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mpike123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Aug 6, 2013 3:52 PM

Hi

 

I am looking for an 'external video capture card' that will record a screen and sound from a PC or preferable a mac at 30fps and 1080p that I can then edit with I have a budget up to £150 but can go further if need be. This is for video game trailer i am putting together which is why i need to be able to record the screen. 

 

If anyone has any suggestion please reply with links to where I can buy the device from.

 

Thank You

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • David Mclaine Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)
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    Aug 7, 2013 2:17 AM (in response to mpike123)
  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,655 points)
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    Aug 10, 2013 11:45 PM (in response to mpike123)

    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.

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,655 points)
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    Aug 15, 2013 4:34 PM (in response to mpike123)

    720p60? Easy peasy. 

     

    What model is this, meaning, what year did it come out? Does it have THUNDERBOLT, or PCI Express slots?

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,655 points)
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    Aug 15, 2013 5:27 PM (in response to mpike123)

    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.

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,655 points)
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    Aug 15, 2013 6:00 PM (in response to mpike123)

    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?

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,655 points)
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    Aug 15, 2013 6:17 PM (in response to mpike123)

    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:

     

    http://lfhd.net/2008/09/04/matrox-mxo-quicktime-7-5-dont-mix/

     

    Here's my review of it:

    http://lfhd.net/2007/03/21/matrox-mxo-part-2/

     

    Here's a pretty thorough setup guide...

     

    http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/matrox_mxo_stone.html

     

    But I fear that it's too old for the computer and OS.  Matrox stopped supporting it a while ago.

  • RatVega™ Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)
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    Aug 18, 2013 4:53 PM (in response to mpike123)

    Maybe I'm missing something here, but couldn't you just use the QuickTime screen capture for this? I used it recently for a short tutorial and it worked great. The (default) format I recorded was H.264 at 1080p (screen resolution) and 29.97 fps. All I did was transcode it to ProRes and edit.

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