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mpike123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



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)
  • mpike123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi David


    thanks for the response but i have been told black magic devices are sometimes 16 units out of the black so blacks come out red is there a way round this certain setting to be used or is it gradable?


    thanks from mike

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (42,285 points)

    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.

  • mpike123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi shane


    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:

      State:    Enabled


    also would i being able to capture through final cut pro at 60fps?


    thanks from mike

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (42,285 points)

    720p60? Easy peasy. 


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

  • mpike123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Mac OS X version 10.6.8 15" either 2010 or 2011 no it doesn't have a thunderbolt connection it has a mini displayport and an sdxc card slot is this going to be a problem?

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (42,285 points)

    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.

  • mpike123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Shane, I know someone who has a Matrox MXO would work or does it have to be Matrox MXO2 Mini?

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (42,285 points)

    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?

  • mpike123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It just says Matrox MXO on the box, is it any good?

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (42,285 points)

    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.

  • mpike123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    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?

  • RatVega™ Level 4 Level 4 (2,000 points)

    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.

  • mpike123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi ratvega


    how were you able to change the frame rate in quicktime screen capture to 29.97? Because when ever i have captured from it it is always at a low frame rate like 7 or 15fps.


    from mike

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