Elgato, the company behind the popular Game Capture HD product line which allows users to record and stream high-definition gameplay, has released a new version of its software that allows you to watch and record in 4K. The company has worked hard to develop features that will help you, and we’ve gathered some of the most useful ones here in this article.
1. What is Elgato Game Capture HD?
Elgato Game Capture HD is a device that plugs into your video card on your computer and allows you to record video of your gaming on your computer. It works with most games and it’s super easy to use. You just plug it into your computer and start recording.
Loading a Custom Video Source
If you want to load a custom source file onto your screen recording or download an existing custom source file to your computer, this is the section where you choose your video target and an artwork for it.
The process can be a little confusing. In order to open the 4K option, you have to select the ‘Custom Video’ option and select the ‘Custom Source Files’ dropdown. There are different supported sources for recording, depending of what you’re using it for. As you can see below, there are four different options with their corresponding support files:.mp4,.mov,.mov.5mp, and.ipa, which are all supported by the standard Elgato Game Capture HD device.
Custom video files are a great way of saving valuable time and effort, especially if you have few movies you want to include in a custom video while also offering you the possibility to record and stream to any of your video platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, and Audible. When you customize your custom video, it will allow you to customize the file name, which is thought to be important to prevent people from copying your file name and using the same one. Also, when you create a custom video, you can chose a still image to display on your screen while you record your game. Again, you can customize the file name. Lastly, you can choose how the image should be displayed on your screen such as a still image or a video. Customizing your custom video disclaimer or using your logo as your logo can also be done.
2. How much does it cost?
Nobody wants to spend money on products that don’t work. That’s why it’s important to know how much a product costs and how it works. Always be willing to pay a little extra for products that work because it’s worth it in the end.
5. Be Considerate of Your Environment – The games that you play aren’t created equally. Some of the games can be downright stressful, and it’s natural to want to get out of the situation as quickly as possible. Be patience and understanding, and resist the urge to rush through finishing the game. If you do have to finish the game as quickly as possible, understand the other options you have. That way, you can get the most out of the game for the least amount of time.
6. Pay Attention to Twitter – Many people who own the original Game Capture software claim that as soon as the product is purchased, a new license is required in order to stream or record the data. A new license costs $149.99 and is good for three years. That extra $10 is a steal and can make a world of difference if you’re an avid gamer.
7. Setup Automation – When doing a video production, there are certain things that you have to put down on paper, like titles and trailers for each of your games. If you’ve ever tried to get a trailer finished while simultaneously shooting videos of the game you’re playing, you know that it can be quite difficult. That’s why it’s a good idea to do some pre-production work before you start on the actual production of the video. If you want to automate some of that work, Elgato offers some integration with Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, and Vimeo so that you don’t even need to hire any additional video talent.
3. How do I use it to record gameplay?
To record gameplay, you need a screen recorder. Many screen recorders can capture audio from your computer’s built-in audio, but only a few can capture audio from your microphone. To do this, you either need an external microphone or you need to mute your computer’s microphone in the system settings.
There are many screen recorders to choose from, but the best feature is reviewed here. Simply press your report button on the Elgato software, and it will automatically mute the computer speakers in 4K. Now you can listen to your recording to hear the tremendously high-quality click-to-report feature for things like attack stance changes, button/trigger presses, and even shouting!
Another great feature is the ability to mute computer/mouse cams located on the system. Everyone has their own personal cams which they prefer, but just be sure to turn them off once the recording is done. After 4K capture, when you open the software it will automatically mute your screen. All you need to do is press the review button in the software to see all the recorded events, and then click on the “Events” button in the Macros section of the Macros sheet to see 4K recordings. Once you have clicked on the recording, you can resume your gameplay.
Here’s a look at the 4K screen recording features. Opening the system at 4K will detect your computer’s microphone or screen recorder, and then play back the source footage over the stream. If you click on the system while at 4K, you’ll see a 4K preview window allowing you to zoom in on specific areas.
There are many articles on.net, elsewhere on the web, and inside the software itself explaining mouse and keyboard click-to-report analysis and how to use the software. Only a small part of this information will apply to players using a specialized acceleration keyboard. If you want to do this, be sure to go through the entire steps and turn the acceleration keys off in your computer’s system settings.
4. What is the Elgato Game Capture HD60 S, and what can I use it to record?
The Elgato Game Capture HD60 S is a solid piece of hardware that can record your gameplay to an external hard drive. It’s compatible with the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U. It’s also compatible with the PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X.
Although the software was designed to work with the Xbox One, it can be run natively on the Microsoft consoles as long as you lose the ability to output 4K on the internal hard drive of the Xbox One. As long as you use the directional Skype with the Xbox One, you will be able to record smooth gameplay. Going the unavailable route (meaning you don’t have the external hard drive with you) is still an option, but you won’t be able to record visuals and you’ll have issues with vertical and horizontal lines, like we elaborated on in our intro section.
Unlike the prior version, the newest version offered 4 cameras instead of two, but unlike that of the old version, 4K footage is only 1⁄2 of the video resolution. For people interested in heavily multitasking, this is beneficial, as you’ll be able to see and capture quite a bit more footage of the game.
It’s tempting to operate the hardware with the Xbox One Remote Play capability, but even if you can play games wirelessly over the internet with your friends, you won’t be able to record high-definition footage of your gameplay. Nonetheless, your friends and family will be able to “tapp” the 4K game instead of “taping” them, giving way to more effective multitasking with the use of various Xbox devices.
4K output is native, but still requires intense compressed video encoding. If you want to use the software with a different video encode, you’ll have to use the Windows Media player. However, this is an option if you don’t want the software to cost you an arm and a leg.
5. How do I stream from the Elgato Game Capture HD software?
Step 1: Open the Elgato Game Capture HD software on your computer. Step 2: Open the game you want to stream on your computer. Step 3: Make sure the Elgato Game Capture HD software is selected as your video input.Step 4: Select the desired video resolution and press the “Record” button. Step 5: Open the Elgato Software window on your laptop. That’s it! Now you can start streaming games and high-definition studio footage.
There is a dedicated latency tool that allows you to test the connection latency between your computer and the server hosting the website hosting the game. You can stream games at up to 30fps, 4K at 60fps, and 8K at 100fps. There is also an option to compress the video file size. You can enable these options automatically or adjust them if necessary.
A list of built-in filters and details about each can be viewed here. A more in-depth explanation of these filters is described in this article that goes into some more detail. Additionally, you can add up to 10 filters to your profile as shown below:
It’s important to mention that streaming & recording is limited to one account at a time. After one stream and one recording, no new content is allowed to be viewed by another user.
There is a dedicated chat filter that allows you to chat directly with viewers. Unlike regular chat rooms, the chat filter is not viewable by non-logged in users. It is not particularly useful to stream a sports game with friends, but for viewers and chatters it could prove useful. There is an option to message your participants via IM, but since many computers and browsers have not been equipped with web chat service drivers, you may have to resort to using older solutions.
There is also a dedicated Servers filter that allows you to filter the live stream by server. You can narrow down the search to specific countries or even specific IP addresses.