With Twitch and Youtube streaming all the craze these days, we decided to try our hand at the Game Capture Diamond GC2000 from Diamond Multimedia to see it could offer and how well it would work. What particularly caught our eye is that users can stream (or record) video from their iOS devices, as long as they support HDMI out and have the correct accessories. This is fairly impressive as Twitch streaming primarily revolves around PC and console games, and hopefully mobile game streams will begin to come more popular. For this review in particular though, we’ll focus on the recording quality directly to an SD card if you primarily do in-depth console or PC game reviews.
As shown in our small demo video below, the GC2000 was able to record at a full 1080p with good quality audio and no noticeable skipping, lag, or stutter. When it came to preparation and checking if it was recording however, there were some small hangups there which required further looking into. As it turns out the GC2000 can not record video that is protected by HDCP, and because the demo video above was recorded using a PS4, that feature had to be turned off within the console’s setting. After troubleshooting and turning off HDCP, then were we able to record the gameplay video. Obviously though your mileage may vary depending on if you’re using iOS, Android, PC, or XBOX, but it is something to be aware of when getting everything setup.
Once the gameplay began recording and passed through to the TV using the GC2000‘s HDMI pass through feature, there wasn’t a lot of delayed response on the actual output of the TV. On that note though there were a few times a noticeable amount of delay did happen, however, that mostly occurred when both players were firing their weapon at the same time. When it came to process the video and see the end results, a 30 minute long video totaled about 4GB in size on the SD card. So depending upon your production and editing process, that gives you a rough estimate on how big of an SD card that is needed.
Apart from direct recording to an SD card, the GC2000 also packs a couple more features that are worth taking a look at. For the Twitch streamers out there, using the bundled software included on the CD-ROM allows you to setup Twitch integration. The only downside to that though is the output video to Twitch is 720p, so if you want to stream 1080p content to Twitch, you’ll need to look elsewhere sadly. Now let’s say you don’t have an SD card but want to record video for post production, the CD-ROM also includes software to save video over a network connection to a computer on your LAN. While testing this feature out we had issues getting the software to work along with the device to send the video to the corresponding computer despite doing a lot of troubleshooting. You may have better luck, but in our trial run there were issues and the whole process was finicky.
Wrapping things up, a couple things to mention is that the GC2000 also supports YPbPr for older devices like the Wii and GameCube. That being said though, even if you use YPbPr as the input source, the only two options you have for output are HDMI and a LAN connection. Last but certainly not least, we suggest checking out the full specifications of the GC2000 to see if your setup is compatible.