The world of video game streaming is becoming popular with each passing day. Companies need to be able to follow the ever-evolving trends that follow with the industry. Capture cards are used to take the video feed from your gaming console and send it to your computer via a streaming software. There are tons of different models of capture cards from fully installed units in your system to tiny external units. What we are looking at today is the AVerMedia Live Gamer MINI capture card. There is a lot going on in the tiny body of this capture card. The physical make of the card itself makes it extremely convenient when hooking up your systems to it. Fortunately, the convenience of the hardware pairs well with ease of use that comes with the software native to the card.
The Live Gamer MINI capture card truly is a powerhouse packed into a small body. The card itself is packaged in a smaller box with nothing but the card, the USB cable to plug into the computer, and some paperwork explaining how it all works. The instructions do a pretty good job of explaining how to set up the capture card which is nice for folks that haven’t used this sort of hardware before. It is fairly simple; the USB cord goes into your PC, there is an HDMI cord that goes from the card to your TV and then from the system you are using to the card. My biggest complaint about this card and I don’t know if this is standard for all capture cards, is that it doesn’t come with an HDMI cord in the box. Now, this isn’t a huge problem for someone that has a ton of these laying around, but for most new users, this could be an issue. The card has light signals to let you know whether it is working or not. Overall, the physical build and functionality of the Live Gamer MINI is excellent.
So far, we have talked about hardware, but now let’s dig into the software. In the instruction booklet for the Live Gamer MINI, there is a URL that the user can type in that leads to their proprietary streaming/recording software. I will admit that attempting to download this software in the beginning was more than a headache. There is a launcher to download and then two other separate files you need to execute and then cross your fingers and hope that it opens. Aside from the installation, once the software is ready to go, it works like a charm. The UI does take some getting used to as I had issues with some audio playback that was entirely my fault. After warming up to the software though it worked flawlessly. It will stream right to whatever platform you use as well as record footage for you. You can set up your scenes just like you would in programs like OBS Studio and Xsplit. The only problem here, for me, is that it doesn’t show you your current stream chat, like StreamLabs OBS does. Hopefully we can see updates for this sort of functionality in the future.
There is some footage of some King of the Hill matches I was playing with some friends below that you can check out. This is taken from the default recording settings that the card comes with. There are settings you can tweak to get your desired result for a video.
Overall, I absolutely love the AVerMedia Live Gamer MINI capture card. From the size and power of the card to the ease of use that comes with the software, I have completely replaced the Elgato that I have been using forever and for only $129.99, I suggest you check this card out too!
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