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AVerMedia Live Gamer Mini: Full HD 1080P Video Recording, H.264 Hardware Encoder Game Capture Card (GC311)
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- Full HD 1080P video Recording: stream and record all your content in full HD at 60 FPS.
- Zero-lag pass-through video: enjoy playing uncompressed video straight on the PC monitor with No latency.
- Plug-and-play functionality: offers convenience, Just plug it to your PC, and it's ready to record and stream.
- H.264 hardware encoder: with hardware encoding, this device takes load without putting any load on to your CPU.
- Supports RECentral streaming software: It is a powerful streaming and recording software Pack with great functions, such as multi-stream, rich overlays, Chroma key, and more.
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The Live Gamer Mini is here to help you get into your streaming spotlight as quick and easy as possible! Following the steps of its predecessor (LGP Lite) The lgm keeps things nice and simple, with HDMI in and pass-through for zero latency full HD gameplay and micro USB for PC or Mac connectivity.
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The only caviat is that if you want to use your camera as a capture device you'll have to download their software, as soon as you have and made two clicks on your mouse it just works!!!!
No need to look at the software again if you're using OBS etc.
Excellent card, better than elagsto's offering and far more functionality than CamLink!!
By far the right choice in every respect!
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Please note the following comments are exclusively for the LGP C875 model and are probably not directly applicable to more recent products such as the LGP 2 or later. I use a Windows 10 Pro laptop and the Avermedia provided RECentral software and drivers. Don't try to use later versions from the website which are meant for more up-to-date products. Just use the latest versions available for the C875 model on avermedia.com. I can't comment on Mac usage or problems.
1. The SD card MUST be FAT32 formatted. The LGP won't work if the SD card is NTFS or exFAT formatted.
2. The SD card must be Class 10 to be fast enough for 1080 capture. Note in PC free mode the maximum capture frame rate is 30fps, while in PC mode it is 60 fps. I successfully use U3 cards, but I haven't tried a U1 card.
3. The SD card ***MUST*** be SDHC and NOT SDXC. This limits you to a maximum SD card size of 32GB which is a limitation of the FAT32 format.. The card suggested below comes pre-formatted as FAT32, but the Windows 10 format utility can be used with it to reformat it as FAT32 afresh.
4. In PC Free mode the maximum file size that can be saved on the SD card is 4GB. When the capture reaches this size a new capture file is opened and so on and so forth. until you stop the capture or you run out of SD card space. These files are saved in .ts format which can be problematic for some popular video editors. I use TMPGenc Smart Video Render v5 which reads and converts these files directly. If saved to .mp4 format the converted files contain "openGOP" which means some video players cannot handle them. Instead I convert my combined .ts files to a final .mkv format rather than mp4. There is a .ts to .mp4 conversion utility for your PC Free clips provided by Avermedia - look in C:\Program Files (x86)\AVerMedia\TS-to-MP4 Utility.
5. It is possible to adjust the PC Free capture settings using a utility on your PC. It is not well publicised. Find the utility in C:\Program Files (x86)\AVerMedia\AVerMedia PC-Free Utility. Connect the LGP to your PC, run the utility, then set up the LGP for PC Free mode.
6. You cannot capture an HDCP copy protected stream with an LGP alone. The maximum resolution of an LGP capture is 1080 - you need a later device to capture 4K or UHD.
7. I cannot quote the URL for Avermedia here but technical information is available there.
8. I have successfully used this SD card with the LGP C875 :
SanDisk Extreme 32GB SDHC Memory Card up to 90MB/s, Class 10, U3, V30.
1. The device powers over USB. Find an available port on your console, amp, or a USB/Mains adapter and you're good to go.
2. The device outputs ***.ts file format in PC free mode (which is the only mode I use). Sony Vegas will not work with this natively, but Adobe Premiere will. For Vegas enthusiasts you'll find the vendors tool to convert the files to MPG4 here - https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/avermedia/web_release_www/C875/C875_utility_20140319.zip
Last point on this device. The literature for it said that is records mpg4 files, yet Vegas see's the files as an mpg2 transport stream. I haven't looked into this further yet but my guess is this is just Vegas struggling to work with the native files. The resolution is still 720p and 29.97fps. Be advised this will EAT your SD card space. 25 mins of footage took approx 2.8Gb. I have a panasonic AG-HMC-151E camera, which captures 1080 video using AVCHD encoding, and that seems kinder on the disk space.
That said - the quality of footage from this device is great and, providing the device is reliable and doesn't blow up anytime soon, I'd certainly recommend it. Just be sure to buy a large class 10 SD card. Great quality footage without the need for a PC for capture.
It allows PC-Free recording. As I bought it for recording my Raspberry Pi terminal, it is perfect for me.
USB Powered: just connect it to a computer or any USB port and it works.
It is very small, thus, you can take it anywhere.
Its instruction is deplorable. I got a red light. What does it mean? After researching on the web the conclusion was that the micro sdcard was slow. And yes, that was the issue. But how would you know with just a red light?
Its Mac-software worth nothing. For recording the screen only you have the PC-free mode. For recording Screen+Camera is deplorable (remember, I'm not recording a game, just a Raspberry PI console), the screen records so slow. Beside that it hangs a lot, consume too much CPU.
Their website is deplorable as well, no easy to understand or to be confident of how to use it.
USB 2.0, it is not USB 3.0
Conclusion: With a one third of the price you get the same conclusion. I swear I was about to return it.
UPDATE: Had to remove 1 more star as many times it doesn't record the screen, only the audio, therefore you might need to record everything again and again. Very disappointed.
Well, this worked really well on my high-end Alienware laptop for about a week, then it became super glitchy. So I decided to upgrade my main desktop PC to one with USB 3.0 ports, which it has many of and the card apparently is connected, but when I try to launch OBS or the AverMedia recording software itself the card doesn't show as connected. No matter what drivers I install, uninstall, etc. it doesn't connect.
So I had to return it and went for an Elgato HD60 Pro, which is an internal card. I was afraid it'd be hard to install, but it was as simple as gently sticking it into the appropriate PCIe port on my motherboard and removing some of the shielding so the I/O is accessible at the back end of my PC. It works perfectly, with literally zero problems when recording and streaming.
My advice: If you're serious about streaming, get an internal Elgato capture card. You'll only need the HD60 Pro, since streaming is limited to 1080p60.
If you're afraid to install it yourself, leave your PC and the card with your local PC repair expert. Shouldn't cost much for him to install, because it's very easy.
Update: managed to find a pc with windows to try, it worked fine after a long install ie other things needed to install alongside OBS. but the avermedia software worked flawlessly. as did the card. recorrecting my star review. just a shame mac doesnt work so well thru usb2. as the pc did it fine. and both machines are powerful as each other.