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AVerMedia ExtremeCap U3: Review, Walkthrough & Quality Comparisons

AVerMedia sent me one of their new ExtremeCap U3 capture units, which promises 1080p60 H.264 and uncompressed capture options for under $200. I’ve spent the past month putting it through its paces. Check out the video coverage:    

 
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1080p 60fps Capture for Xbox One & Playstation 4

Published on October 31, 2013, by in Gaming, Tech.

Arthur asked me about 1080p capture for next-gen systems. Right after that I got a bunch of new Twitter followers. So it seems like people are interested. I figured I’d refresh my memory and throw up a list in an hour or so. Nope. Two days later, I have discovered that it’s pretty difficult to

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It’s the End of Game Capture As We Know It

How’s that for a clickbait headline, huh? Sadly, it’s also pretty much true. Yesterday both Sony and Microsoft held their E3 press conferences. I won’t bore you with the details, but there were big screens, lots of games, and less dubstep than one might expect. But we also finally got a look at the PS4

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Matrox Monarch: Specs and Details from NAB 2013

I’ve been yelling a lot about the Matrox Monarch since it popped up at IBC last fall: a stand-alone H.264 streaming/capture device that has no competition, but does have tons of uses in production. It was officially unveiled this past Monday at the NAB 2013 show in Las Vegas. Conveniently, I was also in Las

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Want Video From The PlayStation 4? Ask Sony

All the #PS4 streaming and sharing: that’s on the hardware. Devs don’t have to do anything special to their game. #GDC — Greg Miller (@GameOverGreggy) March 27, 2013   On the gaming side, the above isn’t big news, beyond the obvious advantage that we won’t have 600 different streaming/sharing implementations done by 600 different devs.

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Matrox Monarch Unveiled!

  It actually exists! And looks cool! Matrox issued a press release today, firming up details on the Monarch: From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch

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ProRes Output from Adobe Premiere Pro or Avid Media Composer – on Windows!

Just caught wind (via FreshDV) of a free little program with big features: namely, it can encode to ProRes on Windows. Sure, you could use ffmpeg standalone or with a frameserver, but that’s a lot of hoops to jump through. What we really need is something simple enough that any editor can handle it. Meet

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QuickTime is Not a Codec: The Basics of Media Files

If one more person answers “What codec is it?” with “Quicktime,” I’m going to lose my shit. QuickTime is not a codec. QuickTime has never been a codec. Seriously guys, it’s 2012. We have fifty new cameras released every month, all of which shoot to a myriad of file-based formats. Get your shit together and stop

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Matrox Monarch Connections: There Are Only Two

Matrox has a Connections view of the Monarch on their Press site, that wasn’t available back when it was announced at IBC. I’ve previously speculated on what connections it would have; if this mockup is accurate, looks like I’m going to be disappointed. Now clearly this is a render and not a photo of the

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The Roxio HD Pro: The Low-Budget Gameplay Capture Winner?

Last week I posted an article comparing every video game recording solution that matters. My pick for the low-budget category was the Hauppauge HD-PVR line – hardware H.264 capture via USB, with support for both component and HDMI, for around $150. You may have noticed that Roxio was absent from that list. That’s because I

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