• Interface: PCI-e 2.0 x1
  • Encoding Format: MP4 (codec: H.264 + AAC, MJPEG)
  • I/O: HDMI-in (HDCP-compliant), HDMI pass-through, 3.5mm headset, 3.5mm controller audio, USB
  • Maximum Resolution: 1080p at 60FPS
  • Supported Resolution: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i
  • Dimensions: 125 x 151 x 21.5 mm
  • Weight: 145g
  • Pros:
  • High quality video recording
  • Plug and play
  • Compatible with OBS
  • Cons:
  • ReCentral needs a bit more work

A Small Piece Of Streaming

With the popularity of e-Sports steadily rising in the past few years, many professional gamers and famous personalities have gotten into streaming. As a way to slowly build a fanbase or as a way to earn a bit of side income from content and subscribers, either one is a reason to stream and with Twitch and YouTube Gaming pushing their sites, we expect to see a rise in streamers.

We have always believed that if you’re really into streaming, it wouldn’t hurt to invest into a capture card. It’s a sure way to ensure you get to capture everything the way you want, because with our experience programs and software with built-in capture capabilities like OBS sometimes just don’t work the way you want it to.

The AVerMedia Live Gamer HD 2 helps to take some load off your processor by encoding and capturing uncompressed videos for you. You’ll be able to capture and stream in full 1080p resolution at a smooth and fluid 60 FPS. The setup is as simple plug and play, without the need for any additional drivers, unless you’re using Windows 7. With the bundled ReCentral 3 software you’ll be streaming and capturing in just minutes.

The LGHD2 also has flexible audio connections capable of capturing sound straight from HDMI or from its analog 3.5mm port. This opens a large variety of inputs you could work with, especially if you know how to use mixers. During our testing period, our experience streaming with the capture card was great. We used it on both consoles and PC’s and it worked well on both platforms. The bundled ReCentral 3 software acts a studio, allowing us to edit and mess around with how we wanted our stream to appear.

On our previous reviews we found that ReCentral is prone to issues, ranging from crashes to sudden signal loss. On the LGHD2, the problems have largely been reduced. We still get some crashes, but those were tend to be during startup only.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A great piece of capturing gear that streamers should consider purchasing, in order to provide their viewers with better quality recordings while maintaining their computer’s performance.

(previously published in issue May 2017)

AVerMedia Live Gamer HD2