When trying to figure out how to record your Xbox 360 games it’s important that you know of the available options and choose whichever suits you best. Shown below is a simple setup and is recommended for the following reasons:

  • Easy to set up
  • Portable
  • Records in HD (1080i)
  • Zero recording lag when gaming

This recording setup will allow you to be able to record anywhere straight to a PC/Laptop/Mac which gives it a much better advantage over any other setup. We also provide a BlackMagic Intensity Pro Setup option for people who are familiar with installing new PCI Cards and have their PCs relatively close to their Xbox 360, if you feel that’s more you, check it out here.

Hauppauge HD PVR Xbox 360 Setup

What You Need

Installing the recording software

If you are planning on recording your games to a Windows PC/Laptop then using the software that comes with the Hauppauge HD PVR (Arcsoft) should suffice and you can move onto the next step below. Unfortunately if you are using a Mac or Macbook, then you need to download additional recording software that’s compatible with the Mac OS, you can either purchase EyeTV 3 for $79.95 or HDPVRCapture, software written by a Hauppauge engineer, for only $29.95! Install the software as per instructed.

Connecting the PVR to the PC/Laptop/Mac

The Hauppauge HD PVR comes with a USB lead to connect the device to your computer, the USB will be on one end and the other will be sized to fit into this slot:



You then just need to connect the USB to your PC/Laptop/Mac, and if you can’t manage this you must have been living under a rock for the last few years. This is also where you can use your USB extension cable noted above in the ‘What’s Needed‘ section should you decide to buy one, it’s not necessary, but provides a bit of extra flexibility on the location of your recording setup from your computer.

Connecting Xbox 360/TV to PVR

Insert the Xbox 360 component cables into the ‘In’ component plugs:




When you have hooked your Xbox 360 up to the Hauppauge HD PVR, you then need to plug in the component cables that came with the Hauppauge HD PVR into your TV where you would usually connect your Xbox 360 and then connect the other end into the HD PVRs ‘Out’ component plugs:

Recording using the software

Now that you have everything set up correctly, switch on your Xbox 360 and your TV. Run your recording software on your computer/laptop and you should find that the software is is displaying exactly what’s on your TV screen. Recording your gameplay is now just a matter of hitting the record button! That’s it!

The Hauppauge HD PVR has the ability to record straight to the .MP4 file format, a high definition format recognized by most hardware & software, including your Xbox 360 itself and even Youtube!

Upload videos to Youtube

Now that your .MP4 recording file has been recorded and saved onto your computer, uploading your gameplay is just a matter of going to Youtubes upload page here and following their simple step by step instructions. Awesome!