The lights are on
While recording gameplay video should be a breeze on Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles, for now, it’s often accomplished through external hardware.
Hauppauge, manufacturer of the popular HD PVR 2 video recorder, has released an updated capture program called, fittingly, “Hauppauge Capture.” It can be downloaded for free and used by all HD PVR 2 owners.
The program adds a slew of features that make streaming and sharing gameplay easier, including a built-in audio mixer, a simpler video editor, a logo inserter, improved YouTube functionality, and streaming options for both Twitch and Ustream.
While Hauppauge’s new application looks impressive, it may be difficult to compete (assuming it will support next-gen consoles) with the PlayStation 4’s built-in share button or Microsoft’s Twitch partnership. We still don’t know the full details of these features, but we do know Sony is planning on giving developers control over the share button.
This means, potentially, that developers have the option to keep you from streaming certain boss fights, hidden oddities, or other moments. It may sound strange, but it's already happened with screenshot functionality on the PlayStation Vita.
Will you stick with next-gen’s baked-in recording options, or does a third-party solution seem like a better choice?
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Might just buy one soon. Time to get in on some of that Let's Play money.
It's nice to see the tacit corporate acceptance of recording video game footage, but if I were a Let's Player (which I'm not) I'd stick with purely third-party options.
I don't record much in the way of gameplay right now, but I might check it out when the new consoles launch, so I'll hold off on this.
Just put up some of my latest MLG gameplay for halo.
Let's not forget the Nintendo YouTube disaster in progress!
Considering my job is using those hunks of plastic to record gameplay, I think I will stick to using a Hauppauge to record. I'd rather be able to claim my videos, so they can't take them down.
Beta tested it, wonderful software easy as hell.
The built-in DVR will be nice, but it'll probably be even worse quality capture than the HD-PVR solutions from Happauge. Lossless capture or gtfo, imo.
I guess this could solve some issues but Hauppauge is nowhere near as major in the recording business as they were a few years ago.
I'm still limited to the original HD PVR and I like it, it's a decent piece of hardware and, back when I bought it, it was pretty much the only solid option available but it's given me a decent amount of issues. That said, their software is what hinders them most (and most of my issues come from the software itself, I reckon), so this COULD change this up a bit.
Nevertheless, there are far better products than Hauppauge's, namely Avermedia's (particularly the Live Gamer Portable), the Elgato Game Capture HD or even BlackMagic's stuff (although that's a bit more complex and unnecessary for most).
As for competing against the in-built recording and streaming features on the future consoles, I honestly assume recording companies have little to worry about. I guess there's still a good chunk of people that will use those services but anyone that's minimally professional will use a proper capture card (or software for PC) and stream through programs such as XSplit and OBS, so we'll see.
Capture cards will always be better than whatever sony and microsoft put in their consoles. It'd be a shame if 3rd party developers can't update their software/hardware to work with the new consoles.