Well, my first Let’s Play video turned out alright!
My commentary was a little low in spots, but overall I’m pleased with the outcome. Most importantly, I’m pleased with the performance of the PVR I picked up. It’s nice to do videos via HDMI and turn around and have them play in 1080p on Youtube. Composite signals come through a little weak, but that’s to be expected. The resulting video is a tad blurry and a bit on the pale side, color-wise. On some of my older consoles, I’m limited to composite, component, and S-Video, with the latter two being a bit better in terms of quality.
It’s a finicky device. It seems it requires a bit of warm-up time before it’ll start recording. If I want to record with HDMI, I need to plug in another video source to warm it up. The reverse is true if I want to record something in composite, component, or S-video. At first, I thought it was a hardware error, so I took the device back and swapped it out for another one and experienced the same results with that one as well. I then discovered, by dumb luck mind you, that it worked after fine after the warm up time.
By the way, the PVR I picked up was Diamond’s GC1000 HD PVR. I got it for about $140 at my local Micro Center here in Houston.