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HD PVR 2 model 1512 - now with optical audio in plus IR blaster to control your cable or satellite set top box!

Record HD video from a cable or satellite box, or game play from a PC, Xbox®360 or PS3®

Upload gameplay to YouTube with one click. Show your best gameplay to your friends!

Record up to 1080p while you play your games on your HDMI TV set. Includes our no delay pass through, so you can play while you record in HD!

Now includes StreamEez, so you can live stream your video game play. Create a Twitch or Ustream channel with StreamEez!

Includes a built-in Record button, so you can start and stop your recordings without having to be at your PC. Plus with our Personal Logo inserter, you can add your own logo to your recordings and Twitch and Ustream channels.

HD PVR 2 model 1512 overview

HD PVR 2: your personal high definition video recorder!

HD PVR 2 records video at up to 1080p from a satellite or cable TV set top box, a PC game system, Sony PlayStation® 3, Wii U or Microsoft Xbox® 360. HD PVR 2 can record from either HDMI (without HDCP protection) or Component Video at up to 1080p.

Once you have made your recordings, you can share them with your friends on YouTube or you can burn them in high definition onto a disc for playback on a Blu-ray player.

Amazing HD audio and video quality

HD PVR 2 uses the newest generation H.264 video encoder and records at resolutions up to 1080P30. 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.

And with HD PVR 2’s S/PDIF optical audio input, your audio will be as amazing as the video!

HD PVR 2 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 2 so you can record your PC game play in HD without slowing down your PC.

Make your own HD movie library from cable or satellite TV

Create a HD library of your favorite TV programs by burning up to 2 hours of HD PVR 2 video onto a standard DVD-R disc (disc burning software is not included).

Record your favorite cable or satellite TV programs in HD. Includes an IR blaster to control the channel changing on your set top box

Connect HD PVR to your satellite or cable TV set top box via the HD component cables (supplied). With the TV scheduler and IR blaster, HD PVR can change the channel on the set top box and record the selected program. Hauppauge’s TV Scheduler provides a easy way to schedule your TV recordings. Create a schedule of weekly or once only recordings, and HD PVR will record them automatically! Find your favorite movie, sports event or show, schedule it and let HD PVR 2 take over!

Record your best PC game play in HD. Upload to YouTube and share with your friends!

HD PVR 2 records PC game play in HD using HDMI. You can also record Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U game play. And HD PVR 2’s HD video passthrough means you can record and watch your game play at the same time, with no delay! HD PVR 2 captures videos in a format which is perfect for uploading to YouTube.

HD PVR 2 model 1512 connection diagrams

HD PVR 2 has “no delay passthrough” so you can play your video game while recording. To use the no delay pass through, simply connect HD PVR 2 between your game console and your HD TV set. HDMI output is provided to make it easy to connect to your TV monitor.
For recording HD TV programs from a cable or satellite TV box, HD PVR 2 includes an IR blaster which can change the channels on your set top box. Use the included WinTV application to schedule recordings of your favorite TV programs and the IR blaster will change to the correct channel for the recording.

HD PVR 2 connections

Model numbers

HD PVR 2 connections
HD PVR 2 is small and light and easy to carry around.
The Record button is mounted on top of HD PVR 2,
and makes it easy to start and stop
your gameplay recordings!

Model 01512: HD PVR 2 with English manual

Bundled software applications

  • Hauppauge Capture, with these features:
    • Video capture for recording HD video
    • Trim your videos
    • Upload videos to YouTube
  • WinTV v7, with TV Scheduler and IR blaster so you can record TV from a cable or satellite box
  • Hauppauge SteamEez software, to stream your game play to Twitch or Ustream
  • Hauppauge’s Personal Logo inserter, to burn your logo into your recordings and your video streams

Included in this package

  • HD PVR 2 high definition H.264 personal video recorder, USB 2.0
  • 6V 1.6 amp power supply
  • USB cable - 9 ft.
  • 2 meter HDMI cable to connect to your TV monitor
  • 2 meter IR blaster cable
  • Component video cable with Hauppauge A/V adapter cable, to connect to your cable or satellite box
  • Installation CD-ROM
  • Quick installation guide

Note: HD PVR 2 will not record video from HDMI with HDCP copy protection. If you are recording from a cable or satellite TV box, we have included a set of Component video cables to connect to your box.


HD PVR 2 hardware specs

  • Hardware encoder
    • H.264 AVCHD high definition video encoder, video encode to 1080p30 from HDMI or component video
    • No delay HDMI pass through: HDMI or Component in to HDMI out, up to 1080p
    • Recording datarate: from 1 to 13.5 Mbits/sec
    • Recording formats: MP4 or TS
    • Video down conversion
  • Input/output connections
    • HDMI in from HDMI sources without HDCP (Xbox 360 or PC game console)
    • Component video in, with stereo audio
    • SPDIF optical audio in
    • IR blaster out to control channel changing on a set top box
    • S-Video and composite video in, with stereo audio (requires an optional cable)
    • HDMI output
  • Size: 6 in wide x 6 in deep x 1.5 in high
  • Power: 6V at 1.6 amps
  • Weight: .75lb / .34 kg / 12 oz
  • Recording formats
    • 1080p60p (recorded as 1080p30)
    • 1080p50p (recorded as 1080p25)
    • 1080i60
    • 1080i50
    • 720p60
    • 720p50
    • 480p60
    • 480i60
    • 576p50
    • 576i50

System requirements

  • Laptop or desktop PC with 3.0 GHz single core or 2.0 GHz multi-core processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® 8, 7, Vista or Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • HD TV set with HDMI in (optional, for use with pass through)
  • 512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • Graphics card with 256 MB memory
  • Sound card
  • 220 MB free hard disk space
  • CD-ROM drive (for software installation)

Note: HD PVR 2 will not record video from HDMI with HDCP copy protection. If you are recording PS3 gameplay, use the included PS3 component video gaming cable.

StreamEez for HD PVR 2

Stream your video gameplay with Ustream and Twitch

StreamEez for HD PVR 2 - Beta version 1.2
Stream your video gameplay with Ustream and Twitch

StreamEez for HD PVR 2 Installation CD

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This version is for Windows 8, 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP.

To install StreamEez for HD PVR 2:

Please click on the download link. You will be given an option to Run or Save the file. Click Save to save the file in your Download directory.
Then run this file. During the installation, you will need to run Step 1 (update the HD PVR 2 driver) and Step 2 (installation of the StreamEez application).
Once the installation is complete, please reboot your PC to activate the new Windows driver. After reboot, the Hauppauge StreamEez application short cut will be on your Windows desktop.

Video on how to use SteamEez for HD PVR 2

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Some tips on using StreamEez for HD PVR 2
  • Step 1
    • Before you change any settings, make sure you are Off Air and the Lock button is unlocked (just click on the button to unlock).
    • Choose your Video Source. Xbox 360 normally uses HDMI while PS3 normally uses Component.
    • Choose your Audio Source. Xbox 360 normally uses HDMI while PS3 normally uses Line.
    • In Quality Profile, the default is High Bandwidth. Depending upon the uplink speed of your Internet service, you may need to change to Medium or Low bandwidth. A jerky stream means your uplink speed is too low and you need to choose a different Quality Profile.
    • If you would like to preview your video in StreamEez, make sure the slider under the preview window is set to 'Normal speed'. You should now see your video in the preview window.
  • Step 2
    • Then choose your Stream Service, either Twitch or Ustream. ( You must have an account setup with the stream service you wish to use)
    • In Channel, select Login. Enter your Login and Password. You will see a message "Gathering credentials" as we check your user name and password.
    • Once your user name and password are confirmed, you will see the URL of your stream in the box "Copy stream link". If you click on the words "Copy stream link", the URL will be copied to the clip board.
  • Step 3
    • Leave the Network Connection as the default
  • To start streaming
    • To start streaming, click the red dot next to "Off Air". The indicator should be changed to "On Air" and you will now be streaming live over the Internet!
    • Once you are On Air, you cannot change any settings. You need to stop streaming by clicking the green dot next to On Air to stop the stream.

File name: streameez_cd_1.2a.exe
Date: November 31, 2012
File size: 52 MB

Third Party applications for HD PVR 2

HDPVRCapture for the Mac

Use HD PVR 2 with a Mac.


Capture4ME is compatible with HD PVR 2. It is an easy-to-use application that focuses on the core goal of capturing video. The Capture4ME app has the ability to trim the beginning or end of a recording, and also an 'Upload to YouTube' function for those that want to share their videos online.

Frequently asked questions

What Operating Systems are supported by the HD PVR 2?

Microsoft Windows 8, 7 or Vista (32 or 64-bit), or Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later.

Do I need a PC to use HD PVR 2?

Yes, a PC or laptop is required to use HD PVR 2. The PC is used to both run the HD PVR 2 application plus is the place where HD PVR 2 recordings are stored. HD PVR 2 does not have any internal disk storage.

HD PVR 2 connects to a PC or laptop computer through a USB 2.0 port. The HD PVR 2 recordings are stored on the PC's disk drive.

If you have a Mac, there is an application from HDPVRCapture which can be used. Go to http://www.hdpvrcapture.com for more information.

I use the Hauppauge HD-PVR 2 Gaming Edition. I was wondering how do record your own voice on PS3?

Here is the link to the tutorial on connecting a microphone to the HD PVR 2.

You will need an audio mixer to 'mix in' your game audio. Here is the one we use (but there are lots others):

Here are the connections:

Connect the Xbox to the HD PVR 2 with an HDMI cable. This cable will be used for video only.
For audio, you need to use an 'Xbox audio adapter' to bring the Audio (stereo) from your Xbox to the Mixer. Here is this adapter:
Now you connect the Microphone into the Mixer. There is usually a jack on the mixer marked 'mic' or 'mic in'.
The stereo output of the Mixer goes to the audio connectors on the Hauppauge AV adapter, and the Hauppauge AV adapter plugs into the back of HD PVR 2 in the 'AV in' connector.

Finally, in Hauppauge Capture, you set the Video input to HDMI BUT THE AUDIO INPUT NEEDS TO BE SET TO "RCA (STEREO)". This is the key thing which needs to be done. And then you connect to your TV set with HDMI as normal

Can I connect the HDPVR 2 passthrough cable to a standard TV?

The HDMI output of the HD PVR 2 can only be used on an TV set with HDMI connectors. HDMI TV sets normally display 720p or 1080p video.

Can I use HD PVR 2 with a Mac?

There will be a third party application which supports HD PVR 2 on a Mac. This application is sold separately. For more information, please go to:

System Requirements

Windows 8, 7, Vista and Windows XP with service pack 3. Mac support from HDPVRCapture.com

You can record HD PVR 2 video on pretty much any PC. Older, slow, laptop or desktop PCs can be used to record HD PVR 2 video. Preview video on older PCs and laptops might be jerky and laggy but your recordings will be fine.

But when you playback an HD PVR 2 recording on your PC screen, you need a fast CPU and at least 256MB of graphics memory. Here is what we recommend for video playback (minimum):

  • Dual core CPU 2.0Ghz or faster
  • Graphics with 256MB memory (or greater)
  • Sound card
  • USB 2.0 Port

Can I use the HD PVR 2 with Linux?

Currently, there are no drivers available for Linux.

Can I use HD PVR 2 with the Hauppauge WinTV v7 application?

Yes. If you use WinTV v7.2 with the HD PVR 2, you can record videos plus use Extend for live streaming.

Can I record high definition TV from a Cable TV or Satellite box?

Yes. By connecting the Component video output from your high definition cable TV or satellite TV set top box to the Component video inputs of the HD PVR 2, you will be able to record the TV programs coming from your set top box to the hard disk. Component video connections are normally the Red/Green/Blue connectors on the back of a set top box. Sometimes they are also called YPrPb or YCrCb connectors.

What type of recordings can I make with the HD PVR 2 ?

HD PVR 2 encodes in real time directly to the hard disk in an H.264 format. There are three formats which you can choose when recording a video:

  • .MP4 which is compatible with many video editors plus playback on the XBox360. MP4 is the preferred format for Sony Vegas. Apple iMovie version 9.0.4 can edit HD PVR 2 MP4 files.
  • .TS which is a generic 'transport stream' compatible with many digital media players .
  • .M2TS which is compatible with the Sony Playstation3

All record file types can be used to burn AVCHD Blu-ray compatible discs but you will need to supply your own disc burning application.

What type of audio encoding is made with the HD PVR 2?

There are two ways of bringing audio into HD PVR 2: through the Line In (RCA) stereo audio jacks on the A/V connector or through the HDMI connector. When bringing audio in through the stereo jacks, audio is recorded as AAC. When bringing audio in through the HDMI connector, the audio is also recorded in the AAC format.

DTS audio is currently not supported.

MP4 format recordings are recorded using AAC.

Can I output files I've recorded with my HD PVR 2 or other content from my PC back to an external TV monitor through the HDMI outputs on the HD PVR 2?

No, the HD PVR 2 itself does not have the ability to play back recorded videos to an external monitor. To playback recorded videos, you will need to connect your laptop or PC to your TV set.

The HDMI video output on HD PVR 2 acts as a pass through for live video streaming from your video source through the HD PVR 2 back to your TV monitor. The power of the HD PVR must remain in the on position in order to pass the video through to the external TV.

If I record my game play, can I uploaded it to YouTube?

Yes. Recordings made with HD PVR 2 are in a format which can be immediately uploaded to YouTube without conversion. Hauppauge Capture and WinTV v7 record from HD PVR 2 in an H.264 form. Hauppauge Capture allows you to trim your videos very quickly without the need to re-encode. And "Upload to YouTube" saves your login settings and allows you to upload your videos.

Can my PC go into hibernate or sleep mode when using HD PVR 2?

The current driver for HD PVR 2 does not allow your PC to go into Hibernate or Standby mode when it is either recording or previewing video.

My PS3 is not selecting Component video out, and I see a black screen in Hauppauge Capture. How can I fix this?

This happens if you connected your PS3 using HDMI and now want to use Component video so you can record with HD PVR 2.

To fix, you need to reset the video settings on your PS3. To do this:

  • Make sure you have the HDMI cable disconnected on your PS3
  • Then push the PS3 power button on the front of the PS3. You should see the light go Red. This means your PS3 is turned off.
  • Then hold down the PS3's power button until you hear two beeps (one beep, then about 5 seconds and a second beep).
Your PS3 should now be set to Component video out and you should see video in the preview window in Capture.

Video in the Hauppauge Capture preview window has incorrect colors?

Most of the time this is caused by either one of the Component video connectors is not connected. For example, if the Red connector is not connected correctly, your video picture will look green.
Also try updating to the latest drivers supplied by your graphics card manufacturer.

Video is jerky or broken up while capturing, yet my recordings are perfect. Why?

This is caused by either a slow processor in your laptop or desktop PC, or the display adapter is having a problem. Make sure your video card meets the minimum requirements. Also try updating to the latest drivers supplied by the manufacturer.
In September 2012, there was a problem with the ATI graphics driver which would cause jerky video or freezing of the video screen. This should be fixed with an update from ATI on their graphics drivers.

I get a black screen in the Hauppauge Capture preview window when using Component video from a cable TV set top box.

Some set top boxes will disable or turn off the component output if the HDMI or DVI output is being used. Check to see how you have your Television connected to your set top box. You might need to disconnect the HDMI connector on your set top box when you want to record TV programs.

Audio pass through does not work

In order for the audio pass through to operate, you need to configure the settings in Hauppauge Capture. Click on the Capture tab and make sure Source is Hauppauge Siena Video Capture. Then click the Audio input pulldown from the drop down menu ( RCA, HDMI ). Once configured, the HD PVR 2 will retain these settings. Note: the HD PVR 2 must be powered on for the pass through to operate.

My video recordings look pixelated with fast motion. What can I do?

Increasing the recording bitrate will eliminate motion artifacts in your recordings. Here is how to do this:
In Hauppauge Capture, set to Variable and then include the quality to at least 11 Mbits/sec.

You can experiment with other settings, but in our experience, these are good for uploading to YouTube.

What resolutions and bit rates are supported using the HD PVR 2?

  • Video record resolutions are 1080p30, 720p60, 540p60, 480p60 and a number of downscale variants of these formats.
  • You can record at datarates from 1Mbs to 13.5Mbs, constant and Variable Bit Rate

What file formats are created by recording with the HD PVR 2?

The default formats you can record in are: .TS (transport stream for AVCHD), .M2TS (for PS3), and .MP4 (for most video editors and for playback on an Xbox 360).

How much disk space will it take up when recording?

Approximately 2 GB per hour at 5Mb/s setting.
Approximately 4 GB per hour at 9Mb/s setting.
Approximately 6 GB per hour at 13.5 Mb/s setting.

Can I use HD PVR 2 independently?

No, the HD PVR 2 requires a PC to operate. But once you have connected your PC to HD PVR 2 and have gotten Hauppauge Capture running, you can disconnect the USB cable to your PC and the passthrough will continue to run as long as HD PVR 2 still has power.

Can I use a longer USB cable with my HD PVR 2?

It is not recommended to use a different USB cable other than the cable provided with the device.

Can I burn a Blu-ray disc with my HD PVR 2?

You can burn Blu-ray compatible discs but a disc burner is not supplied with HD PVR 2.

Help Guides

HD PVR 2 QuickInstall Guide

Tutorial on editing HD PVR 2 recordings with Sony Vegas

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