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Hauppauge HD PVR Rocket Portable Stand Alone HD 1080p Video Game Recorder for Xbox, Playstation and PC Gaming Systems

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Portable Stand Alone
  • Portable, small enough to carry in your pocket, with built-in microphone mixer to record your commentary with game audio
  • Record your gameplay in HD from Xbox, PlayStation consoles and PC gaming systems, and upload your best moves to YouTube
  • Records at video resolutions up to 1080p in real time using built-in hardware H.264 encoder
  • HD PVR Rocket is standalone and is powered from the USB ports of your game console or PC game system
  • Recording length is only limited by the size of your USB thumb drive. For example, a 16Gb USB thumb drive can hold up to 4 hours of video - USB thumb drive not included
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Technical Details

Style: Portable Stand Alone
  • Operating System: Xbox 360
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Product Details

Style: Portable Stand Alone
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 4.7 x 1.6 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00GEBVEI6
  • Item model number: 1540
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (902 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 15, 2013

Product Description

Style: Portable Stand Alone

Hauppage HD PVR Rocket
Plug any USB thumb drive (or externally powered USB disc drive) into the Rocket and start recording.
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Hauppage HD PVR Rocket
HD PVR Rocket has connections for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4, Wii U plus PC game systems.
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HD PVR Rocket: Carry a Personal HD Video Game Recorder in Your Pocket!

Record your best game play in HD with the HD PVR Rocket. The Rocket is portable and USB bus powered so you can record your best game play at gaming events or at your friends home. HD PVR Rocket records video at up to 1080p and can record from either HDMI (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U or a PC game system) or Component Video (from a PS3). Simply plug a USB thumb drive into the slot on the front of the Rocket, plug in a microphone (if you want to record your game commentary) and you can start recording from your game console or PC game system. Recording length is only limited by the size of your USB thumb drive. For example, a 16Gb USB thumb drive can hold up to 4 hours of video. The HD PVR Rocket 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 the PS3, plus a record button mounted to start and stop your recordings. HD PVR Rocket's built-in audio mixer lets you record game commentary while you record your video game play.

Upload to YouTube and Share Your Best Games with Your Friends in HD

HD PVR Rocket has a build-in audio mixer, so you can record game commentary while you record your video game play. A 6-foot HDMI cable is supplied to connect 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 (included) with the supplied Hauppauge AV adapter. HD PVR Rocket can also be connected to your PC where you can use Hauppauge's Capture application to record game play, trim your videos and upload them to YouTube.

Amazing HD Audio and Video Quality

HD PVR Rocket records at resolutions up to 1080P30 using H.264 video compression. The H.264 format is used by Blu-ray discs and exceeds other video compression standards in quality and disk space consumption, providing a crisp image and amazing digital sound. H.264 uses 1/3 the disk space compared with the popular MPEG-2 format.

HD PVR Rocket for PC Gamers: Your Personal HD Recorder for Your Game Play

Record your best gaming moves without slowing down your PC. The video compression is done inside HD PVR Rocket so you can record your PC game play in HD without slowing down your PC. Simply plug the HDMI out from your PC gaming system into the HD PVR 2, and then connect HD PVR Rocket to your TV monitor.

Hauppage HD PVR Rocket
Mix your game commentary with game audio with Rocket's built-in audio mixer.
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Technical Specifications
  • Encoder: H.264 encoder, at datarates from 1 to 18 Mbits/sec
  • Input: HDMI at up to 1080p from Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PC game system or WiiU (unencrypted HDMI)
  • Input: Component video at up to 1080p from PlayStation 3 or a ceble or satellite TV box
  • Output: HDMI
  • Video resolutions: 1080p60 passthrough (records at 1080p30), 720p, 576p, 480p
  • Microphone connector: 3.5mm mic jack
  • USB thumb drive port: front mounted for USB thumb drives or externally powered USB disc drives
  • Dimensions: 4.75 inches x 3.5 inches x 1.5 inches
  • Weight: 4.6 oz
What's in the Box

HD PVR Rocket HD video recorder with built-in microphone mixer and USB thumb drive port for recording, 6' HDMI cable to connect to your TV monitor, 6' PS3 Component video cable and AV adapter, and 6' USB power cable with 'Y' for connecting to game consoles or for PCs.

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Stand-alone recorder
HDMI and Component Video In
1080p record
Record game commentary
Optical Audio Input
5.1 Channel Surround Sound
PS3 Gaming and Xbox HDMI Cables
StreamEez for Ustream/Twitch

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
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4 star
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I record gaming videos in high quality 1080p HD for youtube.
HQ Dope
Sometimes the capture program will not recognize the device, requiring you to unplug it from the computer and plug it back in, at which point it should work normally.
Maureen Swan
Definitely recommend this PVR for anyone like me that is wanting a way to save and archive high quality video.
Scott Stuart

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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602 of 654 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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