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Hauppauge 1512 HD-PVR 2 High Definition Personal Video Recorder with Digital Audio (SPDIF) and IR Blaster Technology

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High Definition PVR with Surround Sound
  • HD Video Recorder for set top boxes or gaming consoles using HDMI or Component technology
  • Recorder includes digital audio (SPDIF) and IR Blaster Technology
  • Records video in a high definition H.264 Blu-ray compatible format to your PC from a Set Top box using Component Video, from the Xbox360 using HDMI or from the PS3 using Component Video
  • Includes HDMI and component cables
  • Records at video resolutions up to 1080i in real time using a built-in hardware H.264 encoder
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Style: High Definition PVR with Surround Sound

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Style: High Definition PVR with Surround Sound
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00BA4ILX8
  • Item model number: 1512
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (904 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,515 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 30, 2012

Product Description

Style: High Definition PVR with Surround Sound

From the Manufacturer

Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Model 1512

The new HD PVR 2 model 1512 from Hauppauge is designed for dedicated TV enthusiasts and extreme console and PC gamers. With the best video recording quality available today and the new surround sound audio over optical SPDIF, the HD PVR 2 model 1512 has all the features you need in a high end HD video recorder.

For dedicated TV recording enthusiasts, HD PVR 2 model 1512 connects to your cable TV or satellite set top box and comes with an IR blaster and Hauppauge's WinTV v7 application. Record the entire season of your favorite TV series in glorious HD from your set top box, with full 5.1 channel surround sound audio. Schedule a recording with WinTV v7 and let the HD PVR 2's IR blaster change the channels and start a recording automatically at the correct time. Or offload to your PC the favorite TV programs from your cable or satellite DVR box so you can free up DVR space (and at the same time, save your TV programs forever!).

For extreme gamers, HD PVR 2 model 1512 allows you to play your video games with full surround sound audio and at the same time record your game play with 5.1 channel audio. Record your PC game play or Xbox or PS3 game play with 1080p 'no-delay passthrough'.

The HD PVR 2 series adds some great new features to the original HD PVR, which was the world's first High Definition video recorder. HD PVR 2 was designed to create real-time H.264 compressed recordings (Blu-ray quality) from your set top box, PC or Xbox or PS3. HD PVR 2 records HD video from either HDMI or component video plus includes an HDMI output to make it easy to connect to HD TV sets. To make setup even easier, you can leave your video game console at 1080p60 and record either HDMI or component video at up to 1080p30.

Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Model 1512
HD PVR 2 model 1512 connects to your TV set using HDMI and to your laptop or PC over USB. View larger.

Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Model 1512
The Record button on HD PVR 2 makes it easy to start and stop record sessions. View larger.
Upload to YouTube and Share Your Best Games with Your Friends in HD

HD PVR 2 model 1512 includes cables and software you need to connect to a cable or satellite box using component video. A 6-foot HDMI cable is supplied to connect HD PVR 2 model 1512 to your TV set so you can play your games while you record with no delay. For connection to an Xbox, you will need an HDMI cable (not supplied). For connection to a Sony PS3, you will need a Sony Component video cable (not included) with the supplied Hauppauge AV adapter.

Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Model 1512
HD PVR 2 model 1512 records your video gameplay in HD. Upload to YouTube and show your best gameplay in HD. View larger.

Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Model 1512
HD PVR 2 has HD video passthrough, so you can watch your game play in HD while it is being recorded--with no delay. View larger.
Features in the HD PVR 2 Model 1512

The HD PVR 2 model 1512 is chock full of features designed for people who want the ultimate in HD video recorders. All HD PVR 2 models contains a video encoder which is used in TV production studios and delivers pro-quality video to your recordings. But with the new SPDIF audio input in HD PVR 2 model 1512, you now can get full surround sound audio in your recordings in addition to killer video quality.

The HD PVR 2 family was specially designed for the dedicated Xbox 360, PS3, PC or WiiU gamer, and makes the installation easy yet still brings the excellent video quality of the original HD PVR. It features 1080p60 'no-delay passthrough' for HDMI in and out (with an extra long HDMI cable included to connect to your TV monitor), Component-In to HDMI-Out to support cable and satellite TV boxes and the PS3, plus a record button mounted on top of HD PVR 2 to start the recording without having to be at your PC.

Our HD PVR 2 CD-ROM includes StreamEez for video streaming to Twitch and Ustream and our Personal Logo inserter so you can "burn" your own logo into your recordings. And HD PVR 2 has a new, smaller design to make carrying to your friends home to record their game play super easy.

Powered No-Delay Passthrough for Always on Zero-Delay Recording and Gaming

HD PVR 2 has an active "no-delay" video pass through, externally powered, which gives zero delay on your TV monitor and allows you to make HD video recordings while you play your games at the same time. Compared to USB bus powered recorders, which shut off when you remove your PC and are much cheaper to manufacture, the HD PVR 2's powered pass through runs in a low power mode when the PC is removed. This means that the passthrough always works, even when you remove your PC. With USB powered game recorders, as soon as you remove your PC, the passthrough stops and you need to disconnect all of your cables. Painful! But with HD PVR 2 model 1512, you are always ready to play even if you don't have your PC connected.

Hauppauge StreamEez Application, so You Can Stream Your Game Play Over the Internet

Do you want to share your live game play with your friends while you play? Or are you a subscriber to Twitch or Ustream and want to stream your videos too? Well you can with the StreamEez software which comes with the HD PVR 2 model 1512. StreamEez makes it easy to stream your PS3, Xbox, PC or WiiU game play over the Internet, and it's included for free!

Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Model 1512
Record, upload and stream your game play with the Hauppauge Capture application. View larger.
Record, Upload and Stream Your Game Play with the Hauppauge Capture Application

The new Hauppauge Capture application is a free download. Record and stream in-game chat with the microphone mixer. The easy-to-use editor allows you to quickly trim videos. Once your video is ready, easily upload it to Youtube with the built-in upload feature. The application includes a simple to use video quality selector, scaler, and screen shot option so you can capture the best of your gameplay.

High Performance, High Definition Recording

At long last, a video game recorder that offers studio quality recordings from your HD gameplay. At the heart of the HD PVR 2 is a pro-quality H.264 high-definition encoder that was originally designed for the broadcast TV industry. The HD PVR 2 makes high performance, high quality video recordings at up to 1080p30 resolution, 720p, or 480p. The HD PVR 2 records in the AVCHD format, which is the format used to master Blu-ray discs. You have the option of recording at data rates from 1 Mbs to 13.5Mbs, so you can choose the video quality you need.

There are two H.264 formats you can choose when recording a video:

  • TS, which is a generic 'transport stream' compatible with many digital media players. TS files are also called 'AVCHD' files and are used to burn Blu-ray DVD movies (Blu-ray burner software not included).
  • MP4, which is used with many video editors, like Sony Vegas and iMovie.
Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Model 1512
HD PVR 2 model 1512 comes with the cables you need to connect your Xbox and PS3. View larger.
What's in the Box?
  • HD PVR 2 HD recorder with SPDIF in and IR blaster out
  • Installation CD-ROM with ShowBiz, WinTV v7, StreamEez and the Personal Logo inserter
  • 6' HDMI cable to connect to your TV monitor
  • 6' PS3 Component video cable and adapter
  • 6' IR blaster cable
  • 9' USB cable
  • Quick Install guide
  • Power supply
  • Technical Specifications

    • Encoder: H.264 encoder, at data rates from 1 to 13.5 Mbits/sec
    • Input: HDMI at up to 1080p from Xbox 360, PC or WiiU (unencrypted HDMI), component video at up to 1080p from cable TV or satellite set top box or PlayStation 3
    • Output: HDMI
    • Video resolutions: 1080p60 passthrough (records at 1080p30), 720p, 576p, 480p
    • Interface: USB 2.0
    • Dimensions: 6.0 x 6.0 x 1.56 in
    • Weight: 5 oz

    Hauppauge HD PVR Comparison

    Models HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus HD PVR 2 HD PVR
    Model Number 1480 1504 1512 1212
    HDMI and Component Video In Component only
    1080p Record Up to 1080i
    Mac Record Support Optional*** Yes** Optional*** Optional***
    Record In-Game Chat Yes* Yes* Yes*
    Optical Audio Input
    5.1 Channel Surround Sound
    IR Blaster
    PS3 Gaming Cable
    Xbox HDMI Cable
    Component A/V Cable
    StreamEez for Ustream/Twitch
    Windows Media Center

    * With Hauppauge Capture and a microphone plugged into your PC
    ** HDPVRCapture can be downloaded for free from www.hdpvecapture.com/geplus
    *** Requires separate purchase of Mac software from HDPVRCapture.com

    Product Description

    HD PVR 2 is a high definition (HD) video recorder for Set Top boxes or Game Consoles using HDMI or component technology. Record in HD and upload your best game play to YouTube. Now includes digital audio (SPDIF) and IR Blaster technology for set top box use. Includes HDMI in and out, plus no-delay pass through! It Records video in a high definition H.264 Blu-ray compatible format to your PC from a Set Top box using Component Video, from the Xbox360 using HDMI or from the PS3 using Component Video. The HD PVR 2 ships with HDMI and component cables and records at video resolutions up to 1080i in real time using a built-in hardware H.264 encoder. Compatible with Windows XP using Service Pack 3, Windows Vista and Windows 7 and 8.

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    If I could give it zero stars I would.
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    I really enjoy this product, I highly recommend it to any one who wants to start on YouTube!
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    Its had worked very well and very easy to set up.
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    614 of 655 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Swan on December 25, 2009
    Style Name: High Definition PVR
    To start off, I'm writing this review solely from the perspective of someone using this to record footage from video game consoles (an Xbox 360, in my case), because that's why I bought it and that's all I've used it for so far.

    Upon opening the box, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there was a component cable included, a nice bonus. The first thing you'll notice is how light the device itself is. The all-plastic body and the lack of weight contribute to give it a slight cheap feeling, but this is not reflective of the overall quality of the device, as I'm about to explain.

    The HD PVR has pass-through outputs, which means you can plug your console into the PVR and then the PVR into your TV (with the included component cable), eliminating the need to split the signal. I was a little bit worried about any input lag caused by the pass-through, but I was thankful to discover that there is absolutely none. The one downside of this, if any, is that the PVR has to be on for the pass-through outputs to work. It doesn't have to be recording and the software doesn't have to be open, so it's not that big of a deal, but it's just one more device that is sapping power.

    After getting everything hooked up, you have to install the included software on whatever PC you're going to be using to record. The software installation was pain-free, although I recommend getting the latest driver updates from their website and the latest software updates through the software itself. Make sure that you do NOT lose the CD, as you can only download the driver from Hauppauge's website, not the included software. One of the downsides of the PVR is that only the included software and a small list of 3rd party software will work with the device.
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    603 of 655 people found the following review helpful By K. Martin on May 22, 2009
    Style Name: High Definition PVR Verified Purchase
    Here's the summary:

    - Not a DVR. This is a pass-thru from audio/video source to PC.

    - Generates H.264 at Baseline Profile 1.0 only -- not the High Profile 4.1 that x264.exe-based programs generate. The Baseline H.264 quality is not as good as the High Profile quality using the same bit rate.

    - Generates default .M2TS files which are difficult to edit -- use the .TS file output instead for easier editing.

    - Arcsoft software is good for capturing and that's it. The software for creating a disk always seems to re-encode -- a process that takes my PC days or makes my PC hang.

    - After capture, I have to use third-party software to finish production.

    The product is not an easy out-of-the box solution. Hookup is easy, and the Arcsoft software installation is easy, capturing is easy, but it gets tricky after that.

    When you capture, you can set bitrates. I set my 720x480i broadcast to 4.1 MB/s thinking it would be fine. When I made a disk and played it on the Blu Ray player, the video had a horribly compressed look. That was a straight H.264 file from the HD-PVR 1212 unit to disk without transcoding. But when I transcode some other high-quality 480i video using an x264.exe-based application with 4.1 MB/s the video quality is fine.

    Now I made the mistake of capturing my first video in .M2TS. Tried to edit it. Lots of software doesn't like .M2TS. I didn't know that then, but I know now. Fortunately I was able to use the freeware TSRemux to convert the .M2TS file to a .TS file. Now apps like H264TS_Cutter and multiAVCHD are happier. Lots of crashes and failures with .M2TS.

    Editing. I use H264TS_Cutter to cut out commercials.
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    351 of 382 people found the following review helpful By Dan (aka THXkid) on June 5, 2008
    Style Name: High Definition PVR
    June posting

    ok I would have given this 5 stars but this comes with current problem with it, this has optical in for 5.1DD recording at this time hauppuage can not get this to work so you are stuck with PCM 2.0 or audio from the analog imputs, now to the rest, it records video at 1920x1080 at same or near Blu ray discs, you have a choice of bitrate constant from 1 to 13.5 Kb or on variable all the way up to 20.2, this records in the same codeec (AVCHD) as blu ray and HD DVD discs, it will take any component imput, I have mine through my receiver where my Dishnet PVR HD, PS3, HD DVD and Oppo DVD player runs through, just for test purposes I tried all my devices and what I test recorded from dishnet, blu ray, DVD and HD DVD the test disc looked no different than the original source, once you capture your source you can then edit or add chapters then you get to add a real cheapo menu and then put in what disc you need to burn either a DVD-R or a dual layer DVD Disc, it takes about 10 minutes to author your recording to Blu ray standard and burn on your normal DVD as a true Blu ray playable Disc, beware once you burn your DVD as a blu ray playback DVD you will not be able to read it in your computer again unless you have a Blu ray Rom or Blu Ray Burner, once and if Hauppuage ever gets the 5.1 DD fixed this could be the killer to blu ray Discs, hauppuage claims by next driver release they will include the 5.1 fix. Beware this is Xp service pack 2 or Vista operating system only, also you must have a fast computer to use this device and its programs, I have a dual core 3.
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