Support: Colossus

Hauppauge Capture for Colossus

New features in the version

  • Adds StreamEez for the HD PVR 60: stream with Twitch and YouTube
  • Videos are now stored in This PC -> Videos -> HauppaugeVideos
  • Skipback can now go to 0
  • Added Facecam support for Logitech webcams
  • Low resource mode can be turned off if you have an i7 CPU and are using Facecam
  • Skipback function in the Capture tab so you can record up to 16 hours in the past.
  • 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.
  • Includes FaceCam frame. The setup for frames is in the Settings tab. You can make your own frame too! Just create a png file with a megenta background where you want FaceCam to go, and drop the PNG file in Users -> Public -> Hauppauge Capture -> Effects. It will then show up in the list of frames in the Settings menu.

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Bug fixes in this version

  • New HD PVR 2 driver (1.6.33232) included to help fix problems when recording at very high bitrates
  • Fixes issue with passthrough audio not working on HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition
  • HD PVR Rocket will not remux when Mic is set to none or set to the Rocket microphone thereby capturing raw TS output
  • Improvements to SkipBack
  • Cleaning up temp-x-xxx.ts files which might be left behind
  • Fixed issue where video could end up 15 seconds behind live, if signal dropped or HDMI cable was removed
  • Fixed issue with record button not working on HD PVR Rocket
  • Fixed issue where mute status could get in the wrong state after app restart (from Edit and Capture tabs)
  • Fixed issue with USB Mic levels were not set correctly on HD PVR Rocket
  • Fixed issue on HD PVR Rocket where it would show "Waiting for HDMI Input" rather than real resolution
  • Improvement in webcam mode for HD PVR Rocket
  • Fixed issue where HD PVR Rocket might not show video
  • Fixed an issue where turning off a DisplayPort monitor while recording could stop the recording from continuing


  • New feature: Skipback. Skipback allows you to record in the past, with a setting for 1 to 1000 minutes
  • Hauppauge Capture now has three recording formats: M2TS, MP4 and TS
  • New feature: 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).
  • New function in Advanced: EDID option "HDMI Passthrough". This allows you to limit the resolution of your console to that supported by your TV, rather than the resolution supported by the HD PVR 2. This fixes problems with 720p TV's where you would not see the game console on the TV set but a good image in Hauppauge Capture.
  • New feature: StreamEez support for the Rocket. Stream with Twitch and YouTube
  • New feature: Record hotkey. Alt + space bar starts and stops recording
  • F6 now launches the Webcam property page: adjust your webcam's image from the main Capture tab to see your adjustments in real time
  • Updates to StreamEez, with improved preview
  • Bug fixed with some webcams where there would be no video after enabling Facecam
  • Adds microphone recording to Colossus
  • Improved MP4 Export function
  • Fixes an issue where the mute state could get swapped after closing the application
  • Supports USB Microphones on HD PVR Rocket for recording (but not yet for streaming)
  • Added Microphone delay page to Advanced Settings for Rocket
  • Improved microphone delay slider, now supports +- 500 ms
  • Fixed upload to YouTube and YouTube live steaming log-in problems
  • Option to enable/disable 5.1 audio via HDMI is back
To install:

  • Download Hauppauge Capture to your Colossus based PC
  • Run the installer
  • After installation, you will be asked to reboot your PC. Please reboot.
  • 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:

  • Adds .M2TS recording option/editing
  • Improved MP4 Export function
  • Adds microphone recording for Colossus
  • Fixed an issue recording at high constant bitrates on Colossus
  • Adds Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional and Japanese language support

Colossus applications and Windows driver update

DownloadColossus standalone driver

To install the Windows driver:

Leave your Colossus plugged into your PC. Follow the following steps:

  • Download the Colossus driver (click the Download button above).
  • Unzip this file to a directory you will remember, such as COLOSSUS. It will create a new folder.
  • To install the new Windows driver, open the folder and run HCWDRIVERINSTALL.EXE. This will install the Colossus Windows driver.
  • At the completion of the driver install, you should see a message which says Drivers have been updated successfully.
  • Reboot your PC to enable the new Colossus driver.

Name: Colossus_Driver_1_8_31093_0.exe
Size: 6.4 MB

ArcSoft ShowBiz application:

If you are an owner of Colossus and have an older version of Arcsoft ShowBiz, the new ShowBiz application will be available through Arcsoft Connect . To receive the latest version of ShowBiz, on your PC click Start/Programs/Arcsoft connect/Arcsoft connect. Please note: You need to register with Arcsoft to get updates.

WinTV v7 application:

WinTV v7 application and TV tuner driver download package

Note: A valid WinTV application CD-ROM (WinTV v6 or WinTV v7) will be needed to install this WinTV v7 version

Any WinTV 7 application CD can be used during the install. If you do not have your original WinTV CD-ROM but would like to update to WinTV v7 or WinTV v8, you can purchase a new CD on the Hauppauge webstore for $9.95

To install the WinTV v7 application update

  • Download the WinTV v7 installation package to your PC. After downloading this file, the file is normally saved in the Download directory on your PC
  • Insert your original valid WinTV CD in your CD-ROM drive
  • Run wintv7_cd from the Download directory on your PC


WinTV v7 installation package, version 3.9g
For Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP

File name: wintv7_cd_3.9g.exe
File size: 151.4 MB
Date: 02/12/2015

This download is a complete installation package, including drivers for supported WinTV products plus the WinTV v7 application and utilities.

Installation notes:

A valid WinTV application CD-ROM will be needed to install this WinTV v7 version. Any WinTV v6 or WinTV 7 application CD can be used during the install. If you do not have your original WinTV CD-ROM but would like to update to WinTV v7, you can purchase a new CD on the Hauppauge webstore for $9.95

If you have a WinTV v7.2 CD-ROM with Extend, then the latest version of WinTV Extend will also be installed.

To install WinTV v7 on a PC or laptop without a CD-ROM drive

If your PC or laptop does not have a CD-ROM drive, do the following:

  • at the conclusion of the installation a dialog box will pop up saying "Activation required"
  • Click Enter Product Code
  • You will find the Product code on your WinTV v7 Installation CD
  • Enter the Product code including dashes and dots

Release notes for WinTV v7 version 3.9G:

  • Update to the WinTV-HVR-955Q driver to fix problems seen when switching channels quickly
  • Fixed an error "You do not have access to make the required system configuration modifications..."
  • Increased Pause Buffer bar size
  • Fixed TitanTV tvpi file association bug
  • New WinTV-NOVA-HD-USB 2 driver to fix issues in Turkey and other countries with low symbol rates
  • New WinTV-HVR-1975 driver to fix issues with 6875 Symbol rate
  • Fixed no Extend tab showing on upgrade installation

Accessory software for Colossus

IR Blaster Configuration program

This program configures the IR blaster for use with the WinTV v7 application. Included is the selection of the set top box and the learn mode.

Name: irblast_28025.exe
Size: 414KB
Updated: 2/3/2010

IR Remote/Blaster Hardware Installation Guide

Here is the Installation Guide for the IR Remote Blaster

Beta software for Colossus

None at this time.

3rd Party Applications

SageTV for HD PVR: Please contact SageTV at for information on SageTV for Colossus.

MediaPortal version 1.2

MediaPortal version 1.2 now supports Colossus.

Manuals for Colossus

WinTV v7 installation and use, with IR Blaster installation instructions

Download WinTV v7 Setup and Install, with IR Blaster installation instructions

Installation Guides

Frequently Asked Questions

What Operating Systems are supported by Colossus?

Microsoft Windows 8.1, 8, 7 (32 or 64-bit), Windows Vista or Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later.

Do I need a PC to use Colossus?

Yes, a PC is required to use Colossus. Colossus is an internal full height PCI Express board which will work in x1 slots. The PC is used to both run the Colossus application plus is the place where Colossus recordings are stored.

Can I record video from a composite video source?


Though the Colossus does not have a dedicated composite video connector, just connect your composite video cable to the blue cable on the Colossus A/V cable set. Recordings will be done from the composite video source.

Can I use Colossus with a Mac?

There is currently no support for Colossus on a Mac.

System Requirements

When you playback an Colossus recording on your PC screen, you need a fast CPU and at least 256MB of graphics memory.

Processor Requirements (minimum):

Dual core CPU 2.0Ghz or faster

Graphics with 256MB memory (or greater)

Sound card

PCI Express x1 slot

Can I use the Colossus with Microsoft's Windows Media Center application?

There is a beta version of the Windows Media Center support. Just look at the 'Media Center' tab above.

Can I use the Colossus with Linux?

Hauppauge does not currently supply Linux drivers for Colossus. KernelLabs has provided Linux support for Colossus in the past.

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 Colossus, 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.

What type of recordings can I make with the Colossus?

Colossus encodes in real time directly to the hard disk in an H.264 format with AC-3 or MPEG-1 Layer 3 audio (depending upon what audio format is provided by the video source).

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

.TS which is a generic 'transport stream' compatible with many digital media players

.M2TS which is compatible with the Sony Playstation3

.MP4 which is compatible with the XBox360

All recording file types can be used to burn AVCHD Blu-ray compatible disk recordings.

The Colossus files can also be burned onto a standard DVD+R or DVD+RW disk for playback in a Blu-ray disk player using the included Arcsoft application.

Note: Some older models of Blu-ray DVD players cannot play AVCHD files on either DVD-R or DVD+R discs. Check your owner's manual to see if your Blu-ray player is compatible. If it is not, check with the manufacturer to see if a firmware update is available

What type of audio encoding is made with the Colossus?

There are three ways of bringing audio into Colossus: through the stereo audio jacks on the A/V adapter cable, through the HDMI connector or through the optical audio connector on the back panel.

When bringing audio in through the stereo jacks, audio is digitized and then recorded as MPEG-1 layer 3.

When bringing audio in through the HDMI connector or the SPDIF optical audio jack, the audio is recorded in the format which is received. If the source provides AC-3 audio, the audio track is AC-3. If the source provides AAC audio, AAC audio is recorded. There is no conversion of the audio format.

DTS audio is currently not supported.

AC3 -5.1 audio is preserved if you are creating an AVCHD DVD. If you are creating a standard DVD the audio will be transcoded to 2 channel. Creating MP4 files will also result in 2 channel audio.

Can I output files I’ve recorded with my Colossus or other content from my PC back to an external TV monitor through the component video outputs on the Colossus?

No, the Colossus does not have the ability to play back recorded videos to an external monitor. The component video outputs act as a pass through for live video streaming from your video source through the Colossus back to your TV monitor. Your PC must be turned on and Colossus must be running in order to pass the video through to the external TV.

How can I use my remote control with the Colossus?

The included remote control is used with the WinTV v7 application. It is not used with the ShowBiz software for Colossus.

When opening the Arcsoft capture module I only see a Channel button?

If you have a TV tuner card installed the ArcSoft Capture Module 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 Colossus Capture Device.

Video in preview windows has incorrect colors?

Most of the time this is caused by the display adapter, make sure your video card meets the minimum requirements.
Also try updating to the latest drivers supplied by the manufacturer.

Video is jerky or broken up while capturing?

Most of the time this is caused by the display adapter, make sure your video card meets the minimum requirements.
Also try updating to the latest drivers supplied by the manufacturer.

I get a black screen in the capture window when using the component input?

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.

Audio pass through does not work

In order for the audio pass through to operate correctly you need to configure the settings in the ShowBiz application. To do this follow the installation guide to install the Colossus drivers and the ArcSoft ShowBiz software. When finished power on the Colossus and open the ShowBiz software and click on the “record video” Icon, this will open the Capture module. Choose the audio input from the drop down menu ( RCA, SPDIF), once configured the Colossus will retain these settings. Note: the Colossus must be powered on for the pass through to operate.

Does the captured transport stream contain closed caption data?

No, currently none of the VBI is captured in the stream. This feature will be added some time in the future.

What resolutions and bit rates are supported using Colossus?

Record high definition video at up to 1080i resolution, 720p or VGA/D1

Record at datarates from 1Mbs to 20Mbs, constant and Variable Bit Rate

Make Blu-ray format AVCHD recordings, so you can burn your TV recordings onto a standard DVD disk (up to 2 hours of video at 5MBits/sec) and playback on Blu-ray DVD players

What file formats are created by recording with the Colossus?

The default formats you can record in are: .TS (transport stream for AVCHD), .M2TS (for PS3), and .MP4 (for XBOX 360).

How much disk space will it take up when recording?

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

Where can I record the files to using the Colossus and can I use it independently?

The Colossus requires a PC (see minimum system requirements under product specifications) to operate. You may then record to any of the hard disk drives installed or connected to the PC, including external drives.

Can I burn a Blu-ray disk with my Colossus?

No, you cannot burn a Blu-ray disk. However, you can burn a standard DVD that will be Blu-ray compatible (when making AVCHD recordings), and play on a Blu-ray DVD player.

I get a black screen in the Showbiz capture module and no output to my TV when I connect my Xbox 360, PS3 to the Colossus.

Make sure you’re gaming system is not set to 1080p. The Colossus does not understand this format. Please set the output resolution to 1080i or 720p. Please see the appropriate setup instructions for your game console:

PlayStation 3 setup instructions

Xbox 360 setup instructions

If I record my game play can I uploaded it to the internet?

Yes. In the Arcsoft Showbiz application, once you have your completed video file (from the edit section) ready for upload, simply go to the ‘Produce’ section and choose “Upload to Youtube”. The software will automatically create the .MP4 file compatible for Youtube content and prompt you a screen to access your Youtube account, ready for upload.

Can I see a video clip recorded from Colossus?

If you have an H.264 decoder on your PC or Mac, here is a little video clip (15 seconds) which shows a recording made from a cable TV box through the component video connections. It was recorded using the Arcsoft ShowBiz application at 8Mbit/sec.

Can I push video encoded with Colossus or HD PVR through VLC?

If you are a developer, you can bring H.264 encoded video in from either Colossus or HD PVR into VLC so it can be streamed out from your PC. Microsoft provides a sample network transmit/receive filter set in their DirectX SDK.
Here is the way this works:
The HDPVR encoder filter produces transport packets. If you (the developer) create a small 'network push' filter that can receive the transport packets in the directshow graph, then forward them to a udp network address and port (for example udp://, then VLC is capable of receiving and rendering them.
Start VLC from the command line with: vlc udp://

No audio is detected when editing Colossus recordings in Sony Vegas

Sony Vegas does not detect AAC audio on .TS or .M2TS files. If you are using an Xbox360, you must use either HDMI or optical audio. You can set your Xbox to output Dolby Digital in System settings / Audio settings.

If you are using a PS3, you must use Component Video and optical audio in order to use your recordings in Vegas. To set your PS3 to optical audio out, in your PS3 go to Settings / Sound settings / Audio output settings. Select Optical digital and Dolby Digital 5.1 Then use an optical audio cable for recording.

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

In Showbiz you have to set the default resolution used when uploading. This is done by going to Options; Preferences; Other and selecting the desired YouTube resolution.

Colossus support for Windows Media Center (beta version)

The Colossus support for Windows Media Center allows you to use the Colossus to watch, pause and record high definition TV under Windows 7 Media Center from a cable TV or satellite set top box. It operates in a similar way as other Hauppauge TV tuners for Windows Media Center, but Colossus records in high definition using H.264 encoding.

Note: the Media Center support for HD PVR is for Windows 7 only.

Release and installation notes

Click here for the installation and release notes.

Installation package

Click here to download the complete installation package.

Size: 6.6 MB
Date: Oct. 4, 2011

IR blaster setup

Click here see a picture of the Media Center remote control setup.

Make sure "Use internal blaster" is selected

Recording high definition video from an Xbox 360

Note: Before connecting your Xbox 360 to the HD PVR or Colossus, connect it to your HD TV set to make the settings. By default, the Xbox 360 will be set to 1080p and HD PVR and Colossus will not work with this resolution. You will need to change your Xbox 360 to 480p, 720p, or 1080i.

Connection diagram


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Watch this YouTube video for Xbox setup instructions, or look below for screen shots

Step by step instructions for the Xbox 360

First, turn on your Xbox 360 and navigate to the main menu.

main menu

Navigate to the last menu on the right and go into System Settings.

System Settings

Go into Console Settings

Console Settings

Go into Display.


Go into the HDTV Settings.

HDTV Settings

Now select the resolution you want.

The HD PVR will only work with 480p, 720p, and 1080i. If your system is currently set to 1080p. change it to 1080i.

change to 1080i

When you select the new resolution, you will be asked if you want to keep the new settings. Please select Yes, keep these settings.

Yes, keep these settings

You are now done.

Please turn off on your Xbox 360 and connect it back to your HD PVR or Colossus using component cables.

Recording high definition video from a Playstation3

Note: Before connecting your PS3 to the HD PVR or Colossus, connect it to your HD TV set to make the changes to the PS3 video modes settings. By default, the PS3 will be set to 1080p and HD PVR and Colossus will not work with this resolution. You will need to change your PS3 360 to 480p, 720p, or 1080i.

Connection diagram


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Watch this YouTube video for setup instructions, or look below for screen shots

Step by step instructions

Before connecting your PS3 to the HD-PV or Colossus R, you must set the proper PS3 video output. These are instructions on how to do this.

First, navigate to the Settings column on the PS3 main screen.


Scroll down to Display Settings


Select Video Output Settings.


Note:  You should have your component cables attached to your TV. If not, please take a moment to attach the component cables to the TV.

Select Component/D-terminal. You will then be given a confirmation and after proceeding, you need to change your TV to the component video.


Next you will receive a screen were you will select the desired input resolution.

HDPVR and Colossus can accept up to 1080i so select 1080i. You can also select 480p and 720p.

After selecting 1080i, hit X Enter to go to the next step.


Confirm that you have selected 1080i by clicking X Enter.

Next you will be prompted to set up the Audio Output Settings and then click X Enter.


Here you will select either audio input connector or optical digital (cable sold separately). Chose the way audio will be connected to the HD PVR/Colossus.


You will be shown the audio settings. Click X Enter to continue.


If you select Audio input connector you will be prompted to finalize the setup.


If you have selected optical you must select the compatible formats either PCM 2ch or Dolby 5.1.


After you confirm your audio settings, you may now power down the PS3 and connect it to your HD PVR / Colossus.

When you open the Arcsoft capture module, select YPrPb for you video input and either RCA back (if you selected  audio input connector) or S/PDIF (if you chose digital optical) for your input audio.

Then capture some high definition video!

Colossus and uploading videos to YouTube

To change the upload resolution for Youtube, click the Option button in Showbiz (upper right hand corner) and select Preferences in the dropdown menu. In the Preferences window click on the tab that reads Others. At the bottom of this tab will be the upload resolution to default to when uploading clips (by default set to 240p). View the Preferences page