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Need suggestions for video capture card

by felixtime / November 27, 2014 3:13 PM PST

I'm going to buy a video capture card and doing some research on the internet and amazon. Then I came across blackmagic, elgato and magewell. The signal I am going to capture is HDMI from Camera. Any suggestions about the three brand?

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I can only nod to Blackmagic.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 27, 2014 11:59 PM PST

It's the only one that's been around but here's the thing. All this can be very hard on folk as their host PC much be spot on perfect. Also the HDCP can create issues. You told us a camera but no model number and make. What if it's HDMI signal had it's HDCP enabled?

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Thank you
by felixtime / December 1, 2014 3:34 PM PST

the model is Sony FDR-AX100E, I am not quite sure about the HDCP issue. The price for elgato is low. But I don't know why magewell and blackmagic cost so much.

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That camera does not need a capture card.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 2, 2014 12:34 AM PST
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Your guess is as good as mine.
by Oldartq / November 28, 2014 12:03 AM PST

I have never heard of any of them. But then again I haven't done much capturing for a few years now. My suggestion is to be sure it has hardware encoding because software encoding takes long time.

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by felixtime / December 1, 2014 3:27 PM PST

I thought hardware encoding would be better. However, the high-level capture cards made by Datapath, Epiphan or Magewell are software encoding.

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Robert is correct.
by Oldartq / December 2, 2014 6:43 AM PST
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The camera already capture the video in either mpeg-4/h264 on SD card. All you do is just a card reader for the card for transferring to the computer if you don't already have one. Of course what you are going to do with the mpeg-4/h264 might still require software.

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