If you’ve been looking for an inroad to being a video game reviewer, a new gadget from Elgato may offer that chance.

The Elgato Game Capture HD affords gamers the ability to capture high definition footage straight from their video gaming console through a combination on the Game Capture HD hardware and software.

Compatible with both Mac OS and Windows, Elgato’s gadget takes the footage in HDMI and sends it through USB to a computer. Video can be recorded at 1080i, 720p, 576p, and 480p, and the freely available software from Elgato makes it possible to do light editing before you upload to YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

“Gameplay videos created on the Mac or PC are reporting explosive growth, especially on YouTube,” said Elgato’s Vice President of Marketing, Adam Steinberg. “Elgato Game Capture HD offers the community an unrivalled and efficient way to create gameplay videos in maximum quality with minimum effort. It brings together years of video-encoding and editing experience.”

While Elgato can supply the hardware, you will need to bring your own video game skills, console, and talent, the latter of which can be improved upon over time with experience.

In fact, most people don’t know it, but one of the ways this writer broke into technology was through writing video game reviews, as well as making videos for game reviews at other publications.

If you or any one you know has an aspiration to become a game reviewer, you might want to check this gadget out when it’s released next month for $279.95.