A ConfessionSometimes I feel really disconnected from the RT community, mainly because I'm so busy with my own life that I don't have time to be here socializing and whatnot.
But I'll be at RTX this weekend First trip to Austin. Actually first trip west of probably Illinois or so.
So hopefully that disconnect will fade away If you want to say hey, I'll be the huge dude with a tiny camcorder wearing either Tucker's Bow Chicka Bow Wow shirt, or my own Kaisonic Productions grey polo. Or I might bring my big camera just to look more official. Haven't decided yet xD
So I got mine today, and it's pretty cool. Works perfectly, very convenient in the whole no-PC-needed thing. However, my number 1 is video/audio quality and the HD-PVR simply trumps the Game Capture HD in this category. The latter, at the highest setting, records a constant 12.0 Mbps and 128 kbps MP3 audio (at 720p). The HD-PVR can record up to a variable 13.5 Mbps and 384 kbps Dolby Digital audio (when using S/PDIF), and MediaInfo reports that the bitrate maxes out at 20 Mbps. The variable vs constant bitrate is also heavily reflected in file size - I recorded the same 2:30 clip from Halo 3 and got 225 MB from the Game Capture HD and only 175 MB from the HD-PVR. So for me, I'm going to stay tied down to my PC for the better quality.
But the Game Capture HD definitely has good quality for anyone looking for a relatively cheap HD capture solution.
That said, Overstock doesn't allow returns, so if anyone wants to buy mine off me, I'll take the $130 I paid for it
Edit: Here's a couple screencaps showing the real differences in bitrates and constant/variable in a high-motion environment:
Whoa!Seven years! That's crazy! Even crazier? It still says 6 years on the left there. But I definitely signed up 10/24/04. That's 7 years right? I mean, I know I haven't been in a math class in a LONG while, but I'm pretty sure I'm getting that right...
Anyway, I wanted to commemorate it with an epic video. If you didn't know, I do videography for my old high school band, the Kenton Ridge Marching Cougar Band in Springfield, OH (see krhscougarband.org and krdvds.org) . Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2012, here we come!
I had a brilliant idea during our band show on Saturday, and it has thus resulted in a very epic video. Unfortunately, there were some errors in the 90-minute encode, and I'm not happy with the framerate, so I've got some more editing to do before I can upload it. But when I do, I'll link it here, and hopefully you will be amazed.
Once Upon A Time...... in 2004... I got an Xbox and Halo 2. And a 2-month free pass to Xbox Live. It was basically my first exposure to online gaming, besides maybe Age of Empires II on the PC, or the occasional Half-Life Deathmatch.
So what to choose for my gamertag? Kaisonic of course! But the two months passed, and I had no money.... so I got another free 2-month! This time, PrivateTucker25... for obvious reasons. Those two months passed, and I got another free 2-month. This time, LaverniusTucker, again for obvious reasons. But when those two months passed, I had no more free 2-months.... so I begged my mom to buy it for me.
And here I am, 5 years later of using LaverniusTucker, when I see the post by MajorNelson that they're resurrecting old gamertags. Excited, I check if Kaisonic is available. No.....
But I checked again today, and it's available! Should I change it so one of my major online identities finally matches my online alias?
So my gamertag is now Kaisonic. Now I just have to find everywhere that information exists and change it....