With the help of a capture card, you can record your favorite in-game moments so that you may relive them at a later date. You also get the chance to transform your gameplay footage into movies or short clips that you can then share with your friends. Unlike software alternatives which drain your system’s resources, capture cards enable you to record in-game footage without interfering with your actual play in any visible way.
Having said that, let us point out that each capture card comes with its own perks and shortcomings, which is why you need to scout the market thoroughly before making any sort of purchase. To give you a better idea of what to look for, we put together a list of the ten best capture cards money can buy.
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10AGPtek HDMI/YPBPR Recorder HD Game Capture Recorder
Capable of recording 1080p footage, this capable yet inexpensive capture card from AGPtek stands out for all the right reasons. Not only is it very easy to use but you are also guaranteed to be able to use it with virtually any device out there with no issues to speak of. In fact, this card doesn’t require any PC to work properly, just as long as your gaming device has USB ports to connect the recorder.
9Diamond Game Caster HD GC2000
This particular game caster comes with a Capture/Edit function that includes adding real-time voice commentary, a feature not many capture cards have nowadays. At the same time, it is a standalone device by design, meaning that you won’t actually need a PC to get it running. Also, this ingenious capture card allows you to stream your recorded footage directly to Twitch, Upstream, or on your Smartphone with no limits whatsoever.
8Intensity Pro 4K Capture & Playback Card
The Intensity Pro Capture & Playback Card from Blackmagic Design is definitely one of the most technologically advanced capture cards out there. Thanks to its ingenious construction, it will accommodate HDMI video & audio outputs in SD, HD, or Ultra HD depending on your device. What’s interesting about this card is that it enables you to record 1080p footage at a steady 60fps speed, a feature you should always look for in a capture card.
7AGPtek HD Game Capture HD Video Capture Card
This HDMI-ready capture card records YPbPr video and games to a 1080p standard. You can then save this footage to a USB flash drive or to a USB hard drive with no limitations whatsoever, a versatility not many capture cards have. Also worth mentioning is that in order to get the device running, all you have to do is to connect it to your favorite gaming platform via USB and you’re ready to start recording without the need to install any drivers.
6Roxio Game Capture HD PRO
Roxio’s Game Capture HD PRO is the type of capture card that anyone who enjoys gaming on a console should invest in. We say this because it is easy to set up, easy to use, and even easier to transfer files from. In fact, you can share videos via YouTube, Facebook, or RoosterTeeth with just a simple touch of a button. You can also capture real-time footage in HD quality from any PS4 or Xbox you might have.
5AVerMedia HD DVR High Definition / Analog Video Capture Card
It is important for any capture card to be easy to use, which is the exact feature that makes this particular card stand out. It features an uncompressed capturing capacity with a 4:2:2 color resolution, a build that allows you to capture high-quality analog footage in almost perfect conditions. At the same time, it allows you to capture footage of up to 1080i HD via an HDMI connection and is fully compatible with Windows 10.
4HDML – Cloner Box
With this particular capture card, you get to experience lag-free, full HD 1080p footage capturing. While some fo you would expect such a device to be quite expensive, the truth is that it is surprisingly affordable by most standards. In fact, you are unlikely to find a more capable capture card in this price range. We say this because it comes with a 16 GB USB flash drive, a user-friendly interface, and a free lifetime firmware and software upgrade.
3Magewell XI100DUSB-HDMI USB Capture
Capable of working perfectly well with Windows, Linux, or MAC OS, this capture card from Magewell will surely appeal to a wide audience. It is capable of capturing full HD up/down scaling 1080x720p footage under any circumstances and without slowing down your gaming experience. At the same time, it can accommodate multiple devices on a single host while offering image control and multiple output settings to choose from.
2AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable Capture Card
The AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable Capture Card is designed to work well with any Xbox, PlayStation, or WiiU console out there, which may explain its popularity. That aside, it is also quite capable in its own right. The reason we say this is because it can capture Full HD 1080p footage via an H.264 hardware encoder, doing so with minimum latency when streaming and recording. Interestingly enough, this device has stand-alone capabilities, meaning that it will record directly to an SD card of your choosing without the need for a PC.
1Elgato Game Capture HD60 S
When it comes to capture cards, no other device meets the high standards of the Elgato Game Capture HD60 S, a game capture card designed to work with virtually any console out there. It does so in a stunning 1080p, 60 fps quality, which is no less than what you should expect from any high-end capture card on the market.
Furthermore, this device benefits from a state of the art USB 3.0 Type C connection along with the ability to live stream your footage via Twitch or YouTube with just the push of a button. Overall, it is perhaps the best capture card the market has to offer at this point in time.