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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.
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.
It is no passthrough. You can turn HDCP bypass on, it then refuses to record, keep that in mind. However, it works, and has low if no latency. However, the software it comes with, is not the best, I would highly recommend not getting it and just using OBS studios even if you mean to local record, trust me, it works better and is cleaner then R4 the AverMedia wants you to use.
The next issue I ran into is, audio recording. For the first many months I had the card, I could not record HDMI audio; I HAD to use line-in. HDMI was always busy being used by something else. My PC crashed at some many months later (unrelated), and the issue has fixed itself... Sort of. Now I can record HDMI audio but not line-in. Line-in is being used by something. I don't know why. Still, I record from HDMI audio out from my PS4, PS3, PS2, Switch, Wii-U, Wii, soon I am not going to try and fix this in case I break HDMI Audio. Just be warned it is not as simply as plug in play if you get unlikely like me.
Now I'm far from being a capture card expert, but I've had no huge problem with this one, but, the software on MacOS is really hard to find and lacks support. There is now download link on their website, I had to find it somewhere else on the web. But the software itself works well enough, even on a M1 Macbook Pro.
I'd say it's not very friendly for new users like me.
Another thing is that the device says it can pass through the signal, yes, but it has to be powered on to do that.
If I had to buy another one, I'd buy this one instead, since it records onto an SD card without the need of a computer :
La capture card funziona a dovere. Il Bypass è fedele così come la cattura a 1080p. Una volta installati i driver e software reperibili sul sito della casa produttrice, il funzionamento è impeccabile. Riconosciuta subito, e sempre, da OBS, riporta una qualità dell'immagine fedele anche sul software senza bisogno di correzioni di colore ed il segnale via USB 3 non ha alcuna latenza audio/video. Non vengono però specificate due cose importanti, la prima è che è compatibile unicamente con Windows 10 (come piattaforma windows) e soprattutto, cosa che mi ha portato a restituirla, che anche se collegata al computer ed alimentata quando questo è spento, non viene trasmesso il segnale video in bypass al monitor se appunto il PC è spento. Pertanto ogni volta che si vuole utilizzare la console, o qualsiasi altro dispositivo collegato, il PC deve essere sempre acceso. Purtroppo questa mancanza, a mio parere, fa crollare la sua funzionalità, considerando che su W10 è possibile streamare via lan da PS4 e Xbox.
Se utilizzata con un computer aziendale non funziona, in quanto non è di quelle che viene automaticamente riconosciuta dal sistema ma richiede l'installazione dei suoi driver, anche su win 10. La scheda presenta un pochino di latenza, ma tutto nella norma. Io ho scelto di restituirla e prendere la serie superiore della stessa marca, che però non ha necessità di installare alcunchè. Nel complesso la scheda può risultare valida per usi non professionali.
Ojalá otras capturadoras modernas tuvieran conexiones AV integradas. Los adaptadores aumentan innecesariamente la cantidad de cables a usar y suelen ser de calidad discutible, por lo que muchas veces no funcionan o dan una calidad de imagen no muy buena.
Esto no pasa con esta capturadora. Es de sencilla instalación y configuración, aunque también tiene sus particularidades a la hora de stremear. Pero por lo general una vez configurada con los perfiles que veas oportuno (o modificando la config cada vez que lo necesites) no hay ningún tipo de problema.
15 minutos tardé en empezar a testear en directo desde que abrí la caja.
It's certainly a step up over the generic Chinese capture card I had, since it allows for 4k passthrough and can record footage at a maximum of 1080p 60fps over 1080p 30 with better colors (No option for HDR support/recordings though). That said footage quality isn't the best, but it's perfectly fine for Youtube and streaming, but it definitely isn't the highest quality footage on the market. Still, you get what you paid for, and the recording software Avermedia provides is good, provided you have more than 8gb of RAM. It's a decent capture card if you're starting around and dont plan on taking things seriously, but I wouldn't recommend paying for the asking price of $150 CAD. If you can, get it on sale through Amazon's Warehouse deals for $130 CAD, otherwise just save your money for a better device and you plan on taking things more seriously.