Hauppauge 01414 Colossus PCI Express HD PVR
Record high definition video with digital audio, using the Hauppauge Colossus PCI Express HD PVR. This PVR is engineered for making ultimate H.264 compressed recordings at resolutions up to 1080i AVCHD. It comes with HDMI input port which helps you to easily record HD video at up to 1080i from an un-encrypted HDMI source. This PVR can also records component video (YCrCb) from other video game consoles, cable TV and satellite set top boxes through its built-in IR blaster which instantly changes TV channels for scheduled recordings. Plus, audio is recorded using two channel optical audio which comes with five channel Dolby Digital. Buy the Hauppauge Colossus PCI Express HD PVR now!
What It Is And Why You Need It:
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Note: when playing back video recordings made with the Colossus, a fast CPU and at least 256MB of graphics memory are needed.
|Video Type||Video Capture|
|Video Interface||PCI Express|
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Colors are off, sound has a buzzing noise in it as well. Installed, discovered flaws, removed, and re-installed in a different PCI Express slot, same issues.
Not as good as the HD PVR
All though it captures, it doesn't capture any better than other cards I have used. I thought this was hauppauge's version of the HD PVR only it was installed internally in the PC, eliminating the need for the USB connection. I was disappointed in the fact that unlike the HD PVR, you can not control the BIT rate of Capture (telling the unit the exact quality of the HD capture you want. The only choice you get is the omnibus fair, good and better for a selection. It's only saving grace, the only thing it can do that the HD PVR can't do, is capture through a HDMI port.
Best HD capture Card
I bought this product in september 2010 and never had issue. I have a HTPC with MediaPortal and everything run smooth. Since it's Live TV, I record from my STB 8 to 12 hours a day. Never had problems. Go for it if you want a HD HTPC with Live HD TV from STB. The colossus is a lot more reliable than his brother HD-PVR. Will buy again.
Video Very Choppy
When hooked to a TV Cable box through a HDMI cable the video and audio is VERY choppy. There is a beta fix on their site for those that have the problem but the fix is only about 40% effective. Recording with this fix running is still imposable. If your computer is fast I do not recommend this card.
After owning four other brands of Capture cards- I am in the streaming business. This card is one of the worst for the way high price. There is NO adjustment of incoming audio and in fact a regulated line level input distorts the capture every time regardless of the source through the analog inputs. For 189.00 which is high end these days that's a terrible answer to a big problem. It renders the card useless.
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