Review: HD-PVR 2
Ever wanted to show off your mad skills in Call of Duty? Or maybe you’ve wanted to show how hardcore you are at Gears of War? Or have you just wanted to create game walkthroughs to earn a bit of money on YouTube? Well you’ve come to the right place.
I’ve had a HD-PVR for quite sometime now, in fact all of the specialist videos on our YouTube channel have been created using the original HD-PVR so when the HD-PVR 2 was announced we certainly didn’t want to miss out, especially seeing as you can now record directly from your HDMI port (As long as you’re using an Xbox) in glorious 1080p.
The first thing you will notice about the PVR 2 is that it’s incredibly smaller than previous models and weights around 340 grams (12oz), it’s got a better look to it’s design that sits in well with most entertainment setups. It’s also incredibly easy to set up to your Xbox and PS3, just don’t expect 1080p if you’re using a Playstation, the PS3 has encryption running through it’s HDMI port so you will have to use the standard port to connect to the PVR but it will relay through a HDMI cable back to your TV.
Recording is an absolute doddle, simply wire up, launch the software and hit record, be mindful of how much hard-drive space you have before recording, the videos take up a huge amount of room when you’re recording in 1080p and rendering them down in a video editor will also take more time.
The only real downside to the PVR is what you want to do with the videos, if you’re going to be uploading them to YouTube, it’ll be fine if you have a fast connection with a high upload speed but if you’re on a slower connection then expect the videos to take a lot longer to upload.
All in all the HD-PVR 2 is definitely an upgrade on its predecessors, it’s smaller, lighter and features a more modern design but that’s just the cosmetics, the machine itself produces a much sharper image now and the software runs really well, all we need now is a unit that will connect to our favourite headsets and record all voices, including our own, from online gameplay.