Support: HD PVR Rocket

Upgrade your HD PVR Rocket to the latest features with a firmware update

Upgrade your Rocket from your PC

Firmware version 37

To upgrade your firmware

  • 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.

Manual Rocket firmware update (from a USB thumb drive)

Firmware version .37
Updates in this version

This version has no limit on the size of recordings when using NTFS formatted flash drives. For example, if you insert a 16GB NTFS formatted USB thumb drive into the Rocket, you can make one recording for the entire thumb drive. Note: FAT32 formatted thumb drives will still make 4GB segmented recordings.

Installation instructions:
  • 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

Features and improvements

  • 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 and PS4 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.
    Note: in either mode, you still cannot record video protected with HDCP.

Beta software for the HD PVR Rocket

None at this time

Hauppauge Capture

The new Hauppauge Capture application for the HD PVR Rocket
Record, trim and upload your game play
Now with Facecam recordings!

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
  • Simple to use video quality selector and scaling options

Hauppauge Capture with Facecam Recording

Version 32321
Date: November 17, 2014

Adds Facecam to recordings. To turn on the Facecam, go to the Settings tab and select your webcam in the Webcam drop down menu. On slower PCs (slower than an Intel i5), the 'Low resource mode' is turned on.

To install:
  • 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.
New features in this version:
  • Facecam for your recordings. The Facecam settings are in the Settings tab: choose your webcam in the pulldown menu and Facecam will automatically be added to your recordings. You can also adjust the position and size of the Facecam
  • StreamEez support for the Rocket: stream with Twitch and YouTube
  • Record hotkey: Alt and the space bar starts and stops recording
  • Multi-track audio recording updates
  • Improved Export to MP4 function
  • Added game audio volume adjustment for the HD PVR Rocket
  • Now with multi-track audio recording. To turn on multi-track recording, click:
    Advanced -> Audio encoder and select Use Multiple Audio tracks. Click OK and then close and reopen Hauppauge Capture.
    Each of your audio sources will now be on a separate track, and can be edited in Sony Vegas. To check out the multi-track audio, we suggest you open your recording in the VLC media player and click on Audio -> Audio track and you can listen to track 1 (game), track 2 (microphone) or track 3 (PC audio).
  • Improved MP4 export function in the Edit tab
  • Reduced PC requirements for recording and playback

Using HD PVR Rocket to record your PC game play or your PC screen

Step 1 (Optional) - Connect the HD PVR Rocket to your PC and install Hauppauge Capture

If you are using Rocket stand alone to record your Gaming PC onto a USB thumb drive, please skip to step 2.

If you are using the Rocket to record your Gaming PC on a PC (the Gaming PC or another PC), then install Hauppauge Capture now on the PC where you will recording to. Please see these instructions.

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 2.
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 HD PVR2 in the drop down menu.
Select HD-PVR 2 (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 laptop, simply plug an HDMI cable from your PCs 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 inot the HDMI out port on the HD PVR 2 and the other end into an HDMNI port on your monitor. If you have set your PC's video mode correctly (step 2 above), 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

nVidea setup step 1
Screen resolution menu
nVidea setup step 2
Advanced Settings menu.
Then click List All Modes
nVidea setup step 3
List All Modes menu. Set the screen resolution to
1920 by 1080, True Color (32-bit), 60Hz.
Then click OK / OK and Apply.

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

ATI setup

Frequently asked questions

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?

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, the Rocket records to your PCs hard disk drive.

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: PS3, XBOX360, Xbox One, PC Graphics card, Cable or Satellite set top box.

What is the range of Resolution I can Capture with this device?

The Rocket records in all standard video resolutions: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p as well as several PC specific resolutions.

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 aved 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?

Recording length is only limited by the size of your USB thumb drive. For example, a 16Gb USB thumb drive can hold up to 4 hours of video.

*PLEASE NOTE*: When recording to a USB thumb drive, 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 are in one audio track.

 

What do the Lights on the Rocket mean?

Blinking Blue - No Video
Blinking Red - No Thumb Drive
Blinking Green - HDCP
Solid Green - Ready to Record
Red Record Ring - Recording!

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.

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.

Does the Rocket come with a power supply?

No, the rocket is powered by the USB ports 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.

Can I use the Rocket to Stream?

Please contact Hauppauge technical support for the latest version of Hauppauge Capture, with streaming for the HD PVR Rocket.

Troubleshooting

  1. If using the Rocket in standalone mode and the light on the unit flashes when you press the button to record and you lose pass thru to your TV or monitor it could be the Rocket needs additional power. Connect the black USB end of the cable to a USB port  (as well as the red one)on your game console.

 

  1. The  Rocket keeps Blinking Red even though you have a flash drive plugged in. 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).

 

  1. If you find that the audio is to low after recording in Standalone mode download the Hauppauge capture Software from this link: http://www.hauppauge.com/capture/     after installation open Hauppauge capture and make sure the Rocket is listed as the source and turn the game audio up.

 

In standalone mode if the time stamps on the recordings on the flash drive are in correct Install the Hauppauge Capture software with the Rocket connected to the PC USB port and run the application once. This will correct the time/date.

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