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AVerMedia Live Gamer HD, Stream and Record Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or WiiU in HD 1080p, Reduce CPU Usage, Ultra Low Latency, H.264 Hardware Encoding - PCIe (C985)

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Live Gamer HD
  • Stream and record Xbox, PlayStation or WiiU console gameplay
  • Capture in full HD 1080p with H.264 hardware encoder
  • Significantly reduces CPU usage
  • Ultra low latency streaming and recording
  • TimeShift - Record retroactively
  • Stream Engine - Allows compatibility for popular streaming software
  • Stream or share directly to YouTube, Twitch, and more with built-in commentary and RECentral software
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Product Description

Style: Live Gamer HD

PC Gamers, the days of lagging CPU performance while recording your epic gaming moments are over. We understand the importance of FPS, and if you are always missing those precious milliseconds to nail your enemy due to an unstable frame rate, Live Gamer HD has your back. The Live Gamer HD is a PCI-E card that enables you to record and stream your game footage in crisp 1080p. Designed specifically for serious gamers who capture/stream gameplay via PC, this capture device is preloaded with an H.264 hardware encoder, significantly lowering your CPU usage and creating smaller files for editing. What that really means is this there is no need to set up another PC to record game footage, game and record from the same machine so the only performance hits you see are the punch combos you are delivering to your opponents face. Plus, with the dedicated Hot Button, you can start recording at a moments notice, even when you are in the heat of battle. It even has an HDMI connection so you can capture and record from game consoles. This HDMI pass-through function guarantees a zero-delay HD gaming experience even while recording, so you can focus on laying waste to that horde of zombies, not checking your recording/streaming settings. On top of that, it can be directly connected to streaming platforms like RECentral, so sharing and preserving your legendary matches is easier than ever. Thanks to the H.264 hardware compressing technique, video files are small, but high-quality (up to 60,000kbps!) perfect for saving or uploading to YouTube. With TwitchTV, Ustream, and XSplit Broadcaster integration, you can even broadcast live gameplay with ease.

Product Information

Style:Live Gamer HD

Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Brand Name AVerMedia Technologies Inc.
Item model number C985
Hardware Platform videgame
Operating System Windows 7/ Vista SP2 (32/64-Bit)
Item Weight 1.8 pounds
Product Dimensions 12.9 x 8.6 x 2.7 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 12.91 x 8.58 x 2.68 inches
Color Black
Audio-out Ports (#) 1

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3.7 out of 5 stars 968 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #19 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > I/O Port Cards > USB Port Cards
Shipping Weight 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available April 27, 2012

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From the Manufacturer

Live Gamer Extreme GC550 Live Gamer Portable C875 Live Gamer HD C985 Game Capture HD II C285 LGP Lite GL310 ExtremeCap U3 CV710
Max. Encoding Format 1080p60 1080p30 1080p30 1080p30 1080p30 1080p60
Xbox, Xbox One, PS4 support
Video Pass-Through
Interface USB 3.0 USB 2.0 PCle Stand Alone USB 2.0 USB 3.0
PC-Free Mode with SD Card
Low Latency Game Preview
Build-in H.264 Encoder
Uncompressed Video Capture
Operating System Windows Windows, Mac Windows Stand Alone Windows, Mac Windows, Mac
Best for Best Quality and Streaming Portable, All-in-One Solid Install for PC Gamer Share without PC H/W Encode Entry Product RAW Capture Entry Product

Customer Reviews

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Style Name: Live Gamer Portable
This is a very nice capture card. I have been using Avermedia capture cards for over a year now and this card is the newest and best capture device they have to offer when it comes to capturing gameplay. I Post gaming footage every day on my youtube channel and this card, along with the Live Gamer HD, have proven themselves to be real workhorses. With the new Rec Central software you have the option to scale the bitrate so you can choose between small file sizes or extreme quality.

On a rare occasion maybe once out of 50 recordings the audio will desync or just not be there and the TS video format does not load audio in Sony Vegas. Often vegas will not recognize the correct frame rate of the video file which is easily corrected by checking "disable resample" but it would be nice if I didn't have to do this. Minus 1 star for those reasons.
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Style Name: Live Gamer HD
Hey - just to give you a brief background. I have been a Youtube Commentator & Streamer for a few years now. For the last several months I have been using the Hauppauge HD PVR for my capture device. I was interested in the Live Gamer HD because of its ability to deliver 1080P through HDMI. The PVR used component cables and could only output 720P.

So far this is the best recorder I have ever used. I am no techie, but I got the capture card installed and running with no problem. The quality is outstanding and I LOVE the Easy Button that allows you to start & stop recordings painlessly. The recordings are easily managed and the output is MP4 in 1 file - no matching files together like you have to when using FRAPS.

The capture software is sufficient and will allow you to record gameplay & stream. I tested the streaming through Recentral & XSplit and both worked flawlessly, however I recommend that serious streamers use Xsplit for the added feature of scenes.

Avermedia is promoting Low CPU & help with dropped frames.

My PC Specs Are: Intel i7-2700k 3.50 GHz |8 Gig Ram |NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 - It is a newer computer so it is hard to tell just how beneficial this is to me, but I can tell you that CPU usage stays low while using the program. I also had no issues with dropped frames on TwitchTV.

I read other reviews that mentioned they were having trouble with Audio Sync and other issues. I can confirm that these issues WERE happening when the device was released, but Avermedia was pretty quick to upgrade firmware and push out updates to correct these problems. I wanted to mention that because I think it is important to recognize a company that keeps its users up-to-date with information and fixes issues promptly.
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Style Name: Live Gamer Portable Verified Purchase
I had been using the Elgato Game Capture HD to record my gameplay and commentary videos for YouTube. Some games worked OK, others would continually give me a black screen that would flash on the gameplay monitor which made it impossible to make a video that didn't have me stopping and waiting for the black screen to go away or flat out getting killed. I was well aware of the advanced tab and tried every last combination to rid myself of this problem, to no avail. The problem appeared to be game specific with some games working fine and others giving me the black screen. Honestly it wasn't worth it to keep fiddling with the Elgato. I was about to look at the Hauppauge when I ran across the LGP and decided to give it a try.

I got the Live Gamer Portable, unboxed it and decided to try out the PC-Free recording first since that was the simplest thing to set up and didn't require me to move the laptop and everything else into the room that I record in. Setup was a breeze. 3 wires, turn on the system, start playing and hit the button on the top. (Make sure to format the SD card to FAT32 so it actually works). I decided to try the game that was giving me the endless Black screen issues on the Elgato as my test recording. Everything worked without a hitch. No black screens, no lag, no problems at all. I did several recordings of 15-20 minutes and then took the SD card out, plugged it into my laptop slot and viola - the video was there and looked great.

Next I decided to bring the laptop in and setup for recording with commentary to see how that worked. Setup was simple, just like the Elgato. Just flip the switch on the LGP from PC-Free to PC capture, start the software and you are ready to go.
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Style Name: Live Gamer Portable Verified Purchase

+ Portable capture device with 720P 60FPS in PC-Free Mode
(1080P 30FPS with the beta patch)

+ Small file sizes

+ Easy to understand
(Blue ring for PC mode, Red Ring for PC-Free, flashing ring for when it's recording or streaming)

+ Easy Interface
(Novice and beginner options are easy to follow if you don't know much about video encoding. Pro option is simple with some knowledge of video encoding)

+ Can stream out of the box with RECentral

+ The time shift feature to go back and save footage that you didn't click record on is a nice touch

+ Many encoding options in PC Mode. Up to 1080P 30FPS and 60Mbps bitrate. 720P goes up to 60FPS with 60Mbps bitrate. TS or MP4 video format.


- PC-Free only uses 4Mbps, 8Mbps, 12Mbps, 16Mbps at 720P with 60FPS. The beta patch as of May 23rd allows 1080P at 30FPS
(It would be nice if we could use higher bitrates for a clearer picture. Also, it would be nice if you could choose 30FPS with the 720P option so you don't have duplicate frames when capturing 30fps games)

- The lower bitrate's when streaming with RECentral aren't very good compared to using other streaming software
(XSplit, Open Broadcaster Software)

- Timeshift only works with the TS video format.

Other Notes:

The official driver's can be found here:

The beta update as of May 22nd can be found here:
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