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Elgato announces Game Capture HD

On Monday, Elgato announced the Game Capture HD, hardware and software designed to let gamers record and share their exploits with fellow enthusiasts.

The $200 shiny black box is about the size of a portable USB hard drive, and works on both OS X Lion and Windows 7 to capture footage from the iPad, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and other HDMI- or component video-enabled devices.

The software includes simple editing capabilities, and lets you share directly to YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter; export for Apple TV, iPad, or iPhone; or send via email. Additionally, in the Mac version, you can send to iMovie or save to your Movies folder; in the PC version, you can send to Movie Maker or save as an MP4 file. Those additional options make it easier to perform more advanced editing outside of the software.

There’s also a handy Flashback recording feature, a buffer that records what happens after you launch the app but before you click the record button. You can then scroll backwards and start your capture from an earlier point.

The Game Capture HD doesn’t support High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP), so you can’t capture a TV show playing on your Apple TV, say.

The Game Capture HD provides H.264 hardware encoding in 480p, 576p, 720p, and 1080i resolutions, and is set to ship in early June.

Also check out our hands-on first look at the Game Capture HD, including a video walkthrough of the software.

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