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Diamond Multimedia intros GC1000 console-friendly real-time HD video capture device

Diamond Multimedia intros GC1000 console-friendly real-time HD video capture device
James Trew
James Trew|@itstrew|August 29, 2012 6:34 PM

Want to record those epic Modern Warfare shootouts, but don't want to impede your lightning fast reloads? Diamond Multimedia thinks its new GC1000 is just the box you're looking for. The USB HDMI video capture device promises to let you preserve, share (via YouTube and Facebook) and edit your finest gaming moments in 1080i with zero lag, thanks to its video pass-through capability. There's also the GC500, which Diamond refers to as a "lite" version of the GC1000. The main difference, it seems, being the lack of HDMI (both do composite and s-video also). If you're jonesing for the full-fat version, then you can lay down $140 for one from today. Don't need HDMI? Then you'll save yourself $70. Scan the PR after the break for retailers.

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Diamond Multimedia Ships Real-Time HD 1080 USB HDMI Game and Video Capture for Consoles With Video Pass-Through

Users Can Capture, Edit and Share Game in Play Sessions From Gaming Consoles Such as Sony PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii With No Lags or Delays Unlike Other Common Systems

LOS ANGELES, CA, Aug 28, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Diamond Multimedia ( www.diamondmm.com ), a leading manufacturer of Radeon Gaming graphics cards, Best Seller of the VC500 USB capture device for PC and Mac and other popular Multimedia products, introduced today the GC1000, which allows users to capture and edit game-play sessions from popular consoles -- including Xbox(R) 360, PS3(R), Wii -- and VHS, DVD Player, Camcorder or satellite set top box, then share their tailored clips on YouTube(TM) and Facebook(R). The device enables users to record, tailor and share their game-play highlights with zero disruption to the gaming experience.

"Diamond's GC1000 gives users the ability to record and edit video in real-time, right out of the Xbox 360 or PS3 on a PC in 1080 HD, sharing top game-play sessions with friends," notes Bruce Zaman, CEO of Diamond. "With Gamers and gaming as the core of our company, we know their pain points and and we wanted to provide our key consumer with a solution that provides them with an easy way to broadcast and share their game-play without disrupting the experience with lags and delays."

Traditional video capture devices do not support video pass-through and were only intended for users to convert VHS tapes to digital formats and DVD. Diamond's GC1000 bridges that gap and allows today's more sophisticated users to record and play in real-time with no delays, an important feature for quick reflex games like first-person shooters. Diamond users can connect their game console directly to the GC1000, which is then connected to the TV via the Video-out port. The video is sent through the USB port to the PC, allowing the user to play the games on their big screen TV, resulting in no traditional lags or delays on the computer screen.

Pricing and Availability

The GC1000 retails for $139.99 and offers a lite version, the GC500, for $69.99. The GC1000 supports HDMI (both in and out), Component, S-Video and Composite and can record up to 1080i, well surpassing any other system on both features and price. Where to Buy: Amazon.com, Tigerdirect.com, newegg.com, Microcenter and Fry's Electronics.