Avermedia Game Capture HD II C285 – Review
Portable HD Capture Card
Stand-Alone Capture Solution
- Setup & Features 9
- 1080p Recording 8
- In-Built Video Editing 5
Avermedia Game Capture HD II is a portable solution to instantly setup Video Game Recording and uploading it on YouTube. Imagine you need to set up your own YouTube channel and want to upload your gameplay, what do you need. You need a PC, a Software to edit videos, a high-speed internet bandwidth, and consoles if you are playing on PS4 and Xbox One. The more important thing you will need is a bridge between PC and Consoles to capture recording if you are using PC only then internal hardware will do the job.
This setup is time-consuming, resource-intensive and frustrating. Either you are playing on PC or Console, the recording is chaotic because it impacts the game performance if you don’t have an ultra-high config. What you can do at this point is pick Avermedia Game Capture HD II and get a centralized control to do everything. Record gameplay with live commentary, upload directly to Youtube without using a PC, basic video editing, etc. Avermedia Game Capture HD II allows you to record gameplay without using a PC, it has a section to install a 2.5inch Internal Hard Drive that can store everything. If you don’t have that then a USB port in the front will do the job.
Avermedia Game Capture HD II is a simple to use a TV Tuner setup, with simple connectivity you can set up your gameplay recording system.
Avermedia C285 Design:
We got a chance to test Avermedia Game Capture HD II C285, a bigger version designed for HD Recording. The best thing about C285 is you don’t need a PC, it comes with a remote and basic control allowing you to upload recorded videos directly to YouTube. You can also break them into clips, but with limitations. For example, you cannot add watermarks on the video. It is limited compared to video editing software.
Micro USB Port, Mic, and Headphone Jack sit on the front left, with Rec and Power button on the left and two LED indicator in the center.
Game Capture HD II C285 comes with Component Video and HDMI support. You can hook it indirectly on a TV and connect a PC or console on HDMI IN, and TV or any display on HDMI Out. Turn on C285 by pressing the power on the front and use the remote to control recording.
There is a red recording button when you press, a red light will flash on C285 indicating the recording is life. You can view the recorded video directly from C285 interface on secondary display and verify the videos.
Avermedia C285 Performance:
Avermedia Game Capture HD II C285 is an amazing portable solution for video game recording. It is filled with all requirements for recording gameplay without putting any additional pressure on PC or Console. A kind of capture device, it works with PS4 and older consoles smoothly. There is no issue with PC, just sit back and relax. Use the remote to turn on recording and use it for basic functions like uploading videos, cutting a video clip, etc.
Avermedia Game Capture HD II C285 brings the hassle-free setup to record gameplay. Instead of relying completely on PC hardware, this portable setup brings the fastest way to record HD videos. Because of its portable size, you can carry it to your friend’s place and record their video content also. All you need is to carry an HDMI and power cable.
From our test we found it a great for recording videos, the most comfortable way is to attach a 1TB Hard drive in C285. Then start recording without worrying about limited storage space. Once done use the drive to transfer files to your pc using a portable USB enclosure. At one side you can record video and on the other side, you can put them on editing work.
Avermedia Game Capture HD II C285 is a time saver product, it does not falls in the expensive price range, affordable and has amazing features. It reduces the cost of an Internal TV tuner card that is also limited due to various reasons. For example, it is hard to use it outside the system, or you cannot expect to connect it on a without a desktop PC. Avermedia Game Capture HD II C285 brings the power of portability and mobility. But we are not satisfied with the internal Video Editing tool. We prefer to go with a PC video editing software like Premiere Pro for better control.
Avermedia Game Capture HD II C285 cost $169, price in India is Rs.13,280. It supports PS4, WiiU and Xbox consoles. C285 can deliver a full 1080p video capture directly on a USB and on an Internal Hard drive. You can record, commentate on the video with basic editing. With a simple function by connecting a LAN cable, you can upload your videos on YouTube. Because of its portable design and handy gameplay capture features Avermedia Game Capture HD II C285 is quite a useful product.
1080p video capture is a decent resolution to share your gameplay on YouTube, being a completely different setup there is minimum interference when you are playing games. For PS4 there is an internal recording feature, but transfer the data from console to external storage is time-consuming and it the process of video capture also heats it. Instead, just connect the PS4 console with C285 HDMI In, and connect a display on HDMI out. Leave the rest on Avermedia Game Capture HD II C285.