This HDMI video capture device records 1080p video and audio to your USB 3. 0 equipped computer, and can record from various sources (HDMI, VGA, DVI and component) making it a great solution for recording computers, camcorders, security systems or POS terminals. Seamless Picture QualityThis video game recorder captures lossless video at 60 FPS ensuring every frame of content is saved. 60 FPS matches the output of most computers, which is great for recording the output when creating software training and tutorials. H. 264 EncodingThe included software uses a common codec to ensure your video captures are compatible most devices. The software also lets you schedule recordings and instantly stream from your video game capture device with online services such as Twitch. This USB video capture card can record lossless raw video, making it compatible with Microsoft DirectShow for recording video using third-party DirectShow software such as Open Broadcaster Software (OBS). Flexible Input SolutionsWith multiple input options, you can capture from a variety of sources like HDMI, DVI, VGA, and component. You can also use this HDMI video capture card with AV adapters to record other video sources like SDI. The easy-to-use software works with NTSC and PAL systems, making it a must for professional video archiving applications. USB3HDCAP is backed by a StarTech 2-year and free lifetime technical support.
From the manufacturer
Capture a High-Definition HDMI, DVI, VGA, or Component Video source to your PC
Seamless picture quality at 60 FPS
Record lossless video at 60 FPS ensuring every frame of content is saved, unlike 30-frame-per-second capture devices that only catch half the action.
60 FPS exactly matches the output of most computer video cards, which is great for recording the output from your PC, server, or POS station when creating software training and tutorial videos.
H.264 encoding for wide device compatibility
The included software encodes in H.264, the most widely adopted video codec in the world, ensuring your video captures will be compatible with almost any device platform such as PC, Mac, iOS and Android with no editing or converting required.
H.264 is also widely supported by most software titles including Adobe Premiere and Windows Media Encoder. The software not only lets you capture and export videos, but it also lets you take screenshots, schedule recordings and instantly stream your video source over the Internet using online services such as Twitch.
Flexible Input Solutions for Convenient Compatibility
With multiple A/V input options you can capture from a wide variety of sources including HDMI, DVI, VGA, and component.
You can also use this capture card with A/V adapters to record other video sources such as SDI using our SDI to HDMI converter (SDI2HD).
The device also includes easy-to-use software that’s compatible with NTSC and PAL systems, making it a must for professional video archiving applications where source media can change from project to project.
Does not capture usable audio/videoI would like to capture production quality video at 1920x1080x30, and have been using a cheap USB dongle. The cheap device had mediocre video quality and persistent audio sync issues, so I bought the StarTech USB3HDCAP.I have had good success with StarTech products in the past, but am having a terrible experience with this one.My preferred capture software with OBS Studio. I cannot get this device to work with OBS Studio because it does not show up as an available audio device (I have the last OS updates and device drivers from StarTech), so OBS Studio cannot capture audio.I downloaded the StreamCatcherPro software from StarTech, which claims to be fully compatible with Windows 10. Unfortunately, the quality of the capture is completely unusable (far worse than the cheap device that I’ve been using). In particular, the audio is badly out of sync, and periodically “buzzes” (which I think is happening when the audio associated with a single frame is repeated dozens of times in a single second).I attempted to reach out to StarTech support, but they don’t provide an email address. You have to fill out a web form, which only allows you to type limited characters. Also, when I attempt to submit the request for help, it just says “please wait” indefinitely and never goes through.So unless I can get this figured out, I’ll have to return is and resume my search for a decent quality capture device. I don’t even care about the price, if I can find something that actually works. Unfortunately, searching Amazon for well rated capture devices returns an almost endless list of cheap dongles with lots of 5 star ratings that have no actual review text. I find that to be pretty dubious.Update: I’ve changed my rating from 1 star, to 3 stars.After a significant amount of research and debugging, I finally have this device capturing video and audio with OBS Studio. The key step in getting audio to work is to check the “Use custom audio device” in the properties setting for the capture profile. This enables you to select CY3014 USB as the audio device.From there, I needed to test lots of different encoder properties in OBS Studio to get good quality video. The default settings produced a strong effect that looked like interlacing, even though I am working with non-interlaced content.With all of that done, it captures video and audio with quality that meets my expectations, and is much better than I was able to get with my cheap, older capture dongle.I would love to give this more stars because the video quality is really quite good, but the setup and fragility of the settings needed to make it work makes it hard to recommend.
Andy in Washington –
Worked GreatI am always a little bit nervous about these sorts of devices- video encoding and capture is a bit of a tough problem, and requires the hardware and software to be reasonably well thought out. So far, everything has worked well.=== The Good Stuff ===* The product installed easily, and with almost no glitches (see below). I plugged the box into a HDMI feed, connected the USB3 cable to a USB3 port on a Windows 10 computer, and in a few minutes had video streaming to my computer. The install seemed to fail the first time it ran, but a second reboot of my system cleared up whatever the problem is (mostly).* There is an included video capture and record software program included with the box, although I believe I downloaded the latest version before installing it. The software allows you to set timers to capture video, but otherwise not a lot of control over bitrates, formats, etc. It produces 1920×1080 MP4 video with MPEG audio-with 29FPS and 11500 bitrates. Certainly good enough video for anything I care about…purists may object.* I used a ViewHD HDMI splitter to give me a second HDMI signal from my cable box. I believe this little box conveniently forgets to send along the copy protection parts of HDMI, not I can’t really comment on whether the software/hardware respects HDMI copy protection.* The resultant audio files are clean, and the audio and video are in perfect sync throughout. I was a little nervous about this, because when you are watching the preview screen as it records, the two tracks do get a bit out of sync, but have been fine on playback. The PC screen will also be about a half-second behind your television.* Should be obvious, but this is real-time video capture- meaning it takes 30 minutes to record a 30 minute program. A one-hour program will generate roughly a 5GB file.=== The Not-So-Good Stuff ===* The timer can be a little awkward to use. Nothing too crazy, but the interface is a bit fussy, and I have occasionally entered incorrect times.* Since I installed the video capture software, my PC now throws an occasional exception error when I reboot. I just ignore it and everything seems to work fine, but I hate having this sort of stuff clog up a clean windows install.=== Summary ===I have been using this product for about 2 weeks now, and am mostly pleased with it. The software could be just a tad easier to use, especially the timer, but it is certainly not the typical unusable software that seems to follow cheaper-priced hardware around. The hardware itself has worked without any problems, and the video files that resulted have been clean and free of artifacts.
Jon G –
It’s good BUT very specific if you’re looking to use it for gaming.So, after a good year of using this, I do like it a lot but there are some limitations and exceptions. It works flawlessly with most gaming consoles, like the Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360/Xbox One. In that regard, it’s cool. However, when it comes to PlayStation consoles it’s very weird.For the PS3/PS4, I got a green screen error for the longest with OBS. I figured out, you have to use an external HDMI splitter to feed the signal through your HDMI cable. If you do that, you get a nice clean, lag free picture. Absolutely no lag, but I found it weird it could not process the signal. (I used an HDMI Splitter from ZACCAS, cost me 12.99. I recommend it.)As for the other display options. So, for VGA, it works great with a Dreamcast.Component – Works great with a Wii! Flawless.AV Video – Soooooooo I did not have a fun time using this for whatever reason. Video kept freezing with my VCR. Not sure why. If anyone finds a solution, let me know because it did have a nice clear picture. Especially compared to my Hauppauge live USB 2 (UPDATE: FOR SOME REASON IT WORKS WELL NOW??? OK LOL)Component with 240p, like a Sega Genesis – I had trouble doing this but I don’t doubt it would work, I will update it if I can find a work around.So, I can only give this a mixed review. It’s just nearly perfect, but there are things that hold this back. Otherwise, it can be great if you’re looking for specific things.When using it with OBS, install the drivers first obviously, be sure to right click the video capture device, properties, configure, the settings there will help you configure it, whether it be a VGA signal, Component, HDMI, you get the idea.It also can work well with lower end PCs! So that’s a plus. I know I had a lot of issues with the Elgato HD60S, so yeah. If anyone reads this, this is the most genuine review I can put here and I want you to make the best purchase you feel is right.
Unreliable for SVHS and VHS Home Video Tape Capture Frequent No Signal Black ScreenI have a huge collection of VHS and SVHS home videos dating back to the early 80’s. These were all taken using then state of the art equipment of the time and all of the tapes have excellent picture and sound quality. The VHS tapes are as good as VHS could get. The SVHS are great resolution and picture quality.Many years ago, I purchased an INSIGNIA VHS to DVD dual deck and, for the most part, digitized my home video VHS tapes with very good results. So those tapes have been available as DVD and digitized computer images. All told, about 100 standard VHS tapes were processed satisfactorily. I even processed some of the SVHS tapes but lost the super resolution due to the equipment. The project stopped.Recently, I decided to digitize the SVHS load of tapes, mostly SVHS-C Camcorder tapes. Boxes and boxes of them. I researched digitization quite a bit because I wanted this to be the final time these tapes would be used, and I wanted to capture the highest quality possible for these treasured memories. VIdeophile sites offered lots of information on getting the most out of these analog tapes. Since the SVHS tapes carry (arguably) 400 lines of resolution and much higher bandwith using the S-Video connector I searched for a capture unit which would easily handle SVideo and keep the audio in sync. User comments all over Amazon warned against cheap units which would garble frames and cause sometimes severe audio synchronization errors.So I decided to purchase this much more expensive, higher end, StarTech unit. It promised better signal processing, a very fast processor to eliminate sound synchronization problems, and for my future use 1080P capture capabilities.First a little bit about my setup:Two JVC S-VHS editing deck VCR’sHigh end S-Video cablesHigh end L and R audio cablesVideo monitorTwo Windows 10 64 bit I7 computers with USB3 (desktop and laptop)The first unit I received had severe problems with recurring “No Signal” black screens being displayed throughout tapes being played. The same tapes, different SVHS VCRs, different computers, different cables, different USB 3 ports, all produced the same results. The videos displayed properly on a monitor without the StarTech unit.I called Amazon and they were helpful going through their checklist (all of which were answered). Subsequently, I was connect directly to StarTech technical support. We went through everything again. Step by step. After reviewing the desired use of this device, technical support stated that is should work fine and that based on the issue they believe it was a potential problem with the break-out connector used for the SVIDEO, Composite video and audio channels. I was sent a replacement unit.The old unit was returned and the new unit arrived. After careful setup, exactly the same “No VIdeo” screen was periodically displayed throughout several good-quality recordings. I suppose these could be edited out but loss of video and audio throughout, and the huge quantity of home videos to be digitized, makes that an undesirable option. Precious home videos do not deserve dropouts, so I will be returning this replacement unit as well.I picked up a used Canopus ADVC110 on e bay, plugged it in, and every video capture of my VHS and SVHS tapes is working pretty much flawlessly. Although I read professional recommendations to pick up a TBC (time base corrector) to stabilize these old but excellent quality images the ADVC110 is doing a great job on. I have a lot more to digitize.I have not used the Digital inputs (HDMI) on the StarTech so I have no comment on whether it will perform well. This review is specifically for my experiences capturing VHS and SVHS video, using both the S-Video and the Composite Video signals.
Linda R. –
Nearly Perfect Video Capture DeviceProduct: StarTech.com HDMI Video Capture Device – 1080p – 60fps Game Capture Card – USB Video Capture Card – with HDMI DVI VGALevel of experience: Professional photographer/videographer for over a decade.Product Usage: One monthComputer: Lenovo, Windows 7 64-bit, Intel i7 4770 processor (year 2013 model)I have been using this audio/video capture device for over one month. It’s been used to capture VHS, SVHS, Hi8 and a video game console. I am VERY happy with the capture quality however I am quite disappointed with the software.First, the drivers. Oh man, the drivers. Expect to see that blue screen of death come up at least three times per day if you are doing a lot of capturing. It’s not fun when it happens and I try to make sure every program in the system tray is turned off but it still finds a way of crashing. It has not blue screened in the middle of a capture…yet. It usually occurs when I am in-between captures and checking e-mail. It does not like Microsoft Outlook’s web site on Google Chrome at ALL.Speaking of which, only do about 4-6 hours of continuous capturing per day otherwise you can burn out tape heads.Second, the included capture software is a dumpster fire. Use VirtualDub, 32-bit mode (because more video codecs are 32-bit than 64-bit). There is a bunch of other things you need to set up to get it to run properly, but if you want my advice you will have to pay me for it. Seriously.Also, whenever an analog tape (S/VHS, Hi8, 8mm, VHS-C) doesn’t have a perfect signal this lovely NO SIGNAL image appears on screen. See screenshot below. Be prepared to spend a few extra hundred dollars to fix THAT problem. Again, if you need my advice on what to buy you will need to pay for it. Hours were spent researching/figuring all of this out.If all you need this for is video game/computer screen captures it is perfect. It works with OBS Studio and other similar programs. For old tapes, you will need to know a lot more. The claim of raw, lossless capture via Microsoft DirectShow software is legitimate. My video game console footage looks better than most that I see streamed on Twitch/YouTube. You just need to be very careful with the settings!If the included software was better, BSOD errors occurred infrequently and BETTER DOCUMENTATION ON HOW TO USE THE SETTINGS was available then this review would be 5 stars. Those are serious issues with an otherwise perfect device.If you found my review useful, be sure to click the appropriate words below so more people see it.
Adam M. Lenke –
Quick Delivery, Works as Stated, Using for an interface to make HDMI conferencing cams work as webcam.This product works great! My company is using this to utilize the Cisco Precision HD Cameras (from Cisco C20 system) as webcams for Skype and GotoMeeting. We decided to go with this product instead of the BackMagic Design Intensity Shuttle due to the large number of reviews stating compatibility issues. This was also less expensive and was a Prime product so I was able to get it faster. I also contacted each of the products support with questions and StarTech was also very happy to help whereas BlackMagic was far less helpful and treated me as if I were bothering them..Pros:Fantastic picture, great quality and the cameras maintain their PTZ functions with the remote. You will likely need a separate 12V 2A power supply as ours was originally powered by the C20 unit via Ethernet. I tried to power it with a power injector and would not function that way..Another reviewer stated that they were using ManyCam (manycam.com) as a virtual camera driver for Skype and that DOES work at a drastically reduced quality (1280×1024 max) unless you purchase the license at $49.95 for a single license or $149.95 for enterprise up to 5 devices.The included SteamCatcher software provides the driver to make it work without the need to do that. I HIGHLY recommend downloading the latest driver from startech for the USB3HDCAP device.I am using it on both Dell and HP desktops and have tested on Dell and HP laptops as well. For those that are not aware, USB 3.0 will either be blue in color or be indicated with an SS on your PC or laptop. It will NOT work with USB 2.0 with the setup I have.Our setup: Dell 9010 or HP 4300 SFF PC with ASUS HD 5450 Graphics cards (for HDMI video and sound to our displays) Cisco Precision HD PTZ cameras (http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collaboration-endpoints/telepresence-precisionhd-cameras/index.html) connected with this product to a USB3 port with StarTech USB 3.0 HD Video Capture Device. We are utilizing separate microphone inputs; in our case the built in room microphones that was built into the original VTC system.We are happy with the initial purchase and have purchased more for the remaining rooms.Cons:The only complaint I have is that I purchased it for $168 on 3/20/2015 and purchased the rest from the same place from the same ad for $178 on 2/25/2015. I am not sure why the price increased 5 days later but for what we want to do with them, they are saving us thousands of dollars in conferencing equipment to make the current system work as we wish. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions on our setup as I had to dig around to figure it out.
Uncompressed 1080p60!Works as advertised! Drivers install, included capture software can capture 1080p60 with no duplicate frames. Works just fine with any Directshow-compliant program like OBS, XSplit and Wirecast.Unlike the ExtremeCap U3, this one doesn’t duplicate frames (had one circa July 2014, that’s why I returned it, don’t know what the state of it is today driver-wise). Some have claimed that the U3 captures 60fps content at 59.94fps, explaining the drops, but I can’t totally verify that based on my test videos. And at purchase time, the USB3HDCAP was $3 cheaper than the ExtremeCap U3. How can you go wrong?Although officially they told me that the card doesn’t work on Macbooks for some reason, I have it working more or less fine with my late 2013 Macbook Retina in Boot Camp running up-to-date Windows 8.1 (ME866LL/A). I’m getting a weird issue where the capture card dies after a few moments when my Thunderbolt Ethernet adapter is plugged in. Works just fine without it, but streaming over WiFi isn’t the best way to go… With this laptop I can capture 1080p60 with the included software, or 720p60 in OBS/XSplit with some tweaking (enable QuickSync).**I never tested it with anything but HDMI, but I know someone online by the name of thethrillness did a review and talked about how well analog capture worked. Google it.Thethrillness also mentioned that this card more-or-less identical chipset-wise to the ~$300 Micomsoft XCAPTURE-1. The drivers for that card don’t work on this one, unfortunately, but why would you need them?Drawbacks:- No OS X or Linux support. I’d love to get rid of my Boot Camp- No HDMI pass-through. A non-issue for me as I already own a splitter, the “ViewHD 2 Port 1×2 Powered HDMI Mini Splitter for 1080P & 3D” (that as an added bonus strips HDCP)- Not RGB, I think it delivers YUV or something like that over the wire. If you want prefect-quality lossless screenshots, look elsewhere or hope for a driver update.- This one would be unprecedented in a sub $500 card (has anyone else heard BlackMagic removed 1080p60 support from their Intensity cards with a software update? Suspicious), but 1200p60 support would be nice as that’s what my monitors run at! It’s only a *slight* increase in bandwidth, guys :)In general, I’d highly recommend this card for anyone who cares about capturing/streaming buttery-smooth 1080p video.
Norman Pratt –
Great Box with One AnnoyanceSo I am the videographer for a high school football team. Part of my job is to steam the game to the web. The company/software we use uses this box to capture from an HDMI source. In this case my source is a Sony Handycam (various models) and a high end Lenovo laptop with USB 3.0 ports. It requires a USB 3.0 to function properly, I tried a USB 2.0 and it can function but marginally. Vendor does say a USB 3.0 is required. Once you get it to start capturing the video it works great.The Good: The box is light, sturdy and USB powered. Video quality is great. I use HDMI but good to know that I have options.The Good to Know: This is a two piece unit. The box and the USB cable. The USB cable is your run to the store at the last minute and get one. The end that connects to the box, which my be a standard connector, is far from a common one. Not sure where to even get one except from the manufacturer. Make sure you keep track of it.The Annoying: In some cases, roughly 50% for me, the box does not initially work. I have tried various combinations: camera on before PC and and box turned on, camera on after PC and box turned on, tried different cameras, different HDMI cables, different USB ports, different laptops. Still it does not always work. The solution is to disconnect the USB cable at the box. When one plugs the cable back in the box starts capturing. And yes it has to be at the box, not the laptop. Tried that a few times and it always must be a the box. It will not stop me from using this box but it is annoying something I felt I should share.
R. Marier –
Coming off the Elgato HD60 to this was a BIG Plus for me!Pros: You can capture Analog and Digital streams (and not just Digital unlike the Elgato HD60). The preview window is realtime so you could even play (or watch) your streams without any LONG input delays! The preview window (while it can’t be disabled anyways) won’t give you any performance hits, unlike the Elgato HD60. Having DVI as another input is great, now I can have two devices plugged into it (my PC and PS3) without needing to unplug between them all the time) – Just need to change the source types in the StreamCatcher software. You can choose to use HDMI digital audio, or mix the HDMI with an analog audio, using your breakout cable (Device Settings > Audio Source > Line-In). You can record into AVI for whatever reason (I guess you could then use VirtualDub then too).Cons: Not sure if the software will ever be updated, as the the version that’s on the disc (as of March 2015) is still the same version that you can download from the Internet (as of June 2015). The only thing the Elgato HD60 has over this capture device is the ability to mix in commentary as you play along your games (which is something I don’t have a need for anyways) and the HDMI passthrough, which you might find yourself not even needing when you start using this device ( and see it’s realtime preview window).Other thoughts: Kind of wish there were a few more updates to the StreamCatcher if it ever will get a software update such as: Live Commentary, Lossless Audio or 640 kbps AAC, a none on Video Deinterlace (low is still quite good anyways, I don’t notice anything wrong on it), ability to use Stereo Mix as an Audio Source (would be a huge convenience, but Line-In works just as well), updated H.264 video compression for VBR (the only one I use).If you do need to use a passthrough I recommend purchasing this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0089DSLMY?redirect=true&ref_=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0It's an HDMI splitter that will also strip HDCP, so you can record PS3 games and you can use the other HDMI on it as your passthrough.
It’s A Clone…A Really Good CloneStarTech.com USB3HDCAP USB 3.0 Video Capture Device – HDMI/DVI/VGA/Component HD Video Recorder
First off, this is a clone of the Micomsoft XCapture-1 for 1/3 of the cost. I bought the StarTech USB3 device after dealing with the headache that is the ExtremeCap U3. I grabbed the drivers from the website and it installed without any issues. I’ve had it for about 3 months now and have only run into a few issues that were fixed by unplugging it from the usb port and plugging it back in (1 totally freeze and a couple of audio drops).Video and Audio quality are great, with only an ever so slight delay from source to the preview screen in OBS. For slower paced games, you could play in the preview screen without issue. This gives you uncompressed 1080p@60fps video and is met for bringing video in from an external source to your computer. This will NOT increase performance if you’re playing on the same PC your broad casting software is on (it’s meant for capture only). You’ll also need a splitter as the device doesn’t have a video pass-through. Also, make sure you have a compatible USB3 controller (check the website, it’s the same controller required for the Micomsoft/Avermedia devices).Pros:- Just plain works without problems and provides great video quality- USB powered- Very low delayCons:- Documentation is lacking- “Stream Catcher” software is clunky (I use OBS to stream, and only use the software for changing device settings)- No video pass-through, so you’ll need a source splitter for all but slow games- Only compatible with specific USB3 controllers (this is an issue with all of the usb3 capture devices as far as I know)Overall this device works fantastic, especially at this price point. I’ve recommended it to a dozen or so streamers who, like me, didn’t have an available PCI port for an internal card. If you have USB3 inputs and don’t want to spend the cash for the real thing (the XCapture-1) this device won’t let you down.