Support: HD PVR Rocket

Upgrade your HD PVR Rocket to the latest features with a firmware update

Features and improvements: Rocket version 43

  • There are no file size limits for recordings with NTFS formatted USB thumb drives. For example, if you insert a 16GB NTFS formatted USB thumb drive, you can record about 8 hours of video in one file
  • Rocket recordings are now compatible with the VLC media player
  • Audio processing improvements (your recordings will sound better)
  • Fixes flashing on some TV sets
  • This version now supports HDCP management. HDCP detection is disabled by default (this will ensure Xbox One game play can be recorded)
    • To turn HDCP detect ON, PUSH and HOLD the record button for 5 seconds. The red record ring will flash twice.
    • To turn HDCP detect back OFF, PUSH and HOLD the record button for 5 seconds and the red record ring will flash once.
    Note: in either mode, you still cannot record video protected with HDCP.

Upgrade your Rocket from your PC

Firmware version 43

File name: hdpvrrocketfirmware_3_1_1_35_43.exe

Installation instructions:

  • Click the Download button above (this is the Rocket Windows driver and latest Rocket firmware). Save to your PC (do not click Run).
  • Connect your Rocket to your PC using the BLACK USB power cable.
  • Run the downloaded file.
  • Click Install and the firmware upgrade will begin. Your Rocket will blink for a few seconds and then the firmware update will be complete
  • Click Finish

You can now either disconnect your Rocket and use it in the standalone mode, or you can continue to leave it connected to your PC and use Rocket with Hauppauge Capture.

Upgrade the Rocket firmware from a USB thumb drive

File name:

Installation instructions:

  • Turn the Rocket off by disconnecting the USB Power Cable
  • Download this file and unzip it to root directory of a USB thumb drive. There is one file: jedi.img
  • Connect the USB thumb drive to HD PVR Rocket
  • Reconnect USB Power Cable
  • The RED Record Ring will flash. This means the Rocket firmware upgrade is in progress.
  • Please wait until the RED Record Ring stops blinking (about 30 seconds). Then unplug/replug the USB Power Cable to complete the process
  • Note: the jedi.img file is deleted from your USB thumb drive after the firmware upgrade

Beta firmware for the HD PVR Rocket

None at this time

Click the below link to get the latest Hauppauge Capture application download package

Latest Hauppauge Capture installer Package

Hauppauge Capture Features

  • Record, edit and upload your Xbox, PlayStation, WiiU and PC game play in HD
  • New feature: record your videos with Facecam (HD PVR 2, HD PVR Rocket and Colossus 2) (Note: Facecam requires an i5 or i7 or faster processor)
  • Game commentary recording and streaming, with multi-track audio
  • Simple and fast trim editor
  • Upload your game recordings to YouTube
  • Built-in StreamEez (HD PVR 2, HD PVR Rocket, Colossus 2) for Twitch, YouTube and Ustream streaming. YouTube streaming requires Live Event enabled by YouTube.
  • Built-in logo inserter (HD PVR 2 and Colossus 2 only)
  • Simple to use video quality selector and scaling options
  • Support for recording 5.1 channel audio over Optical and SPDIF on the HD PVR 2 GE Plus and the HD PVR 2 model 1512

See Hauppauge Capture in action!

Using HD PVR Rocket to record your PC game play or your PC screen

Step 1 (Optional) - Connect the HD PVR Rocket to your PC and install Hauppauge Capture

If you are using Rocket stand alone to record your Gaming PC onto a USB thumb drive, please skip to step 2.

If you are using the Rocket to record your Gaming PC on a PC (the Gaming PC or another PC), then install Hauppauge Capture now on the PC where you will recording to. Please see these instructions.

Step 2 - Configure your Gaming PC's video mode

Record button
Screen resolution menu
on your Windows PC
(click to enlarge)

The Resolution must be set to either 1920X1080 or 1280X720

Note: HD PVR Rocket can accept video from a PC in the following formats ONLY:

  • 1920 x 1080 at 60Hz max
  • 1280 x 720 at 60 Hz max
  • 720 x 480 at 60 Hz max

If you are running in any other video mode, you will see either a black screen or distorted video. Check your video mode!

On the computer where you will be playing your video games (we'll call this the Gaming PC), connect an HDMI cable from your graphics card HDMI port to the HDMI in on the HD PVR.
Note: your Gaming PC screen may go black for several seconds and then you will be back at the Windows desktop.

On your Gaming PC, right click on your Windows desktop and select Screen resolution (click for screen shot).

Under Display you should see your HD PVR model in the drop down menu. Example: HD PVR 2.
Select your HD PVR recorder (click for screen shot).
Under Resolution, set to either 1920X1080 or 1280X720.
Under Multiple displays, set to Duplicate these displays.

Click Advanced settings (click for screen shot). Set Refresh Rate to 60p Hz Set Scaling to Maintain Display Scaling.

Step 3 - Connect the HDMI cable from your Gaming PC to the HD PVR 2 HDMI In connector

If you have a gaming laptop, simply plug an HDMI cable from your laptops' HDMI out port into the HDMI In on the HD PVR 2. You should see your PC screen on the video monitor. If you do not, click the Windows button on your keyboard and at the same time the P key. Then select Duplicate. If you have set your PC's video mode correctly (step 2 above), you should see your PC screen on the video monitor.

If you have a desktop PC, then remove the HDMI cable which is plugged into the monitor and plug it into the HDMI In port on the HD PVR 2. Then take an HDMI cable and plug one end into the HDMI Out port on the HD PVR 2 and the other end into an HDMI port on your monitor. If you have set your PC's video mode correctly (step 2 above), and you have selected the correct HDMI source on your TV set, you should see your PC screen on the video monitor.

Step 4 - Configure the audio on your Gaming PC if sound comes through your HDMI cable

If you are using the HDMI pass through on the HD PVR 2 (if you are not using HDMI pass-through skip to step 4a), on your Gaming PC right click on the Speaker icon on the taskbar and select Playback device.

In Playback devices find your HDMI connection to the HD PVR 2 (it should say HD-PVR2 or Digital audio (HDMI)). Right click and select Set as default device.

Step 4a - Configuring audio if you are using speakers connected directly to your Gaming PC

If you are listening to sound from your Gaming PC through speakers and not on your video monitor, to hear audio without any audio delay you will need to split the audio coming from your Gaming PC. To do this, you will need two adapters: an 1/8th inch stereo Y adapter, a 1/8th inch stereo to RCA male adapter.and an Audio cable set. These adapters are common and can be purchased from Radio Shack or online.

  • Connect the 1/8" stereo 'Y' adapter to the green audio port (the audio out port) on your Gaming PC.
  • Plug your speaker cable into one end of the 1/8" stereo 'Y' adapter.
  • On the other end of the 1/8" stereo 'Y' adapter connect the 1/8th inch stereo to RCA male adapter
  • Plug in the Audio cable set into the RCA plugs on the 1/8" stereo to male adapter (click to see a picture of the audio splitter installed)
  • Then plug the other end of the Audio cable set into the HD PVR 2 via the Hauppauge AV adapter cable (the black audio jacks).
  • Plug the Hauppauge AV adapter into the AV input on the back of the HD PVR 2.(click here to see the complete cable setup)
  • In Hauppauge Capture, in the Capture or StreamEez tab, set Audio in to Line in and mute the audio (so you will not hear an audio echo).

Here are some screen shots if you have an nVidea 650M graphics adapter in your gaming PC

nVidea setup step 1
Screen resolution menu
nVidea setup step 2
Advanced Settings menu.
Then click List All Modes
nVidea setup step 3
List All Modes menu. Set the screen resolution to
1920 by 1080, True Color (32-bit), 60Hz.
Then click OK / OK and Apply.

Here are some screen shots if you have an ATI graphics adapter in your gaming PC

In the AMD Vision Control Center, under Desktop Management/Desktop Properties, set the Desktop area to 1080p or 720p and the Refesh rate to 60Hz, 59Hz or 50Hz

ATI setup

Frequently asked questions

What is the HD PVR Rocket?

The HD PVR Rocket is a high definition H.264 portable video recorder. The Rocket can receive video from either HDMI or compenent video and will record up to 1080p30 onto an attached USB thumb drive. The Rocket is USB bus powered and can be powered by a USB port on your Xbox or Playstation game system. The Rocket has a built-in audio mixer which will take microphone audio and mix it with game audio so you can add game commentary to your game play recordings.

The Rocket can also be connected to a PC, which we call the 'PC connected mode'. In this mode, recordings are made to the hard disk inside your PC and the USB thumb drive is not used.

Do I need to connect the HD PVR Rocket to my PC to record?

No. The Rocket can be used either with or without a PC. When used standalone it records to a USB thumb drive which is plugged into the front of the Rocket. When connected to a PC, the Rocket records to your PCs hard disk drive.

How can I change the recoridng bit rate in standalone mode?

You will need to install the Hauppauge Capture software on a PC with the Rocket Connected to a USB port with the blackend of the USB cable. Then open the Hauppauge Capture software and you can adjust the bit rate up or down using the bitrate slider. Any adjustments you make in the software will be saved when you exit the application and be applied to stanalone mode.

How To Record Xbox 360 Game & Party Chat

  • 1. Go to the Xbox Guide Menu.
  • 2. Go along to settings.
  • 3. Select Voice.
  • 4. Go down to voice output and select 'Play though both'. This will make the audio play out your TV and through your mic at the same time.

Depending on what game you are on, I highly recommend you turn down game volume as well as sometimes voice chat can't be heard because the game volume is too loud. However I guarantee that there will be a way to turn down your audio setting on whatever game you are on. Make sure you make it loud enough to hear, but quiet enough to make the voice chat clear and easy to hear.

How do I turn off HDCP on a PS4?

  • On the PS4, go to Settings: from the main user interface, push up on the DualShock 4 to reach the top-level of the system’s menu, and select the toolbox labelled ‘Settings’
  • Enter the System submenu: When the long list of options appears, scroll down to the icon named ‘System’ and select it
  • Turn off HDCP encryption: You’ll find another long list in Settings. Scroll down to ‘Enable HDCP’ and ensure that the box to the right of the label is not ticked. It will be enabled by default, so simply click on it to disable the irritating feature. If you have any applications open, the system will ask you to close them, so make sure that you’ve saved your game before completing this last step.

How do I turn off HDCP on an Xbox One?

The following information comes from the Xbox support site

    Problem: Playing premium content on your console establishes an HDCP connection with your television. Some unintended video and sound behavior may occur if you plug in a DVR or home entertainment system while the console is turned on.

    To resolve this problem, try the following solutions:

  • Restart your Xbox One console:
    • Press the Xbox button on the console for ten seconds until the console turns off.
    • Touch the Xbox button on the console again to turn it on.
    • Try to play the content again.
  • If your Xbox One console is in instant-on power mode:
    • Go to the Home screen.
    • Press the Menu button on your controller and select Settings.
    • Go to Power & startup, then Power options.
    • Select Power mode and then select Save Energy.
    • Turn off the console by holding the Xbox button.
    • Turn on the console by pressing the Xbox button, and then try to play the content again.

What kind of webcam can I use to make Facecam videos?

Hauppauge Capture uses any webcam, either HD or standard definition, as long as it has a 'raw' YUV or YUY2 mode. MJPEG and other compressed formats are not used. Your webcam can be 4:3 or 16:9. Popular webcams include the Microsoft Lifecam HD-3000 plus, if you have a laptop, the built-in webcam.

Hauppauge Capture chooses the most suitable video mode supported by your webcam. You can set the size of the video, and the format (4:3 or 16:9) in the Settings menu of Hauppauge Capture.

What types of video sources can I record?

The rocket can record any source with component video out, HDMI out without HDCP, Composite video out (RCA-Yellow jack) or S-video out (4 pin). Common examples: PS3, XBOX360, Xbox One, PC Graphics card, Cable or Satellite set top box, VCR players, cameras and so on

What is the range of Resolution I can Capture with this device?

The Rocket records in all standard video resolutions: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p as well as several PC specific resolutions.

Does the Rocket have No-Delay Passthrough?

Yes, the Rocket has a no delay pass-thru so you can see your game on your TV set and at the same time, record your game play.

What is the Red Button on the top of this device used for?

The red button is used to start and stop recordings while in standalone mode.

Where are my Recordings Saved?

While in standalone mode, recordings are aved on a USB flash drive which is plugged into the front of the Rocket.

When in the PC connected mode, recordings are saved to your PC's hard drive.

How long can my recordings be?

Recording length is only limited by the size of your USB thumb drive. For example, a 16Gb USB thumb drive can hold up to 4 hours of video.

*PLEASE NOTE*: When recording to a USB thumb drive, your recordings are formatted in 2Gb file "chunks".

Can I include my Headset's Microphone Audio in my Recordings?

Yes. When the Rocket is used stand alone, you can plug your microphone or your headset's microphone into the 'Mic input' jack on the front of the Rocket. Then you can use the mixer panel on the top of Rocket to adjust your audio volume. In the stand alone mode, the recordings made onto the USB thumb drive are in one audio track.


What do the Lights on the Rocket mean?

Blinking Blue - No Video
Blinking Red - No Thumb Drive
Blinking Green - HDCP
Solid Green - Ready to Record
Red Record Ring - Recording!

What Software should I use with the Rocket?

When used stand alone, the Rocket does not need any software to operate.

But the Rocket can also be connected to a PC so that you can record to the PC's disk drive. This is called 'PC connected mode of operation'. When PC connected, the Rocket works with our Hauppauge Capture software for recording and most third party editors for editing.

Why does the supplied USB Cable have two Connectors on one end?

The red end of the USB cable is for power only: this is used when recording in standalone mode. The black end of the USB cable is used when operating in PC mode.

What is the panel on the top of the Rocket used for?

This panel controls microphone settings. You can adjust the microphone audio volume, mute the microphone or add a +20db audio boost (used with unpowered microphones).

Can I record my TV shows with the Rocket?

Yes. If you have a cable TV or satellite TV set top box with component video outputs, you can connect it to the Rocket.

Can I record my old video tapes from VCR players to convert it to DVDs with the Rocket?

Yes. If you have a collection of video tapes that you want to convert to digital format like MPEG2 or MPEG4 to burn it as DVDs or create a digital video libraby, you can play the tapes on your VCR players and connect its composite out to the Rcoket.

Does the Rocket come with a power supply?

No, the rocket is powered by the USB ports on either your PC or game console. IF you are trying to record a source without a usb port you can use a standard USB power adapter as long as it is rated at 5v 1amp.

Can I use the Rocket to Stream?

Yes. The latest version of Hauppauge Capture includes streaming with the Rocket to Twich, YouTube and Ustream.

Troubleshooting your HD PVR Rocket

Flashing light on your HD PVR Rocket when trying to record standalone?

If the light on the HD PVR Rocket flashes when you press the button to record, or you lose pass through to your TV or monitor when you start to record, you will need to use both the Black and the Red USB connectors on the Rocket cable. This is due to one of your USB ports not having enough power for the Rocket.
Connecting both the Red and Black USB connectors on the supplied Rocket USB cable to two USB ports on your PC will fix this problem.

Are you getting low audio volume in your Rocket recordings?

If you find that the audio is too low after recording in standalone mode, download and install the Hauppauge Capture application from this link: After installation, open Hauppauge Capture. Make sure the Rocket is listed as the source and then turn the game audio up. Now close Hauppauge Capture and you're recordings will have increased audio volume.

Does your Rocket keep blinking red even though you have a USB thumb drive plugged in?

If the Rocket keeps blinking red even though you have a flash drive plugged in, your thumb drive might not be formatted as NTFS. Try reformatting the flash drive on a PC by inserting the Flash drive in a USB port and then when the drive is assigned a drive letter, right click on the drive and choose format (NTFS or FAT32).

Do your Rocket recordings have the wrong time and date?

In standalone mode, if the time stamps on the recordings on the flash drive are not correct, download and install the Hauppauge Capture application from this link: After installation, open Hauppauge Capture and make sure the Rocket is listed as the source. The time and date on your Rocket recordings will now match the time and date on your PC.

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