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So here's my issue. I just bought an Elgato Game Capture HD. It only accepts stereo input. So this kills the chain in my surround setup causing everything to be stereo. I'm looking for solutions. I'm guessing I basically need to convert a 1080p + 5.1 hdmi signal into a 1080p + Stereo hdmi (or component) signal. I've been searching for hours but finding a device you don't know the name of is tough work. <.> Any help would be *greatly* appreciated.

EDIT: Some more info. I have a STR-DN840 AV receiver and I've set the output to amp+tv but which causes the av receiver to show up as stereo only to all connected devices.
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Bump? Anything? Maybe this isn't the right section to ask this sort of question?
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The following thread in the General Gaming Help forum looks to be the best place on AVS to ask questions about the Elgato Game Capture HD, with 21 previous posts. Hope that helps.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1449315/anyone-here-got-an-elgato-game-capture-hd#post_22777347
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I've actually read through that thread but the solution is to spend another $200. I will, however, read through that section of the forums and post a thread there if I don't find a solution. Thank you for pointing it out. ^^
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A further thought: I'm not a gamer (I almost wrote "not a game player", which should prove I'm not smile.gif), but I was looking at the on-line information for the Elgato Game Capture, and it seems to me that the recommended connection method for a home theater system (with an AVR and speaker system in addition to a TV) should be as follows:

* connect Playstation 3 to AV input, or connect Xbox 360 to HDMI input, of the Game Capture HD

* set the game console (Playstation or Xbox) audio output to stereo mode, if there is such an option in its setup menu

* connect the HDMI output of the Game Capture to HDMI input of your Sony AVR, and connect HDMI output of AVR to HDMI input of TV (as you normally do)

* then the Game Capture HD will record audio and video while you're gaming (the purpose of the device), and your TV, AVR and speaker system will work "as usual" - except that the audio signal going to the AVR will be stereo-only rather than 5.1 surround, which is a limitation imposed by the Game Capture HD

* You will still be able to listen to the audio through all your speakers, by choosing a "synthetic" surround sound mode of the AVR, such as Dolby Pro Logic IIx or DTS Neo 6
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Bump? Anything? Maybe this isn't the right section to ask this sort of question?

Looks like a HDMI capture device with some bells and whistles to appeal to gamers.

So, where's the beef? I have a HDMI capture device that works well and cost half as much. Where is the beef? ;-)
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Looks like a HDMI capture device with some bells and whistles to appeal to gamers.

So, where's the beef? I have a HDMI capture device that works well and cost half as much. Where is the beef? ;-)

It has twitch streaming support built in. In fact you can live stream to twitch and record a copy to edit later as well simultaneously. Has built in support for capturing and mixing a mic input into the video. It can automatically lower the sound of the game audio when you are speaking. And something called flashback support which I still don't fully understand; I think it keeps a temporary file of what's been recorded for the past X minutes and allows you to recover and use that video even if you didn't hit record (but I might be wrong about this feature.) That's probably the big features that sets it above a regular hdmi capture device.

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Thanks but that turns anything I want to capture into a stereo device which is just about as bad. XD

For now, I just unhook it when I don't need it but it would be nice to leave it in my loop. I was thinking about maybe a 1 ->2 switch might fix the problem. I could have a regular pass to the tv and then the other one passed to the elgato. So if it's passing to the elgato, it's stereo, and if it's passing to the tv, it's surround sound. The ps3 is still going to require me to switch between the av and hdmi inputs for surround sound but I can still leave everything in the loop and have it work. That's just a theory though. I don't know how 1->2 switches are registered on an av receiver (I'm hopping it just registers as w/e is on the passthrough end.)
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