Record, Edit, Upload and Stream your Xbox®360, Xbox One, PS3® or PC game play in HD

New! Now record and stream your commentary with Hauppauge Capture!

New! Now for Windows and Mac!

Upload gameplay to YouTube with one click. Show your best gameplay to your friends

Record up to 1080p while you play your games on your HDMI TV set. Includes our no delay pass through, so you can play while you record in HD

HD PVR 2 GE Plus now includes HDPVRCapture for the Mac. Plus record full 5.1 channel surround sound!

Stream your game play with Twitch, YouTube or Ustream with StreamEez, Hauppauge's live streaming application. And you can stream with in-game chat when you use the new Hauppauge Capture application

Includes a built-in Record button, so you can start and stop your recordings without having to be at your PC. Plus with our Personal Logo inserter, you can add your own logo to your recordings or live streaming events!

About the HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus

Record video game play in HD on your PC or Mac

HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus records high definition game play video from a gaming PC, Sony® PlayStation®3, the new Microsoft® Xbox® One or the Xbox 360 onto your Windows laptop or desktop PC. Make video recordings of your best game play in HD and upload to YouTube and share them with other gamers online. Or make a high definition movie of your game play to share with your friends or use it to discuss tactics with your clan members! The HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus now has Mac support.

HD PVR 2 GE Plus now comes with a free copy of the HDPVRCapture application, so you can record your game play on your Mac and edit your recordings in iMovie.

With HDMI and Component Video in plus no-delay HDMI video passthrough

HD PVR 2 comes with HDMI in and out to make it easier to connect to your Xbox 360 and your HD TV set. For the PS3, HD PVR 2 comes with a PS3 Component Video gaming cable, while still using the HDMI out for no-delay passthrough to your HD TV set!

New! Now with a Record button, so you can start and stop your video recordings directly from the HD PVR 2

HD PVR 2 has a top mounted record button. Hit the record button and ShowBiz opens on your PC and starts recording. Hit the record button again and ShowBiz will stop recording. This makes recording your video gameplay super easy!

Record your PC gameplay, with no delay and no slowdown of your PC!

HD PVR 2 can be connected to the HDMI output of your PC to record your gameplay. With our "no delay passthrough", you can play your game on a TV monitor while recording. And the recording will not slow down your PC since the encoding is done within HD PVR 2!

Amazing audio and video quality

HD PVR 2 uses a pro-quality H.264 video encoder, the same video recorder which is used in TV studios. HD PVR 2 records using amazing H.264 compression at HD resolutions up to 1080p30. HD PVR 2's H.264 recording format is used by Blu-ray disks and exceeds other compression standards in video quality, providing a crisp image with amazing digital sound. And H.264 uses 1/3 the disk space compared with the popular MPEG-2 format.

Watch recordings of your best game play on your PC monitor or HD TV set

Once your recordings are on your PC hard disk, you can play them back directly on your computer screen using the included ShowBiz application. You can also transfer the recordings over your home network to your PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or other high definition media player.

Play while you record with our no-delay HDMI video pass through!

HD PVR 2 comes with real-time video pass through, so you can watch your game play on your HD TV while recording your game on your PCs disk drive. Simply connect HD PVR 2 in between your game console and your HD TV set (HDMI in and out plus Component Video cables included).

Upload your best games to YouTube and share with your friends

HD PVR 2 comes with a one click upload to YouTube. Make HD recordings of your game play and upload your best videos to YouTube. HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition records videos in HD using H.264, which is perfect for YouTube.

HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus connection diagrams

HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition has video pass through for no delay recordings. Simply connect HD PVR 2 between your game console and your HD TV set. HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition comes with all of the cables needed!

Model numbers

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HD PVR 2 is small and light and easy to carry around.
The Record button is mounted on top of HD PVR 2,
and makes it easy to start and stop
your gameplay recordings!

model 01504: HD PVR Gaming Edition Plus, with HDPVRCapture recording application for Macs, optical SPDIF and 5.1 channel surround sound audio recording and passthrough

model 01516: HD PVR Gaming Edition Plus, with English and French manuals

Bundled software applications

  • ArcSoft ShowBiz, with these features
    • Video capture for recording your game play
    • Video editor to trim your videos
    • Upload videos to YouTube
  • HDPVRCapture recording application for Macs (download from www.hdpvrcapture.com website)
  • Hauppauge Personal Logo application, to "burn" your logos into your recordings
  • Streameez, for streaming your game play with Twitch or Ustream (free download)
  • Hauppauge Capture, for recording or streaming with in-game chat (free download)

Included in the HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus packages

  • HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition high definition H.264 personal video recorder, USB 2.0 with built-in record button
  • 6V 1.6 amp power supply
  • USB cable - 9 ft.
  • HDMI output cable - 6 ft.
  • PS3 Component AV Cable
  • Hauppauge A/V component adapter
  • Installation CD-ROM
  • A free copy of HDPVRCapture (download from http://www.hdpvrcapture.com)
  • Quick installation guide

Note: HD PVR 2 will not record video from HDMI with HDCP copy protection. If you are recording PS3 gameplay, use the included PS3 component video gaming cable.

HD PVR 2 hardware specs

Video recording formats supported

  Xbox 360 PS3 PC
Connection HDMI Component HDMI
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1080i
720p
576p
480p
480i
Notes * Passthrough to 1080p60, records at 1080p30
  • Hardware encoder
    • H.264 AVCHD high definition video encoder, with record resolution to 1080p30
      Recording datarate: from 1 to 13.5 Mbits/sec
      Recording video formats: AVCHD (.TS and .M2TS) plus .MP4
  • No delay HDMI passthrough:
    • HDMI in to HDMI out - up to 1080p60
    • Component Video in to HDMI out - up to 1080i60
  • Input/output connections
    • HDMI in, from HDMI sources without HDCP such as Xbox 360
    • Component video in, with stereo audio
    • S-Video and composite video in, with stereo audio (optional cable not supplied)
    • HDMI output
  • Size: 6 in wide x 6 in deep x 1.5 in high
  • Power: 6V at 1.6 amps
  • Weight: .75lb / .34 kg / 12 oz
  • Recording formats
    • 1080p60p (recorded as 1080p30)
    • 1080p50p (recorded as 1080p25)
    • 1080i60
    • 1080i50
    • 720p60
    • 720p50
    • 480p60
    • 480i60
    • 576p50
    • 576i50

System requirements

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For Mac users

  • HDPVRCapture application runs on Mac OSX 10.7 / 10.8 ( Intel 32/64bit only, no PPC support)

For Windows

  • Laptop or desktop PC with 3.0 GHz single core or 2.0 GHz multi-core processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® 8, 7 or Vista (32 or 64-bit), or Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • TV set with HDMI input
  • 1 GB memory recommended
  • Graphics card with 256 MB memory
  • Sound card
  • 220 MB free hard disk space
  • CD-ROM drive (for software installation)

Note: HD PVR 2 will not record video from HDMI with HDCP copy protection. If you are recording PS3 gameplay, use the included PS3 component video gaming cable.

StreamEez for HD PVR 2

Stream your video gameplay with Ustream and Twitch

StreamEez for HD PVR 2
Stream your video gameplay with Twitch, Ustream and YouTube

StreamEez for HD PVR 2 version 31351. Now with YouTube streaming support

File name: streameezsetup_1_0_31351.exe
Date: Dec 17, 2013
File size: 117 MB

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 Hauppauge HD PVR 2.
  • If your cables are connected, you should now be able to stream with Twitch, Ustream or YouTube.

Video on how to use SteamEez for HD PVR 2

Play video YouTube video

How to setup YouTube streaming with StreamEez

Play video YouTube streaming with StreamEez

Some tips on using StreamEez for HD PVR 2

  • Step 1
    • 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 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.
  • Step 2
    • Then choose your Stream Service, either Twitch, YouTube or Ustream. ( 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.
  • Step 3
    • 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.

Third Party applications for HD PVR 2

HDPVRCapture for the Mac

Use HD PVR 2 with a Mac. Free activation when you purchase the HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus. For more details, please contact: support@hauppauge.com

Capture4ME

Capture4ME is compatible with HD PVR 2. It is an easy-to-use application that focuses on the core goal of capturing video. The Capture4ME app has the ability to trim the beginning or end of a recording, and also an 'Upload to YouTube' function for those that want to share their videos online.

Frequently asked questions

What Operating Systems are supported by the HD PVR 2?

Microsoft Windows 8, 7 or Vista (32 or 64-bit), or Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later.

Do I need a PC to use HD PVR 2?

Yes, a PC or laptop is required to use HD PVR 2. The PC is used to both run the HD PVR 2 application plus is the place where HD PVR 2 recordings are stored. HD PVR 2 does not have any internal disk storage.

HD PVR 2 connects to a PC or laptop computer through a USB 2.0 port. The HD PVR 2 recordings are stored on the PC's disk drive.

If you have a Mac, there is an application from HDPVRCapture which can be used. Go to http://www.hdpvrcapture.com for more information.

I use the HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition. I was wondering how do record my commentary with game audio?

With the new Hauppauge Capture application, you can plug your microphone into the 'mic input' on your PC and mix your game play audio with microphone audio. With Hauppauge Capture, there are seperate volume adjustments for game play and microphone audio.

http://www.hauppauge.com/capture

Here is a video which shows how to record game commentary with an Xbox 360

Here is a video which shows how to record game commentary with a PS3

Can I connect the HD PVR 2 passthrough cable to a standard TV?

The HDMI output of the HD PVR 2 can only be used on an TV set with HDMI connectors. HDMI TV sets normally display 720p or 1080p video.

Can I use HD PVR 2 with a Mac?

If you buy the HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus, it comes with a free copy of HDPVRCapture for the Mac.

If you have an HD PVR 2 or an HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition, you can buy HDPVRCapture separately. For more information, please go to:
www.hdpvrcapture.com.

System Requirements

Windows 8, 7, Vista and Windows XP with service pack 3. Mac support from HDPVRCapture.com

You can record HD PVR 2 video on pretty much any PC. Older, slow, laptop or desktop PCs can be used to record HD PVR 2 video. Preview video on older PCs and laptops might be jerky and laggy but your recordings will be fine.

But when you playback an HD PVR 2 recording on your PC screen, you need a fast CPU and at least 256MB of graphics memory. Here is what we recommend for video playback (minimum):

  • Dual core CPU 2.0Ghz or faster
  • Graphics with 256MB memory (or greater)
  • Sound card
  • USB 2.0 Port

Can I record composite video from my old PS2 or Wii?

Yes. Connect the yellow cable from your Wii to the Blue connector on the Hauppauge AV cable. Then connect the red and white audio cables from your Wii to the red and white connectors on the Hauppauge AV cable. Then, in Showbiz or Hauppauge Capture, select Composite under Video input and Line In under Audio input.

Here is a video which shows you how to use the HD PVR 2 with an Nintendo 64: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mb541Ww09jg

Would you like to support the HD PVR 2 in your own Windows application?

You can access the HD PVR 2 in your DirectShow application. Simply build a Directshow graph and add the crossbar, capture and encoder filters. Then connect them all up, and it'll output a transport stream containing H.264.

You can then demultiplex it or do whatever you want to it. And you can use standard Microsoft API like IVideoEncoder to control the bitrate. Here is a link to the Graphedit graph.

Can I use the HD PVR 2 with Linux?

Currently, there are no drivers available for Linux.

Can I use HD PVR 2 with the Hauppauge WinTV v7 application?

Yes. If you use WinTV v7.2 with the HD PVR 2, you can record videos plus use Extend for live streaming.

Can I record high definition TV from a Cable TV or Satellite box?

Yes. By connecting the Component video output from your high definition cable TV or satellite TV set top box to the Component video inputs of the HD PVR 2, you will be able to record the TV programs coming from your set top box to the hard disk. Component video connections are normally the Red/Green/Blue connectors on the back of a set top box. Sometimes they are also called YPrPb or YCrCb connectors.

The HD PVR 2 model 1512 comes with the cables to connect to your satellite or cable TV set top box.

What type of recordings can I make with the HD PVR 2?

HD PVR 2 encodes in real time directly to the hard disk in an H.264 format. It records in a TS file format, which is a basic H.264 'transport stream'. Many people would like to know if the quality of a TS recording is as good as an MP4 recording. The video quality of MP4 and TS files are the same. The primary difference between TS and MP4 files is that TS files are flat while MP4 files have an index at the beginning of the MP4 file. Otherwise, the video bits inside the files are the same and therefore the video quality of TS and MP4 files are the same.

All record file types can be used to burn AVCHD Blu-ray compatible discs but you will need to supply your own disc burning application.

What type of audio encoding is made with the HD PVR 2?

There are two ways of bringing audio into HD PVR 2: through the Line In (RCA) stereo audio jacks on the A/V connector or through the HDMI connector. When bringing audio in through the stereo jacks, audio is recorded as MPEG 1 layer 2 audio. When bringing audio in through the HDMI connector, the audio is also recorded in the MPEG 1 layer 2 format.

DTS audio is currently not supported.

If you have the HD PVR 2 model 1512 or the HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus and are bringing in 5.1 channel audio from either HDMI or optical audio, your recordings will be made with 5.1 channel AC-3 audio.

Can I output files I've recorded with my HD PVR 2 or other content from my PC back to an external TV monitor through the HDMI outputs on the HD PVR 2?

No, the HD PVR 2 itself does not have the ability to play back recorded videos to an external monitor. To playback recorded videos, you will need to connect your laptop or PC to your TV set.

The HDMI video output on HD PVR 2 acts as a pass through for live video streaming from your video source through the HD PVR 2 back to your TV monitor. The power of the HD PVR must remain in the on position in order to pass the video through to the external TV.

If I record my game play, can I uploaded it to YouTube?

Yes. Recordings made with HD PVR 2 are in a format which can be immediately uploaded to YouTube without conversion. ShowBiz records from HD PVR 2 in an H.264 form. ShowBiz Edit allows you to trim your videos very quickly without the need to re-encode. ShowBiz "Upload to YouTube" saves your login settings and allows you to upload your videos.

When I upload videos to YouTube using Showbiz, I do not get an HD option for playback

In Showbiz, you have to set the default resolution to at least 720P when uploading to YouTube in HD. This is done by going to Options; Preferences; Other and selecting the desired YouTube resolution.

Can my PC go into hibernate or sleep mode when using HD PVR 2?

The current driver for HD PVR 2 does not allow your PC to go into Hibernate or Standby mode when it is either recording or previewing video.

My PS3 is not selecting Component video out, and I see a black screen in Showbiz. How can I fix this?

This happens if you connected your PS3 using HDMI and now want to use Component video so you can record with HD PVR 2.

To fix, you need to reset the video settings on your PS3. To do this:
- Make sure you have the HDMI cable disconnected on your PS3
- Then push the PS3 power button on the front of the PS3. You should see the light go Red. This means your PS3 is turned off.
- Then hold down the PS3's power button until you hear two beeps (one beep, then about 5 seconds and a second beep).
Your PS3 should now be set to Component video out and you should see video in the preview window in Showbiz Capture.

When opening the Showbiz Capture, I see a Channel button. Why?

If you have a TV tuner card installed, Showbiz Capture may attach to this or any other capture device installed.  If you see a Channel button on the Capture Module window go to the Source drop down menu at the top and select the Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Capture Device.

Video in ShowBiz preview window has incorrect colors?

Most of the time this is caused by either one of the Component video connectors is not connected. For example, if the Red connector is not connected correctly, your video picture will look green.
Also try updating to the latest drivers supplied by your graphics card manufacturer.

I see a change in brightness every few seconds in Hauppauge Capture and Showbiz while recording, streaming or playing back my video recordings. But my recordings are fine. What is going on?

If you are running an AMD graphics card in the PC which the HD PVR 2 is connected to, you may experience a slight change in brightness every few seconds while in the preview or edit screens. This is due to an issue with hardware acceleration that we have seen in some AMD drivers. This shift does not affect recordings and typically can be eliminated by either changing drivers for the graphics card or by disabling Hardware acceleration.

Video is jerky or broken up while capturing, yet my recordings are perfect. Why?

This is caused by either a slow processor in your laptop or desktop PC, or the display adapter is having a problem. Make sure your video card meets the minimum requirements. Also try updating to the latest drivers supplied by the manufacturer.
In September 2012, there was a problem with the ATI graphics driver which would cause jerky video or freezing of the video screen. This should be fixed with an update from ATI on their graphics drivers.

I get a black screen in the ShowBiz Capture window when using Component video from a cable TV set top box.

Some set top boxes will disable or turn off the component output if the HDMI or DVI output is being used. Check to see how you have your Television connected to your set top box. You might need to disconnect the HDMI connector on your set top box when you want to record TV programs.

Audio pass through does not work

In order for the audio pass through to operate, you need to configure the settings in the Showbiz application. In Showbiz, click on Capture. Make sure Source is Hauppauge Siena Video Capture. Then click the Audio input pulldown from the drop down menu ( RCA, HDMI ). Once configured, the HD PVR 2 will retain these settings. Note: the HD PVR 2 must be powered on for the pass through to operate.

My video recordings look pixelated with fast motion. What can I do?

Increasing the recording bitrate will eliminate motion artifacts in your recordings. Here is how to do this:
In Showbiz Capture module, click the Format setting button. Then click the Video Encode tab. Under Bitrate, set to 10000000 (this is 10 Mbits/sec bitrate). Under Bitrate peak, set to 20,000,000 (this is 20 million bits/second). Under Bitrate mode, set to Variable.

You can experiment with other settings, but in our experience, these are good for uploading to YouTube.

What resolutions and bit rates are supported using the HD PVR 2?

  • Video record resolutions are 1080p30, 720p60, 540p60, 480p60 and a number of downscale variants of these formats.
  • You can record at datarates from 1Mbs to 13.5Mbs, constant and Variable Bit Rate

What file formats are created by recording with the HD PVR 2?

The default formats you can record in are: .TS (transport stream for AVCHD), .M2TS (for PS3), and .MP4 (for most video editors and for playback on an Xbox 360).

How much disk space will it take up when recording?

Approximately 2 GB per hour at 5Mb/s setting.
Approximately 4 GB per hour at 9Mb/s setting.
Approximately 6 GB per hour at 13.5 Mb/s setting.

Can I use HD PVR 2 independently from a PC?

No, the HD PVR 2 requires a PC to operate. But once you have connected your PC to HD PVR 2 and have gotten Showbiz running, you can disconnect the USB cable to your PC and the passthrough will continue to run as long as HD PVR 2 still has power.

Can I use a longer USB cable with my HD PVR 2?

It is not recommended to use a different USB cable other than the cable provided with the device.

Can I burn a Blu-ray disc with my HD PVR 2?

You can burn Blu-ray compatible discs but a disc burner is not supplied with HD PVR 2.

Hauppauge Capture hangs during the installation.

Check for the presence of "Constant Guard" from Exfinity and uninstall if present then re run the installation for Hauppauge Capture. Once installed you can reinstall Constant Guard

Help Guides

HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition QuickInstall Guide

Video tutorial on editing HD PVR recordings with the Sony Vegas Editor

HD PVR 2 Videos

Record retro games with your HD PVR Rocket

Record retro games with your HD PVR 2

HD PVR 2 featuring PlayStation3

HD PVR 2 featuring Xbox 360

HD PVR 2 | 360° view

StreamEez

How to: Record game commentary with a Turtle Beach PX21 headset and an Xbox 360

How to: Record game commentary with an Turtle Beach PX21 headset using a PS3

How to: Record game commentary with an Astro A50 headset using Hauppauge Capture and a PS3

How to use the HD PVR 2 to stream with YouTube