Thursday, February 9th 2012

AverMedia Intros the Live Gamer HD Gameplay Streaming Solution

AverMedia, specialists in video encoding and archival hardware, introduced the Live Gamer HD addon card. This product solves the problem of gameplay streaming/recording software introducing lag because the software syncs the framerate to match the framerate of the encoded video/stream, not to mention the additional burden on the CPU and hard drive. The addon card acts as an intermediate between the graphics/audio cards and the display/headset, encodes gameplay at resolutions up to full-HD, that's 1920 x 1080 @60 FPS, without affecting the framerate the gamer experiences (the display stream and the recording stream needn't be at sync). The card packs a hardware H.264 encoder, which then works with a software to either stream it online (via streaming services such as Livestream), or records it onto local storage (since it's writing a pre-encoded video, HDD activity will be much lower compared to screencapture programs that write heavy lossless video). AverMedia did not give out pricing information.



A video presentation by AverMedia follows.

Source: VR-Zone
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11 Comments on AverMedia Intros the Live Gamer HD Gameplay Streaming Solution

#1
ZoneDymo
Seems pretty sweet, don't think this is the first product of its kind though.
Also, I prefer Lossless quality, don't want to double encode vids.
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#2
v12dock
Cool but Fraps only cost $38
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#3
InnocentCriminal
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by: v12dock
Cool but Fraps only cost $38
I think you're missing the point slightly.

If I gave a crap about recording my games I'd definitely be interested in this sort of product.
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#4
Completely Bonkers
by: v12dock
Cool but Fraps only cost $38
Er, did you read the OP? The whole idea of this card is that is it done in hardware without slowdowns, plus it can encode and stream out over the internet while you play. NOT possible with fraps.

BUT HDMI and 1920x1080 max? LOL. Screen capture needs to be hardcore and up to 2560x1600 to be impressive... even if the streaming is then downsampled to "HD".

I wonder what this thing does about taking and recording video coming out of a different media source, ie. Bluray video. Haha
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#5
dariok
The 1080p limit is disappointing. The price point is crucial as with decent hardware (i7 2600k and a separate HDD for video capture) I don't really know of any game that will show significant lag.
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btarunr
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by: dariok
The 1080p limit is disappointing. The price point is crucial as with decent hardware (i7 2600k and a separate HDD for video capture) I don't really know of any game that will show significant lag.
If your screen recorder program syncs display output to video framerate, then there will be lag. This card basically lets your graphics card pump out 100s of FPS to your display even while it's encoding at its set 30 or 60 FPS. It basically works like a DVR/VCR, acting as a physical middle-man between your monitor and graphics card, and not a software middle-man (like FRAPS). It will be interesting to see how this card handles HDCP content.
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#7
Breit
to bad i play at 2560x1600... :shadedshu
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#8
ERazer
hmm interesting, depends on the price i might grab this
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#9
Mega-Japan
I'm confused, perhaps I misread something but, I thought this was meant for consoles, hence the HDMI ports? Or is that HDMI Out?

Either way, I need one of those but with USB 3.0 instead of PCIe since I currently only have my laptop with me D:.
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#10
ERazer
by: Mega-Japan
I'm confused, perhaps I misread something but, I thought this was meant for consoles, hence the HDMI ports? Or is that HDMI Out?

Either way, I need one of those but with USB 3.0 instead of PCIe since I currently only have my laptop with me D:.
not sure but i think you can do both
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#11
jmcslob
I don't see this being useful to anyone except DEVs and Beta testers and people that wanna steal movies in 1080p. just saying
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