In this post I will show you how to get started with the AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable’s “PC Free” mode. The tutorial is based on my own experience of setting up the LGP with my Sony Playstation 3 but XBOX and Wii users should also find the instructions useful.
1. AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable
2. Buy a massive SD card
I went for this 128 GB San Disk SD card so I could have as much storage space as possible. Admittedly, at £118 it wasn’t cheap but I was suckered in by the “extreme” branding. I see no reason why the 128 GB Secure Digital Extended SD card from Kingston Technology wouldn’t be just as effective and it’s available for £50 less.
Those of you in the US of A can use this link to find deals on SD cards for the AVerMedia LGP.
3. Format your SD card in FAT32
Sadly, this wasn’t as easy as popping the SD card into my computer and hitting format. To make the SD card work properly with the Live Gamer Portable, it needs to be in FAT32 format.
To correctly format the SD card for your LGP, I suggest you download a program called GUIFORMAT [free download link].
Formatting in Windows is impossible and the method I tried in DOS (via Command Prompt) took well over an hour and then crashed at 99% stating that my SD card was too big (!).
In GUIFORMAT you just have to select the drive you wish to format and then hit the start button.
4. Ensure your AVerMedia LGP is running the most up-to-date drivers
Even if you intend to use the Live Gamer Portable in “pc free” mode, you will need to connect to your computer to ensure the drivers are up to date.
All you need to do is head on over to the official LGP product page and, from the downloads section, grab the latest application & driver.
Plug your LGP into your PC using the USB cable provided and then run the installation software. Assuming everything is connected properly, the light on the front of your LGP will flash blue in a clockwise motion, until the driver update process finishes, when the light will revert to a solid blue glow.
5. Connect your LGP to your PS3 (or XBOX or Wii)
As was the case with my last capture card, AVerMedia’s Game Capture HD, the LGP comes with everything you need to get started.
First, you need to hook up your LGP to your TV, which is simply a case of hooking up the HDMI (out) to the HDMI (in) on your TV using the HDMI cable provided by AVerMedia.
Next, hook up your LGP to your PS3 or XBOX. If you’re on the latter, you can use the HDMI (out) on your XBOX to the HDMI (in) on your LGP. PS3 users will be using the supplied PS3>LGP cable (as pictured).
Finally, hook up your LGP to a power source. If you’re using PC-free mode I’ll assume you don’t have a PC in the vicinity of your console so just connect the LGP to your PS3 or XBOX using the mini-USB to USB cable that comes in the box.
Make sure ‘the’ switch (it’s the only switch… and it’s on the opposite side to the cables you hooked up in the previous step) is to the right. Once powered up your LGP will glow a steady red. Hit the glowing button and it’ll change to a throbbing red, which indicates that you are recording. Hit the button again to finish your recording.
7. Transfer Files
Eject the SD card from your LGP and pop it into a computer. The LGP records to a “.ts” format which can lead to problems when importing your files into Sony Vegas or other editing software.
What you need to do is download AVerMedia’s .ts to .mp4 conversion tool, which is available on their LGP downloads page.
8. Render & enjoy!
The following video involves a short clip from FIFA 13, captured in PC free mode and then rendered in Sony Vegas, using the same templates that I used for my AVerMedia Game Capture HD. Whilst I might tweak these at a later date I am quite happy to continue using them for the time being.
AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable (LGP / C875) – PC Free Mode Quality Test
The quality test features some live MW3 gameplay, rendered in Sony Vegas without any colour corrections. I will be carrying out subsequent tests on Black Ops 2, FIFA 13 and a few other games in the near future and, when I get a chance, will try to knock up some colour correction packs. If you don’t want to miss these, make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel.