Streaming with zero performance loss using Xsplit

ViTALViTAL 2013-03-18 15:30:15
[c]HD PVR 2 - My Streaming Guide[/c]

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So this guide isn't so much a general streaming guide, but more of a 'My Setup' type of thing. So I've streamed with the Hauppauge HDPVR 2 and Hauppauge Colossus before but I've recently found out a few tips and tricks that make streaming completely painless. This guide doesn't have to be specifically involve the HD PVR 2 and could be applied to numerous other brands of capture card but it's what I'm using, so deal with it :P By using this method you will not lose any FPS whilst streaming at the same time.

What you need
1 x HD PVR 2
1 x HDMI Cable
1 x Laptop/PC (Device for streaming - Laptop is easier in terms of portability)
1 x Graphics card with HDMI out

If you play on 120hz, have no fear you will still be able to whilst streaming. So I guess the first thing you'll probably want to do is install the HD PVR 2 on the laptop. I'm not going to go in to detail on how to install it as it's pretty straight forward. The box the PVR 2 comes in will have a disc with all the necessary drivers and software.

So now you have the device installed, it's time to plug in the HDMI cable. Plug your HDMI cable in to your graphics card in your PC and in to the HDMI In port on the HDMI PVR 2. Your PC doesn't usually enable your PVR as a display device by default so what you want to do is right click your desktop on your PC, go to Screen Resolution and then duplicate your main monitors display to your PVR 2. The name of the device may appear as Sienna-1 or something similar.


In the bottom right of the second screenshot, you can see an option for advanced settings, click this and then click the monitor at the tab. On here you will see your 2 displays, if you use 120hz make sure you have the selected and click apply.

Note: If you can't see the extra device there, make sure the PVR 2 is plugged in both in to the mains and plugged in through USB in to the Laptop.

This little section is going to talk about audio. So go in to your sound settings on your playing PC.

1.) Go to 'Sound' in Control Panel
2.) Click the recording tab
3.) Right-click and ensure show disabled devices is checked.
4.) Right click Stereo mix and go to properties
5.) Click the listen tab
6.) Check listen to this device
7.) Set the PVR2(Sienna-1) where it says "Playback through this device"

This should now transport any audio that transmits from the PC to your capture card which enables sound on the stream. However it will not pick up your microphone. The same technique can be used with the microphone as well.

Now it's just a simple case of opening the latest version of Xsplit and adding the HD PVR 2 as a new device. If you want to stream at 60 FPS then I recommend playing in 1280x720 as the PVR 2 and most other capture products only see 30 fps at 1920x1080 but will see 60 fps at 1280x720.

Laptop Specification:
CPU - Intel i7 3630QM
Graphics - NVIDIA GT650M
Memory - 8GB DDR3 (1600MHz)

HD PVR 2 Specs:
- Recording resolution of 1080p30 or 1080i from component.
- No delay HDMI passthrough
- Recording datarate up to 13.5 Mbits/sec
- Recording formats: MP4, TS and M2TS
- Video down conversion
- HDMI in (Without HDCP)
- Component Video in w/ stereo audio
- S-Video and Composite video in.
- HDMI Output (No delay passthrough)

My Streaming Setup

Note: If you have any problems, feel free to add me on Xfire: garethreynolds
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Nice post bud.
But can it mine bitcoins?
I may have to do this, I really hate my fps loss when I am streaming.
Or just use FFsplit, free and you dont need to buy any hardware :)
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