AVerMedia continues to impress us with its versatile recreation seize units that do not require a PC. The corporate unveiled the Live Gamer Portable in 2013, which let customers report footage their recreation consoles on to an SD card, and not using a related PC. The AVerMedia Reside Gamer Transportable 2 Plus sports activities a extra compact and practical design, and the flexibility to go 4K video via to your TV. It will probably’t report 4K and lacks the low-latency feed that makes gaming instantly out of your seize window potential, however its 1080p60 footage appears clean, and streaming when related to a PC is painless. At $149.99, it is a versatile, practical seize system that on-the-go Let’s Gamers, streamers, and different avid gamers will recognize, and earns our Editors’ Selection for recreation seize units.

Design

The Reside Gamer Transportable 2 Plus is a 5.Eight-inch-long red-and-black block with a triangular cross part. The entrance panel is dominated by a big button with an aperture-shaped indicator mild within the center. The sunshine turns blue when it is able to stream or report, and pulses crimson when recording and blue when streaming. If one thing is unsuitable with a connection, energy provide, storage, or every other setting, the sunshine will flash. The button serves completely different functions relying on what mode the LGP2+ is in. When related to a PC with RECentral software program put in, urgent the button will launch the software program, then both report footage to the PC or stream it utilizing the default streaming profile. With a microSD card put in and in PC-Free mode, the button will begin and cease recording to the cardboard.

A 3-way sliding swap, a quantity rocker, and two three.5mm audio ports sit on the entrance fringe of the LGP2+. The swap places the seize system in PC, PC-Free, or USB Storage mode. PC and PC-Free allow video seize with or and not using a related laptop, and USB Storage mode lets the LGP2+ perform as a microSD card reader when plugged right into a PC. The three.5mm audio ports function an enter out of your controller and output out of your headset. This allows you to seize headset-based voice commentary or social gathering chat, even when social gathering chat is transmitted via the headset relatively than the HDMI connection to the TV.

The again of the LGP2+ holds an HDMI enter for the sport console or different video system you wish to seize, an HDMI output for operating to your TV, a micro USB port for connecting to a PC or USB energy provide, and a microSD card slot. The LGP2+ helps Class 10 and above microSD playing cards, as much as and together with SDXC capacities like 128GB. Simply ensure they’re each quick sufficient and formatted accurately, as defined later within the overview. You do not want a microSD card to seize video if the system is related to a PC. No analog video choices can be found, so you may’t seize footage from legacy recreation techniques with out an analog-to-HDMI upscaler.

4K Move-By way of

The Plus a part of Reside Gamer Transportable 2 Plus is 4K pass-through assist. The system can solely seize as much as 1080p video at 60fps, however it might let a 4K video sign go via from the supply to the TV. That is helpful in case you have a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X and wish to benefit from the 4K gaming expertise in your finish even when you do not have the cupboard space, bandwidth, or enhancing energy to work with 4K footage. It would not assist excessive dynamic vary (HDR), nonetheless, so you continue to will lose among the profit to having both system for sure video games even in case you have an HDR-capable 4K TV. Other than the 4K pass-through, the LGP2+ is successfully equivalent to the AVerMedia Reside Gamer Transportable 2 it replaces.

The HDMI pass-through causes no perceptible lag to the related TV. Operating our enter lag tester via the LGP2+ to an LG OLED55E8PUA, the lag we measured ticked up by only some hundredths of a millisecond, from 21.1ms to 21.4ms within the Recreation image mode. Move-through is completely different from seize latency, although. The captured video footage on our Razer Blade Professional check laptop computer had noticeable lag in comparison with the TV. Do not attempt to play video games instantly out of your seize software program’s preview window; the lag is simply too excessive to be snug. If you would like lag-free seize, AVerMedia’s Reside Gamer Excessive 2 (the 4K pass-through-capable model of the Live Gamer Extreme) and ExtremeCap U3 units allow low-lag gameplay out of your related PC.

AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus

PC Mode

PC Mode lets the LGP2+ work as a USB seize system with any suitable laptop. Use the included cable (or any USB three.zero USB-to-micro-USB cable) to attach the system to a USB three.zero port in your PC. As soon as it is related, you need to use it to seize footage to any software program that may work with a video seize system. If you happen to do not have already got a most well-liked recording/streaming program like XSplit or Open Broadcasting Software program (OBS), you need to use AVerMedia’s personal free RECentral software program. It is easier and fewer highly effective than business recording and streaming software program, however it might nonetheless seize high quality footage and both put it aside to your PC or stream it to all main streaming providers. RECentral helps Twitch, YouTube, Fb, and every other streaming platform that makes use of RTMP.

Even when you do not wish to use RECentral as your major recording or streaming software program, it is vital for configuring the LGP2+. It permits you to simply replace the system’s firmware, select between three video high quality ranges and regulate completely different shade and audio settings when recording in PC-Free mode, and toggles HDCP detection (a vital choice to disable for sure video supply units, like iPads).

AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus

For easy recreation recording and streaming, the Single mode in RECentral is sufficient. It pulls within the video the LGP2+ captures, including any narration you wish to contribute with a headset related to the system or your PC. You can too arrange extra difficult scenes within the software program’s Multi mode. This allows the streaming and recording of a number of video feeds directly, together with the footage captured by the LGP2+. Probably the most primary use is combining the LGP2+ stream with the feed out of your webcam to supply facecam reactions to no matter you are enjoying, however you will get a bit extra inventive.

You can too use Multi mode to arrange a number of scene presets utilizing completely different video sources and numerous overlays and results. You possibly can transfer your facecam to completely different corners of the display screen by assigning scenes for every place, or swap between close-up appears if you wish to communicate to the digicam with the sport within the background. You possibly can overlay textual content and graphics in your stream, or put up video information or multimedia net parts. You can too seize or stream half or your entire PC’s display screen on this mode. Every component of your scene might be configured with a special place, scale, and transparency, and you’ll even rotate and flip sources on the stream. Chroma key can be supported, so you may arrange a inexperienced display screen (or every other shade background, so long as it is constant) for particular results.

RECentral could be very highly effective totally free, introductory streaming software program. Nevertheless, it would not have as many granular settings as OBS or XSplit, or their interface customization choices, or their assist for third-party plug-ins. It is excellent for first-party recording/streaming software program, however skilled video producers and streamers will probably look towards the extra complicated and modular purposes. Happily, the LGP2+ works simply as effectively with these applications because it does with RECentral.

PC-Free Mode

PC-Free mode permits you to begin recording with a contact of the button, and not using a related PC. So long as the LGP2+ is getting sufficient energy over USB, the standing mild on the button ought to glow a gentle blue when able to report. Urgent the button will flip the sunshine crimson and make it fade slowly out and in, which signifies that it is recording. If it begins flashing quickly or reveals completely different colours, examine your card, and ensure the mode swap is ready to PC-Free.

If you happen to run into issues utilizing the PC-Free recording mode, it is most likely certainly one of two points: a gradual microSD card or the unsuitable card format. You may want a Class 10 or larger microSD card, which is successfully the ground of card speeds at this level. I picked up a quicker generic 64GB U1 card from Micro Heart for round $18. Simply have a look at the cardboard itself and see if it says Class 10 or U1 or U3. It additionally must be formatted in FAT32, which might be a problem if you wish to wipe a big card on a Home windows 10 PC. Home windows 10 codecs playing cards to exFAT by default, which the LGP2+ cannot use. Happily, AVerMedia supplies a hyperlink to a FAT32 disc formatting program on its assist web site.

You may additionally run into HDCP copy safety errors with the PS4 or Xbox One. The PS4 requires manually disabling HDCP if you wish to seize footage with any system. The Xbox One is not supposed to repeat shield recreation footage, however I bumped into some hiccups on testing that required a full reset of the system to allow recording in PC-Free mode.

Footage captured at 1080p60 in high-quality mode takes up roughly 130MB per minute, no matter whether or not the LGP2+ data it with a PC or with out. That is the very best high quality video it might seize, and you’ll crank the standard or body fee down if you wish to work with smaller file sizes.

Efficiency

The above video reveals footage recorded by the LCP2+ in each PC and PC-Free modes. The Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Version footage was captured from a Nintendo Switch in PC-Free mode, and the Murderer’s Creed: Origin gameplay was captured from an Xbox One X in PC mode. Whereas recording the Murderer’s Creed footage, 4K video handed via to our check TV even whereas 1080p60 video was being recorded. HDR results have been misplaced, however the unique system decision was preserved.

The Hyrule Warriors footage suffers from some minor compression artifacts, particularly round textual content. The downconverted 4K footage of Murderer’s Creed: Origins appears a lot sharper recorded on the similar 1080p60, with no noticeable artifacts. This seems to be the results of the Hyrule Warriors’ native 1080p decision in docked mode and its extraordinarily variable body fee; the sport adjusts the body fee closely to push the motion to 60fps when potential, and the seize system struggles to maintain up with the fluctuating video. This can be a quite common impact when importing video with variable body charges to YouTube and different on-line providers; transcoding the footage produces artifacts. The impact is especially heavy in Hyrule Warriors, and ought to be a lot much less noticeable on video games with extra secure body charges, whether or not they’re natively 1080p or 4K.

I additionally arrange a check stream of Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Version on Twitch, via RECentral. The stream labored with no points, displaying crisp, clean video within the browser with an anticipated lag of a number of seconds from recreation to stream (a traditional quantity of lag for a Twitch stream). In all instances, the button on the LGP2+ toggled recording or streaming on and off reliably.

Conclusions

The AVerMedia Reside Gamer Transportable 2 Plus is a really helpful seize system for Let’s Gamers, Twitch streamers, and anybody else who needs to report the video games they play. The PC-Free mode and assist for high-capacity microSD playing cards means you may seize footage on the go and not using a PC, and its capabilities as a PC-tethered seize system are dependable and sturdy. The pass-through works flawlessly, although it reveals sufficient lag within the preview of PC capturing that you’ll want to have a separate TV or monitor to comfortably play, no matter the way you wish to seize the video.

If you wish to lower down that lag, you’ll want to get a quicker seize system that lacks standalone recording, just like the costlier AVerMedia Reside Gamer Excessive 2 or the Elgato Recreation Seize HD60 S. And if you wish to report 4K footage natively, you want a a lot pricier inner seize card, just like the Elgato Recreation Seize 4K60 Professional. For many customers, although, the LGP2+ is a wonderful seize system that data and streams high-quality 1080p footage, with flexibility that earns our Editors’ Selection.

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