|Item model number||1540|
|Hardware Platform||PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360|
|Item Weight||1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||3.4 x 4.7 x 1.6 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||3.4 x 4.7 x 1.6 inches|
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Hauppauge HD PVR Rocket Portable Stand Alone HD 1080p Video Game Recorder for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC Gaming Systems (1540)
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|Hardware Interface||USB 2.0|
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- 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.
- NOTE: (Blu-ray burner software not included) Kindly refer the Instructions inside the package for downloading the Software which is highly recommended.
- Minimum Transfer Rate 2.5 MB/s
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HD PVR Rocket: Carry a Personal HD Video Game Recorder in Your Pocket
HD PVR Rocket is portable and USB bus powered, and is small enough to fit in your pocket! It has a microphone jack on the front panel and a built-in audio mixer so you can record your best game play with game commentary at gaming events or at your friends home.
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. You can record from either HDMI or Component video for the ultimate flexibility.
Add commentary to your gameplay recordings
Plug a microphone into the 3.5mm jack on the front of the HD PVR Rocket, and record game commentary while you record your game play. Microphone audio will be recorded on a second audio track on the USB thumb drive so you can edit game commentary independently from game audio.You can use unpowered or 'phantom powered' microphones: with unpowered mics, there is a +20db boost setting on the Rocket's built-in mixer panel.
HDMI and Component video, up to 1080p
Record HD video from the Xbox One, a gaming PC, the PS4 or any other 1080p video source through HDMI or Component video.
The HD PVR Rocket features 1080p60 'no-delay passthrough' for HDMI and Component video in and HDMI out, 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.
The HD PVR Rocket will record to the USB thumb drive or your PC's disk drive from a 1080p60 video source (recording will be 1080p30). Besides game consoles, you can record from cable TV or satellite boxes or from HD video recorders and video cameras!
Record your video gameplay on a USB thumb drive. Or record to your PC's disk!
HD PVR Rocket is completely stand alone and can record directly to a USB thumb drive. USB thumb drives, external self-powered USB disk drives and SSD drives can be attached.
HD PVR Rocket can also be connected to your PC. Record, trim, upload and stream your game play with the included Haupauge Capture application for Windows. Hauppauge Capture is the all-in-one application for game play recording and streaming.
Encoder: H.264 encoder, at data rates from 1 to 18 Mbits/sec.
HDMI Input: HDMI at up to 1080p60 from Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PC game system, WiiU or other unencrypted HDMI source.
Component input: Cable or satellite TV box up to 1080p.
Pass through output: HDMI.
Video resolutions: 1080p60 passthrough (records at 1080p30), 720p, 576p, 480p.
Microphone connector: 3.5mm jack.
USB thumb drive port: front mounted for USB thumb drive or externally powered USB disc drive. Hauppauge has tested thumb drives up to 128GB in capacity, though larger thumb drives should work as well.
Use the HD PVR Rocket's audio mixer panel to mix game and microphone audio
HD PVR Rocket has a built-in audio mixer to mix game play and microphone audio while you record to the thumb drive. Mute the microphone, adjust the volume and add +20db boost for unpowered microphones (powered microphones are also supported). Once you have your correct audio settings, hit the lock button and your settings will be locked in so you can't accidentally change them.
In addition to the mixer panel, the HD PVR Rocket has a built-in record button, so you can start/stop recordings directly from the Rocket.
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Comes with 64gb thumb drive, everything guaranteed in working condition upon arrival.
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The ads say you can record 8 hours on a 16 gig drive ... but they don't tell you that, IF you want really good quality, you need about 6 gig an hour. I have done video recording for years so I already knew and expected that, 6 Gig an hour is about 15 meg a second data rate.
If you want to have good volume on your audio track, you will need to install the Hauppauge Capture program on your computer and adjust the "game audio" setting up as high as it will go. Then you can disconnect the Rocket from your PC and let it record on the thumb drive ... and you will have loud enough audio to hear.
The Rocket is SMALL, easy to use, and works great. Also, if you want to simply cut out the commercials from your recordings ...WITHOUT re-encoding the files, buy a program called SolveigMM Video Splitter. My wife recorded the series "The people v. OJ Simpson" and it took me only a couple of hours to remove ALL the commercial from ALL 10 episodes.
In order to record from copy protected sources all you need is an HDMI splitter that strips off HDCP (search eBay). There is no need to record using the component cable (RBG). The best quality results from using the HDMI cable. The latest firmware clears up a few minor issues.
You will need some sort of video editing software if you want to remove commercials (as there is no pause button) or when recording SD programs from your cable box. The two most common SD aspect ratios are 4:3, also known as 1.33:1 or fullscreen, and 16:9, also known as 1.78:1 or widescreen. You need to do minor editing (because the wrapper defines the movie as 1920x1080x29.97) so that it plays properly when you burn a DVD or Blu-Ray.
Sometimes I've seen issues when the audio/video was out of sync or no audio was recorded at all, but these were easily fixed by simply unplugging it, then plugging it back in and then re-recording the program (all using the HDCP removal splitter which may be at fault). Sometimes the recorded frame rate was 29.96. I have no idea how this happens, but resetting the device and re-recording cleared up that issue.
Because there's a sleeper of a feature on this thing.
The DSP on the component to HDMI bridge is virtually zero latency. My room is a nightmare of switches and splitters. Almost everything is output to both TV's, a 4k capture card in my PC, and projectors (yes, I'm a madman) ... the ability to get a low latency component output from a PS2, OG Xbox, Wii, etc. Is great.
No processing to the component input image appears to occur, so it's as important as ever to use good cables as short as possible due to attenuation and ghosting. Considering the latency, fair trade to me.
And as for support I cannot complain.
I have a first gen Colossus PCI x1 card from... A decade ago? It still works, and Hauppages software is still compatible with it. Same story with the PVR rocket.
You don't buy Hauppages to be bleeding edge. You buy it for longevity.
I've never had capture issues with PVR Rocket. I think the quality of the USB chipset you're connected to has a lot to do with stability. Wherever possible I connect it to non USB 3.0 port, and use real 2.0 hubs. A lot of imaging devices built for 2.0 in my experience get dicey on 3.0 ports in general.
So in short, a legit NEC USB 2.0 PCI card from back in the day might be your friend. I also connect the "power" connector to a good 5V 1A USB plug. The power supplies from Chromecasts seem to be reliable.
If all of this sounds nuts, remember something I said previously:
I've never had capture issues with my PVR Rocket.
I like standalone mode and it use of a simple flash drive (thumb drive). The newer models use a micro sd card and I don't like that because they are too tiny and more expensive and harder to swap.
It's reliability is outstanding. As long as you have a good power source, and have it configured with the settings you want, it produces flawless recordings in full HD with zero blips. I own 3 of these and my oldest has thousands of hours on it.
Recording software for PC use is decent, allows you to pre-name your files, specify an output directory, set a stop time and configure the unit for standalone use. It even works very well in a VM because my PC OS is Ubuntu with VirtualBox and a Windows 10 Guest.
Tech support is also great, very responsive even during the COVID 19 pandemic.
Great Work Hauppauge!!!
PS. Digital Surround Sound would be nice though.
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Edit: it keeps breaking down and I constantly have to reinstall the default firmware. Don’t trust this product at all. I wanted to use it on the go but I couldn’t take it anywhere without needing to regularly set the numb drive up to reinstall the firmware (it deletes the firmware from the thumb drive after every reset)
When it comes to video, CBR (constant bit rate) is for streaming, not for archival quality recording.
The rocket is a device for creating streaming video, maxing out at 18 MBPS CBR.
You might notice compression artifacts during sudden fast movement, especially close-ups.
Apart from that, it's a solid product, albeit expensive.