One of the questions I get asked most about my Youtube channel
is what capture device I use to record videos. For a long time, I had been using a Hauppage TV tuner card. And it worked fine for the older (non-HD) systems. But once I got a Wii U, the footage I recorded looked surprisingly bad. So I decided to upgrade to an HD capture device. I did some research and decided to go with the Elgato Game Capture HD. And I'm glad I did.
I really like it a lot. It can capture in 720p, 1080i, or 1080p. And it supports HDMI, component, and composite inputs--so it will work with older, non-HD systems as well. It even comes with all the cables you'll need. Of course you'll want to make sure your computer meets (or preferably exceeds) the system requirements. And you'll probably want to make sure your TV has a HDMI input for the pass-through to work, which lets you play without lag. But most HDTVs should have that already.
The videos embedded on this page were recorded with the Elgato Game Capture HD, and they're a huge improvement over what I was using before. The Game Capture HD is an external device, so it doesn't need to be installed inside your computer. So I'm not going to have to keep getting a new capture card every time I get a new computer--I'll be using this for many years to come. It's only about the size of a deck of cards, and it doesn't require a separate power source. I highly recommend it.
Check the latest price on the Elgato Game Capture HD or you can browse through other video capture cards at Amazon.com