Colossus 2

The professional HD video recorder


Colossus 2 PCI Express High Definition Video Recorder

Studio quality HD video recorder, with HDMI and Component video input and HDMI output

Record your TV programs in HD from a cable TV, DVR or satellite TV box. Offload your DVR and free up DVR disk space. Or create a library of your favorite TV programs in HD!

Record your Xbox, Playstation or PC game play in HD

Now with optical audio plus IR blaster to control your cable or satellite set top box

Includes our no delay pass through, so you can watch TV from your cable or satellite box while you record in HD!

Now includes StreamEez, so you can live stream. Create a Twitch, YouTube or Facebook channel with StreamEez

Includes our Personal Logo inserter, you can add your own logo to your recordings and Twitch or YouTube or Facebook channels.

Both the WinTV and Hauppauge Capture applications can be set for either HDMI or Component video sources.

Note: Some cable and satellite boxes do not allow recording from the HDMI port on the box. Colossus 2 can record HD video from either HDMI or Component video using the supplied A/V adapter cable. If you have one of these boxes, you will need to use the Component video connectors on the back of your box. Component video connectors are normally Red/Green/Blue connectors and are sometimes marked 'YPrPb'. Please check with your cable TV or satellite TV provider for the availability of Component video connectors on your box.

Colossus 2 Overview

Colossus 2 is an internal video recorder which plugs into PCI Express x1 or x16 slots. It contains the same studio quality video encoder which is used in the HD PVR 2, and can record both HDMI and Component video at up to 1080p30, with support for 1080p60 passthrough.

Like the HD PVR 2, Colossus 2 also has built-in hardware support for H.264 Variable (VBR) and Constant bit rate (CBR) encoding, video downscaling, and a logo inserter for putting 'bugs' or logos on your recordings or video streams.

Make your own HD movie library from cable or satellite TV

Offload your cable or satellite DVR box with the Colossus 2 in full HD. Create a library of your favorite high definition TV programs.

The Colossus 2 supports both HDMI and Component video. For best results, your cable or satellite TV box should have Component video out since sometimes (but not always), the boxes put HDCP copy protection on the HDMI cable. But component video is never copy protected.

To tell if your cable box has component video connectors, look on the back of the box for Red/Green/Blue connectors. These are often marked 'YPrPb'. Here is what a typical set top box with component video connectors will look like. The component video cables are in 6 and the Left/Right audio connectors are 8.

Studio quality HD video encoding

Colossus 2 uses a high quality Analog Devices video front end, and a Magnum studio quality video encoder. The Magnum encoder supports data rates are from .2Mbits/second to 13.5 Mbits/sec CBR, with VBR datarates running to about 21 Mbits/sec.

Colossus 2 runs under Windows 10, 8 and 7.

Record your favorite TV programs from HD cable TV and satellite set top boxes. Colossus 2 connects to most HD cable TV and satellite TV receivers with component video and optical digital audio. Stereo audio inputs are supported, too. Some cable TV and satellite boxes allow recording from HDMI (non HDCP encrypted HDMI).

Includes Hauppauge's WinTV v10 TV application for automatic recording of TV programs from cable or satellite set top boxes

If you have an un-encrypted HDMI video source, such as a digital SLR, you can record directly from this source.

Includes IR blaster cable. Colossus can automatically change the channel on your set top box.

Model numbers

model 01577

Colossus 2 with WinTV v10 and Hauppauge Capture applications

Included with Colossus 2 models 1577

  • Colossus 2 PCI Express full height board
  • Component video A/V cable adapter (part number 6021258A )
  • Hauppauge IR blaster cable
  • WinTV v10 Application for Windows (download, with Activation code included) and Hauppauge Capture (downlaod)
  • Quick Installation Guide


Hardware encoder specification

  • Magnum H.264 video encoder
  • AC-3 recording from AC-3 source
  • Recording datarate: from 1 to 13.5 Mbits/sec VBR or CBR (maximum rate using VBR: aprroximately 21 Mbits/sec)
  • Recording formats
    • 1080p60p (recorded as 1080p30)
    • 720p60
    • 1080i60
    • 480p60
    • 480i60
    • 1080p50p (recorded as 1080p25)
    • 1080i50
    • 720p50
    • 576p50
    • 576i50
  • NTSC or PAL video formats supported

System requirements

  • Laptop or desktop PC with 3.0 GHz single core or 2.0 GHz multi-core processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® 10, 8, 7 or Vista (32 or 64-bit)
  • TV set with HDMI input (optional)
  • 1 GB memory recommended
  • Graphics card with 256 MB memory
  • Sound card
  • 220 MB free hard disk space
  • Internet connection for software downlaod and activation

Bundled software applications

  • Hauppauge Capture for video recording, trim and streaming with Hauppauge's StreamEez application
  • Hauppauge WinTV v10 application, with support for the Hauppauge IR blaster

Input and outputs

  • HDMI input (Note: for use with un-encrypted HDMI video sources)
  • A/V cable input adapter with:
    • Component video input
    • Left/ Right RCA audio input
  • Optical audio input
  • IR receiver/blaster connector (IR blaster cable supplied)

StreamEez: stream your video gameplay or captured video with Twitch, YouTube and Facebook

StreamEez Features

  • Built-in live streaming: includes Hauppauge StreamEez for Twitch, Facebook and YouTube Live streaming. (Note: YouTube streaming requires Live Event enabled by YouTube)
  • Automatic re-connect mode, to re-establish streaming when your Internet connection is momentarily lost
  • Upload your game recordings to YouTube
  • Built-in logo inserter: put your channel logo (PNG, jpeg or GIF) in your recordings and video streams
  • Simple to use video quality selector and scaling options
  • 5.1 channel audio: record 5.1 channel audio over SPDIF Optical on the HD PVR 2

Some tips on using StreamEez

  • Step 1
    • Before you change any settings, make sure you are Off Air and the Lock button is unlocked (just click on the button to unlock).
    • Choose your Video Source. Xbox 360 normally uses HDMI while PS3 normally uses Component.
    • Choose your Audio Source. Xbox 360 normally uses HDMI while PS3 normally uses Line.
    • In Quality Profile, the default is High Bandwidth. Depending upon the uplink speed of your Internet service, you may need to change to Medium or Low bandwidth. A laggy or jerky stream means your uplink speed is too low and you need to choose a different Quality Profile.
    • If you would like to preview your video in StreamEez, make sure the slider under the preview window is set to 'Normal speed'. You should now see your video in the preview window.
  • Step 2
    • Then choose your Stream Service, to Twitch or YouTube or Facebook. ( You must have an account setup with the stream service you wish to use)
    • In Channel, select Login. Enter your Login and Password. You will see a message "Gathering credentials" as we check your user name and password.
    • Once your user name and password are confirmed, you will see the URL of your stream in the box "Copy stream link". If you click on the words "Copy stream link", the URL will be copied to the clip board.
  • Step 3
    • Leave the Network Connection as the default
  • To start streaming
    • To start streaming, click the red dot next to "Off Air." The indicator should be changed to "On Air" and you will now be streaming live over the Internet!
    • Once you are On Air, you cannot change any settings. You need to stop streaming by clicking the green dot next to On Air to stop the stream.

Third Party applications for Colossus2

For the PC:

NextPVR supports Colossus 2 for TV watching and recording.

Click here for the latest version.

Linux for Colossus 2

Linux support for Colossus 2 is through a user mode application. You can get the application from the link below.

Click here for the step by step instructions

Download the Linux Colossus 2 application:

Click here for the Colossus 2 Linux application

MythTV and the Colossus 2

John Poet has created Colossus 2 support for MythTV, including AC3 audio support:

Pal from Snap.TV has forked the MythTV Colossus 2 support and has added support for analog PAL composite video.

Colossus 2 and HD PVR 2 Videos

How to setup HD PVR 2 and Colossus 2
in Hauppauge Capture
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How to setup HD PVR 2 and Colossus 2
in the WinTV application
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How to setup HD PVR 2 with a cable or satellite TV box
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How to record your PC screen
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Scheduled recordings with HD PVR 2/Colossus 2
and the WinTV v10 application,
using both composite and component
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How to Live stream with YouTube Live
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How to Live stream with Facebook Live
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OBS Streaming Tutorial
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Adding Microphone Audio to your
HD PVR 2 and Colossus 2 Recordings
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IR Blaster Setup in WinTV
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