HDMI Grabber - What do I have to look out for when buying?

The so-called "HDMI Grabber" offer the possibility to record and save the picture and sound signal of the HDMI transmission. But there are also devices that make it possible to stream your games on 1080p. In this post I would like to go into the different HDMI grabbers and their functions in more detail and give you a few tips and tricks for buying them!

A few words about HDMI recorders and grabbers

Many people know the “HDMI Grabber” as well under the name “HDMI Recorder”. As the name suggests, the device is responsible for recording the transmission. Thanks to the USB 3.0 interface, you can easily and smoothly record with this device. The recordings that are made with the device are correspondingly high quality.

However, you should make sure that the device is also state-of-the-art. At some HDMI It is the case with grabbers that they only have a USB 2.0 connection. For us, this means that the recordings can be transferred more slowly and not in the same quality as with a USB 3.0 interface. However, different devices also have different connection options - these should be used as needed and desired. You have to find out for yourself which ones are needed exactly there.

With the help of HDMI grabbers, content that is sent via the HDMI cable can be recorded and saved on the hard drive. Usually with more resolution than in my picture. ;-)

With the help of HDMI grabbers, content that is sent via the HDMI cable can be recorded and saved on the hard drive. Usually with more resolution than in my picture. ;-)

Audio outputs useful for separate sound recordings

You should also make sure that additional audio outputs and the like are available if you want to use them later, for example to process the audio signal separately before you mix it with the video signal. HDMI grabbers with USB 3.0 and HDMI connection are basically able to record picture and sound at the same time, which is why this should not be a problem with current models.

Today every home user can choose from a wide range of HDMI recorders. What they all have in common is that they compress the incoming video data in real time using the H.264 method known from Blu-ray and HDTV, and thus generate manageable data packets that can be saved very conveniently and easily.

Differences in the type of "grabber"

The recorders are offered as plug-in cards, for example, as boxes for connection to a computer (the recorded video is saved on the hard drive) and as a self-sufficient recording device. Some external models, on the other hand, only pass the video files on to a connected computer or draw them themselves, for example on a memory card, a USB stick or an internal hard drive.

This may all sound a bit difficult for the beginners in this field among you, but with the common models of the HDMI recorder a schematic representation in multi-lingual operating instructions is included - so don't worry about the operation and installation. Make sure, however, that you can connect an external storage medium, as video files eat up a lot of memory - especially if they are first recorded uncompressed by the grabber.

There is later the option of compressing these finished video files with numerous programs on macOS and Windows so that they no longer require as much memory on the hard drive and there is more space for new recordings. However, the H.264 codec (MP4format) generally doesn't have much space, so a 64 GB USB stick is sufficient to start with.

The right device depends on the application

Many HDMI grabbers also offer the option of connecting a headset. This means that you can simultaneously record your voice as a moderator during the recording. Before doing this, you should find out about the areas and purposes for which you need the recorder. You should not only pay attention to the price, but primarily to the technical key data of the device. Because how do you say a clever person: who buys cheap, buys twice.

The best thing to do is to compare the different models yourself and then decide which is right for you. Otherwise, leave a comment here on my page if you don't know exactly which device is suitable for your purposes. My other readers and I will be happy to help you!

Best seller of the HDMI grabber

To make your choice a little easier, I have included a list of the most popular HDMI recorders and grabbers here. It is best to take a look at them in detail so that you know which model meets your requirements.

105,81 EURBestseller no. 1
Atomos Ninja V 5 inch 4K HDMI recorder
  • Record up to 4Kp60 10bit HDR video
  • 6,9s pre-roll
  • Battery & AtomXpansion interface
Bestseller no. 2
Bestseller no. 3
Video digitizer Grabstar PRO, Game Capture, also suitable for game consoles, 1080p / Full-HD, ...
  • Digitizes your video treasures in resolutions of up to 1080p at the push of a button - without a PC or mains connection
  • Saves recordings directly to SD/SDHC memory card (up to 128 GB), USB stick (up to 128 GB) or external USB hard drive...
  • Large 8,9 cm color display (3,5 ") for checking and playing back the recordings
Bestseller no. 4
AVerMedia EZRecorder 330,4K pass-through and 1080p recording, HDMI recorder, PVR, DVR, ...
  • 4k pass-through and 1080p recording: enjoy high quality 4k games while using the ezrecorder 330 ...
  • high efficiency video coding: compared to h.264 coding, h.265 coding offers twice the video compression rate, ...
  • plan your recording: automatically switch on your set-top box with the ir blaster supplied.
Bestseller no. 5
DIGITNOW! HD Video Capture Box 1080P 60FPS USB 2.0 Video to Digital Converter with 5 "OLED ...
  • Record HD 1080P videos from VCRs, VHS tapes, Hi8, camcorders, DVD, TV box and game systems and ...
  • Thanks to the built-in large capacity battery and aluminum alloy body, you can keep your video ...
  • Plug-in USB / SD ports, allow the use of USB flash drives or SD cards to store your ...
Bestseller no. 6
Hauppauge HD PVR Pro 60 - 01685 HDMI Game Capture Recording stand-alone on SD card or PC...
  • External recording device capable of recording from 4k@60 or 1080p60 unencrypted HDMI sources
  • Has an internal hardware encoder
  • The HDMI signal input from the respective source (game console, receiver, camera) is converted to the HDMI...
Bestseller no. 7
RCA to HDMI, Aluminum AV to HDMI Adapter with Cinch Audio Cable, 1080P HDMI Cinch Adapter Chinch...
  • RCA to HDMI adapter: the adapter converts the analogue composite input (red, white, yellow) into an HDMI 1080p (60HZ)...
  • Plug & Play: no need to install drivers. Simply install, use and operate. The...
  • Good Good Compatibility: Works effortlessly with the RAC devices. Input-- Wii/ PS2/ Xbox/ SNES/ N64/ VHS/ VCR...
Bestseller no. 8
auvisio 4K video recorder: 4K UHD video recorder & live, color display, HDMI, USB, SD, 60 fps. (HDMI...
  • 4K UHD recording with up to 3840 x 2160 pixels • For analog and digital video sources • Color display for ...
  • 4K UHD recorder GC-500 for digital and analog video sources • Recording directly on microSD (HC / XC) memory card up to ...
  • Recording resolution in pixels: 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD) or 1920 x 1080 (Full HD 1080p) • For almost all video sources ...
Bestseller no. 9
Scart to HDMI converter with Scart and HDMI cable, Scart to HDMI converter, Scart input HDMI...
  • 【Cost-efficient】 You do not need to buy any additional cables separately, all cables are included with this Scart ...
  • 【Advanced signal processing】 This Scart input HDMI output converter offers advanced ...
  • 【Widely compatible】 This Scart HDMI adapter is often used for all devices with Scart outputs for display on ...
Bestseller no. 10
Rybozen video capture card 4K HDMI video capture device with loop, HD 1080P live streaming...
  • High-speed technology: Support high-speed audio or HD video recording and transmission.
  • High Speed ​​& Full HD: This HIMI capture card supports the maximum input resolution of 4K and the maximum ...
  • Superior low-latency technology: When using the HDMI loop-out connection, there is no delay,...

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