The AVerMedia C281 Game Capture HD device uses a component connection (Y-Pb-Pr) to record gameplay and provide a passthrough connection to a TV, as such, it’s incompatible with the PS4, which uses HDMI only. However, it is possible to convert the HDMI signal from the PS4 to work with AVerMedia C281.
Most other game capture devices (Elgato, Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition, Roxio Game Capture, etc.) use HDMI input and output connections so the PS4 is directly compatible, but the signal is encrypted with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), so that footage cannot be directly recorded until Sony release a firmware update that decrypts the signal.
Sony has already said that it will allow gameplay footage to be recorded, but will be added in a future update. In the mean time, there is a way to use these devices using a special cable that decrypts the HDCP signal.
Here is how I got the AVerMedia C281 Game Capture HD to work with my PS4 console.
- PS4 console
- AVerMedia C281 Game Capture HD with cables and power supply
- HDFury Gamer 2 (Component) with power supply (other similar cables can be used)
- HDTV with component (Y-Pb-Pr) connection
Instead of using all the component cables that come with the AVerMedia C281, you need to replace the 3-phono component cable (with PS3/Xbox 360/Wii connection) with the HDFury cable and connect it to the PS4. The five phono ends should be connected to the bottom of the AVerMedia box.
The other 3-phono to 3-phono video and 2-phono to 2-photo audio cables that came with the AVerMedia can be used as normal to connect to your TV to the AVerMedia C281, connected to the top five ports in the correct order.
If you haven’t already, connect the power supply to the AVerMedia C281, and the power supply to the HDFury Gamer 2 cable. The power supply will be needed for the HDFury Gamer 2 in order to give the cable enough power to convert the PS4’s HDCP signal.
Getting it to Work:
Power on your TV and PS4 and make sure you’re able to see the PS4’s Dynamic Menu on the TV. At this point, the HDFury should have a solid blue LED indicating that the device is powered on and working, and the AVerMedia C218 is just passing the signal through to the TV.
If all works, power on the AVerMedia C218 and give it a moment to start up and show the “Welcome” dialog. If at this point the picture disappears, you may need to turn down the PS4’s resolution to 1080i or lower to get it to work again (or you can update the firmware to support 1080p resolution). If the picture appears normal, you’re all setup and ready to record gameplay.
Providing you have a internal HDD installed in the AVerMedia C281 or have a USB Drive connected, you’re ready to record gameplay and Dynamic Menu footage. Recording the latter isn’t supported with the PS4’s built-in video recording / uploading feature.
I’ve been using the above setup to record most of the PS4 videos available on our YouTube channel. Or see the Internet Connection tutorial we recorded below:
With a bit of video editing (we like to use iMovie on Mac OS X) and a bit of work, you can create cool videos to share gameplay, or record tutorial videos like the one we created below on using the Android PlayStation App:
Firstly thank you letting me know this is possible! I have been trying to set up the old AVerMedia with the ps4, and i’ve bought component to hdmi cable with a splitter (or so it was claimed) but still haven’t managed to get it working. Now with the HDCP off is there maybe a cheaper method? I can buy a new cap card for the price of that HDFury :/
I just bought the HDFURY and connected all the parts but I just can’t get the video screen to show up on my tv. It says it’s no signal. At first it said not supported then I change the resolution to 1080i and then it said no signal. Do you have a video tutorial for this pleaseeeeee or if u can’t just explain to me step by step on how to make it show the screen on component 1
REPLY TO THIS COMMENT. (Because I didn’t press notify me) . And also what do I do with the power supply?
I’ve had issues with HDFury too. My one stopped working after a year (after warranty expired) and it wasn’t worth replacing. Your cable could be damaged too, so you should contact HDFury to get a replacement sent out (you’ll have to send your cable back first).
Nah I’m sure it’s not that because I just got it 2 days ago and barely opened it.. And it flashes blue. But when you got it did it work? Or you got it damaged?
The LED on the cable should be solid blue when plugged into power. If its not, please make sure its connected to power. Once the LED is solid blue, the cable should work as intended.
Please help me!!!! It’s not damaged btw
It came with a power supply or something I tried to fugure out what it was for and how to use it but I couldn’t figure it out.. Do I need it?
Yes of course you need it. The reason your cable isnt working is because its not connected to power. Check the instruction manual to see how to connect it.
Wow. Lol sorry.. But I looked all over the cable and aver media to see where can I connect it but I didn’t find a hole or anything that it can go in.. Plus I looked if there was in an instruction manual I couldn’t find it. But Ina check one more time
The power cable that came with HDFury goes into the cable itself. Look for a hold on the square part of the HDFury cable. It’s not that difficult to find.
Ok I found it lol sorry I didn’t see it last time but now I plugged it in and it’s blue but when I went to component 2 on my TV it didn’t work for some reason. So I went back to the ps4 HDMI i changed my setting from 1080p to 1080i and it didn’t work so I changed it to 720p and it still didn’t work .. It says it’s not supported
Have you connected the cables to the TV correctly? I.e. make sure each coloured cable is in the correct slot. Your TV needs to support Component too.
Yes there are all correct and it supports components. There is no video explaining how to do this at all?
I suggest you contact the cable manufacturer for assistance. Not much I can do to help as I don’t know the details of your setup.