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5 Suggested Capture Devices 2018

So you’re getting into streaming and you want to improve the quality of your stream for your viewers. Capture cards are a good place to start and here we highlight our 5 Suggested Capture Devices to help you get on your way. There are many more out there, but these we feel are some of the best options that give you high-quality streaming, capturing and editing options.


  1. Avermedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus
    Pocket-sized 1080p streaming with no need for a PC
    Resolution: 1080p | Frame rate: 60fps | Interface: USB 3.0 | Works with: Consoles, PC & Mac

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A simple and easy capture device that seamlessly switches between PC and SD settings for when you want to have your PC running or not. As this device gives you the choice to still capture without a PC. It provides quality 60fps straight onto your PC or SD card, the latter being essential for speedy transfers without the use of a USB drive.

The included RECentral is intuitive for overlaying text and tweaking your picture in picture setup. This proprietary player is easy to use and you can record PS4 party chat without having to add an extra cable. This is a great device to invest in if you like having the option of using your PC continuously or not.


  1. Elgato Game Capture HD60S
    Small but perfectly formed capture at 60fps
    Resolution: 1080p | Frame rate: 60fps | Interface: USB 3.0 | Works with: Consoles, PC & Mac

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If you have done any kind of research into capture cards, you have heard about Elgato. They are one of the biggest and best-known names within the capture card world and continue to produce affordable and quality devices. There are several capture Elgato and finding the right one for you will take a little bit of researching. However, you can not go wrong with any one of these.

As for the HD60S, it is easy to set up as it does all the work for you. There are some tweaking options, but the software can find the best resolution for you without any effort. You also have the option of capturing without the software running as long as you have a power source feeding into the device. The only drawback of this device is the editing package that is only useful for trimming your video and not fully editing.


  1. AverMedia Live Gamer Extreme
    Ideal for streaming and PC capture
    Resolution: 1080p | Frame rate: 60fps | Interface: USB 3.0 | Works with: PC only

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One of the best features of the AverMedia is that it has zero latency. Where other devices can lag on the capture screen, this has almost no delay. This is useful to be able to play just as well on the PC you’re capturing as with you can on TV so you can keep your eyes on one screen instead of juggling between two separate screens. Not usually a big issue, but it can be helpful to keep from missing moments as you look back and forth between the screens.

The two audio inputs allow you to add music and dialogue separately to keep things clean and optimal. There’s not an editing option, aside from a live editing system for creating clips, so you’ll need a separate editing software.


  1. Hauppauge HD PVR Rocket
    Great capture device that doesn’t need a laptop
    Resolution: 1080p | Frame rate: 30fps | Interface: USB 2.0/3.0 | Works with: USB Thumb Drive. Records in MP4

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Don’t want to have to plug a device into your PC to capture your console gameplay? No problem! The HD Rocket can be powered by your TV or console and all you need is a USB thumb drive. The LED lights give a clear indication that everything is running smoothly for an easy capturing experience. However this guy does not capture in 60fps, and records in mp4 for easy importing and editing. You can capture via PC with an equally easy setup, but the software does not work on Mac. The proprietary streaming software allows you to record, edit and upload to YouTube or stream live to your chosen service.


  1. Razer Ripsaw
    A great card that also supports last-gen consoles
    Resolution: 1080p | Frame rate: 60fps | Interface: USB 3.0 | Works with: Consoles, last-gen consoles, PC, Mac

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Retro gaming more your style? If so, you’ll want to check out the Ripsaw. This capture device will work with older consoles as well as your PS4 and Xbox One in 1080p at 60fps. The 3.0 USB connection offers a low latency for seamless streams. The Ripsaw also has a high-quality second audio-in input that allows you to add in good quality commentary or mix in some tunes over your stream. Don’t worry about editing, as this device is compatible with most major capture software giving you some freedom to find the best option for you.

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