HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition

Record your game play in 1080p HD on your PC

HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition

About the HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition

Record video game play in HD on your laptop or desktop PC


HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition records high definition game play video from a gaming PC or game console onto your Windows laptop or desktop PC. Make video recordings of your best game play in HD. Upload your favorite games to YouTube and share them with other gamers online. Or make a high definition movie of your game play to share with your friends or use it to discuss tactics with your clan members!

New! Now with Facecam for your gameplay recordings!

Hauppauge Capture now includes Facecam. Point a webcam of yourself to add a video of you playing your favourite game. The Facecam window can be any size and positioned anyplace in your video.

Add your game commentary while you record or stream!

Hauppauge Capture, the simple to use application for recording, editing, uploading and streaming your game play, has a built-in audio mixer. Add game commentary while you record or stream your videos. And add audio from your PC (music or Skype audio can be recorded) and even put each audio source on separate tracks for easier editing in Sony Vegas or Pinnacle Studio. The Hauppauge Capture program has all the features you need for making awesome game play recordings!

Live Twitch and YouTube streaming of your game play

Stream your game play to your Twitch or YouTube channel with the Hauppauge StreamEez application (part of the Hauppauge Capture application). Create your own event and be watch by thousand followers! With the new Hauppauge Capture application, you can steam your game play and also add your game commentary to the stream.

With HDMI and Component Video in plus no-delay HDMI video passthrough!

HD PVR 2 comes with HDMI in and out to make it easier to connect to your game console and your HD TV set.

New! Now with a Record button, so you can start and stop your video recordings directly from the HD PVR 2

HD PVR 2 has a top mounted record button. Hit the record button and ShowBiz opens on your PC and starts recording. Hit the record button again and ShowBiz will stop recording. This makes recording your video gameplay super easy!

Record your PC gameplay, with no delay and no slowdown of your PC!

HD PVR 2 can be connected to the HDMI output of your PC to record your gameplay. With our "no delay passthrough", you can play your game on a TV monitor while recording. And the recording will not slow down your PC since the encoding is done within HD PVR 2!

Amazing audio and video quality

HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition uses a pro-quality H.264 video encoder, the same video recorder which is used in TV studios. HD PVR 2 records using amazing H.264 compression at HD resolutions up to 1080p30. HD PVR 2's H.264 recording format is used by Blu-ray disks and exceeds other compression standards in video quality, providing a crisp image with amazing digital sound. And H.264 uses 1/3 the disk space compared with the popular MPEG-2 format.

Watch recordings of your best game play on your PC monitor or HD TV set

Once your recordings are on your PC hard disk, you can play them back directly on your computer screen using the included ShowBiz application. You can also transfer the recordings over your home network to your PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or other high definition media player.

Play while you record with our no-delay HDMI video pass through!

HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition comes with real-time video pass through, so you can watch your game play on your HD TV while recording your game on your PCs disk drive. Simply connect HD PVR 2 in between your game console and your HD TV set (HDMI in and out plus Component Video cables included).

Upload your best games to YouTube and share with your friends

HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition comes with a one click upload to YouTube. Make HD recordings of your game play and upload your best videos to YouTube. HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition records videos in HD using H.264, which is perfect for YouTube.

Use the Personal Logo inserter to add your channel logo to all of your recordings and streams

Use the Personal Logo inserter to add your own logo to all of your recordings and video streams. The HD PVR 2 Personal Logo inserter makes it easy to make sure all of your friends see your channel logo! Adding a Personal Logo is easy: just make a 150x100 pixel BMP, JPEG or PNG file and then use Hauppauge Capture to upload your logo into the HD PVR 2. After that, the logo will be automatically added to your recordings and video streams. For an example of a Personal Logo used here at Hauppauge, see this video.

HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Features

Record, Edit, Upload and Stream Xbox® One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3® or PC game play in HD

New feature! Now with Facecam ... putting YOU in your YouTube videos!

New feature! Now with Skipback ... record video game play in the past!

Record and stream in-game commentary and chat with Hauppauge Capture!

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 YouTube streaming 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 video streams

HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition connection diagram

HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition has video pass through for no delay recordings. Simply connect HD PVR 2 between your game console and your HD TV set. HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition comes with all of the cables needed!

HD PVR 2 diagram

Model numbers

model 01482: HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition, with English manual

Included in the box

  • HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition high definition H.264 personal video recorder, USB 2.0.
  • 6V 1.6 amp power supply.
  • USB cable - 9 ft.
  • Hauppauge AV cable.
  • Hauppauge Capture application.
  • Quick installation guide.

Technical specifications

  • Hardware encoder:
    • H.264 AVCHD high definition video encoder, with record resolution to 1080p30
    • Recording datarate: From 1 to 13.5 Mbits/sec
    • Recording format: AVCHD (.TS and .M2TS) plus export to .MP4
    • Video down conversion: From 1080p to 720p
  • No delay HDMI passthrough:
    • HDMI in to HDMI out - up to 1080p
    • Component Video in to HDMI out - up to 1080i
  • Input/output connections:
    • HDMI in, from HDMI sources without HDCP such as Xbox 360
    • Component video in, with stereo audio
    • S-Video and composite video in, with stereo audio
    • 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

Bundled software applications

  • Hauppauge Capture, with these features
    • Video capture for recording video game play, with game commentary and Facecam
    • Trim your videos
    • Upload videos to YouTube
    • Stream videos with Twitch and YouTube

System Requirements

  • Laptop or desktop PC with 3.0 GHz single core or 2.0 GHz multi-core processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista with 1 GB RAM or Windows XP Service Pack 3 with 512 MB RAM
  • TV set with HDMI input
  • 512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • Graphics card with 256 MB memory
  • Sound card
  • 220 MB free hard disk space
  • (Optional) CD-ROM drive (software can also be downloaded from here)

StreamEez: stream your video gameplay with Twitch and YouTube

File name: streameezsetup_1_4_35054.exe
Date: Feb 24, 2017
File size: 151 MB

New features in this version

  • For Twitch users: add your channel name and pause for a commercial break
  • For YouTube users: fixes problems with YouTube recording of video streams
  • Adds an automatic re-connect mode, to re-establish streaming when your Internet connection is momentarily lost
  • Adds streaming support for the HD PVR Rocket

To install this version of StreamEez:

  • 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 folder.
  • Run this file. It will install the StreamEez-Pro application plus the Windows driver.
  • When finished running the update, you will be ask to restart your PC. Restart your PC
  • While the PC is restarting, power cycle your StreamEez device to load the new firmware (remove power from the unit for a few seconds and then plug it back in).
  • When your PC has rebooted, double click on the StreamEez-Pro icon.
  • Under Source (upper left hand corner), make sure it is set to your Hauppauge device.
  • If your cables are connected, you should now be able to stream with Twitch or YouTube.

Some tips on using StreamEez

  • 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 laggy or 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 YouTube. ( 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.

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.

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 HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition. I was wondering how do record my game chat with game audio?

With the new Hauppauge Capture application, you can plug your microphone into the 'mic input' on your PC and mix your game play audio with microphone audio. There are seperate volume adjustments for game play and microphone audio.


You can also use an external mixer to mix your chat with game play. 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 Showbiz 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 HD PVR 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?

If you buy the HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus, it comes with a free copy of HDPVRCapture for the Mac.

If you have an HD PVR 2 or an HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition, you can buy HDPVRCapture 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 record composite video from my old PS2 or Wii?

Yes. Connect the yellow cable from your Wii to the Blue connector on the Hauppauge AV cable. Then connect the red and white audio cables from your Wii to the red and white connectors on the Hauppauge AV cable. Then, in Showbiz or Hauppauge Capture, select Composite under Video input and Line In under Audio input.

Here is a video which shows you how to use the HD PVR 2 with an Nintendo 64: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mb541Ww09jg

Would you like to support the HD PVR 2 in your own Windows application?

You can access the HD PVR 2 in your DirectShow application. Simply build a Directshow graph and add the crossbar, capture and encoder filters. Then connect them all up, and it'll output a transport stream containing H.264 and AAC.

You can then demultiplex it or do whatever you want to it. And you can use standard Microsoft API like IVideoEncoder to control the bitrate. Here is a link to the Graphedit graph.

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.

The HD PVR 2 model 1512 comes with the cables to connect to your satellite or cable TV set top box.

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

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.

If you have the HD PVR 2 model 1512 or the HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus and are bringing in 5.1 channel audio from either HDMI or optical audio, your recordings will be made with 5.1 channel AC3 audio.

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. ShowBiz records from HD PVR 2 in an H.264 form. ShowBiz Edit allows you to trim your videos very quickly without the need to re-encode. ShowBiz "Upload to YouTube" saves your login settings and allows you to upload your videos.

When I upload videos to YouTube using Showbiz, I do not get an HD option for playback

In Showbiz, you have to set the default resolution to at least 720P when uploading to YouTube in HD. This is done by going to Options; Preferences; Other and selecting the desired YouTube resolution.

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 Showbiz. 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 Showbiz Capture.

When opening the Showbiz Capture, I see a Channel button. Why?

If you have a TV tuner card installed, Showbiz Capture may attach to this or any other capture device installed.  If you see a Channel button on the Capture Module window go to the Source drop down menu at the top and select the Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Capture Device.

Video in ShowBiz 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.

I see a change in brightness every few seconds in Hauppauge Capture and Showbiz while recording, streaming or playing back my video recordings. But my recordings are fine. What is going on?

If you are running an AMD graphics card in the PC which the HD PVR 2 is connected to, you may experience a slight change in brightness every few seconds while in the preview or edit screens. This is due to an issue with hardware acceleration that we have seen in some AMD drivers. This shift does not affect recordings and typically can be eliminated by either changing drivers for the graphics card or by disabling Hardware acceleration.

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 ShowBiz Capture 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 the Showbiz application. In Showbiz, click on Capture. 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 Showbiz Capture module, click the Format setting button. Then click the Video Encode tab. Under Bitrate, set to 10000000 (this is 10 Mbits/sec bitrate). Under Bitrate peak, set to 20,000,000 (this is 20 million bits/second). Under Bitrate mode, set to Variable.

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 from a PC?

No, the HD PVR 2 requires a PC to operate. But once you have connected your PC to HD PVR 2 and have gotten Showbiz 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.

Hauppauge Capture hangs during the installation.

Check for the presence of "Constant Guard" from Exfinity and uninstall if present then re run the installation for Hauppauge Capture. Once installed you can reinstall Constant Guard


HD PVR 2 Videos

The Hauppauge YouTube channel

Official setup guide for OBS
HD PVR2 OBS Streaming Tutorial
FaceCam: Add a webcam into recordings
Link PX21 Headset to the HD PVR 2 Featuring the Xbox 360
Link PX21 Headset to the HD PVR 2 Featuring PS3
Setup the HD PVR 2 with a Gaming PC via HDMI
Hauppauge Capture How to Live Stream to YouTube
Record In Game Voice Chat on PS3 Tutorial
Record PS4 live chat with your HD PVR 2
Record a Legacy Gaming Console with the HD PVR Rocket
Link PX21 Headset to the HD PVR 2 Featuring the Xbox 360
Will It Record? Retro Consoles
Record PS4 live chat with your HD PVR 2
Setup the HD PVR 2 with your Xbox 360 and Astro A50 Headset
Introducing the HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition (Featuring PS3)
Introducing the HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition (Featuring Xbox 360)
HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition (360° view)
Hauppauge Capture How to Live Stream to YouTube
How To Record In Game Voice Chat on PS3 Tutorial