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Roxio to release console video capture tool

Combined video capture and editing tool allows instant uploads to Facebook and YouTube

Video editing firm Roxio is to release two new products that allow users to capture in-game footage from both console and PC titles, and share the resulting videos online.

Roxio Game Capture and Roxio PC Game Capture are intended to allow players to post evidence of high scores, tips & tricks, game reviews, feature-length movies, and Machinima.

The console version of the product is being priced at £79.99 and works with both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. Content is recorded directly to a PC using a USB hardware capture device, including component video and stereo audio inputs.

The major limitation of the product seems to be a maximum resolution of 480p. Recorded footage can be output to AVI, WMV, DivX, and MP4. Screenshots can be saved as JPG, PNG, TIFF, BMP or GIF file types.

The PC version requires no additional hardware and is priced at a lower £39.99. The application supports DirectX 8-10 and OpenGL based titles.

Both products include a video editor that allows users to add transitions, commentary, background music tracks, and titles. Advanced features include a 32-track timeline editor featuring picture-in-picture, animated credits, and special effects.

The upload feature includes specific support for Facebook, YouTube, and WeGame.

"While some gamers are already creating and posting gameplay videos, we believe there are many more waiting on the sidelines for solutions that deliver the right mix of ease-of-use and features at a good price point," said Rovi Corporation's Corey Ferengul.

Roxio Game Capture will launch on March 24, Roxio PC Game Capture is due to be released sometime in the second quarter of 2011.

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