Happauge PVR 2 Impressions and a quick Tomb Raider Gameplay video

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3paVi-z7v8]

 

A few days ago, I finally bit the bullet and bought a Happauge PVR 2 to provide you guys with some additional content on the games we are playing.  I had bought this knowing that it will not work with the PS3 using HDMI.  Since it has HDCP protection, you need to hook up your PS3 via component connection, and not HDMI.  Anyway, the install, and set up on the PC was pretty straight forward.  I just had to reset my PS3 video settings to do component since I was hooked up via HDMI.  Long story short, after about a 15 or so minutes, installing the software, hooking it up, and resetting my PS3, I was up and running.  

Recording itself is real easy, just press the big button on the PVR and the included software will start recording.  No delay on the game itself as advertised.  I was only annoyed at the fact it was component and what I see on my TV was not as sharp as it would’ve been on HDMI.  Blacks were not that deep, colors were washed out.  So, for the time being, I might just do some XBox footage of certain games, and perhaps finally be able to do some of our planned ‘Retro Reviews’ on some PS2, and maybe some PSOne games.  File sizes were surprisingly small.  All the footage I was able to capture were less than 1 GB.  I edited everything on Adobe Premier.

All in all, I am pleased with the purchase, and it will take some time  to figure out what sort of content we’d like to provide. For now enjoy some of footage of Tomb Raider.  It’s about halfway through the game, and I captured some fighting sequences, and some climbing.

 

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