First off, the only cheap options are available if your computer has HDMI out. If you need to capture DVI, then things get complicated.
Second, If Blackmagic capture cards were that bad, no one would use them. But they are very popular, and used in many broadcast workflows...I myself have two IO devices.
thanks for the response when it comes to capturing is my macbook capable of doing this here are its details
Model Name: MacBook Pro
Model Identifier: MacBookPro6,2
Processor Name: Intel Core i5
Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache (per core): 256 KB
L3 Cache: 3 MB
Memory: 4 GB
Processor Interconnect Speed: 4.8 GT/s
Boot ROM Version: MBP61.0057.B0C
SMC Version (system): 1.58f17
Serial Number (system): W8044HM0AGU
Hardware UUID: 30A70A1F-545E-5E12-8161-F4E64E5B3A0B
Sudden Motion Sensor:
also would i being able to capture through final cut pro at 60fps?
thanks from mike
Won't be a problem, but your options are more expensive than if you had Thunderbolt. the SXS slot is known as a PCI Express slot...that's the actual name for it. The devices that will work on that are the AJA IO Express ($995) and the Matrox MXO2 Mini ($500). That's it. But either of those will be fine.
The original MXO? or the larger MXO2? There's the original MXO that would convert a DVI signal to Component, SDI and all that...or turn a computer monitor into a darn good broadcast monnitor. That connected via DVI.
The MXO2 is a big box, connected via a card on a tower, PCIe, or a card on a laptop, PCI Express. Then there was the MXO2 LE, and MXO2 Mini.
Which do they have?
If you have a DVI port on the computer, yes it is.
Hmmm...or maybe not. That's a really REALLY old device, and it might not work with the newer OS. Here I see it has issues with QT 7.5:
Here's my review of it:
Here's a pretty thorough setup guide...
But I fear that it's too old for the computer and OS. Matrox stopped supporting it a while ago.
Thank you for all your help Shane.
Currently we have got the blackmagic intensity shuttle working on my friends computer through his thunderbolt connection but we have found that we can only capture at 59.94fps, because that is what the windows operating system works at, we ar using media express on macbook pro whist capturing from a pc which the game is being played on however the game we are capturing is at 30fps are we going to loose quality or have any issues if we change the frame rate?