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  • Rob Ainscough

    May 12, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    This is a test post per website policy.

    But I’m also curious as to why there is no “Video Capture Hardware” forum or generic video device forum?

    I have a few questions to ask, but there really isn’t any good forum to post my question?

    Rob Ainscough
    Sim Horizon LLC

  • Tim Wilson

    May 12, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Rob,

    There’s no policy about test posts. Rather, the policy is that all new accounts, regardless of forum, are moderated until we can establish that accounts belong to real people. Generally an easy thing to establish. ☺

    We don’t have a general video capture forum because we’ve been around since 1995, and you’re the first one to ask for it! Because we’re a community for video professionals, most people have already made some choice or another. The questions for one topic are generally tied to the next, so people tend to post questions in their own “root” forums.

    For example, the choice of video hardware is directly connected to choice of video software. The best video capture hardware for Premiere Pro may not work as well with Final Cut Pro X. Some capture choices are platform specific, and others are expressly designed to be platform independent.

    So in general, video capture hardware questions belong in the forums related to the software you intend to use: Premiere Pro, FCPX, Media Composer, Resolve, Vegas, or Media 100. (Listed in alphabetical order by manufacturer, of course!)

    I hope that helps! If not let us know, and we’ll try to help with more specifics.


    Tim Wilson
    Creative COW

  • Rob Ainscough

    May 12, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Tim,

    Hmmm … my video capture process is usually not tied to a particular editing suite/product. For example, I capture from HDMI 2.1 to another PC with a Magewell 4K Pro capture card using freeware capture tools like OBS or I may capture using Premiere Pro. But, the hardware and capture side aren’t necessarily tied to my video editing side … I may even capture through a mobile unit and then transfer data to my editing software (which in most cases is Adobe Premiere Pro for Windows).

    In fact, one of the questions I have and don’t really know where to post it is:

    Looking for a multi-HDMI 2.x capture card that can do at least three 4K 30fps (one being HDR10) inputs simultaneously. Most cards I’ve seen can only do one 4K 60 HDR10 and two 2K 60. I know there are many options out there and I’m looking for anyone with experience.

    Right now the cheapest solution appears to be buy three Elgato 4K 60 Pro HDR MK.2 capture cards and use OBS but I’m not sure of what CPU/GPU I might need to support this much processing simultaneously.

    So that’s my question and I really don’t know where to post it?

    Cheers, Rob.

    Rob Ainscough
    Sim Horizon LLC

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