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Giving gamers the means to capture and edit their gameplay footage via the means of a dedicated hardware solution, capture cards guarantee complete control over recorded footage, commonly bundled with software for a convenience and efficiency. Available through two different means as dictated by the gamer’s use-case and additional devices, gamers can install a PCIE internal capture card for direct a connection to the gamer’s system, or via the means of an external capture card connected through USB.
As the means for capturing footage allows compatibility between camera equipment and microphones, those intending on producing video, streaming, gameplay broadcasting or eSports commentary will find a great deal of benefit from using a dedicated capture card, rather than software solutions which rely solely upon the user’s PC. Varied throughout quality and features, the chosen capture card will be highly dependant upon the gamer’s use-case. While some devices allow for recording at 1080p/30fps, others may allow for 1080p/60fps with uncompressed quality for a cleaner output.
Gamers looking to capture their footage internally using a PCIE based capture card simply need to connect their graphics card output connections (HDMI, DisplayPort etc.) in to the capture card, before outputting the capture card to their display. This means the capture card can also be used to capture footage from gaming consoles directly to the user's PC, using the same connection method. This allows full control over video editing using the user's own choice of software. As PCIE based capture cards feature their own dedicated hardware encoding processors, CPU from the user's PC usage is lowered, allowing frame rates and consistency to remain high and reliable, all the while recording and editing the gameplay footage. Capture cards such as the AVerMedia GL510 Live prove ideal for recording and editing.
Those who would prefer a capture card which can be more easily accessed and moved around for ease-of-use, external USB based capture cards would best serve their needs. As external capture cards provide improved manageability over different sources, those who own multiple PCs or gaming consoles will find more benefits in being able to plug ‘n’ play when necessary. Capture cards such as the Razer Ripsaw are equipped with additional audio input options for a user-friendly means of functionality. Along with additional options for connectivity ensuring users are ready to go regardless of their chosen gaming system.