Monday 5 June 2017

Elgato Game Capture HD 60 S

Hey everyone :)

A year or so ago I started two YouTube channels - yes two!! However I think I bought off more than I could chew - I had two channels, a full-time job and a blog and that left little to no social life. So I cut the gaming channel out (it was mainly Minecraft) and decided to focus on my main channel and my blog. Work has now calmed down that I can now devote more time to another activity and I really do miss gaming and chatting away - so (as you can probably guess by the title) I bought myself an Elgato.

I'm really excited because this amazing (tiny) piece of equipment will let me record footage like PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and I think PC too.

At the time of writing this post (Sat 27th May) - the device itself cost £169.95 from Amazon UK. The device itself is no bigger than my hand and looks pretty sleek too - so it doesn't look horrible sitting behind/on top of your console.

You also get a HDMI to HDMI cable in the box and a USB 3.0 Type-C to USB. The good thing about the HDMI cable is that its short and that's a good thing because who likes lots of cables and mess behind their screens/consoles.

The device boasts the following:

Instant Gameview - stream with superior low latency technology
1080p / 60fps - stunning quality
Build-in Editor - immediate access and sharing
Stream Command - add webcam, overlays and more
Flashback Recording - record retroactively
Live Commentary - add your voice

The software for the capture can be dowloaded directly from Elgato's website - it's not a big file (which I found surprising) and installs within minutes. I did install it on my iMAC and it keeps telling me - it's not compatible because I need one dedicated GPU - but I've had no issues recording so not sure what that is about. I think most people use PCs but iMACs do work if you were wondering.

The device is really easy to "install" - all you are doing is putting it in the middle of the monitor and the PS4. You remove your HDMI cable from the back of the PS4 and plug this into the OUT HDMI port. You then take the HDMI cable you got (the shorter one) and plug this into the IN HDMI port and the other side in the back of the PS4. You then take the USB 3.0 Type-C and plug this into the device and the USB side into the back of your PC/iMAC.

Download the software, or if you have done that already - launch it. The software should auto-detect the Elgato and the console screen will appear on the software. If you are using PS4 - you may need to go to settings and disable HDCP before it will work.

You can then start recording or streaming ... so far I have recorded two videos of a new game I am playing "Rime" and the quality is breathtaking - I am very impressed!!

Let me know if the comments if you have bought an Elgato and if you have a gaming channel or if you stream - I'd love to check you out.

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