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Hauppauge Colossus PCI Express Internal HD-PVR

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  • Compatible with Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP
  • Digital audio is recorded using AAC or Dolby Digital AC-3
  • Video is recorded in an H.264 Blu-ray compatible format
  • Records video game play at up to 1080i from the XBox360 or PS3
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  • Records at video resolutions up to 1080i in real time
  • Video is recorded in an H.264 Blu-ray compatible format
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  • Minimum RAM: 512 MB

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Product Description

Colossus is an internal HD PVR PCI Express card high definition (HD) video recorder for PCs. Colossus records at video resolutions up to 1080i in real time using a built-in hardware H.264 encoder. Video is recorded in an H.264 Blu-ray compatible format from any component video equipped high definition cable TV or satellite set top box. It will also record video game play at up to 1080i from the XBox360 or PS3 etc. Digital audio is recorded using AAC or Dolby Digital AC-3. Colossus also has an HDMI input for recording HD from a un-encrypted HDMI video source such as the Xbox360 or digital SLR cameras. Compatible with Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP. Includes component video cable set, Hauppauge remote control, IR receiver plus IR blaster for set top box channel control.


The Hauppage Colossus is a high-definition video recorder for making real-time H.264-compressed recordings at resolutions up to 1080i. This HD PVR has a PCIe computer card interface and records component video (YCrCb) from video game consoles and cable TV and satellite set top boxes, with a built-in IR blaster to automatically change TV channels for scheduled recordings. Colossus also has an HDMI input port, so you can record HD video at up to 1080i from a un-encrypted HDMI source.

The Hauppauge 1414 Colossus High Definition Personal Video Recorder offers:

  • Recording direct from cable TV and satellite with quality up to 1080i.
  • Record your game play
  • AVCHD format for burning Blu-ray DVD discs.
  • Standard definition composite and HDMI inputs.

In addition to recording TV shows, you can record your video game play to demonstrate tips and tricks, or just show off your skills to your friends. You can also use Colossus to turn your old VCR tapes into Blu-ray discs. Record your video tapes using Colossus and then burn Blu-ray-formatted DVD disks on your PC.

The Hauppauge Colossus Video Recorder
Record from video game consoles and cable TV and satellite set top boxes. View larger

The Hauppauge Colossus Video Recorder
Featuring standard definition composite and HDMI inputs. View larger
High-Definition Quality Recordings on Your Schedule

At long last, a personal video recorder, or PVR, that offers high quality recordings of high-definition television shows. Now you can start building a personal archive of your favorite high definition TV programs without losing the broadcast quality.

At the heart of the HD-PVR is an H.264 high-definition encoder that's built-in for high-performance, high-quality TV recordings at up to 1080i resolution, 720p or VGA/D1. The box includes a component video input for use with most high-definition cable TV and satellite TV receivers, as well as optical or stereo audio inputs. (Audio is recorded using AC-3 encoding from SPDIF in 2 or 5.1 channel audio / Digital Dolby.)

The HD-PVR records in the AVCHD format, which can be used to burn Blu-ray DVD discs. Two hours of high-definition recordings, recorded at 5 Mbits/sec, can be burnt onto a standard 4.7 GB DVD-R or DVD-RW disk for playback on any Blu-ray DVD player. (You have the option of recording at data rates from 1 Mbs to 13.5Mbs, constant and variable bit rate.)

The recorder also includes Hauppauge's WinTV scheduler that lets you schedule your TV recordings, and a built-in IR blaster that automatically changes TV channels for your scheduled recordings. And for even greater convenience and performance, the HD-PVR features an audio / video component video loop so you can record and watch your television at the same time.

Convert Your Home Videos to Blu-ray DVDs

If you've been wondering what to do with all your home videos, the HD-PVR has the answer. Thanks to the included standard definition composite and S-Video inputs, you can plug your VCR directly into the card and record your old home video tapes into an AVCHD format, which you can then burn onto a DVD for playback on your Blu-ray DVD player.

Also included with the Colossus is Arcsoft's "ShowBiz" for video recording, authoring, and burning of your TV recordings onto a Blu-ray DVD compatible disc.

What's in the Box

Hauppage Colossus PCIe card, IR Blaster transmitter cable, component video cable set, audio cable set, USB cable, and 5V power supply. Also includes the following bundled software applications: Arcsoft "ShowBiz" software, and Hauppauge WinTV Scheduler.

Which High Definition Personal Video Recorder is Right for You?

Type Component Video Optical Audio RCA Audio HDMI Input PCIe

1414 Colossus

1212 HD-PVR

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8 x 3 x 7.5 inches
Item Weight 2 pounds
Shipping Weight 2 pounds
Item model number 01414
Customer Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars 132 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #69 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Internal TV Tuner & Capture Cards
Date first available at Amazon.com February 21, 2011

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Hi Folks!

As a long-time Media Center user I bought this card after changing over my cablevision to HD. My provider is Shaw and I'm using the Motorola DCX3400 (a DVR in it's own right - albeit a 'stripped down' DVR compared to Media Center).

So the goal was to get HD into Media Center and continue using Media Center as my DVR. This card does that - and more. Many of the reviews on this site about Media Center support being difficult or buggy are not correct. The install routine is also very easy.

If you're aiming for Media Center integration, don't install anything from the disk. Download the latest Media Center package from their site as well as the latest driver for the card. <= that step is very important as Media Center support is maturing all the time and the latest software from the site is always the best move.

Installing for Media Center is about a 5 step process and it's dead-simple. The card does take about 4 seconds to display video after changing channels. This is because the card is not a tuner - it's actually a video capture device. However, Media Center recordings are NOT 4 seconds late - they are, for all intents and purposes, right on time.

Picture quality is unreal. It's very, very good. The card records in H.264 and performs hardware compression on the fly as it's recording. This means that your HD recordings tend to be about the same size as standard definition recordings. Because the card does real-time hardware compression there's no hit on your CPU - it's all done on the card.

On top of that, it puts the H.264 content into the standard .wtv container so as far as Media Center is concerned, it's just another native recording complete with all MetaData.
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I've been thinking about upgrading my archiving capabilities for a while now. For the last 5 years or so, I used a Panasonic DVD recorder to offload my shows and football games from my Directv HD DVR. It did the job quite nicely. However, I really wanted to go HD all the way to the disk. I was looking for the simplest solution possible. That means, capture the footage, edit it(with no re-encoding), make the menus and burn the file to disk while maintaining excellent quality.

I ended up getting the Hauppauge HDPVR about 2 months ago and was quite happy with it. I happen to come across the Hauppauge Colossus purely by accident, and fortunately for me, was able to return the HD PVR before the 30 days were up. My main reasons for keeping the Colossus were:

1)It costs less
2)It's an internal PCI-e card
3)It can record at a higher bitrate
4)It can record from an unencrypted HDMI source

First of all, let me just say that I only use the Colossus to capture shows off my Directv HD DVR. I don't use the WinTv app, I don't use the IR blaster, or any of the other options for tuning tv stations. It's simply my HD capture solution. For my needs, it works great. It comes with software (Arcsoft Showbiz) for recording, editing, and burning your footage to disk.

I only use it to record footage to my hard drive. For editing purposes, I use Videoredo TVSuite V4 so I don't have to re-encode my edited footage. With the Showbiz software, it always wants to re-encode unless you're only chopping off the beginning and the end of the file.

For making my final output file that gets burnt to disk I use a free program called MultiAVCHD coupled with ImageBurn (another free program).
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After going through a horrific experience with AverTV HD DVR, I bought this product directly through Hauppauge. This card tops AverTV HD DVR 10 fold. No questions asked.

Best part, this card does all of the video encoding, meaning your PC's CPU hardly does anything at all. The quality that it gives is incredible with the file size being relatively small. Colossus gets captured using software such as WinTV and Arcsoft. WinTV records into a format of .ts. You can easily import the .ts file into adobe premiere if you rename .ts to .mpg. No problem.

You can record pretty much anything except for PS3 through HDMI, but you can record Xbox 360 and PC through HDMI.

Hardware Encoder (No CPU Usage)
Excellent Quality
Great Software
Video and Audio are in sync

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I have COX cable with about a hundred HD channels, and like most folks I also have a clunky cable set-top box that is needed to view most of the programming. In my opinion, the guide and recording features within Windows Media Center are far superior to those offered by the cable company. So my goal was to use Windows Media Center to control the cable box from a central location, and leverage several Xbox 360 game consoles as "extenders". This way, my family can view the same set of live or recorded shows from any TV within our home. With the Colossus card, I was hoping to be able to tap all of our TV programming, including the HD content. Overall the setup process was a bit rough, but in the end the Colossus card delivered, and my Windows Media Center setup works in full HD like a champ!! Couldn't be happier!

My computer is an HP Pavilion HPE h8xt computer running Windows 7 Home, my cable box is a Motorola DCH3200, and the Xbox 360's are all connected via an 802.11n WIFI network.

Removing the existing SD PVR card that came with the computer, and installing the new Colossus HD card was a snap. My first thought was to connect the cable box to the card via HDMI, but the documentation suggests avoiding HDMI due to content protection issues. So I used component cables instead. I also used the IR blaster that came with the card to control the cable box, affixing the emitter directly to the IR receiver window on the cable box.

The card comes with a setup disc for Windows 7. However, as support for Windows Media Center was only recently added for this card, downloading the latest drivers from Hauppauge's website was the way to go.

The software setup process was the hard part.
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