Taipei, Taiwanâ€”May 8, 2012
AVerMedia Technologies, Inc. today announced the exciting gaming video competitionÂ to celebrate the debut of Live Gamer HD, the gorgeous video capture card with hardware compression capability.Â This â€œShow Your Gameplay & Win a Live Gamer HDâ€ contest starts at May 14, 2012. The winnersÂ will be grantedÂ a Live Gamer HD or a Game Broadcaster HD, both the latest products designed for gamers to record and share gaming footages.
With online streaming becoming more popular over the past few years. Along with places like YouTube and Twitch.tv giving gamers the opportunity to earn money, finding a good capture card is essential to live streamers and video content providers. I recently purchased an AverMedia Game Broadcaster HD capture card. This is an internal capture card which needs to be installed within a desktop computer to use. If you own a desktop, I recommend you look into purchasing one of these for yourself.
* Standalone graphics card is recommended for HD video capturing.
** 2GB RAM is recommended for HD video capturing.
Price â€“ 3.5/5
Video/Recording Quality- 5/5
Ease of use- 5/5
The current price for the Game Broadcaster is $149.99. Although the price is a little expensive for some, it will eventually pay itself off in the end. Can you imagine if you are using this daily in order to stream games, or make videos that can potentially help you earn money? Wouldn’t you want to invest your money towards a great product? Even if itâ€™s just for fun, investing in something that will last for years is worth it alone.Â I’m rating the AverMedia Game Broadcaster price at 3.5/5 because I know it is a little steep for some starting out. But when you look at the quality, it is worth the extra money spent.
Installation is really very simple; you need to have a PCI-E slot available to be used, and possible some extra tools to take apart your CPU. Once you do this, just plug it into the PCI-E Slot, close up everything again, and power up your computer. In the box you will find a small set of instructions, a CD with drivers, and some broadcasting software. The CD is easy to navigate and install, though the only thing I disliked about this is that the install instructions are a little vague for setup with a console, I only saw one picture, with no explanation. The full manual is online and makes it clearer than the packaged instructions. I gave the installation rating a 4.5/5 because the manual did make it a bit confusing until I found the full edition online.
The biggest thing with capturing or streaming video the quality of the picture. Crisp video and pristine sound are really essential in having a good setup. If there is static or the video is grainy, it takes away from the viewerâ€™s experience. I was very impressed by this and happy to see that it was so clear myself. Â You can record in both HD and SD, look at the site listed at the top of the article for the system requirements for both of these options. I gave the video/recording a 5/5 rating because the quality of the recorded video is good, and doesnâ€™t have a grainy texture. Below is an unedited clip from a recent match of Gears of War I was in to show you the video and sound quality.
Once installed, there isnâ€™t much else you need to do minus getting your recording/streaming software fired up and ready to go. As stated above, there is some software that comes with it and it’s really easy to use. Â Then itâ€™s just a push of a button and you are all set to go. I gave it a 5/5 rating for the sake of when it comes to ease and use, it really is that simple.
This looks like a pretty good capture card.