I'd like to record gaming videos via HDMI on the Wii U, so I wonder if its HDMI output is protected by HDCP, which would mean I'd need to use another output method to record. I've googled a bit and found extremely conflicting reports of whether the Wii U has HDCP or not, and none of the people stating yes/no seem to have actually tried to record with it.

Is there any confirmation either way? Better yet, a video showing it is possible (if it is)?

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    FWIW I'll probably get a chance to test this out tonight if my Wii U is delivered, but there really ought to be a canonical answer to this, not 10 forum threads saying "yes wait no wait maybe yes I dunno lol"
    – Ben Brocka
    Feb 21, 2013 at 13:31
  • The confusion likely comes from the other end of the system (not the Wii U) supporting the protocol or not.
    – James
    Feb 21, 2013 at 17:53
  • If the Wii U ever wants to display media from any of the standard sources it would have to support HDCP. Technically HDCP is part of the standard for HDMI, so if Wii U supports HDMI, it literally has to support HDCP.
    – Ramhound
    Feb 21, 2013 at 19:00
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    @Ramhound I don't care if it supports it, I care if it uses it. Not all HDMI traffic is HDCP encrypted; the 360 can be recorded over HDMI, but the PS3 cannot, due to this protection
    – Ben Brocka
    Feb 21, 2013 at 19:12
  • @BenBrocka - The 360 uses HDCP through the Video store. During gameplay thats another story.
    – Ramhound
    Feb 21, 2013 at 19:57

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The Wii U is completely HDCP-free when playing games, accessing the menu and even when playing Wii/ Wii Virtual Console software. I confirmed this using my Elgato Game Capture HD, which doesn't have an HDCP stripper.

This means any HDMI capture card can capture Wii U video even if it can't strip/crack HDCP protection (no promises about Netflix/non game content, those are often intended to use HDCP). Note that you can't record the Wii U gamepad's video using just a capture card on the Wii U's HDMI cable though, but you can record the TV screen's portion just fine.


The 2015 update (for those running into this)

The WiiU deliberately blocks certain games from being captured.

Wind Waker is a no go, meanwhile Mario Party 10 recorded just fine.

So the WiiU selectively uses HDCP to block revording certain & particular video games. It all depends on Nintendo.

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