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Elgato HD60 S – record and stream on Windows and macOS – GadgetGuy

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Elgato HD60 S is a clever little black box that can immediately be here and capture what is happening on the display. The name Elgato is widely known among gamers-especially to prove that "they beat the machine".

There was a time when you needed to wait patiently in the gaming hall and watch other people's games before it was your turn. These moments may be tense and triumphant, but they are mainly a barrier between you and where you want to be.

Nowadays, everything has to do with gameplay on PCs, Macs, consoles, mobile devices or the cloud. Happily, we are now living in an era where people are actively seeking online experiences. They watch people play games and comment on games every day. It sounds ridiculous, but some popular streamers earn six figures per month. Streaming games can be very profitable.


Elgato HD60 S is

Video capture "box", which can capture game video and images of almost all objects on the screen, up to

(The number of frames per second).

For clarity, it will digitally capture everything displayed on the screen, and then your PC/Mac will encode/render the final edited material into H.264/5 or VP8/9 format. It has no built-in encoding.

Physically speaking, the HD60 S is a small, rounded rectangle, weighing about 100g, about the size of a wallet. It is made of sturdy matte plastic, which strikes a good balance between high-quality appearance and durability.

It is bundled with Elgato's free Game Capture HD companion software and provides everything you need to set up and stream in minutes.

We call it entry level simply because it is limited to

Capture via USB-C. If you want to capture a higher resolution, the 4K60Pro model can be installed in a desktop PC with a PCIe x4 channel expansion slot and can reach 140Mbps.

To improve your skills, you can plug the HDMI cable of your PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android or iPhone smartphone (if they support video output and are not protected by HDCP copy) into the Elgato HDMI-IN port.

Then you plug the HDMI cable into its HDMI output port and the display to see what is happening (video and audio pass-through).

Then, use Elgato's video capture software to plug the USB-C 3.0 cable into the PC or Mac. USB-C can provide up to 40Mbps power and data capture. now it's right!

At the top is a discreet light strip-a simple visual indicator. When the strip is white, it means it is connected. When red, it means recording or streaming.

There is also a 3.5 mm audio jack to listen to any sound in the video stream.

Please note that this is a pass-through device, you can plug it into any 1080p monitor, or you can disconnect it and put it in your pocket or backpack.

Surprisingly, it can get along with Intel i5-4XXX, quad-core, 4GB and hard drives. It can use embedded Intel HD/UHD or AMD Radeon or NVIDIA GPU. It must have a USB 3.0 port.

We tested it with 4K Lenovo Yoga 920 (review

) And Huawei 3K MateBook X Pro (review

), and perfectly captured 16:9, 1080p (1K video). We also tried using a USB-A 3.0 to USB-C cable, a USB-C to HDMI cable, and testing through a Thunderbolt 3 docking station, which are all good.

When we use the 8th generation Intel i5 and i7 processors, we suspect that its success depends more on a) the device’s native video encoding, and b) getting the speed from the USB port, and devices equipped with USB-C will be more Work well. Players should have no doubts about powerful equipment.

A file size of 40 megabits per second (5MB per second) can be very large. One hour of uncompressed capture time is 15-20GB. You can then edit, render, and encode, so the faster the PC and disk, the better. Or, you will drink a lot of beverages of your choice while waiting for the finished product.

In theory, you can play copyright-protected DVD/Blu-ray or streaming video content on the monitor. All device manufacturers have agreed to implement HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), an anti-piracy protocol built into HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort cable standards. When the Elgato HD60 S detects HDCP content (copy protected), it will not capture this content at all.

Now, we do not advocate piracy in any form, but sometimes HDCP may be too strict. Most mobile phones and game consoles have HDCP protection, but you want to stream from it.

You can solve this problem by purchasing an HDMI splitter, which separates the HDCP signal from the stream. You can read more

, And we need to test on multiple devices. With it, we can record from Android and iOS devices.

Although you can use expensive and powerful capture software, Elgato's products do not disappoint.

It supports recording the recorded content to your computer, as well as real-time streaming to accounts on Twitch, YouTube,, Ustream, Facebook and any other platforms that support RTMP: // streaming protocol. By connecting your account to Elgato's software, you can easily switch between streaming platforms through the drop-down box.

It has all the necessary functions-bit rate control, output/recording quality and frame rate, and audio mixing control between game audio and adding voice comments. But it also has many professional features, such as themed scenes and graphics, which you can superimpose in the stream.

I mean customization: you can add a webcam so that people can watch your reaction to the game, insert custom pictures and text, and even add animations to subscribers or other activities in the channel feed. For gamers who are eager to promote themselves and build brand channels, these custom tools are extremely valuable.

If you want to record content for editing on platforms such as YouTube, the software includes a simple timeline trimming, arranging and editing tools. However, if you want to produce clear video content, you need to export the captured content to a dedicated video editing program. It will not use it for gorgeous YouTube content.

My test is to see if the Elgato HD60 S affects the game speed-lag.

After connecting the card, no lag is detected on the TV screen

The capture window of Game Capture HD software has a small lag

This provides a natural gaming experience and allows me to continue to participate in the game.

After recording, the file is immediately exported to the library folder and is ready for editing. I shot this footage in the "best" setting. The overall quality and smoothness of the final video left a deep impression on me. Overall, the experience is easy and very effective.

Elgato HD60 S is ideal for users who want to start streaming or gaming YouTube channels.

Because of its overall ease of use, easy-to-access and easy-to-browse software, and excellent capture performance, it is recommended by us as an entry-level device. For most people, this box is what you need to start capturing and producing great content.

For those streaming media seeking the maximum bit rate, 40 Mbps may disrupt the transaction. This is why Elgato offers other alternatives.

Price: The retail price of Elgato HD60 S is $269



. A savvy online buyer may save a few dollars on this, but make sure you consider the local warranty, shipping, and taxes.

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