3 Cable
Accessory Protective Bag
Others Quick Installation Guide

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Model

Brand
AVerMedia
Model
C875 (Live Gamer Portable)

Details

Type
Digital Media Streamer
Others
USB Power
Specifications
Video Input
Digital: HDMI
Analog: Component Video
Audio Input
Digital: HDMI
Analog: RCA L/R, 3.5mm Audio

Video Output
Digital: HDMI (Pass-through from Component and HDMI Input)
Audio Output
Digital: HDMI (Pass-through from HDMI Input)
Analog: 3.5mm Stereo (Pass-through from HDMI and 3.5mm Audio Input)

SD Card Slot

Resolution
Input/ Pass-through:
640 x 480 (60p), 720 x 480 (60p), 720 x 576 (50p), 800 x 600 (60p), 1024 x 768 (60p), 1280 x 720p (50p), 1280 x 720p (60p), 1280 x 768 (60p), 1280 x 800 (60p), 1280 x 1024 (60p), 1360 x 768 (60p), 1440 x 900 (60p), 1680 x 1050 (60p), 1920 x 1080 (50i), 1920 x 1080 (60i), 1920 x 1080 (24p), 1920 x 1080 (25p), 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (50p), 1920 x 1080 (60p)

Capture:
640 x 480 (60p), 720 x 480 (60p), 720 x 576 (50p), 800 x 600 (60p), 1024 x 768 (60p), 1280 x 720p (50p), 1280 x 720p (60p), 1280 x 768 (60p), 1280 x 800 (60p), 1280 x 1024 (30p), 1360 x 768 (50p), 1440 x 900 (30p), 1680 x 1050 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (24p), 1920 x 1080 (25p), 1920 x 1080 (30p)
Note: Upscaling is not supported

Chroma Subsampling
Input/ Pass-through: YUV 4:4:4
Capture: YUV 4:2:2

Codec: Hardware H.264 encoder
User Interface: On-board Hot Botton for one-click recording/ streaming LED indicator for working status
Dimension: 5.16" x 2.76" x 0.87"
Weight: 117g

PC Free Mode
Storage Media
SD Card: SDHC Class 10 is the minimum requirement
Resolution
Input/ Pass-through:
720 x 480 (30p), 720 x 480 (60p), 720 x 576 (30p), 720 x 576 (60p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p)
Capture:
720 x 480 (30p), 720 x 480 (60p), 720 x 576 (30p), 720 x 576 (60p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 1280 x 720 (60p)
Note: Upscaling is not supported

Record Quality: Maximum: 10Mbps@720p60
Power Requirement: USB Power (5V/1A)

Tuner

Interface
USB 2.0
Audio
Audio Format
Input:
HDMI: PCM Stereo
RCA L/R, 3.5mm Audio: Stereo
Capture:
AAC Stereo

System

Processor
Intel Core2 Duo 2.8GHz
AMD Athlon 64X2 Dual Core 3.0GHz
Graphics Card
VGA card with support for DirectX 10.0c or above
Memory
4 GB RAM
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 8 (32/64 bit), Windows 7 (32/64 bit)

Features

Features
Live Gamer Portable is a USB box that captures and streams your gameplay up to 1080p.

Designed specifically for game lovers, this pocket-size capture device comes with on-board H.264 hardware encoder, which guarantees lower CPU usage and smaller file size even for full HD footages, not to mention the file format is extremely easy to work with for post-editing and uploading. Live Gamer Portable supports a wide range of resolutions; it adopts HDMI and component connections for different gaming platforms.

The HDMI pass-through function guarantees smooth HD gaming experience even while recording. 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 your legendary matches is no longer a dream.

Package Contents

Package Contents
Live Gamer Portable
HDMI Cable
Component Video / Stereo Audio Dongle Cable
Mini USB Cable
3.5mm Audio Cable
PlayStation 3 Cable
Protective Bag
Quick Installation Guide
Installation CD
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Janet C.
  • 3/14/2015 8:56:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card!

Pros: Portable
Easy to setup
High Quality Recording (via PC and SD card)
Very customizable and flexible to user's desire
Has option for Live Commentary and separate audio files
2 different formats for the raw recording (TS and MP4)
Ability to Live Stream straight from Rec Central (AverMedia's free program for the LGP)

Cons: Bottom rubber feet are magnets to dust (not a big con, just note that)
Only comes with 1 HDMI cord and it is VERY short (6inches I think)

Other Thoughts: It's a great card and I would recommend it any day to anyone that is interested in starting Youtube or anything else to do with video recording for whatever they use it for.

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  • Kalin A.
  • 2/22/2015 7:25:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDoes everything quickly

Pros: No input lag (much less than 1 frame)
Great quality video from it
Does everything as advertised
Requires very little power to do a lot

Cons: Default recording software is awful

Other Thoughts: Updated it to the latest firmware the first day I had it
Haven't had it for too long, but it's been really great so far

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/26/2014 11:54:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsI love it

Pros: Iits portable
Easy to hook up
Comes with all wires
Doesnt take up any ram on the pc

Cons: short hdmi cord

Other Thoughts: just make sure to buy a branded class ten sd card, some class 6 cards work but i recommend class 10.

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  • Matthew S.
  • 10/25/2014 9:27:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWon't rec/stream copyrighted games, and ALL games are Copyrighted. NOT EASY TO USE!!!

Pros: Sets up quickly, has easy to follow instructions and for the first month worked as advertised. However, lately, anything i try to record or stream is blocked as copyrighted.

Cons: No longer records or streams ANYTHING without a need to figure out complex creative workarounds that sacrifice resolution quality to pull off.

Other Thoughts: Don't get this unless you enjoy tinkering to make things work reliably. If you would enjoy fixing up the Millenium Falcon then you might enjoy using this, but if you have that level of tinkering skill, then you could/should use a different product designed for advanced users. This is marketed as easy to use, but it has now been rendered obsolete to people looking for easy to use items.

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  • Revan's D.
  • 9/19/2014 6:13:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: - Good Quality
- Easy to get started. Was up in running in no time.
- Easy to record in PC-Free mode.

Cons: - Skips frames ever 15 minutes during PC-Free mode
- Software is buggy, can crash from time to time.
- Requires SD card, instead of Flashdrive.
- Only accepts Fat32 SD cards, which splits the files in segments. Which causes the missing frames. Should went with different file format.

Other Thoughts: If you want a capture device I would stick with desktop versions. HD-PVR 2 or Elgato HD60. Both do a great job.

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  • Chris C.
  • 8/15/2014 9:22:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsBought this for Linux

Pros: Device works standalone. That is, combined with a HDMI powered splitter, this device can record 720p HD of any HDMI source to a SDHC card. The files are 4GB chunk (due to vfat on the SDHC) h264/aac mpegts files... they can be concatenated into one file and transcoded using things like HandBrake. It is an easy way of recording the ouput of your PC via HDMI, or Roku, etc. An powered HDMI splitter will handle the disabling HDCP on the capture side.

Cons: No native driver support for Linux, so cannot do 1080p captures.

Other Thoughts: I highly recommend this device as a very portable way to capture HD audio/video. And the resulting files can be easily processed with Linux.

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  • Rebecca L.
  • 7/7/2014 9:30:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPC free mode is great!

Pros: Had this since October of last year, works great for recording Xbox 360 gameplay, have only used PC free mode, works great once you get it going.

Cons: SD cards must be in fat32 format, Avermedia is zero help as far as this goes, will post link to app in other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: Don't get a Sandisk SD card to use with this, even their high end ones can produce choppy files, go with a Transcend card, using a 25Mb/s card and all vids are smooth. Use this to format your card http://download.cnet.com/2Tware-Fat32Format/3000-2094_4-75623509.html

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  • Trey P.
  • 1/24/2014 8:31:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: -Extremely good audio/video recording quality
-No frame/performance loss while recording
-Great quality in PC free mode (still 1080p, but the bit rate is a little lower)
-Small form factor
-Great software/drivers
-Easy set-up

Cons: -Doesn't make me bacon

Other Thoughts: I've seen a lot of negative reviews on this device. There are obviously some duds, but that's the case with ALL electronic devices. For the people who are having issues with the audio passthrough, you have to tell the AverMedia RECentral software that you are using the passthrough. It will NOT automatically detect it. Also, on the Avermedia website there are great forums and FAQs on the product and workarounds for common issues. This great device.

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  • Steven H.
  • 1/13/2014 3:39:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot ready for mass usage

Pros: Nice feature set. Nice package. Great idea. Great price.

Cons: HDMI audio pass through and recording doesn't work on my unit. All I hear is the a chopping sound. This might be a bad unit, but there's no way to tell because most of the support infrastructure for this device is not yet in place yet. Avermedia's support web site has a lot of "under construction" links. I hate to return things but there is little choice. Even if it turns out to be user error.

Other Thoughts: Might be a good product but support isn't ready.

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  • Latoya H.
  • 1/9/2014 8:18:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood, but....

Pros: +When it works, it works amazingly. This picture is sharp and very close to the source image while streaming (this kind of depends on your internet as well).
+Light and compact. Very good design.
+HDMI.
+Packaging is amazing. Brovo here avermedia.

Cons: -Was a pain to get working with the PS3. Had to randomly mess with settings to finally get it to work.
-Had to return the first one and get a replacement because the first was DOA
-Rec Central(the software) is required to get this thing to work at all. I really don't mind the program itself, but I wish I could use it with out it. However, if you don't run the software, your console will not be recognized.
-The HDMI cable that comes with this is literally about a foot long, which makes you have to either put the thing in an awkward place, or get a longer cord. Seems like they could have just included a normal size cord here for what you pay for this thing.
-The price is too high for this... seriously.

Other Thoughts: Overall I'm satisfied with my purchase. However, a person who is not a tech inclined as myself (or maybe just not as stubborn?) might have serious issues getting this thing to work. Avermedia needs to make the whole thing more user friendly like they did with the Game Capture HD. That thing was so simple and easy to use (and it had a remote!).

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