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Hauppauge HD PVR 2 review

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Price when reviewed : £130
inc VAT

Great if you want to record yourself playing games, but a lack of HDCP support means you must use a component cable to record PS3 footage


Once captured, you can edit your footage, and ShowBiz provides some decent editing functions. Its Storyboard editor lets you quickly drag and drop clips in a chronological order, but it also has a proper timeline editor. ShowBiz also has a small selection of transitions, and you can preview them in ShowBiz’s monitor before you apply them.

Once edited, you can use ShowBiz to upload your video to YouTube. Uploading videos to YouTube is simple, but doing so within your video capture and editing application makes it even easier. ShowBiz also remembers your username and password.

The HD PVR 2 is small enough to sit at the side of your TV and monitor without making a nuisance of itself, and it’s easy to capture gaming footage once you’ve set it up, but it’s a little expensive for something that many people won’t use all that often. However, we like the fact you can use it to record catch-up TV footage played through on your games console, and that you can also use it to record the HDMI video output of your PC. If you love posting videos of yourself playing video games on the internet, you’ll love the Hauppauge HD PVR 2.

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Price £130
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