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AVerMedia C285 Game Capture HD II

  • Record HD Gameplay without a PC
  • Capture and Playback
  • Voice Commentary
  • Post-Edit and Upload
  • iOS App & Android Google Play "GameMate"

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AVerMedia Game Capture HD II C285

Record, Comment, Edit & Upload - Without a PC

Epic moments are worth remembering: a legendary match, a turnover in battle, or a funny speed run. Game Capture HD II is the best ConsoleMate for collecting and sharing in-game scenes. Simply connect it to your game console and the HDTV, and recording 1080p gameplay is just one button away. Guess what, you don’t even need a PC for that!


Game & Record in 1080p

Game Capture HD II supports both HDMI and component connections, which work with Xbox One and 360, PlayStation 3 and 4, and Wii U. Its HDMI video pass-thru guarantees you the full HD gaming experience. With Game Capture HD II, you can pause and resume while recording if you decide to skip some footage. For those who want to preserve a specific moment, just take a snapshot while gaming or playing back.


Voice Commentary

Simply plug in the microphone and put on headphones and you can add live commentary when recording the gameplay! Game Capture HD II lets you adjust the voice volume before you start recording. Post-production is a snap!


Multi-Trim a Video Clip

Imagine editing the videos without a computer! Game Capture HD II comes with a built-in video editor, allowing multiple video trimming directly on your TV. All you have to do is select and remove unwanted parts from a clip. Video editing has never been easier.


Video Upload to YouTube

Want to share your footage? We’ve got it covered. Game Capture HD II enables direct connection to your YouTube account and lets you share the gameplay straight from the box. Now you can effortlessly prove yourself with high quality footage.


The Red Dot Award-winning "GameMate" is the iOS/Android App designed for Game Capture HD II. Upon pairing up with Game Capture HD II, it turns your smartphone into an additional monitor for checking recording status and remaining hard drive space. It also serves as another remote control for recording, snapshot, playback, and file management. What's more, GameMate supports video sharing on YouTube and photo posting on Facebook. It certainly extends what Game Capture HD II can do.


Record & Snapshot


File Management, Playback & Share


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Video Capture & Editing
Internal: 2.5" SATA Hard Drive (9.5mm/12.5mm)
External: USB 2.0 Hard Drive
Storage Media Not Included

Recording Format: MP4 (Codec: H.264 & AAC)
Supported Resolutions: 480i / 480p / 576i/ 576p/ 720p / 1080i / 1080p (50/60 Hz)
MaximumRecording Resolution: 1080p@30fps


Remote Control
Remote Included


Ports In
Component Video
Stereo Audio
3.5mm Audio
Ports Out
3.5mm Audio
LAN Port


Record HD Gameplay without a PC
Work with Xbox360,Playstation 3 and Wii U
Game in 1080P/60 and record in 1080P/30

Capture and Playback
Pause and resume while recording
Snapshot while gaming and playing back
Variable speed playback

Vioce Commentary
3.5mm headphone and microphone needed
plug & record

Post-Edit and Upload
Multi-trimming a video clip
Upload video to YouTube

IOS app "Gamemate"
Monitor the recording status
Swich video source between HDMI & Component Video
Copy,delete and rename recording and snapshots
Upload video to YouTube
Share snapshot to Facebook & save a copy to your phone

Package Contents

Package Contents
Game Capture HD II
Remote Control
HDMI Cable
Power Adapter
User Manual &Quick Guide
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Richard H.
  • 11/18/2014 2:32:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as advertised

Pros: Works as advertised so far and I have really been putting it through the passes. I own a Hauppauge 512 which is an excellent unit and there are pro's and con's between the two units. This unit works so smooth. Easy to use and the record quality is excellent. With both units there is the HDCP issue which is not either units fault. It is an industry standard to 'protect video.' So the HDCP is a disappointment on both units, but again, you don't knock down eggs for something they have no control over. Buy an illegal stripper if that is an issue. With the Hauppauge the software was better for setting controlled recording times as I bought the Avermedia Game Capture to use as a DVR essentially. I could give a flip about capturing games. It works perfect with my cable box and I bought it because it has the Component cables that allow me to record from the cable box. I would LOVE to record using the HDMI but the HDCP encryption prohibits that on EITHER UNIT. But I LOVE not having to use a computer to record. Just set it up went through some settings, updated the firmware that has timer recording now and it works so easy and perfect so far...

Cons: Other then I wish I could get around the bloody HDCP I have ZERO complaints. IF something goes wrong with the unit then I will add a new review.

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  • Gabriel I.
  • 11/4/2014 5:57:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad experience

Pros: None

Cons: Paid extra for internal hard drive and is no way to access that from the LAN port.
I could not transfer my personal video from Bluray or DVD over HDMI port (the unit does not record HDCP). Some video recorded is not in sync with audio.
Very bad technical support.

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  • Jeff C.
  • 5/15/2014 7:11:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot a true plug and play

Pros: Small console. Doesn't take up much space. Has a remote, set up is easy and the menu is easy to navigate. Easy to edit and review. Records in 1080p.

Cons: This was purchased for my son to easily record and upload his games onto YouTube. I thought it was a great price until I realized all the little extras involved. An external hard drive is needed to do any type of recording. You would need a large drive, at least a terabyte...$$ A VERY large capacity thumb drive might work, our 32GB was not large enough and you will need to format it. Save the headache and get an external drive. You can only access the internet via ethernet cable unless you buy a wifi adapter...$$ If you want to record any type of game that is HDCP then you will need to get a splitter...$$

Think about what you want to use this for and how much your are willing to spend and how much effort you want to put into all of this. If you already have these items then great, you are good to go. We went well over what I wanted to spend. We received our splitter today and the recording and editing was to upload...we will see...

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  • Gregory J.
  • 3/3/2014 2:11:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic capture device

Pros: High quality video, HDMI and component capture, ability to edit and upload to YouTube, record commentary and video at the same time

Cons: Internal editing software is EXTREMELY limited, but it's good for people just starting off who don't want to deal with editing software. Would have liked to have s-video capture as well, but it's not a big deal at all. Would have also liked the ability to record gameplay and commentary as separate files

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a GREAT capture device that most definitely gets the job done. I've used AverMedia in the past and this not only meets but exceeds my expectations of their products. The gripes listed above are only minor. If you need a good quality capture device that won't go out on you, definitely pick this one up.

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  • Bethany G.
  • 3/3/2014 1:36:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy Son Loves It!

Pros: Records 480p, 720p, and 1080p video which my son loves. We had to buy a composite cable for the Wii but it works great for recording gaming or TV in HD for non-encrypted HDMI devices. I looked at several different brands before settling on this one. This one for the options you get is definitely worth the price when I paid it over the competitions.

Cons: FYI: Recorded commentary isn't the clearest but that may be due to the cheap headset we purchased. Because the commentary was clear enough, I didn't purchase another headset to test which was the real issue so it is hard to say it is a con or not for this device hence me posting it as FYI.

Other Thoughts: So far so good! My son has recorderd around 34 hours of game recording so far and it has been working great!

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5 out of 5 eggsBest gift Ever

Pros: I bought this for my little brother for his utube vids he loves it works great and couldnt ask for any more.
Adding a 1TB laptop drive to it is the first thing you should do!!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: would be nice if they included a HDD

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  • Jason F.
  • 1/19/2014 4:54:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBroken HDCP implementation with less than optimal resolution

Pros: records some types of video at less than optimal resolutions without problems

Cons: There are a few complains that I have with this device.

1) the user interface is garbage. I acknowledge that it needs to be simple enough for weak-minded xbox gamers to use, but they really did haul in the bottom of the barrel for their UI design on this one.

2) game capture devices implement copyright protection known as HDCP. This is to be expected. Without much difficulty, however, (and quite accidentally) I was able to find a bug in the implementation of the Game Capture II to think that I was streaming HDCP protected media when I really wasn't. It appears that it caches the HDCP flag, and doesn't reset it unless you disconnect the device and reconnect it. The end result is that I cannot record stuff that's not HDCP protected that I intended to. Quite disappointing.

3) While avermedia says that it supports 1080p, in truth, it messes with the signal so that even if you have 3 IDENTICAL output monitors, you cannot use features like nVidia surround, (something to do with the difference between 1920x1080 current vs 1920x1080 native). My conclusion is that the Game Capture HD II has limited monitor support. Now you're instinctive reaction might be "Why would I try to record video from nvidia surround", right? Well, you wouldn't. But you cannot even connect the device to such a monitor; So if you occasionally bounce between nVidia Surround and normal SLI modes, this device will prevent you from doing so unless you want to rewire your setup every time.

Other Thoughts: If all you intend to do with this device is record games from an xbox or other console, it might be your solution. By the way of contrast, if you're a PC gamer, or have other recording needs, stay away from this device.

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  • Tyler C.
  • 12/16/2013 2:32:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsJust Bought

Pros: Don't know.

Cons: Just bought this and selected the rush service and next day and i did not receive it today!

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  • Ralph O.
  • 11/20/2013 2:56:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsResponse to N/A re: wired connection to router

Pros: It doesn't have to be wired close to your router. You can get a ethernet WiFi adaptor to connect it. I used a Netgear WNCE2001 WiFi adaptor for it & it works just fine. Been uploading Youtube videos wirelessly without any problems at all.

Cons: Can't be left ON at all times. The power botton light keeps blinking if the device is ON & the console is OFF. It also takes time for for the device to turn ON/OFF. Hopefully this can be fixed with a firmware update. The internal storage can get hot (if you're using a HDD or in my case a Seagate Momentus XT 500 GB hybrid SSD). Using a non-mechanical storage drive such as a true SSD should be fine. The lack of live streaming feature is a minus. I'm hoping hence this device has an internet connection that future firmware updates will allow it to be able to do live streaming via Youtube Live or TwitchTV.

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  • Nicholas B.
  • 11/20/2013 7:52:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat for beginners but pass if you're trying to upgrade

Pros: Easy to use. Good for those who don't have computer nearby.

Cons: No livestreaming. Requires router connection that must go through LAN (no wifi). Recorded colors are dark so it needs color correction for best picture.

Other Thoughts: I am the owner of the game capture 1 and decided I'd upgrade. However, the differences are so small that I'm sending this one back in hopes that the next iteration is better. This device can edit and upload without a computer but requires it to be hooked up to a router via wire. If you're not near your router than all these features are gone and you're left with a slightly faster than gen 1 device whose only upgrade in 1080p. Even with an Internet connection it cannot livestream which is a huge letdown. I will say that it is a good card if you're new to recording gameplays as it is easy to record (to an external hard drive sold separately) but if you're looking for an upgrade I'd suggest looking elsewhere. I gave it a 2 for my personal experience but if you're new and just want a capture card that runs 1080p with a small file size then I would suggest this as a startup.

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