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This is quite an annoying product - whilst it has great sound when your mouth is directly over it, you literally have to be right on it for the other person to hear. I bought this together with the Avermedia 2+ and its been a nightmare to get it all working. I ended up giving up and selling the microphone and the capture card and getting another brand!
The Avermedia LGP is now quite an old product and I have frequently seen reports on the Internet about problems people are having getting PC Free mode to work. This is most frequently due to the end-user trying to use a more modern SD card format than the LGP can handle. Save your money and don't experiment with expensive high capacity SD cards - they will not work.
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.
Card arrived last night and I gave it a test with my Xbox One. As some other's have stated, the documentation is pretty threadbare. A couple of quick points:
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.
One of my favourite streamers uses one of these AverMedia capture cards so judging from his stream quality I expected AverMedia to far surpass Elgato's quality. This LGX2 has USB 3.0, which supports instant gameview, as in you can see your gameplay live on your PC recording screen without pretty much any lag (of course, there's always going to be a little bit, no matter what card you get).
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.
The device works and can be running without any crashes on a macbook touchbar 15" 2017 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 model, the trouble is if trying to connect a console to it, say the nintendo switch, there seems to be a 1-2 second lag issue, despite running OBS software which picks up the recentral lag issue..including tweaking settings to all choices.. havent tried this thru a television, as i intended to use it for online streaming.. anyone looking to buy this, i'd do some reading up thoroughly, it may work fine for pcs. but macs it has a lag issue. else id try a different model, hope this helps.
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.
I love it! I bought this device so could stream and record more easily tan i could with my previous hd capture card (the roxio gamecap hd pro). Not only is the avermedia software easy to use, it is also downloadable, instead of having a physical disk to install, which makes for a great device. Whilst streaming, the avermedia also takes up minimum CPU, allowing me to stream at a higher quality. Although i have not used the PC free mode as of yet, i have head that files ca sometimes get corrupted, but as i will not be using PC free mode all too often, that shouldn't be an issue, just something to be aware of. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone interested.