Magewell USB Capture HDMI Gen 2
Product SKU: MG-32060
Craig is really helpful and attended all my inquiries really fast. I recommend buying stuff from Leading Solutions.
Bought this to get an HDMI feed from our Panasonic AJ-PX270 camera to our church computer for livestream purposes. Right out of the box it feels high quality. It’s small but has some weight to it. The usb cable is high quality but too short. Right away it was recognized as a camera input with no *need* to install drivers (more on that later). 1080p video works flawlessly, but we use 720 @29.97 for our livestream. We are routing audio from a separate system, but this does seem to carry high quality audio. The video is clear as crystal... absolutely zero difference between the program and the RAW video recorded to the camera’s card. Beautiful, smooth, color accurate, etc. etc. Very VERY happy with this purchase.IMPORTANT UPDATE after 3 months of heavy use:A word about thermals, performance, and driver downloads.We use OBS (free streaming software) for our stream. For the last 6 weeks or so, our stream had been cruising at around 20fps with TONS of dropped frames (inside of OBS, not just on the receiving end of the stream with a phone or laptop). The first week I determined that I had incorrectly programmed the stream encoder, but even after I fixed it (which solved OBS crashing repeatedly) dropped frames were a HUGE issue.When used, this HDMI capture gets very warm, and our Magewell SDI capture gets too hot to touch. I thought this was the source of our frames dropping, so we bought a cheap fan and some heat sinks. HIGHLY recommended as it brought up our stream to ~27, but for the life of me I could not figure out why our frames were dropping!After many pulled-out hairs, we figured it out, and it was so simple.You do not *NEED* to download the driver utility, but I would recommend it. The same driver works with the SDI and the HDMI capture. It was only until I downloaded the utility that I realized that both the capture cards had been programmed to 1080p59.94. You can change it, but it by default matches your incoming signal. Our stream was currently set to 30.0 FPS. I had assumed this entire time that the incoming signal was 60.0, which is easy on the 30fps encoder because it simply skips every other frame. However, since the incoming signal was 59.94, the encoder was skipping frames to bring it down to 30.0. Solution? I set our OBS session to 29.97, and every input to either 59.94 or 29.97. Beautiful!! Crystal clear 720p29.97!!Conclusion? This performs and looks better than the other capture cards I have, so if you need a capture card for your main cameras I would highly recommend Magewell. For your other inputs you should get a cheaper capture card.