Streaming to thru PC: Capture Cards & Software

Want overlays for your console gaming? To go above and beyond the functionality within the Twitch app for your Xbox One or Playstation 4, you have to stream from your PC through a capture card. These cards are able to capture and encode video simultaneously for live streaming or recording. Portable capture cards predominantly interface with the PC through USB 2.0, though newer models have support for USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt.

I’ve already selected my capture card, the AVerMedia C985 Live Gamer HD. You will find it, along with other suitable options for capturing your gameplay, below.

Video Capture Hardware

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I made a spreadsheet of current capture cards to cut through the clutter

Portable Capture Cards

AVerMedia ExtremeCap U3
AVerMedia C875 Live Gamer Portable (~$145,
Elgato Game Capture HD (~$130,,
Elgato Game Capture HD60 (~$160,,
Hauppuage HD PVR 2 (~$135,
Roxio Game Capture HD Pro

PCI-e Capture Cards

AVerMedia C985 Live Gamer HD (~$175,
Black Magic Intensity Pro – 720p native, though 1080p is possible

Streaming Software

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS); Windows-dominant, though MultiPlatform seems promising for OS X + Linux
XSplit; Windows-only

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getting back on the horse.

When I moved back home to live with my parents at the age of 24 in the spring of 2013, I had already decided on a limited number of items in which to pour my time. I knew for certain that I wanted to get a job in sales, and to do business.

Now, just over two years later, I have no productive business. I failed to fail. I did end up getting a sales job, working new car sales at Jeff Haas Mazda for nearly half a year. Though I did learn a few lessons from that experience, it was ultimately a poor use of time. I came back home depleted on a near-daily basis.

When I did find work again, this time through Craigslist, I fell victim to the same habits that had kept me from moving forward in the first place.

I’ve made efforts at self-mastery through consistent exercise and scheduling since coming back to Houston. Still, I indulged myself to excess.

This time, things will be different. Why?

Purpose. I’ve identified it. That thing that will get me to look forward to getting out of bed in the morning, and occasionally keeps me working late into the night.