- April 15, 2021 at 9:55 pm
In my line of work, we have to capture UHD video at 59.94 fps from an HDMI source almost daily. Our current setup has the AJA Kona 4 as the capture card and we capture directly into Adobe Premiere to DNxHR in Windows 10. This works, but because it has some drawbacks (needs an HDMI-to-SDI converter, and also needs an additional peripheral to hear the source audio while capturing), I’m now at the point where I’m evaluating other options again.
We got ourselves a Blackmagic Design Decklink 4K Extreme 12G, but what we didn’t realize until we got it is that it only seems to be able to capture to uncompressed formats in Premiere on Windows. Apparently you can use it to capture to ProRes on a Mac, or to DNxHR if you do it through Resolve on Windows, but that’s not our workflow, and we’re definitely trying to avoid extra steps.
We will also capture to Atomos devices (like the Ninja Inferno), but doing it that way requires us to transfer the files afterwards, and again, we’re trying to keep the steps to a minimum, preferring to capture directly into Premiere if possible.
All the other video capture cards I’ve looked at that might fit the bill only seem to capture to h.264 or to uncompressed (in Premiere on Windows). We would prefer a nice, tried-and-true intermediate codec like ProRes, DNxHR, or Cineform. I realize what we do is fairly niche, but I’m wondering if anyone here has any advice on alternatives? AJA has served us well enough, it just feels a bit “kludgey” having to have the two additional components besides the main capture card to make it work. And now that we’ll be adding another system, I’m wondering if anything’s popped up recently that I haven’t discovered.
Thanks to anyone who has anything to share!
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