I’ve been using one for almost a year now. I can say that overall I enjoy it. However, I do have some gripes.
You can’t use it for streaming, it will take the video but not the sound due to Hauppauge drivers or something. As I’ve read up on it it has something to do with them and blu-ray
It’s a 4-7 second delay from when you hit “record” to when it actually starts recording. There also is no editor with it, so you have to have an video editor program if you want to edit the videos.
(and this could be considered a plus depending on who you are) You can’t change the recording resolution of the source image. Whatever the source is outputting is what you get as the file size. That includes the frame rate.
No Composite/S-Video out. Though I don’t personally need it, it may be an option for some and is awkward that it accepts input but no output for that type. It will output it through the component video though.
Other than that, I have no qualms with it. The max bitrate is an “above average” quality where it doesn’t let you capture at the same mbps as a Blu-ray codec for example, but it does let you capture up to 13 mbps. Which is very close, and anything not 1080p wouldn’t need that size anyways.
If you’d like to see some videos of mine using it, check out my youtube page. Although, I should mention that Youtube drops every other frame of a 60 fps video due to them capping videos at 30 fps, and it compresses the video quality even at “720p”. (So my actual MP4s of my matches look almost 3D like due to the 60fps).
YouTube - Sorwah’s Channel
DOA4 (720p) (I believe this was miscapped at 8mbps instead of 13): [media=youtube]KH59YKh6sxY&hd=1[/media]
DOA3.1 (480p 16:9): [media=youtube]tgxDiz6Zj5c[/media]