If you do not know what a capture card is, I’m here to inform you. A capture card is an external accessory that you can plug a USB and display connection into such as HDMI or component cables and record your gameplay to hard drive storage. If that sounds complicated it is not too bad once you get things set up and experiment with it.
I know a lot of people will say well Xbox One already has streaming and recording built into its software. That is true, but the fact is the software has severe limitations. The work around to these limitations is purchasing a capture card.
I have realized sharing gameplay on social media is big for younger gamers these days so I wanted to make this the first topic of coverage. Capture cards make all of this possible with as little effort required. They are the easy button of streaming and recording video game action. YouTube, the most popular video sharing website owned by Google, is one of the most popular outlets for gamers to post their walkthroughs and other types of footage.
Setting up a well functioning recording and streaming ‘studio’. What do you need?
The first thing you will want to get familiar with is OBS or Xsplit. OBS is short for Open Broadcaster Software and is the best free option. It works on Windows 7, 8, or 10 and both OSX and Linux. Xsplit is a paid option and is the best for the money. You buy a license and you get a key that is good for as long as the license lasts. They have 36 month, 12 month, and 3 month license duration. Of course the longer one is more expensive, but works out to being a smaller cost per month.
The second thing you will want to purchase is a capture card. This is a hardware accessory that sometimes comes with software like OBS or Xsplit. However, most of the add on software is bad and you’ll want to use OBS or Xsplit anyway. The good news is that all the top capture cards are compatible with OBS and Xsplit.
I highly recommend a capture card that utilizes USB 3.0 technology. This allows you to capture high quality video with almost no latency at all. Check out these capture cards for USB 3.0:
- Razer Ripsaw
- Avermedia Live Gamer Extreme
Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro
The Elgato actually is what is called an internal capture card. It plugs into a PC’s PCIe slot like a graphics card or other piece of hardware would.