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

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  • Capture 1080p@30 HD Gameplay
  • Super Low CPU Consumption
  • Record Live Voice Commentary
  • Direct Connection to Streaming Platforms

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  • Overview
  • Specifications
  • Warranty & Returns
  • Reviews

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

Model

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Brand
AVerMedia
Model
C985

Details

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Type
Video Capture & Editing
Color
Black
Others
Sound Card
Specifications
Connections

Other: USB Hot Botton

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 (25p), 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (24p), 1920 x 1080 (25p), 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (25p), 1920 x 1080 (30p)
Note: Upscaling is not supported.

Chroma Subsampling:
Input/ Pass-through: YUV 4:4:4
Capture: YUV 4:2:0

Audio Format:
Input:
HDMI: Stereo
3.5mm Audio: Stereo

Capture:
HDMI: Stereo
3.5mm Audio: Stereo

Hardware Extra

Codec: Hardware H.264 encoder
Dimensions: 12.30 x 10.40 x 2.20cm
Weight: 102.50g

Applications
Software: AVerMedia RECentral
Record Quality: Maximum: 60Mbps@1080p30

Tuner

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Interface
PCI-Express x1
Ports In
Video Input
Digital: HDMI / DVI-D

Audio Input
Digital: HDMI
Analog: 3.5mm Audio
Ports Out
Video Output
Digital: HDMI / DVI-D (Pass-through from HDMI Input)

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

System

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System Requirements
CPU:
- Intel Core2 Duo 2.4GHz
- AMD Athlon 64X2 Dual Core 2.8GHz

VGA card* with support for DirectX 9.0c or above
* Discrete graphics card is recommended for HD video capturing.

512 MB RAM

PCI-E Slot

Sound Card

Windows 8/7 (32/64-Bit)
Processor
Intel Core2 Duo 2.4GHz
AMD Athlon 64X2 Dual Core 2.8GHz
Graphics Card
VGA card with support for DirectX 10.0c or above
Memory
2 GB RAM
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 8 (32/64 bit), Windows 7 (32/64 bit)

Features

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Features
Live Gamer HD is a PCI-e card that helps you record and stream your game footage at up to 1080p. Designed specifically for gamers who capture/stream gameplay on their PCs, this highly-compatible PCI-e capture device comes with an on-board H.264 hardware encoder that significantly lowers CPU workloads resulting in smaller file sizes for post-editing. Live Gamer HD also supports a wide range of resolutions and fits into most PC platforms. Meanwhile, it utilizes HDMI connections for inputs from different game consoles; the HDMI pass-through function guarantees a smooth HD gaming experience even while recording, which typically requires considerable CPU usage with a regular PC. On top of that, it can be directly connected to streaming platforms, and you can even add live commentary while streaming. From now on, recording and sharing your legendary matches is no longer a fantasy.

Package Contents

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Package Contents
Live Gamer HD (Weight: 102.50g)
Installation CD
Quick Installation Guide
Hot Button
DVI to HDMI Adapter
HDMI Cable
HDMI to DVI Cable
3.5mm Audio Cable
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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1/ 5
Probably works fine, if you don't have an FM2+ socket motherboard.

Pros: N/A

Cons: System failed to POST when product was installed. Looked online, someone mentioned AVerMedia support informed them the item is not compatible with FM2+ motherboards. In the process of RMA-ing the product right now.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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4/ 5
Avermedia C985

Pros: OK. It works, ON A SINGLE MONITOR SYSTEM. I set it up on my son's system, and, as advertised, it records video with little to no CPU overhead. I'm not willing to give up my three monitors and re-arrange all my icons every time I want to use it though, so my son just got a nice new video recording card. He's happy!

Cons: SINGLE MONITOR SYSTEMS ONLY. Also, it won't let the monitor go to sleep. Every time we leave the computer we have to power the monitor off now, or it just keeps getting woken up every few minutes after it sleeps.

Other Thoughts: Needs some refinement, but has the capacity to be a great card in a year or two.

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1/ 5
Dont Bother

Pros: The Cons far outweighs the pros so none

Cons: cannot choose encoding setting when using this card thus it result in very blurry stream, complete waste of money getting a refund

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1/ 5
Don't Buy

Pros: Pretty box, would have liked to use the free 3-months of XSplit

Cons: Installed it the same day I received it. I'm pretty savvy when it comes to these things and I could not get the card to work at all. Referenced AVerMedia's website, various forums, and google searches---no answers anywhere on a good fix. I take that back, the recommendation was to not buy this card and avoid it. I'd give it 0 eggs if I could.

Other Thoughts: I shouldn't have to pay for shipping back, but oh well.

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3/ 5
HEED THE WARNING!

Pros: Great compression of video
Great quality video
Small/Compact

Cons: Separates video from audio; doesn't allow you to sync it up together
No instructions on how to install (PS; install the drivers AFTER it is in)

Other Thoughts: It is great if you know what you are doing with video and audio editing, but not for the average user/just starting out on youtube/etc.

If you are ok with splicing video/audio together, then its perfectly fine! Otherwise I would go with NVIDIA Shadowplay.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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1/ 5
Great card when it works

Pros: -Works great with OBS
-Amazing performance w/ 1 PC setup
-60fps @ 720p

Cons: -Died within a couple of months, completely useless
-No 60fps @ 1080p (which is clearly advertised, just be aware that this is not an option with this card)

Other Thoughts: It's an amazing capture card when it actually works, be careful as it may stop working within a couple of months. There may be better alternatives.

Despite its fault, I streamed games like StarCraft 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and ArmA 3 at 60fps @ 720p with no issues with a 1 PC setup. I would actually recommend getting a 2 PC setup either way, but 1 PC setup is absolutely doable with this card.

I gave it a 1 egg because of its lifespan when I had it. Maybe I got unlucky with it. Maybe if you purchase it, you'll have a better time with it.

Even though mine died, it was definitely worth the money and it actually exceeded my expectations with a 1 PC setup. I recommend it, although there may be a chance that the card will die on you.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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2/ 5
Worked and then Stopped

Pros: Program works well, the set up was easy, fairly simple for a first time streamer. Comes with the proper Cabling.

Cons: I've had it for about three months working just fine, but one day I turned my PC on to find out the capture card isn't getting any signal nor is it giving signal to my monitor. I've had to plug my graphics card directly into my monitor and bypass it completely to troubleshoot, tried multiple resolutions... I worked on it for several days until I found out the device was not showing up right or working in windows Device Management. It shows up as PCI DEVICE with the error 'STOPPED WORKING' and it won't recognize the device enough to install drivers or firmware.

I had to initiate an RMA and the process is going to take 3-5 days shipping to their facility, 2-3 days of troubleshooting there, and then 3-5 days back. If you're a streamer or some kind of person who depends on this for income, your worst case scenario is a 8 BUSINESS DAY minimum downtime.

Other Thoughts: Avermedia support is handling it as well as they can, but the 8 days downtime is a real bummer. What can I do? *shrug*

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2/ 5
Le sigh

Pros: Nice looking card, box looks nice. packaging awesome. That hot button, though. Kappa
Seriouslu, a breeze to install. but its just putting into a slot, so yeah.

Cons: No Installation CD, had to hunt down drivers. Firmware update bricked card.

No where does it say if these cards are v22. Only that RECenter requires v22. Firmware installed fine, but threw up the Code 10 after completion. RMA'd card through Newegg as Avermedia is apparently a joke about support,

Other Thoughts: This card came highly recommended by many of the streamers I associate with. Sadly, they have had theirs since before they stopped including Install CDs. Not having a capture card for a few weeks limits the content I can put out, which in turn hurts my community. So if AverMedia were to admit fault and take down the faulty firmware, then a lot of these issues would have been avoided.

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