Test of the AVerMedia C985 PCIe Live Gamer HD capture card with Diablo III

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clok1966
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thanks for the extra info..

thanks for the extra info.. if you ever do a 30 minute capture let me know the sound synced at end.. and.. pop a FPS meter up on something with one, and see how it does with and without.. just wondering.. i know you already have a plate full so put it on that "maybe sometime" list. Looks pretty solid to me.

Bill Loguidice
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Yes, it's a PCI-e card. The

Yes, it's a PCI-e card. The big button is just a USB button that you can use to easily start and stop recordings, plus the lights flash to provide other info. It's completely optional and recordings and screen snapshots can be controlled from keyboard hotkeys as well. I've been playing with the setup, but basically it can record anything on the PC it's plugged into as long as you have your video piped through it. There's no degradation of anything, but my monitors do DVI-D better than HDMI, and my ATI card only supports two active displays at once even though it has two DVI-D, one HDMI, and two Displayport outputs. For recording on this PC, I can either mirror my displays on my two monitors, or extend the desktop. There's no difference either way.

Nice packaging on the AVerMedia Live Gamer HD capture card.

I think mostly I'll be using it to record other devices, but essentially to record this PC, which I'll be doing for a time first, I think the best workflow for my setup is to simply unplug the DVI-D from the one monitor and use the HDMI. This way I get the best of both worlds in terms of display quality. It does come with two DVI-D to HDMI converters, but again, for my monitors (they're essentially two ViewSonic 1080P LCD TVs) I get the best display with straight DVI-D.

I haven't tried it with an external source yet - soon - but yes, the PS3 can't do HDMI to anything but a TV because of the onboard copy protection, so I just have to go from component to HDMI. No big deal for the few times I'll record PS3. I'll put up more tests soon, as I need to do some miscellaneous captures for the documentary as that's finally wrapping up.

The Diablo III recording was done at max quality settings, H.264, Bitrate of 15000kbps, HDMI video, regular Audio In. For that length of two minutes 42 seconds, it was a 294MB file, MPEG-4. Again, that was recording on the same PC, with my two displays mirrored. I noticed no performance hit through any of the process.

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clok1966
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This the one with the big red

This the one with the big red button? If so what does that button plug into? the card or a USB? No noticeable degrade piggybacking your signals?I do assume you have to pump your video to the card then from the card to your monitor, correct? I would guess with digital it should be pretty much flawless, or can you clone a display? can you do a FPS with and without to see a performance hit.. if any? Also didn't this card have trouble with PS3? or has that been corrected?(this one inst a big deal but still wondering).. how about the sound.. I have tried 3 capture cards and none will keep sound synced on long recordings. The cheap ones ($40 hauppauge) wont make 15 minutes and my Blackmagic (sold) wont do over 30 minutes.. not a huge gap, but noticeable. Sadly FRAPS has been the only one I use since i cant keep video/audio synced on longer records (yes it sucks). it does look good, what was the size of that video?

Mark Vergeer
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Tell me more about this card

Bill, looking good. so this card allows you to grab anything off the screen running on Windows without a performance hit? So basically it is some sort of 'hardware enabled' FRAPS?

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