Many gamers have experienced a road block when using an AverMedia Live Gamer HD capture card in a dedicated streaming computer to capture game footage on another computer while using a USB Headset. The main problem is capturing both the game audio and the audio from the microphone on the USB Headset.
Well, I have a solution that works. It works for Open Broadcaster Software and more than likely works with any other similar capture software. (Please respond in comments if you have had luck with other software using this method so I can update the article!)
I bring you… How To Use a USB Headset with AverMedia Live Gamer HD on another PC
For the duration of this article I will refer to the computer that is playing the game that is being recorded as the gaming computer. The computer that has the capture card in it and is running the stream will be referred to as the streaming computer.
This guide assumes that you have the AverMedia Live Gamer HD capture card installed into the streaming computer – one that is used to capture the footage on another computer and handle the stream so the other computer does not take a performance hit at all. It also assumes that you have a USB headset with a microphone installed on the gaming computer that the footage is being captured from. It also assumes that both the streaming computer and the gaming computer have working sound cards with 3.5mm audio out and audio in ports (besides the capture card and the USB headset) and that you are using purely HDMI between the gaming computer and streaming computer. This guide assumes you already have Open Broadcaster Software installed. This guide also assumes that the AverMedia RECentral software is already installed. This guide also assumes that all of the above hardware and software is installed properly, has all of the necessary drivers and supporting software installed and is generally at a default configuration.
This guide was written with Windows 7 64-bit as the operating system. Different versions of windows will have slightly different procedures. Adjust accordingly. Your mileage my vary.
You will need both the HDMI cord and the 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable that came with the capture card.
Run the HDMI cord from the gaming computer to the HDMI in on the capture card in the streaming computer.
Run the audio cable from the line out on the sound card on the gaming computer to the line in on the sound card on the streaming computer. (Not to the audio in on the capture card!)
Configuring the Gaming Computer
Right-click on the audio device that is your onboard sound card and select Set as Default Device – if this option does not display, then it is already the default device. In my case it is Realtek High Definition Audio that has been labeled Speakers. NOTE: I renamed my headset accordingly to make identification easier. See the image below as a reference. The green circle with a white check mark over it is the indicator of which device is my default device. You can ignore the default communications device as it does not apply to this situation.
If you do not see a device named AVERMEDIA_HD-1 right-click in the list and select Show Disabled Devices.
Right-click on AVERMEDIA_HD-1 and click Enable. If you do not see enable, then the device is already enabled and you can move on.
Click the Recording tab at the top of this window.
Right-click in the area below and check Show Disabled Devices if it does not already have a check.
Right-click on Stereo Mix in the list and click Enable. If it says Disable then do not click on it as it is already enabled!
Right-click on Stereo Mix and click Set as default device. If you do not see the option, it is already the default. (It should not be because it was just disabled.) The green circle with the check mark above it indicates that you have it set as the default device.
See the image below as a reference.
Double-click on Stereo Mix. This will open the stereo mix properties window. Click the Listen tab. Check the box next to Listen to this device. In the drop-down box below, select your USB Headset. In this case it is my Logitech G930 Headset. See the image below as a reference.
Double-click on the microphone device that is a part of your headset. In my case it is labeled Headset and the second line says Logitech G930 Headset. This will open the microphone properties window.
Click on the Listen tab at the top. Check the box next to Listen to this Device. In the drop-down menu below the check box select AVERMEDIA_HD-1.
Close the properties window. This completes the configuration of the gaming computer.
Configuring the Streaming Computer
Run Open Broadcaster Software. Click Settings. Select Audio on the left selection pane.
Check the box next to Use Input device for desktop audio. Set Desktop Audio Device to Line In. Set Microphone/Auxiliary Audio Device to Disable. Click Apply and then OK. Use the image below as a reference.
On the main OBS window, create a new scene by right-clicking on the white area under Scenes and clicking Add Scene. Give it a label – this can be whatever you want to identify it as.
Right-click in the sources white space and click Add -> Video Capture Device. Give it a label – this can be whatever you want to identify it as.
Set Device to AVerMedia HD Capture – depending on what card you have and its version this may have additional nomenclature to the name or may be somewhat different.
Ensure that under the Audio section (Use Device Audio) is selected in the drop-down menu. Configure any other additional options you might have and click OK. Use the image below as a reference.
Run the AverMedia RECentral software.
Click Stream and on the circle to the right, select Pro. Use the image below as a reference.
Under Audio Source select HDMI from the first drop-down menu. Click the Save button at the top right . Click OK on the pop-up window and you can close RECentral. See the image below as a reference.
Concept of the Operation (For tech savvy people)
The capture device itself has an audio capture capability inherently. We leverage that capability to provide the audio from the USB Headset’s microphone over the HDMI audio channel. This is recorded by the device capture on OBS. The rest of the audio – game audio and anything else played over the onboard sound card on the gaming computer is transported to the streaming box via the 3.5mm audio cable and picked up via the line-in capture option in OBS. Fairly simple.