Hauppauge HD PVR Rocket Portable Game Capture Device

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About this product


  • Compatible with Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4 (with firmware update)
  • Capture your game play on the go and on your PC in 1080p
  • Record direct to USB (in stand alone mode) or connect to your PC to record to your PC hard drive.

Product overview

• Compatible with Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4 (with firmware update)
• Capture your game play on the go and on your PC in 1080p
• Record direct to USB (in stand alone mode) or connect to your PC to record to your PC hard drive.
• Built-in microphone connector for recording in-game commentary.
• Upload content to YouTube, create your own YouTube channel.
• Record in MP4 (standalone) and .TS files (PC)

Small and portable high definition Console and PC game play recorder with built-in microphone connector for recording game commentary. HD PVR Rocket records content at up to 1080p and can record from either HDMI (without HDCP protection) or Component Video. The HD PVR Rocket is portable and USB bus powered. In standalone mode record your game play straight to USB stick or connect to your PC to record to your PCs hard drive. Get free updates for life with Hauppauge Capture software (for PC capture and editing).

HD PVR Rocket records at resolutions up to 1080P30 using H.264 video compression. The H.264 format is used by Blu-ray discs and exceeds other video compression standards in quality and disk space consumption, providing a crisp image and amazing digital sound. H.264 uses 1/3 the disk space compared to the popular MPEG-2 format.

HD PVR Rocket also can be connected to your PC. Use our Capture application to record game play, trim your videos and upload them to YouTube.

HD PVR Rocket for PC gamers: your personal HD recorder for your game play.

Record your best gaming moves without slowing down your PC. The video compression is done inside HD PVR Rocket so you can record your PC game play in HD without slowing down your PC. Simply plug the HDMI out from your PC gaming system into the HD PVR 2, and then connect HD PVR Rocket to your TV monitor.

Hardware encoder:

H.264 AVCHD high definition video encoder, video encode to 1080p30 from HDMI or component video
No delay HDMI pass through: HDMI or Component in to HDMI out, up to 1080p
Recording data rate: from 1 to 18 Mbits/sec
Recording formats: MP4 in standalone mode, TS in PC connected mode

Audio mixer:

Game audio + microphone
Microphone volume adjust, +20db boost and mute

Input/output connections:

HDMI in from HDMI sources without HDCP (Xbox or PC game console)
Component video in, with stereo audio
3.5 mm microphone jack
USB thumb drive connector
HDMI output

Size: 4.75 in wide x 3.5 in deep x 1.5 in high
Power: 5v @ .9 amps
Weight: 4.6 oz

Bundled software application:

Hauppauge Capture, so you can record your game play to your PC. With fast trim and upload to YouTube.

Stand-alone recording requirements:

USB thumb drive for storing video recordings
USB bus power: one USB 3.0 port or two USB 2.0 ports

PC connected requirements:

PC with 2.0 GHz processor
Microsoft® Windows® 8, 7, Vista or Windows XP Service Pack 3
HD TV set with HDMI in (optional, for use with pass through)
1 GB memory minimum
Graphics card with 256 MB memory
Sound card
1GB free hard disk space minimum
CD-ROM drive (for software installation)

Included in this package:

HD PVR Rocket high definition H.264 personal video recorder, with USB 2.0 port for recording to thumb drives and a built-in microphone mixer. USB 2.0 or 3.0 bus powered USB power cable, with ‘Y’ for older style USB 2.0 ports
2 meter HDMI cable to connect to your TV monitor
Quick installation guide
Note: HD PVR Rocket will not record video from HDMI with HDCP copy protection.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from HD PVR Rocket = Well Worth it! I've always wanted to do game captures and game reviews, but the idea of connecting a laptop to the console and to the device and to both a monitor and TV just seemed daunting. Yes, I could do it, but I was looking for a simple alternative and this device is it. Recording direct to a USB stick is a joy. Once you've finished recording (with a 32gb stick, you can record up to around 14 or 15 hours non stop), just remove the stick and pop it in your computer. Simple! I use this on my xbox one and it works so well. I know that there is an issue with playstation 3 and 4 owners due to HDCP Encryption on the HDMI, but the Hauppauge website gives you help with that. Also, Sony have said that they are planning a firmware update that will allow game capture, but when that happens is up to them. Seriously, if you are looking for an alternative to the elgato, this is it.
Date published: 2014-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great device, but not as intuative as I'd like Before I begin, I think that I should clarify things. I have a non-standard setup that connects through a breakout cable. If you're connecting through HDMI then this "should" be a breeze. I brought this specifically because I wanted to be able to record without A) Tying up my PC B) being subjected to the unpredictability of Windows and PC system resources. My thinking was thus "hardware boxes just run". You plug them in, you press a button, and they do what they are supposed to do. If I was using an HDMI connection this would probably have been true, but I found this box quite difficult to set up using the breakout cable. There is a single flashing blue light on the front to indicate that the box isn't receiving a signal or that it's receiving a signal but doesn't understand it, or that the signal is too weak to process. Or pretty much anything else. There software that is supplied doesn't provide any more information either, and the instruction manual (and the website) doesn't even explain which of the 5 possible sockets on the supplied breakout cable you actually use for things like audio or video (The colour coding only applies if you're equipment uses one of two specific colour coding standards). The manual and the website also didn't specify that I needed to set the frame rate on the capture software to a specific setting (in my case, 30fps) in order to record from certain types of source. I largely needed to find this out by trying every setting until I got a picture and could record, which took about 3 hours, and I'm not a beginner when it comes to capture devices. A good FAQ or trouble shooting guide would have helped me no end. Once I got past the initial setup hurdles the device functions like a dream. Plug in a USB stick. Switch your source on, wait for the flashing blue light to turn green (may take 30 or more seconds, depending on what you are doing), and then press the record button. It's that simple. The audio and video quality are great, and there are multiple options to allow you to increase\decrease the quality depending on how much space you want the video to take up and what you want to do with it (You don't need to turn the video settings up to maximum to record from a retro games console, especially not an older 8Bit or handheld model), but it can record in great 1080 from a modern console using the HDMI connector. For PC gamers, this device is limited to TV\games console quality, so no 4K recording, or ultra HD recording. You can also use this device to copy old home movies using the Yellow Red and White cables. It plugs straight into my ancient camcorder and lets me copy video off in real time. you can also connect it to a VHS player using a Scart to composite adapter to copy old wedding videos ad school plays from the 1980s and such from VHS to digital.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not impressed I bought this around 1 week ago and it worked fine until it wouldn't connect to my Xbox or the recording software and won't stop flashing blue and red. Not very happy...
Date published: 2016-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very useful gadget Bought this to archive some videos - captures HDMI stream very effectively, simple to use
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from HD PVR Review I've had the device for a while now and it has been a great item to have. I've made some really good videos on my xbox 360. I've never had any delay and thought it was a wonderful product for the price it is. The makers seemed to have had there minds focus on the fact of making it portable, which in my opinion is amazing. Not often do I get to take my capture card over to my friends or families house and record games we have played together but when I do its simply and easier to do. All I need to do is put the device into my pocket, put the cables in my bag with a usb (for storage) and off I go. The only reasons I wouldn't give a full 5 out of 5 for the review is because the software you have to download from the internet isn't the best I have used. I couldn't get it to connect to my monitor and then to my pc to record my PC gameplay and that is where the software comes in fault as well, the software for the PC is the only way to record gameplay for your computer and as it isn't the best I have used it wouldn't make my number one for recording. On the otherhand though it did give me some better results for my fps count then my other software. It also has a very easy interface for the software which makes using it less of a painfully leason and more of a enjoyable experience. Overall for what your buying it is one of the best capture cards I have ever used. I have never come across a gaming capture card that is so portable and easy to use. It had no delay and was super simply and easy. There was nothing wrong with the recording at all. If their was a proper software for the item it would be better but that can be overlooked, if you don't have or have used other software before. I'll show you some game play so you can your own mind of what its like.
Date published: 2015-12-29
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Will it automatically record in-game sound or will I need a separate mic or device to record it?

Asked by: Churix
This will record in game sound but not chat sound.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-06-28

Is the USB B port on the device out?

Asked by: Banana
The USB B port is for power.
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-06-02

Will this record 4gb plus video file continually with out breaking it in to 1.95gb maximum segment files as the one I am using at present.

Asked by: Roger
Yes this can record files larger than 4gb.
Answered by: DaveB
Date published: 2017-02-07

Do I connect my tv to HDMI in or HDMI out

Asked by: Finn flower
Here is a quick start guide for your perusal . https://maplindownloads.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/A26NC-9675.pdf
Answered by: darren cordon
Date published: 2017-01-03

Is it possible to record direct off my TV (I.e. Not game capture) to usb using this device? If not, can you please recommend a suitable product?

Asked by: Benn
According to many resources online this equipment can record tv. However, this method is also infringement of copyright laws which many, at least reputable, companies won't mention. Check YouTube for some demonstrations.
Answered by: Dixie
Date published: 2016-11-29

Does this support windows 10 ?

Asked by: damian08
Yes, I am pleased to advise the item will support this use.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-11-28

Hello, might be a silly question but does this capture from the console (xb1) or the television? , ie would I have to run an additional cable though the wall mounted trunking or can I just put a cable in the xbox?  Thanks. 

Asked by: Pips
This records from the HDMI out port of the Xbox directly and has a HDMI out to go to the TV.
Answered by: Rodney
Date published: 2016-11-21

can I use the built in mic port for youtube comentary

Asked by: platnumscorpion
Yes this would be fine to use.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2016-08-30
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