- Rocket Firmware
- Hauppauge Capture
- Connection Diagrams
- PC gameplay
- PS4 setup
- YouTube live video
Upgrade your HD PVR Rocket to the latest features with a firmware update
Features and improvements: Rocket version 48
- Adds support for recording stand alone from video sources without audio (such as medical devices)
- Adds support for HDMI video and LineIn audio (for use with the Hauppauge Chat Cable)
Note: After upgrade, the Rocket needs to be power cycled to complete firmware upgrade: the Rocket USB cable must be unplugged and replugged.
Note: You need to use Hauppauge Capture to set the input combination to HDMI video and LineIN audio. This setting will be remembered in standalone mode.
- There are no file size limits for recordings with NTFS formatted USB thumb drives. For example, if you insert a 16GB NTFS formatted USB thumb drive, you can record about 8 hours of video in one file
- Rocket recordings are now compatible with the VLC media player
- Audio processing improvements (your recordings will sound better)
- Fixes flashing on some TV sets
- This version now supports HDCP management. HDCP detection is disabled by default (this will ensure Xbox One game play can be recorded)
- To turn HDCP detect ON, PUSH and HOLD the record button for 5 seconds. The red record ring will flash twice.
- To turn HDCP detect back OFF, PUSH and HOLD the record button for 5 seconds and the red record ring will flash once.
Upgrade your Rocket from your PC
File name: hdpvrrocketfirmware_3_1_1_35_48.exe
- Click the Download button above (this is the Rocket Windows driver and latest Rocket firmware). Save to your PC (do not click Run).
- Connect your Rocket to your PC using the BLACK USB power cable.
- Run the downloaded file.
- Click Install and the firmware upgrade will begin. Your Rocket will blink for a few seconds and then the firmware update will be complete
- Click Finish
You can now either disconnect your Rocket and use it in the standalone mode, or you can continue to leave it connected to your PC and use Rocket with Hauppauge Capture.
Upgrade the Rocket firmware from a USB thumb drive
File name: hdpvrrocket_22.214.171.124.48.zip
- Turn the Rocket off by disconnecting the USB Power Cable
- Download this file and unzip it to root directory of a USB thumb drive. There is one file: jedi.img
- Connect the USB thumb drive to HD PVR Rocket
- Reconnect USB Power Cable
- The RED Record Ring will flash. This means the Rocket firmware upgrade is in progress.
- Please wait until the RED Record Ring stops blinking (about 30 seconds). Then unplug/replug the USB Power Cable to complete the process
- Note: the jedi.img file is deleted from your USB thumb drive after the firmware upgrade
Beta firmware for the HD PVR Rocket
None at this time
Hauppauge Capture for the HD PVR Rocket
The Hauppauge Capture application: Record, trim and upload your game play
Hauppauge Capture features:
- Record and stream your game play with in-game chat with our microphone mixing feature
- Simple and fast trim editor
- Built-in YouTube upload
- StreamEez for easy streaming with Twitch and YouTube
- Simple to use video quality selector
Hauppauge Capture version 36187
- Click the download button and save Hauppauge Capture to your PC (do not select 'Run')
- Once Hauppauge Capture is downloaded, run the Hauppauge Capture installation
- After installation, you will be asked to reboot your PC. Please reboot.
- While rebooting your PC, if you have an HD PVR 2, remove the power plug from the back of the HD PVR 2 for a few seconds and then plug it back in. This resets the HD PVR 2.
- Once your PC is rebooted, you will see the Hauppauge Capture icon on your Windows desktop. Run it. No other setup is needed.
Hauppauge Capture supports the following products:
- HD PVR 2 (all models)
- Colossus 2 and Colossus
- HD PVR Rocket
- HD PVR 60
- HD PVR model 1212
- Note: if you have the Colossus 2, HD PVR 2 model 1512 or the HD PVR 2 GE+, if you have 5.1 channel AC3 audio from HDMI or optical audio, your recordings will have 5.1 channel AC-3 audio
HD PVR Rocket Connection Diagrams
Connecting the HD PVR Rocket to your PC: simply connect the Rocket between your game console and your HD TV set.
StreamEez: stream your video gameplay with Twitch, and YouTube
Note: this is a stand alone version of StreamEez. You can also use StreamEez as part of the Hauppauge Capture application.
File name: streameezsetup_1_4_35054.exe
Date: Feb 24, 2017 | File size: 151 MB
New features in this version
- For Twitch users: add your channel name and pause for a commercial break
- For YouTube users: fixes problems with YouTube recording of video streams
- Adds an automatic re-connect mode, to re-establish streaming when your Internet connection is momentarily lost
- Adds streaming support for the HD PVR Rocket
To install this version of StreamEez:
- Click on the download link. You will be given an option to Run or Save the file. Click Save to save the file in your Download folder.
- Run this file. It will install the StreamEez-Pro application plus the Windows driver.
- When finished running the update, you will be ask to restart your PC. Restart your PC
- While the PC is restarting, power cycle your StreamEez device to load the new firmware (remove power from the unit for a few seconds and then plug it back in).
- When your PC has rebooted, double click on the StreamEez-Pro icon.
- Under Source (upper left hand corner), make sure it is set to your Hauppauge device.
- If your cables are connected, you should now be able to stream with Twitch or YouTube.
Some tips on using StreamEez
- Before you change any settings, make sure you are Off Air and the Lock button is unlocked (just click on the button to unlock).
- Choose your Video Source. Xbox 360 normally uses HDMI while PS3 normally uses Component.
- Choose your Audio Source. Xbox 360 normally uses HDMI while PS3 normally uses Line.
- In Quality Profile, the default is High Bandwidth. Depending upon the uplink speed of your Internet service, you may need to change to Medium or Low bandwidth. A laggy or jerky stream means your uplink speed is too low and you need to choose a different Quality Profile.
- If you would like to preview your video in StreamEez, make sure the slider under the preview window is set to 'Normal speed'. You should now see your video in the preview window.
- Then choose your Stream Service, either Twitch or YouTube. ( You must have an account setup with the stream service you wish to use)
- In Channel, select Login. Enter your Login and Password. You will see a message "Gathering credentials" as we check your user name and password.
- Once your user name and password are confirmed, you will see the URL of your stream in the box "Copy stream link". If you click on the words "Copy stream link", the URL will be copied to the clip board.
- Leave the Network Connection as the default
To start streaming
- To start streaming, click the red dot next to "Off Air." The indicator should be changed to "On Air" and you will now be streaming live over the Internet!
- Once you are On Air, you cannot change any settings. You need to stop streaming by clicking the green dot next to On Air to stop the stream.
Recording from a PC system
Step 1 - Connect the HD PVR to your PC and install Hauppauge Capture
Step 2 - Configure your Gaming PC's video mode
Note: HD PVR 2 can accept video from a PC in the following formats ONLY:
- 1920 x 1080 at 60Hz max
- 1280 x 720 at 60 Hz max
- 720 x 480 at 60 Hz max
If you are running in any other video mode, you will see either a black screen or distorted video. Check your video mode!
On the computer where you will be playing your video games (we'll call this the Gaming PC), connect an HDMI cable from your graphics card HDMI port to the HDMI in on the HD PVR.
Note: your Gaming PC screen may go black for several seconds and then you will be back at the Windows desktop.
On your Gaming PC, right click on your Windows desktop and select Screen resolution (click for screen shot).
Under Display you should see your HD PVR model in the drop down menu. Example: HD PVR 2.
Select your HD PVR recorder (click for screen shot).
Under Resolution, set to either 1920X1080 or 1280X720.
Under Multiple displays, set to Duplicate these displays.
Click Advanced settings (click for screen shot). Set Refresh Rate to 60p Hz Set Scaling to Maintain Display Scaling.
Step 3 - Connect the HDMI cable from your Gaming PC to the HD PVR 2 HDMI In connector
If you have a gaming laptop, simply plug an HDMI cable from your laptops' HDMI out port into the HDMI In on the HD PVR 2. You should see your PC screen on the video monitor. If you do not, click the Windows button on your keyboard and at the same time the P key. Then select Duplicate. If you have set your PC's video mode correctly (step 2 above), you should see your PC screen on the video monitor.
If you have a desktop PC, then remove the HDMI cable which is plugged into the monitor and plug it into the HDMI In port on the HD PVR 2. Then take an HDMI cable and plug one end into the HDMI Out port on the HD PVR 2 and the other end into an HDMI port on your monitor. If you have set your PC's video mode correctly (step 2 above), and you have selected the correct HDMI source on your TV set, you should see your PC screen on the video monitor.
Step 4 - Configure the audio on your Gaming PC if sound comes through your HDMI cable
If you are using the HDMI pass through on the HD PVR 2 (if you are not using HDMI pass-through skip to step 4a), on your Gaming PC right click on the Speaker icon on the taskbar and select Playback device.
In Playback devices find your HDMI connection to the HD PVR 2 (it should say HD-PVR2 or Digital audio (HDMI)). Right click and select Set as default device.
Step 4a - Configuring audio if you are using speakers connected directly to your Gaming PC
If you are listening to sound from your Gaming PC through speakers and not on your video monitor, to hear audio without any audio delay you will need to split the audio coming from your Gaming PC. To do this, you will need two adapters: an 1/8th inch stereo Y adapter, a 1/8th inch stereo to RCA male adapter.and an Audio cable set. These adapters are common and can be purchased from Radio Shack or online.
- Connect the 1/8" stereo 'Y' adapter to the green audio port (the audio out port) on your Gaming PC.
- Plug your speaker cable into one end of the 1/8" stereo 'Y' adapter.
- On the other end of the 1/8" stereo 'Y' adapter connect the 1/8th inch stereo to RCA male adapter
- Plug in the Audio cable set into the RCA plugs on the 1/8" stereo to male adapter (click to see a picture of the audio splitter installed)
- Then plug the other end of the Audio cable set into the HD PVR 2 via the Hauppauge AV adapter cable (the black audio jacks).
- Plug the Hauppauge AV adapter into the AV input on the back of the HD PVR 2.(click here to see the complete cable setup)
- In Hauppauge Capture, in the Capture or StreamEez tab, set Audio in to Line in and mute the audio (so you will not hear an audio echo).
Here are some screen shots if you have an nVidea 650M graphics adapter in your gaming PC
Here are some screen shots if you have an ATI graphics adapter in your gaming PC
In the AMD Vision Control Center, under Desktop Management/Desktop Properties, set the Desktop area to 1080p or 720p and the Refesh rate to 60Hz, 59Hz or 50Hz
How to turn off HDCP on your PS4
Are you unable to record video, getting no video (but you might get choppy audio) in your recordings or a black screen in Hauppauge Capture?
Does the Input resolution indicator in Hauppauge Capture switch between '1920x1080p 60fps' and 'Waiting for HDMI video signal'?
If so, you should turn off HDCP copy protection on your PS4!
Hauppauge game recorders cannot record HDMI video which has HDCP copy protection. Video with HDCP copy protection can come from an Xbox One or a PS4, or a cable TV or satellite box. Note: if you have a cable TV or satellite box, you should use Component video and not HDMI. HDMI out on cable/sat boxes often has HDCP copy protection.
If you have a PS4, you need to disable HDCP. Here is how to do this:
- First, connect your PS4 directly to your gaming monitor (since you will not be able to see the PS4 on your computer screen if there is HDCP copy protection on the PS4)
- Next, go to Settings: from the main user interface, push up on the DualShock 4 to reach the top-level of the system’s menu, and select the toolbox labelled ‘Settings’.
- Enter the System submenu: When the long list of options appears, scroll down to the icon named ‘System’ and select it.
- Turn off HDCP encryption: You’ll find another long list in Settings. Scroll down to ‘Enable HDCP’ and ensure that the box to the right of the label is not checked. It will be enabled by default, so simply click on it to disable the HDCP copy protection.
- If you have any applications open, the system will ask you to close them, so make sure that you’ve saved your game before completing this last step.
- Now you can reconnect your PS4 back to the Hauppauge game recorder, and the HDMI out of the Hauppauge game recorder to your TV monitor. You should be able to see your game on your computer screen and TV monitor.
YouTube Live Streaming
Live streaming guide from YouTube
Quick Setup Guide
Quick Setup Guide
What is the HD PVR Rocket?
The HD PVR Rocket is a high definition H.264 portable video recorder. The Rocket can receive video from either HDMI or compenent video and will record up to 1080p30 onto an attached USB thumb drive. The Rocket is USB bus powered and can be powered by a USB port on your Xbox or Playstation game system. The Rocket has a built-in audio mixer which will take microphone audio and mix it with game audio so you can add game commentary to your game play recordings.
The Rocket can also be connected to a PC, which we call the 'PC connected mode'. In this mode, recordings are made to the hard disk inside your PC and the USB thumb drive is not used.
Do I need to connect the HD PVR Rocket to my PC to record?
No. The Rocket can be used either with or without a PC. When used standalone it records to a USB thumb drive which is plugged into the front of the Rocket.
When connected to a PC, you can use Hauppauge Capture to record, upload and stream. Recordings are made to your PCs hard disk drive.
When PC connected, settings such as the video and audio source is 'sticky' and will be used when standalone.
How can I change the recording bit rate in standalone mode?
You will need to install the Hauppauge Capture software on a PC with the Rocket connected to a USB port with the black end of the USB cable. Then open the Hauppauge Capture software and you can adjust the bit rate up or down using the bitrate slider. Any adjustments you make in the software will be saved when you exit the application and be applied to standalone mode.
What do the Lights on the Rocket mean?
When Rocket is stand alone and recording to a USB thumb drive:
- Blinking Blue - No Video or video out of range
- Blinking Red - No Thumb Drive
- Blinking Green - HDCP
- Solid Green - Ready to Record
- Red Record Ring - Recording!
When Rocket is PC connected, and recording to your PC's disk drive:
- Blinking Blue - Applying a new setting - wait until the light goes to green (see the note below if the Blue light does not stop blinking)
- Solid Green - Ready to Record
- Red Record Ring - Recording!
Note: if the Blue light comes on and does not go off, you might need to connect BOTH ends of the USB cable (the red and black ends) to two USB ports on your PC. A blinking Blue light which does not go away means there is not enough power from one USB port and you should plug the second, black USB connector, in.
How To Record Xbox 360 Game & Party Chat
- Go to the Xbox Guide Menu.
- Go along to settings.
- Select Voice.
- Go down to voice output and select 'Play though both'. This will make the audio play out your TV and through your mic at the same time.
Depending on what game you are on, I highly recommend you turn down game volume as well as sometimes voice chat can't be heard because the game volume is too loud. However I guarantee that there will be a way to turn down your audio setting on whatever game you are on. Make sure you make it loud enough to hear, but quiet enough to make the voice chat clear and easy to hear.
How do I turn off HDCP on a PS4?
- On the PS4, go to Settings: from the main user interface, push up on the DualShock 4 to reach the top-level of the system’s menu, and select the toolbox labelled ‘Settings’
- Enter the System submenu: When the long list of options appears, scroll down to the icon named ‘System’ and select it
- Turn off HDCP encryption: You’ll find another long list in Settings. Scroll down to ‘Enable HDCP’ and ensure that the box to the right of the label is not ticked. It will be enabled by default, so simply click on it to disable the irritating feature. If you have any applications open, the system will ask you to close them, so make sure that you’ve saved your game before completing this last step.
How do I turn off HDCP on an Xbox One?
The following information comes from the Xbox support site
Problem: Playing premium content on your console establishes an HDCP connection with your television. Some unintended video and sound behavior may occur if you plug in a DVR or home entertainment system while the console is turned on.
To resolve this problem, try the following solutions:
- Restart your Xbox One console:
- Press the Xbox button on the console for ten seconds until the console turns off.
- Touch the Xbox button on the console again to turn it on.
- Try to play the content again.
- If your Xbox One console is in instant-on power mode:
- Go to the Home screen.
- Press the Menu button on your controller and select Settings.
- Go to Power & startup, then Power options.
- Select Power mode and then select Save Energy.
- Turn off the console by holding the Xbox button.
- Turn on the console by pressing the Xbox button, and then try to play the content again.
What kind of webcam can I use to make Facecam videos
Hauppauge Capture uses any webcam, either HD or standard definition, as long as it has a 'raw' YUV or YUY2 mode. MJPEG and other compressed formats are not used. Your webcam can be 4:3 or 16:9. Popular webcams include the Microsoft Lifecam HD-3000 plus, if you have a laptop, the built-in webcam.
Hauppauge Capture chooses the most suitable video mode supported by your webcam. You can set the size of the video, and the format (4:3 or 16:9) in the Settings menu of Hauppauge Capture.
What types of video sources can I record?
The rocket can record any source with either component video out or HDMI without HDCP. Common examples are : Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, PC Graphics card, Cable or Satellite set top box (most times you would use Component video to record from a set top box).
Can I record composite video or S-Video?
Yes. To record composite video with the HD PVR Rocket, simply connect the yellow connector from your video source to the blue connector on the Hauppauge AV cable. Then, in Hauppauge Capture, set the Video Source to Composite.
For S-Video, you will need to use the optional Hauppauge AV cable model 6021252 which you get purchase on the Hauppauge Webstore. Hauppauge Capture has a setting for S-Video.
Recordings from composite or S-Video are still made in the H.264 format.
What is the range of video resolution I can Capture?
The Rocket records in all standard video resolutions: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p as well as several PC specific resolutions. The upper end of the limit is 1080p30.
Using Component Video, what is the highest Resolution/Frame Rate I can Capture with the Rocket?
Using Component video, the rocket can record up to 1080p at 30 frames per second.
Does the Rocket have No-Delay Passthrough?
Yes, the Rocket has a no delay pass-thru so you can see your game on your TV set and at the same time, record your game play.
What is the Red Button on the top of this device used for?
The red button is used to start and stop recordings while in standalone mode.
Where are my Recordings Saved?
While in standalone mode, recordings are saved on a USB flash drive which is plugged into the front of the Rocket.
When in the PC connected mode, recordings are saved to your PC's hard drive.
How long can my recordings be?
In standalone mode, recording length is only limited by the size of your USB thumb drive. For example, a 32Gb USB thumb drive can hold up to 8 hours of video.
*PLEASE NOTE*: When recording to a USB thumb drive, unless the USB thumb drive is formatted as NTFS, your recordings are formatted in 2Gb file "chunks".
Can I include my headset's Microphone Audio in my Recordings?
Yes. When the Rocket is used stand alone, you can plug your microphone or your headset's microphone into the 'Mic input' jack on the front of the Rocket. Then you can use the mixer panel on the top of Rocket to adjust your audio volume. In the stand alone mode, the recordings made onto the USB thumb drive have mixed game and microphone audio.
What is the highest Bit-Rate the Rocket can Record?
What Software should I use with the Rocket?
When used stand alone, the Rocket does not need any software to operate.
But the Rocket can also be connected to a PC so that you can record to the PC's disk drive. This is called 'PC connected mode of operation'. When PC connected, the Rocket works with our Hauppauge Capture software for recording and most third party editors for editing.
Why does the supplied USB Cable have two Connectors on one end?
The red end of the USB cable is for power only: this is used when recording in standalone mode. The black end of the USB cable is used when operating in PC mode.
You can plug both the black and red ends into two USB ports, which will provide more power to the Rocket and is useful with certain low power USB ports.
Can I record stand alone to an SSD drive?
Yes ... but.
You can plug an SSD drive into the Rocket's USB port, but the SSD drive needs to be 'self powered'. The Rocket on its own does not have enough power for the SSD.
What is the panel on the top of the Rocket used for?
This panel controls microphone settings. You can adjust the microphone audio volume, mute the microphone or add a +20db audio boost (used with unpowered microphones).
Can I record my TV shows with the Rocket?
Yes. If you have a cable TV or satellite TV set top box with component video outputs, you can connect it to the Rocket using the supplied Hauppauge A/V Cable set. When using component video, you must use Hauppauge Capture and select 'Component Video' for video, and 'AV In' for audio.
You can also try to record TV shows from HDMI, but some shows have HDCP copy protection and cannot be recorded.
Does the Rocket come with a power supply?
No, the rocket is powered over USB. You can use a USB port on either your PC or game console. If you are trying to record a source without a USB port, you can use a standard USB power adapter as long as it is rated at 5v 1amp (minimum).
Can I use the Rocket to Stream?
Yes. The latest version of Hauppauge Capture includes StreamEez, for streaming with the Rocket to Twitch and YouTube.
I am using the microphone for audio input, but I am not getting any audio in my recordings?
To record audio from the Microphone input jack, there also must be some audio coming from either the HDMI or Component Video connectors on the back of the Rocket.
If your HDMI source does not have audio but you would like to record audio from the Microphone as your only source of audio, here is a work around: in Hauppauge Capture, select the audio source as 'AV In'. Even though you don't have an audio source connected to the Hauppauge AV connector on the back of the Rocket, this will allow audio to come from the Microphone jack.
Our tech support department made a video showing how to do this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo74kk4kuRI
Troubleshooting your HD PVR Rocket
Flashing light on your HD PVR Rocket when trying to record standalone?
If the light on the HD PVR Rocket flashes when you press the button to record, or you lose pass through to your TV or monitor when you start to record, you will need to use both the Black and the Red USB connectors on the Rocket cable. This is due to one of your USB ports not having enough power for the Rocket.
Connecting both the Red and Black USB connectors on the supplied Rocket USB cable to two USB ports on your PC will fix this problem.
The Rocket shows a blinking blue light, not the green one which means the Rocket is ready to record
Blinking blue means the Rocket isn’t seeing video. There are some things you can do to fix this:
- First: check the video connections. If you are recording from HDMI, make sure that your video source does not have HDCP copy protection. If you are using Composite video, check to make sure the Yellow composite video connection is going to the Blue Component video connector. If you are recording from a PC, make sure the HDMI output is enabled (normally you have to hit the F4 key to turn on the HDMI port.
- Next, if you are using Yellow composite video, update your Rocket to the latest firmware since not all Rocket firmware supported Composite video (but the latest firmware added this support).
- In all cases, flashing the firmware can sometimes correct video issues as well.
Are you getting low audio volume in your Rocket recordings?
If you find that the audio is too low after recording in standalone mode, download and install the Hauppauge Capture application.
After installation, open Hauppauge Capture. Make sure the Rocket is listed as the source (in the upper left hand corner of Hauppauge Capture, you should see HD PVR Rocket listed) and then increase the Game audio volume. Now close Hauppauge Capture to save the new audio volume setting and you're recordings will have increased audio volume.
Does your Rocket keep blinking red even though you have a USB thumb drive plugged in?
If the Rocket keeps blinking red even though you have a flash drive plugged in, your thumb drive might not be formatted as NTFS. Try reformatting the flash drive on a PC by inserting the Flash drive in a USB port and then when the drive is assigned a drive letter, right click on the drive and choose format (NTFS or FAT32).
The red light will also blink if your USB thumb drive is corrupt. Most times this can be easily fixed by plugging your thumb drive into a Windows PC and running Error Check. To do this: open File Manager and select your thumb drive. Right click on the thumb drive and select Properties > Tools > Error check and click Check. When the scan is complete, your USB thumb drive will be 'clean' and should work in the Rocket.
Are you unable to record video, getting no video (but are getting audio) in your recordings or a black screen in Hauppauge Capture?
The HD PVR Rocket cannot record HDMI video which has HDCP copy protection. This can be from an Xbox One or a PS4, or a cable TV or satellite box.
If you have a cable TV or satellite box, you must use Component video and not HDMI. If you have a PS4 or an Xbox One, you need to disable HDCP. Here is how to do this:
- Xbox One: Press the Xbox button on the console for ten seconds until the console turns off. Touch the Xbox button on the console again to turn it on. Try to play the video game again.
- On the PS4: Go to Settings: from the main user interface, push up on the DualShock 4 to reach the top-level of the system’s menu, and select the toolbox labelled ‘Settings’. Enter the System submenu: When the long list of options appears, scroll down to the icon named ‘System’ and select it. Turn off HDCP encryption: You’ll find another long list in Settings. Scroll down to ‘Enable HDCP’ and ensure that the box to the right of the label is not ticked. It will be enabled by default, so simply click on it to disable the irritating feature. If you have any applications open, the system will ask you to close them, so make sure that you’ve saved your game before completing this last step.
Do your Rocket recordings have the wrong time and date?
In standalone mode, if the time stamps on the recordings on the flash drive are not correct, download and install the Hauppauge Capture application from this link: http://www.hauppauge.com/capture/. After installation, open Hauppauge Capture and make sure the Rocket is listed as the source. The time and date on your Rocket recordings will now match the time and date on your PC.