HD PVR 2
HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition
The HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus!
Record your Xbox, PS3 and PC game play in HD.
And the new Hauppauge Capture application
records and streams your game play with chat!

HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus:
record your Xbox® One or 360, PS3® or PC game play on your PC or Mac, in 1080p HD!

Includes Optical Audio for Amazing 5.1 channel sound

Now with Live Streaming to Twitch, YouTube and Ustream!

New! Now with Mac support!

New! Now record and stream in-game chat with Hauppauge Capture!

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

Includes one touch record button and Personal Logo inserter.

Record PC or console game play in high definition on your laptop or desktop PC

HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus records HD video from a gaming PC, Sony® PlayStation®3, Microsoft® Xbox® One or 360 or Wii Uonto your Windows laptop or desktop PC. Make video recordings of your best game play in HD in a high quality H.264 format. Upload your games 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!

Live streaming of your console game play

Stream your game play to your Twitch, YouTube or Ustream channel with the Hauppauge SteamEez application. Create your own event and be watch by thousand followers! With the new Hauppauge Capture application, you can steam your game play and also add your game commentary to the stream.

Built-in record button and Personal Logos

The built-in record button allows you to start and stop recordings right from the HD PVR 2. So you don’t need to go to your PC to record a game session. Plus the Personal Logo inserter allows you to “burn” a personalized logo right into your recordings! Brand all of your recordings with your own personalized logo!

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. And with our HDMI input, you get amazing 5 channel sound quality from your Xbox 360 game console. For the PS3, HD PVR 2 comes with a PS3 Component Video gaming cable and S/PDIF input plus uses HDMI out for no-delay passthrough to your HD TV set!

Full surround sound audio recordings and surround sound pass through

Make incredible recordings with full surround sound audio. HD PVR 2 GE Plus has an optical audio input so you can connect to game consoles with optical S/PDIF connections.

Amazing audio and video quality

HD PVR 2 GE Plus records using amazing H.264 compression at HD resolutions up to 1080p30 with digital audio. HD PVR 2’s H.264 recording format is used by Blu-ray disks and exceeds other compression standards in video quality.

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

Play your game play recordings on your computer screen using the included ArcSoft 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 passthrough!

HD PVR 2 GE Plus 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 out plus Component Video cables included).

Upload your best games to YouTube and share with your friends

HD PVR 2 Gaming Eidition Plus comes with a one click upload to YouTube. Make HD recordings of your game play and upload your best videos to YouTube.


Technical specifications

  • Hardware encoder
    • H.264 AVCHD high definition video encoder, with record resolution to 1080p30 from HDMI or Component video
    • No delay HDMI passthrough: Component video or HDMI in to HDMI out - up to 1080p
    • Full 5 channel surround sound audio in your recordings, from HDMI or S/PDIF
    • Recording datarate: from 1 to 13.5 Mbits/sec
    • Recording formats: MP4, TS and M2TS
    • Video down conversion - from 1080p to 720p
  • Input/output connections
    • HDMI in, from HDMI sources without HDCP such as Xbox 360. HDMI can include surround sound audio
    • Component video in, with stereo audio
    • Optical audio S/PDIF in, with surround sound pass through to HDMI out
    • S-Video and composite video in, with stereo audio (needs optional cable)
    • HDMI output
  • Size: 6 in wide x 6 in deep x 1.5 in high
  • Power: 6V at 1.6 amps
  • Weight: 0.75lb / 0.34 kg / 12 oz

Bundled software applications

  • ArcSoft ShowBiz, with these features:
    • Video capture for recording HD video.
    • Trim and combine your videos.
    • Upload videos to YouTube.
    • Burn Blu-ray compatible discs.
  • WinTV v7, with TV Scheduler and IR blaster so you can record TV from a cable or satellite box.
  • Hauppauge SteamEez software, to stream your game play to Twitch or Ustream.
  • Hauppauge’s Personal Logo inserter, to burn your logo into your recordings and your video streams.

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System Requirements

  • Laptop or desktop PC with 3.0 GHz single core or 2.0 GHz multi-core processor (or faster)
  • Microsoft® Windows® 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista with 1 GB RAM or Windows XP Service Pack 3 with 512 MB RAM
  • HD TV set with HDMI input
  • Graphics card with 256 MB memory
  • Sound card
  • 220 MB free hard disk space
  • (Optional) CD-ROM drive (software can also be downloaded from here)
  • Mac requirements: Mac OSX 10.7 / 10.8, Intel 32/64bit only (software can also be downloaded from here)


Model numbers:

model 01498: HD PVR 2 GE Plus, with English manual

Included in the box

  • HD PVR 2 GE Plus high definition H.264 personal video recorder, USB 2.0
  • 6V 1.6 amp power supply
  • USB cable
  • 2 meter HDMI cable
  • PlayStation 3 component video gaming cable with Hauppauge A/V adapter cable
  • HD PVR 2 Installation CD-ROM
  • 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 GE Plus connection diagrams

HD PVR 2 GE Plus has video pass through for no delay recordings. Simply connect HD PVR 2 between your game console and your HD TV set. HDMI output is provided to make it easy to connect to your TV monitor. And HD PVR 2 has a built-in record button to make it easy to start and stop recordings.

HD PVR 2 GE Plus diagram

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 game chat 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. There are seperate volume adjustments for game play and microphone audio. http://www.hauppauge.com/capture

You can also use an external mixer to mix your chat with game play.

You will need an audio mixer to 'mix in' your game audio. Here is the one we use (but there are lots others): http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/DISTRIBUTED-BY-MCM-TC-43-/50-6182

How to connect a microphone when using an Xbox:

  • Connect the Xbox to the HD PVR 2 with an HDMI cable. This cable will be used for video only.
  • For audio, you need to use an 'Xbox audio adapter' to bring the Audio (stereo) from your Xbox to the Mixer. Here is this adapter: http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Audio-Adaptor-Xbox-360-Windows/dp/B004S5EH6Q/ref=sr_1_8
  • Now you connect the Microphone into the Mixer. There is usually a jack on the mixer marked 'mic' or 'mic in'.
  • The stereo output of the Mixer goes to the audio connectors on the Hauppauge AV adapter, and the Hauppauge AV adapter plugs into the back of HD PVR 2 in the 'AV in' connector.
  • Finally, in Showbiz Capture, you set the Video input to HDMI BUT THE AUDIO INPUT NEEDS TO BE SET TO "RCA (STEREO)". This is the key thing which needs to be done. And then you connect to your TV set with HDMI as normal.

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 and AAC.

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.

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. There are three formats which you can choose when recording a video:

  • .MP4 which is compatible with many video editors plus playback on the XBox360. MP4 is the preferred format for Sony Vegas. Apple iMovie version 9.0.4 can edit HD PVR 2 MP4 files.
  • .TS which is a generic 'transport stream' compatible with many digital media players

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 AAC. When bringing audio in through the HDMI connector, the audio is also recorded in the AAC format.

DTS audio is currently not supported.

MP4 format recordings are recorded using AAC.

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 AC3 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
  • 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.
  • 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


HD PVR 2 Videos

Click here to see all our videos on the Hauppauge YouTube channel

HD PVR 2 | 360° view

HD PVR 2 featuring PlayStation3

HD PVR 2 featuring Xbox 360

StreamEez

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

How to: Record game commentary with an Turtle Beach headset using Hauppauge Capture and a PS3

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


Third Party applications for HD PVR 2

HDPVRCapture

- A new application is now available for the HD PVR 2 from the folks at www.hdpvrcapture.com .

WinTV v7

- Our own WinTV v7 Application can be used with the HD PVR 2 Hardware!

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.


StreamEez for HD PVR 2

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
Download

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 Stream your game play using YouTube

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.