Game Capture HD lets you record Xbox, PS3 game video on your Mac

Elgato on Monday unveiled their Game Capture, a new device intended for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 users who want to record game footage onto a Mac or PC. It costs $199.95 and will be available starting June 1st.

The USB 2.0 interface is about the size of a deck of cards, and requires no power supply to connect. It tethers to your Xbox 360 using HDMI, or your PS3 using an AV input. It can capture 480i, 576p, 720p and 1080i resolution video, encoding them on-the-fly using H.264 video compression. (The reason Game Capture HD doesn’t capture video from a PS3 using HDMI is because Sony HDCP protection; Microsoft doesn’t.)

Included software lets you timeshift the video you’re saving, edit and share; either by creating a local movie file you can do what you will with, or through YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or e-mail. You can send the video to your iTunes library, stream it to an Apple TV, or share it with other video editing applications like iMovie.

System requirements call for a OS X 10.7 or later, a 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or faster, 4 GB RAM and an available USB 2.0 port.

  • Obsidian71

    I wondering how this will fair against the Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro which is USB 3.0 only due to the bandwidth.  Will the El Gato be as fast even with a USB 2.0 connection?  I eagerly await the reviews. 

    • Peter Cohen

      I think you mean the Intensity Shuttle. That’s the external box. The Pro is PCIe only, aimed at Mac Pros or expandable PCs.

      • Obsidian71

        Yes indeed Mr. Cohen thanks for the correction. 

    • It’s doing h.264 compression in hardware internally. It doesn’t need more than USB 2.0, because only the compressed content is being transferred.

  • Let a thousand machinima movies bloom.

  • This could also be used to capture output from the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and iPad (3). Could be useful for screen casting, reviews or demos for those devices.

  • One very minor downside is that it doesn’t support 1080p input, and they seem to suggest on their site that the lack of 1080p input also means no 1080p pass-through. So, if you actually had a 1080p game and wanted to enjoy it at 1080p on your TV while recording it at a lower resolution, you’d be unable to do so. Though, to be fair, there aren’t many 1080p games available on consoles, even though the consoles support 1080p.

    The larger downside (at least for me), is that it really only works with the 360 and PS3, and nothing else. If they had included a breakout cable to allow component or composite inputs (as the Blackmagic Intensity Extreme does), I’d be able to use it with my Wii and any previous generation consoles I own, as well as any future generation consoles that provided those outputs. Instead, they only support the PS3’s proprietary A/V output and unencrypted HDMI (which is likely to go away after this generation). With this generation almost done, I don’t see the device as getting much use, which is a shame, because their software sounds pretty conducive to how I’m looking to record.

  • Kollin “Pork Chop”

    Will it work on my MacBook Pro that came out in 2011?