15 Best Capture Cards You Can Buy

If you’re looking for a recording solution to capture the amazing gameplay from your PC or consoles, say the PS4 , Xbox One or Nintendo Switch (or the upcoming PS5 and Xbox Series X), or to save those TV shows, chances are that you must have considered buying a capture card. These little devices will record your videos and save them locally with ease at the best quality available. Furthermore, many game capture cards even come bundled with additional software to add voiceovers and edit your recordings. However, with a plethora of options to choose from, which one should you buy? Well, if you’re out there looking for a good capture card, read on, as we bring to you our list of 15 best capture cards in 2020 that you can buy:

1. Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro

Elgato HD60 Pro

At the top of the list, we have the masterclass Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro. While the company offers other great capture cards as well, the HD60 Pro is clearly their best product. Based on the PCIe interface, the capture card offers a mammoth max bitrate of 60 Mbps. The HD60 Pro features an advanced, onboard H.264 encoder that enables you to record unlimited footage in superb 1080p60 quality. Additionally, the HD60 Pro comes with Master Copy, Elgato’s software solution, that allows you to record and stream simultaneously.

Compatibility: PC, PS4, PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch

Buy: ($168.67)

2. AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2

AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2

Known specifically for offering great capture quality at affordable rates, the AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 is a capture card that suffices many uses. Unlike the HD60 Pro, the Portable 2 uses a USB interface to record games and can work even without a PC. It also has a built-in H.264 Encoder for saving all those captures in the optimal format. The Live Gamer Portable 2 also ships with the RECentral 3 Software that allows you to stream while capturing simultaneously. The Portable 2 is a completely plug-and-play device and works right out-of-the-box. It also has support for a microSD card, so that you can save all your recordings on-the-go.

Compatibility: PC, PS3, PS4, PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One X, WiiU, Nintendo Switch, NES Classic Edition

Buy: ($147)

3. Elgato HD60S

Elgato HD60S

Another variant of the Elgato HD60 product lineup, the HD60S aims to solve the only problem with the Pro variant, that is, portability. While the Pro variant works great, it needs a PCIe Interface for operation. The HD60S, on the other hand, makes use of the USB-C interface to work. The switch to USB-C does affect the bitrate, but a max bitrate of 40 Mbps should suffice for most users. Other than that, the HD60S works similar to the HD60 Pro, providing the same low-latency recording as well as simultaneous streaming. You can also add voice with the built-in Live Commentary feature, making the streaming setup much more attractive.

Compatibility: PC, PS3, PS4, PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch

Buy: ($167.95)

4. Mirabox 4K USB-C Capture Card

Mirabox USB-C Capture Card

If you are looking for a high speed USB-C capture card, the Mirabox USB-C HDMI capture card might be the right choice for you. The Mirabox capture card comes with a USB 3.0 based USB-C port high speed transmission port and HDMI in and out port that supports 4K 30Hz input as well as 1080p 60Hz. However, when it comes to the output, the capture card can output a max of 1080p 60FPS videos. Also, like I said, the Mirabox capture card also comes with a high speed USB-C port, which lets you use the device as a plug and play device to live stream using OBS (or any other screen recording software), YouTube Live, Twitch and more services. Also, since it is a USB-C capture card, there is no latency, be it when it comes to video or audio.

Compatibility: PC, PS3, PS4, PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One X, Wii U, Cameras

Buy: ($125.99)

5. Epiphan AV.io 4K

Epiphan AV.io 4K

Quality doesn’t come cheap, and neither does the Epiphan AV.io 4K Capture Card. It is the most expensive card on this list, but for all the right reasons. To begin with, it supports both DVI-D and HDMI video and audio inputs. It can seamlessly record UHD 4K at 30 fps and FHD 1080p at 60fps. Also, it has a massive range of aspect ratio support, ranging from 4:3, 5:4, 16:9, and 16:10. It is a complete plug-and-play device and can be used directly with Windows, macOS, and Linux. Additionally, it uses USB 3.0 SuperSpeed for uncompressed and high-quality video capture with optional scaling.

Compatibility: PC, PS4, PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox One X

Buy: ($499.95)

6. Magewell XI100DUSB

Magewell XI100DUSB

Magewell is another portable capture card that does deliver a lot of value for money for its hefty price tag. The XI100DUSB can capture resolutions up to 2K x 2K, with the capability of Up/Down Scaling. The card comes with its own solutions for real-time deinterlacing and image control. It has support for the UVC Protocol and is compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux as well. The biggest USP of the device is the fact that it can continuously work for 24 hours and 7 days without having any frame drops. Additionally, the card also has support for various output color spaces, thus making it a versatile product.

Compatibility: PC, PS3, PS4, PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One X

Buy: ($299)

7. Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro 4K

Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro 4K

While the Epiphan AV.io 4K Capture Card supports 4K UHD captures, the hefty price tag might be a deal breaker for many. What if you just want a 4K capture card for recording your PC gameplay? Well, that is where the Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro 4K capture card comes in. I know it says design in the name, but actually is a barebones motherboard. But don’t be fooled by its looks, the capture card is indeed one of the most powerful cards out there. The Intensity Pro 4K can capture Ultra HD at 30fps and 1080p60 fps seamlessly. It comes with its own software that allows you to save files with or without compression and supports both Windows and macOS. This one is for the pure professionals who don’t like to compromise on quality.

Compatibility: PC

Buy: ($189.05)

8. Razer Ripsaw

Razer Ripsaw

Capture Cards are more often than not associated with gaming, and who’s better in the gaming industry than Razer? So behold Razer’s game capture card, the Razer Ripsaw. The Razer Ripsaw captures your game footage as uncompressed raw data and streams it on with near to zero latency. Furthermore, the capture card has support for a second audio mix-in channel, which allows you to easily plug in an aux-in music source or a mic-in capable microphone to layer your stream with commentary. Unlike other cards that come with their own software, the Razer Ripsaw is designed to work with industry-leaders like Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) and XSplit, giving you access to a wide range of powerful tools to produce captivating content. Using the USB 3.0 interface, the Ripsaw can record gameplay footage from your PC as well as consoles up to 1080p at 60fps.

Compatibility: PC, PS3, PS4, PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch

Buy: ($164.99)

9. AVerMedia Live Gamer EXTREME

AVerMedia Live Gamer EXTREME

While the Live Gamer Portable should suffice for almost all your needs, including the capture of 1080p60fps gameplay, there is one thing where it lacks. The Portable version cannot capture uncompressed video. And if you were to go for the other variants, well, they simply run on the PCIe interface. That’s where the Live Gamer Extreme comes in. The product works similar to the Live Gamer Portable but comes with the ability to capture uncompressed video stream. Additionally, while the former model comes with just RECentral 3, the Extreme variant supports all software that is DirectShow compliant. All in all, for nearly $20 extra, you can make the switch from a normal streamer to a professional-grade streamer.

Compatibility: PC, PS3, PS4, PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One X, WiiU, Nintendo Switch, NES Classic Edition

Buy: ($165.99)

10. Elgato HD60

Elgato HD60

The original 1080p60 Capture Card from Elgato, the HD60 also makes its place on our list, simply because how good and versatile it is. While the HD60 S uses the USB-C interface, many users still don’t own a device with a type-C port. As such, using adaptors to make use of the capture card can result in lower bandwidths. Well, the HD60 solves this problem, by making use of the widely available USB 2.0 port. Oh, and the device’s features are comparable directly to the HD60 Pro, featuring a built-in H.264 Hardware Encoder, and comes with the Master Copy software. The HD60 features unlimited capturing, flashback recording, and the ability to stream simultaneously. And it works seamlessly across all current as well as previous gen devices.

Compatibility: PC, PS3, PS4, PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch

Buy: ($146.91)

11. Roxio Game Capture HD PRO

Roxio Game Capture HD PRO

The Roxio Game Capture HD Pro has been around for so long, it’s easy to call it an outdated product. But truth be told, the device still holds its ground even today. Coming in as one of the cheapest capture cards on the market, Roxio’s card still performs reasonably well. It makes use of the USB 2.0 interface, for both power as well as recording. Apart from the usual HDMI ports, the capture card has component ports as well for increased compatibility. It comes with its own software that allows the user to edit H.264-encoded game videos and add transitions, picture-in-picture, soundtracks, special effects, text, and voiceovers. The only downside to the device is that it can only record in 1080p at 30 fps, or 1080i at 60fps. Still, considering its price tag, the Roxio offers a superb value for money, with most features comparable to top capture cards.

Compatibility: PC, PS3, PS4, PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One X

Buy: ($89)

12. Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition

Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition

If you thought the Razer Ripsaw was good looking, take a load of this. The Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition is a high-class and neat looking capture card, that comes with some great features. Apart from the usual capture card features, the PVR 2 card comes with no delay pass-through, allowing you to play your games while recording, and stream with zero lag simultaneously. Like all industry leading capture cards, it also records using the H.264 encoder for optimum quality while conserving disk space. The one feature that sets the Hauppauge card apart from the herd is the fact that it comes with AC3 digital audio (SPDIF) with 5.1 Surround Sound support.

Compatibility: PC, PS3, PS4, PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One X

Buy: ($172.04)

13. Imillet HDMI USB Auto Video Capture Card

Imillet HDMI USB Auto Video Capture Card

Imillet has been in the scene of capture cards for a while now, so it was a no-brainer to see one of their products on this list. Yes, it might not have the best build quality out there, but certainly performs well. To start off, you can record 1080p footage at 60fps easily with this device. It uses H.264 AVCHD M2TS format, which guarantees very efficient compression and timely delivery. The recorded video can be played on any media player, Blu-Ray Disc player or PC/NB that supports the AVCHD M2TS file format. And yes, it is truly plug-and-play, with no need of any drivers.

Compatibility: PC, PS3, PS4, PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One X

Buy: ($128.99)

14. HDML-Cloner Box Evolve

HDML-Cloner Box Evolve

Unlike most cards on this list, the HDML-Clones Box Evolve is focussed for recording TV shows and other media content. While the Evolve box supports up to 4K input and output, the recording is done at 1080p only. It has a Dual-HD Input Signal Switch, so you can plug in 2 media devices at the same time. Unlike other capture cards that split the recordings because of a 2GB size limit, the Cloner Box continues to record and save the video file to a USB Storage device in the NTFS format. The Evolve also comes with an integrated live streaming feature, allowing you to broadcast live video contents on Twitch, YouTube, Ustream, Hitbox, Livestream, etc in a snap.

Compatibility: PC, PS3, PS4, PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One X

Buy: ($118.99)

15. Elgato Game Capture HD

Elgato Game Capture HD

We started with Elgato and we’re ending with Elgato. No, I’m not a fanboy, but you just can’t deny how good Elgato’s cards perform. Despite being a product of the previous gen, the standard Game Capture HD works well even today with all modern devices. It features an HDMI as well as Retro input and has the ability to record in H.264. It includes the Master Copy software as well, just like all the other Elgato cards, and doesn’t compromise on editing capabilities. While having a max bitrate of 30 Mbps, the device uses the USB 2.0 interface and can capture videos up to 1080p at 30fps.

Compatibility: PC, PS3, PS4, PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One X

Buy: ($149.95)

Bonus: August VGB500 USB 3.0 HDMI Capture Card

August HDMI Capture Card

The August VGB500 is another highly rated capture card that’s very sleek looking and super portable. The capture card looks like a portable SSD and comes with USB 3.0, HDMI in and out, which means it’s a plug and play device that can record and stream gameplay in 1080p at 60 frames per second using software like OBS Studio. The device is compatible with all the modern day consoles, be it the PS4, Xbox One or the Nintendo Switch and even PCs, Mac and Linux. When it comes to latency, HDMI pass-through means there’s little to no lag.

Compatibility: PC, PS3, PS4, PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch 

Buy: ($107.95)

Record and Stream High-Quality Videos Using Capture Cards

Be it for gaming purposes or to record and playback your favorite TV shows, a capture card can do it all. A capture card comes in very handy for me when I’m streaming live for my viewers on Twitch, or recording various tutorials on my PS4 for you guys to see. While they certainly don’t come in that cheap, they do maintain their value. Above, I’ve listed out some of the best capture cards that are available in the market. But which one’s your pick? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • The Hauppauge HDPVR 2 Gaming Edition, is not zero lag. There is about a 1.5ms delay. I also had a lot of issues with it constantly disconnecting and not working, meaning I had to unplug it many, many times. While setting it up, while streaming, and even while trying to use it as a bypass just for my TV. Would not recommend.

  • Hey man! Great article, I have a MacBook pro – use stream elements and have a ps4 – I have a webcam and OBS and all that and am about to go hard on streaming, I am a graphic designer too and made all my buttons and overlays 🙂 I am between the ElGato HD60S and the AverMedia – can you tell me what you think? I do want to record and stream simultaneously for sure!

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