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Thread: Choosing a Capture card

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2011

    Default Choosing a Capture card

    Hi! I have a newbie question please (just starting out)

    I have a HDMI signal coming from a Datavideo HDR-50 and I would like to ask for guidance choosing and setting up a Windows PC Capture Card.

    Would this Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro be a good choice?

    Would i have to run the BlackMagic software (called MediaExpress or DesktopVideo) and Telestream Wirecast, or can it be broadcast just using Wirecast?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2011


    We don't recommend specific cards. Other Wowza users have used Blackmagic cards successfully. I have not used the Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro card myself, but I have heard of users using this card, Wirecast and Wowza Server in their workflow.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2011


    I have recently discovered the Blackmagic H.264 Pro Recorder which has a HDMI input. But does anyone have any experience with feeding this device to Wowza?

    Or can anyone tell me about the Hauppauge Colossus capture card, which has HDMI input and built-in H264 encoder. What other devices in the workflow is needed to supply Wowza?

    Would Wowza automatically detect these feeds?
    Any help would be appreciated please!
    Last edited by stevegreenham; 03-16-2012 at 07:37 AM.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007


    This is a similar device:


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2010


    We use Blackmagic Intensity Pro (BMIP) cards, PCI Express model. We stream at 1080i 29,97fps over Component, and everyone loves the quality.

    I would avoid the new USB 3 model, unless you for sure have a new system w/ USB 3.

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