Hauppauge Colossus - VideoHelp Capture Card
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|Description (from the manufacturer site)|
|Colossus is a High Definition video recorder for making real-time H.264 compressed recordings at resolutions up to 1080i. HD PVR records component video (YCrCb) from video game consoles and cable TV and satellite set top boxes, with a built-in IR blaster to automatically change TV channels for scheduled recordings.
Colossus also has an HDMI input port, so you can record HD video at up to 1080i from a un-encrypted HDMI source.
Note: most cable and satellite TV set top boxes encrypt HDMI output, so you cannot record from these sources. Unencrypted HDMI comes from the Xbox 360 plus most video cameras.
Audio is recorded using two channel stereo or optical audio with five channel Dolby AC3. The optical audio for AC3 is a passthrough: whatever format AC3 comes in gets recorded (and also output through the optical output connector).
Colossus picture with cables
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The recording format is AVCHD, which can be used to burn Blu-ray compatible DVD disks. Two hours of HD recordings, recorded at 5 Mbits/sec, can be burnt onto a standard 4.7 GByte DVD-R or DVD-RW disk for playback on a Blu-ray DVD player.
Click here to see a review of Colossus published at Total PC Gaming.
Record your video game play
One of the popular uses for the Colossus is for recording video gameplay. As said on GeekTonic:
"Now I think anyone watching me play videogames is a sure-fire way to put them to sleep – or at least laugh at my videogame performance. But I know there is a very large number of videogamers using the HD-PVR to record their video gameplay."
Record your cable TV or satellite TV programs in HD. Create your own HD video library!
The Colossus amazing recording quality allows personal archival of your favorite TV programs. Record your TV programs in HD, then burn them onto a standard DVD disk (up to two hours) in a high definition AVCHD fomat.
Colossus connects to any component video equipped HD set top box. Colossus also has standard definition composite input so you can record your old home video tapes and then burn onto a DVD disk.( S-Video input available with optional cable.)
Record cable or satellite TV in Windows 7 Media Center with the Hauppauge plug-in
Windows Media Center in Windows 7 can now record cable TV and satellite TV programs using Colossus plus your home cable or satellite set top box. All you need is Colossus and our special Windows Media Center plug-in. Click here to get the plug-in plus instructions.
Turn your old home video tapes into Blu-ray DVD disks
You can also use Colossus to turn your old VCR tapes into Blu-ray disks. Record your video tapes using Colossus and then burn Blu-ray formatted DVD disks on your PC.
H.264 AVCHD video encoder
AC-3 recording from AC-3 source
AAC audio encoding from PCM source
Recording datarate: from 1 to 20 Mbits/sec (user selectable in the ArcSoft ShowBiz application)
up to 1080i from component video (YCrCb or YPrPb)
NTSC: 720p60, 1080i60, 480i60, 480p60
PAL: 720p50, 1080i50, 576p50, 576i50, 480p50, 480i50
Note: the video input format determines the recorded format. For example, 1080i input records at 1080i, 720P records at 720P, etc. Any other format conversions needs to be done with the MediaConvert program (supplied).
NTSC or PAL supported
Note: when playing back video recordings made with the Colossus, a fast CPU and at least 256MB of graphics memory are needed.
Processor Requirements (minimum for HD playback): Dual core CPU 2.0GHz or faster
Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit), Windows Vista or Windows XP service pack 2 (32-bit).
Graphics with 256MB memory (or greater)
PCI Express x1 slot
Sound card for audio playback
CD-ROM drive for installing the Colossus software
Bundled software applications
ArcSoft "ShowBiz" for video recording and authoring and burning of your TV recordings onto a Blu-ray DVD compatible disc
Hauppauge WinTV v7 application, with support for the Hauppauge remote control and IR blaster
Input and outputs
Note: video input on Component and HDMI sources is limited to 1080i
A/V cable input adapter with:
Component video input
Left/ Right RCA audio input
A/V cable output adapter with loop through audio and video:
Component video output
Left/ Right RCA audio output
Optical audio input and loop through output
HDMI input (Note: for use with un-encrypted HDMI video sources)
IR Blaster output
Comments posted by n8tvm53 from United States, August 07, 2012:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP? Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 9 of 10.
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What kind of main capture features it supports
Analog VideoIn = Analog composite or/and SVHS video input
Video Card = If it is a Video Card/Graphic Card
Tv Tuner = Built-In TV-Tuner
Digital TV = Built-In Digital TV-Tuner
DV/Firewire = DV/Firewire/i.Link input
DV Converter = Analog composite or/and SVHS video input and converts to DV video
MPEG1 hardware = Capture directly MPEG1(VCD) video using hardware*
MPEG2 hardware = Capture directly MPEG2(SVCD and DVD) video using hardware*
MJPEG hardware = Capture directly to MJPEG using hardware*
MPEG4 hardware = Capture directly to MPEG4(DivX,Xvid) video using hardware*
* = Most capture cards can capture to this format using software but it usually requires a very fast computer, if it supports realtime capturing it uses the capture cards hardware and it doesn't require a very fast computer and you may get better quality but less options/settings than software capturing.
What Operating System our users have reported that it works on, Win95=Works
Cnx = Connection
What type of connection the capture device has to the computer, PCI, AGP, USB1/1.1/2, DV or PCMCIA.
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