Well I was able to use my Hauppage over the weekend and I absolutely love it. I am putting my review for others to see. I think a nice sticky would be to have a thread of just video editing software/devices so people can read different opinions from others as well as get an idea of cost, how to use it, etc. If there is one already made then I am sorry as I didnt see it.
For what it is worth here is my review on the Hauppage HD PVR 1212.
Pros: Records in HD up to 1080i; (just a fyi my tv outputs in 720p and that is what I was recording)
Has component video output (any device that does not have component video output or hdmi is not going to be able to record in HD. Dont be fooled. It also has S-video but we are talking about HD so irrelevant right now.
Unit is very small and compact.
Records to mp4 format which allows you to upload immediately to youtube. No need to rip it or anything.
Software was easy to use. Hit capture to start recording and stop to end.
Due to popularity of people wanting to record video games and other video you can find at Walmart, BestBuy, NewEgg to name a few. I would suggest buying it from the aformentioned as opposed to ebay since you can have an easier time returning in case something were to go wrong. Also for what you can get it on ebay you might as well buy it from the other places mentioned.
Works with windows live media player. I’m sure it will work with other video editing software but that is what I am using.
Cons: Price; $200 is a little steep considering there are other video capturing methods as low as $35. Keep in mind though the other methods possibly do not record in HD. I had a dazzle dvc 100 and while it worked it was not in HD and the software was very buggy at times creating lag while recording. I know gaming is a hobby and an expensive hobby but still wanted to throw that at out there.
No internal hard drive. This means you have to have a laptop or desktop tower nearby when you want to record. For games that do not have internal replay saves like SSF4, you are forced to have it nearby or you miss out on recording.
Unit must be on when you want to play your game system since your game system runs through it.
Not able to record over your wireless network. Again for those who do not have a latop or tower nearby, this would have been a nice feature to have. Some other devices claim to do this.
No HDMI inputs. Component video is your only option of getting HD recordings.
Well those are my thoughts. Would I recommend it. Yes. If you want to record your games be it Street Fighter or any other games you cant go wrong. There are many reviews on this device that were negative. Keep in mind those reviews were for what the device is also capable of doing. Recording tv shows somewhat like a tivo or dvr and burning blue ray discs. It comes with a remote to operate a tv but again I have not used it for that and probably wont any time soon. Again for recording your games or recording family videos you should be fine with no problems.
Hope this helps.