Review: Roxio Game Capture

Published by Alex on October 20th, 2011 - in Review

With the rise of YouTube gamers have become more and more interested in posting footage of their gaming sessions online. This has been tricky affair for the uninitiated with no single package providing everything a gamer needs to achieve internet stardom. The Roxio Game Capture kit from Rovi Corp aims to change this by providing an all in one kit that allows you to capture footage from your Xbox360 or Playstation 3 console.

The kit has everything you’ll need to start recording (except for the component cables for your console of choice). Connecting the console to the Game Capture box using the component cables and then connecting the box to your TV allows the capture of gameplay footage onto a Windows PC. Video capture can be started at a single press of a button and stopped manually or after a selected time period. This option is useful and helps avoid filling the entire hard drive of your PC should you forget to stop the video capture manually.

How to hook up the Roxio Game Capture kit.

Once you’ve recorded your gameplay session the included VideoWave editing software can be used to edit and add effects to your final clip. There’s a huge array of options available during editing letting you setup transitions between clips, add text, insert images, change the play speed or overlay your own audio tracks.

As soon as you’re happy with your clip it can be exported into a number of file formats (AVI, WMV, DivX, MP4) or it can be uploaded directly to YouTube itself. The export process allows some scope to customise the resolution but as the video is captured at 480p it’s best not to try and scale it up too much as the quality of the video will suffer.

Here are some examples of videos put together using the kit, one knocked together by myself and another by someone with a bit more skill in the editing department.

The kit works really well with the only disappointment being that it only captures footage at 480p not at HD resolutions. While 480p is fine for the majority of the video sharing websites it would have been nice to be able to capture footage at 720p,1080i or 1080p. It would also have been good if the Roxio Capture Kit Software was natively compatible with Mac’s as currently Mac users have very few options available to them for capturing footage.

Despite these minor disappointments the Roxio Game Capture kit does exactly what it claims to do, offering the ability to capture decent quality footage for a small financial outlay compared to other methods. Having spent a great deal of time capturing video game footage I think the Roxio Game Capture Device is the perfect device for a beginner looking to start sharing gameplay footage. Its ability to upload directly to YouTube and the straight forward setup means you can be recording and uploading footage within twenty minutes of opening the box. The inclusion of the VideoWave editing software is also a great selling point of the kit as it offers a huge array of options while keeping the basic functionality simple and means you don’t have to try and find a decent third-party program yourself. If you fancy showing off your no scope kills in Call of Duty or your ability to score goals from the halfway line in FIFA and have no idea how to go about it, the Roxio Game Capture kit is the product for you.

The Roxio Game Capture kit costs £79.99 / $99.99 and is available now direct from Rovi Corp as well as select online retailers.

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