The Avermedia Live Gamer Portable 2, or LGP2 for short, is the new kid on the block for the video content creation market. It's very portable, looks really cool, easy to use, and the recorded video looks amazing.
For most people they will put this device directly between their Nintendo, Playstation, or Xbox to record video content. With their 1080p 60fps capturing directly to a MicroSD card, the sky is the limit.
Videos recorded are set to 20,000kbps to maintain high video quality. These files will be large, so you'll want a MicroSD card like the Samsung 64GB EVO Select. Fast write speeds on the MicroSD card are going to be necessary as this will put out a lot of data per second. Using slower cards could have adverse effects in your recordings. If you run into any issues, please run a speedtest on your MicroSD card if you're not using the one I've listed.
Once everything is hooked up, recording is a breeze, you simply push the top button and presto, you're recording everything that the HDMI sees and hears, additionally anything that you'd hear over the voice chat and your mic. When you want to stop recording, you simply push the button again. This makes it easy to take multiple captures in a single sitting. For example, if you're playing a game like Battlefield 1, where a game has matches and lobbies between them, you could stop the recording, then start it again when the next match starts. A welcome addition to content creation since finding your specific clip wouldn't take a life time of scanning one long continuous file.
There are instances where the video file will break off and record another video clip. This is due to the format that your card is in. Fat32 has a file size limit, the device is smart enough to know this already and will end one recording and seamlessly continue the next video file. All you would need to do is join the two video files in a video editor and you'll never notice any difference. This actually happened in our recording of
How to Properly setup OBS based on your own hardware and upload speed at the 20min mark, our recording ended and the second part of it started. I just added both videos in the correct order, then saved it. you'd never know they were two files.
One small thing I found about the device as been sort of odd was the choice to use usb 2.0. I understand that this device isn't targeted at live streaming, but, really in this day I sort of expect everything to be usb3.0. I'm not knocking it for the interface used on the port, there could have been other circumstances on why they went with 2.0 over 3.0. I think with the additon of 3.0 they could have targeted this as more of a Portable + LGX in a single shot.
I would classify this as a device you'd use for Youtube, but could serve as a capture device for streaming from the PC. If you want the best streaming platform, i would stick to the LGX or C985 (aka: live gamer HD).
I have used and own all 3 devices, Each have their target demographic. c985 is what any desktop streamer should have, the LGX is for people with only a laptop wanting to stream, and the LGP2 is more for recording with a standalone device.
While it's targeted at recording, you could still use this with OBS or Xsplit. Depending on your chipset and usb headers, you may or may not be happy with trying to stream with this device.
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