Startech USB 3.0 HD Video Capture
Product SKU: ST-USB3HDCAP
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This USB 3.0 external video capture device lets you record 1080p HD video and stereo audio to your computer system.
So I am the videographer for a high school football team. Part of my job is to steam the game to the web. The company/software we use uses this box to capture from an HDMI source. In this case my source is a Sony Handycam (various models) and a high end Lenovo laptop with USB 3.0 ports. It requires a USB 3.0 to function properly, I tried a USB 2.0 and it can function but marginally. Vendor does say a USB 3.0 is required. Once you get it to start capturing the video it works great.The Good: The box is light, sturdy and USB powered. Video quality is great. I use HDMI but good to know that I have options.The Good to Know: This is a two piece unit. The box and the USB cable. The USB cable is your run to the store at the last minute and get one. The end that connects to the box, which my be a standard connector, is far from a common one. Not sure where to even get one except from the manufacturer. Make sure you keep track of it.The Annoying: In some cases, roughly 50% for me, the box does not initially work. I have tried various combinations: camera on before PC and and box turned on, camera on after PC and box turned on, tried different cameras, different HDMI cables, different USB ports, different laptops. Still it does not always work. The solution is to disconnect the USB cable at the box. When one plugs the cable back in the box starts capturing. And yes it has to be at the box, not the laptop. Tried that a few times and it always must be a the box. It will not stop me from using this box but it is annoying something I felt I should share.
Pros: You can capture Analog and Digital streams (and not just Digital unlike the Elgato HD60). The preview window is realtime so you could even play (or watch) your streams without any LONG input delays! The preview window (while it can't be disabled anyways) won't give you any performance hits, unlike the Elgato HD60. Having DVI as another input is great, now I can have two devices plugged into it (my PC and PS3) without needing to unplug between them all the time) - Just need to change the source types in the StreamCatcher software. You can choose to use HDMI digital audio, or mix the HDMI with an analog audio, using your breakout cable (Device Settings > Audio Source > Line-In). You can record into AVI for whatever reason (I guess you could then use VirtualDub then too).Cons: Not sure if the software will ever be updated, as the the version that's on the disc (as of March 2015) is still the same version that you can download from the Internet (as of June 2015). The only thing the Elgato HD60 has over this capture device is the ability to mix in commentary as you play along your games (which is something I don't have a need for anyways) and the HDMI passthrough, which you might find yourself not even needing when you start using this device ( and see it's realtime preview window).Other thoughts: Kind of wish there were a few more updates to the StreamCatcher if it ever will get a software update such as: Live Commentary, Lossless Audio or 640 kbps AAC, a none on Video Deinterlace (low is still quite good anyways, I don't notice anything wrong on it), ability to use Stereo Mix as an Audio Source (would be a huge convenience, but Line-In works just as well), updated H.264 video compression for VBR (the only one I use).If you do need to use a passthrough I recommend purchasing this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0089DSLMY?redirect=true&ref_=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0It's an HDMI splitter that will also strip HDCP, so you can record PS3 games and you can use the other HDMI on it as your passthrough.