Hauppauge’s HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition is an awesome video capture device that looks the part and performs incredibly well. It’s black angular casing is split in half by a large color-changing LED indicator strip which changes based on the status of the device. Setting it up can be slightly difficult, however once you have it done it’s easy to stream or record your game footage from a PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 or Xbox One. This is a guide for PS3 setups, including how to stream directly to beam.pro with OBS.
For this setup, you need:
- PS3 console
- Computer / Laptop nearby
- Component video cable (provided, or only €5 on Amazon)
- Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition (plus) and supplied Component cable connector
- USB Type B male to USB Type A cable (provided)
- HDMI cable (provided)
So if you’ve bought the HD PVR 2 new, you should have everything included, which should look like this
Step 1 (Optional): If your PS3 is already using Component as video output, skip to Step 2. If not, plug the Component cable into your TV and PS3. Then, change the output by doing the following:
- Navigate to Settings > Display Settings > Video Output Settings
- Select Component / D-Terminal (This will change video output to Component, so switch your TV to the component source)
- Confirm resolution, and select up to 1080i, DO NOT SELECT 1080p. You will not notice any quality change.
- Confirm settings, then select Set Audio Output Settings
- Select Audio Input Connector / SCART / AV MULTI
- Press X to confirm
- Disconnect the HDMI cable from your PS3
Step 2: Unplug the Component cable from your TV and connect all plugs to the corresponding plug receiver in the included Component connector. Connect this connector to the port on the back of your HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition.
Step 3: Connect your TV to your HD PVR 2 via a HDMI cable to the HDMI OUT port on the back of the HD PVR 2.
Step 5: Run Hauppauge Capture, and your HD PVR 2 device will change LED colour from blue/white to yellow and you should see your PS3 recording on your PC. Now close Hauppauge Capture (this was to detect device)
Step 6: Run OBS. Add new source > Video Capture Device > OK > Choose your Hauppauge device for the Device option > OK
Step 7: You should now see your PS3 recording in OBS. (May have to drag using red outline around recording to resize)
Your Hauppauge is now set up to send your PS3 footage to your PC, where you can use Hauppauge Capture or OBS (recommended) for recording and streaming your gameplay. You can edit your gameplay after on your PC using the appropriate software.
BEAM.PRO stream setup
For this streaming setup, you need to register with beam.pro
Step 1: On beam.pro, select the Set Up Your Stream option
Step 2: Select USE RTMP
Step 3: You will now see 2 items, your closest ingest and your stream key (keep this private!)
Step 4: Now open OBS then select Settings > Stream. Select Streaming Services for Stream Type
Step 5: Select beam.pro for Service
Step 6: Choose your closest ingest for Server (from Step 3 – this can change sometimes, but not often. Can change often if you use a VPN service)
Step 7: Paste your Stream key into the Stream key option.
Your stream is now set up, click OK /Apply to everything, and go back to the main OBS screen. Click Start Streaming in the lower half of the right side of the screen. On beam.pro, go to your Channel and you will see your PS3 footage (and whatever other video source you added in OBS, ie Webcam)
Can’t see your PS3 gameplay on your TV or PC, getting Mode not Supported on Samsung TV? Try rebooting the Hauppauge device by unplugging the power cord for a few moments.
Device not found on PC? Make sure you have the Hauppauge Capture software installed and the device is recognized by the PC. Try a different USB port too, for some reason the Hauppauge Drivers are not always installed to every USB interface.
PC / Laptop running hot? Doing gameplay recording takes up quite a lot of processing time for a computer, and it’s recommended you use a PC with pretty good specs, but it does not need to be too much. Laptops will sometimes struggle to perform everything needed to record gameplay or stream it to online services
How do I record my voice chat for stream? If you want to record your voice, you will need an external microphone connected to your PC, and mix this in to your Stream. The HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition can’t record your voice from a headset, but it’s easy to add into OBS. Just add an Audio Input Device, select your microphone, and it will be included in your stream. You may need to delay the microphone to sync your voice to the gameplay footage (click Mixer with the Gear symbol above the Audio sources in OBS, and edit the Sync Offset of your microphone to between 1000ms and 1600ms, or whatever is best for your situation)
If you have any problems, or questions, leave a comment below! I’ll get back to you as quick as I can.