Diamond Multimedia has introduced the GC1000 HD Game Console Video Capture Device. The easy-to-use affordable device has the ability to capture footage from an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. This model has the ability to connect and capture footage from virtually any device that has an HDMI connection. Users might not expect much from a lower-priced capture device but Diamond delivers a solid unit that supports up to 1080i HD video. It even has YouTube and Facebook integration. The ease of use and smooth recorded footage from the device make the GC1000 an impressive game capture unit.
The Diamond GC1000 makes capturing footage a breeze. Users will be able to capture from an Xbox 360, PS3, Blu-ray player, camcorder and even satellite set top boxes. It supports the ability to capture footage up to 1080i HD. Connections for HDMI, YPbPr, Composite and S-Video input are included on the device. Composite and component cables are included in the box with the unit but an extra cord is necessary when using the HDMI or S-Video inputs. Although Diamond does not sell this as an ability, the GC1000 will work with virtually any electronic device with an HDMI slot.The package also contains a USB 2.0 cable and software for the computer. The unit is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7. Software does not require users to have a gaming PC or ridiculous specs but a graphics card is necessary. Gamers can share their unedited recorded footage immediately via YouTube or Facebook using the software but the device does not support direct streaming.
Setting up the Diamond GC1000 is fairly simple. An instruction manual packed inside the box guides users through each step. First, use the included software to install the DM Cap capture program along with the driver need when connected to the device through USB. Make sure the driver installation is set up through the disc as the computer will not be able to install it automatically once the USB is connected.
Next, connect the console to the device and the device to the television. Cables from the game console plug into the capture device, which then connects to the television through separate similar cables. Obviously, using an HDMI cable is the quickest way to connect but gamers using the original Xbox 360 model will have to use Component and Composite cables. The device uses a USB 2.0 to hook up to a computer. Lastly, consoles must be set to 1080i HD display in order to capture footage.
The GC1000 will let users know it is working with a bright blue light that shines when in use. Capturing footage is easy through the included DM Cap program. When all necessary connections are made, open the program and footage will be displayed. A straightforward user interface helps users through the capture process. A display of buttons lies on the bottom of the screen. The aspect ratio can be changed between 16:9, 4:3 or “Free” with a simple click of a button. After selecting the proper setting, just press the capture button and recording will begin. A large display at the top of the screen will display the length of time of the capture. Press the capture button again to stop. More footage can be recorded immediately by pressing the capture button.
Videos will go directly to the My Documents folder on the computer. They can also be viewed immediately after being recorded in the DM Cap program via a playback button.
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The footage is saved in MPEG-2 TS format. Additional editing software is needed for anyone hoping to edit footage. Most users should have no problem finding editing programs that support MPEG-2 TS. Although capturing footage in 1080i HD makes for some larger video files, the Diamond unit has no problem delivering beautifully rendered footage at a full 30 fps. Sound is also great and matches up to video perfectly.
Footage suffers from a slight delay but the loopthrough system ensures gamers will not experience any lag while playing. The delay occurs on the computer screen while recording but does not affect gameplay.
The Diamond GC1000 HD Game Console Video Capture Device is an impressive unit. At a price of $168.99 (with some websites selling it cheaper), it represents a solid value for gamers. Although some users may need to purchase an additional cord to connect the device, it is packaged with everything most gamers will need. It also fails to offer the ability to stream natively. However, the unit performs strongly in capturing footage. Videos are easy to capture and look just as beautiful as they do on a television screen.