Roxio has seemingly been laying low of late, but it's apparently been working on a new set of products that makes it easier to record your gaming prowess to show off to the world. Coming soon is the Game Capture hardware device for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles, and a little further out is its PC Game Capture software.
The Game Capture unit serves as a conduit between your HDTV and your PC, connecting to your set through component-video cables (oddly, not included) and then to your computer via USB. You can record video and capture still images in the major formats, but it only can handle recording in 480p, even though the games themselves will be running in high-def. That's a major limitation, though you may overlook it given its relatively affordable price -- it will be available on March 24 for $99.99.
If you're using a desktop or laptop for your gaming, PC Game Capture will let you capture video in HD at full screen resolutions, according to Roxio. However, it only supports DirectX 8, 9, and 10 games, so forget using it with DX11 titles like Aliens vs. Predator (or the forthcoming Crysis 2). The company says that it makes use of Nvidia's CUDA and ATI Stream technologies, along with Intel's Quick Sync Video feature, to optimize video quality without impeding game play. PC Game Capture is due out sometime in Q2 of 2011 for $49.99.
Both products come with a PC-based video editor that lets you add transitions, music and commentary to your game clips. Advanced features, according to Roxio, include "picture-in-picture, animated credits, and special effects capabilities." It also allows you to easily upload finished videos to Facebook and YouTube.