Sportscode: Setting up Capture Success

To get the most out of Sportscode, you’ve got to have a great setup. Check out our suggestions.

Sportscode: Setting up Capture Success

To get the most out of Sportscode, you’ve got to have a great setup. Check out our suggestions.

The ability to capture every moment starts with a great setup.

Sportscode gives you the flexibility to break down your game in every way you could possibly imagine, but not having the right hardware can lead to difficulty capturing or inferior quality video.

While there is room for flexibility in how you can set up your equipment, there are some key pieces of hardware that can’t be forgotten. In this blog we’ll cover the necessary computer, capture device, converter, camera, HDMI splitter and cords, plus pro tips to maximize your setup.

Computer

This doesn’t leave much room for creativity, but by purchasing a solid computer, you’ll get a level of consistency that other options can’t provide. Our recommendation is a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. Here are the minimum specifications you must meet in order to use Sportscode:

  • 15” MacBook Pro

  • 2.3 Ghz Quad-core i7 Processor

  • 16 GB RAM

  • 512 GB SSD (solid state) Hard Drive - While hard drive size doesn’t affect the usability of Sportscode, you will run out of space in a short amount of time. Solid state hard drives are now standard in Mac computers, with performance up to 10x faster than previous generations.

Capture Device

This Blackmagic UltraStudio Mini Recorder allows you to capture high-definition (HD) video directly into Sportscode via an SDI or HDMI feed – most cameras have one or the other. If you choose to capture from a TV truck, you’ll use SDI. Purchasing two or three of these devices would be smart to ensure you never miss a capture.

Converter

The Decimator MD-HX Cross Converter is placed between your video feed (camera, TV truck, etc.) and the Blackmagic Mini Recorder. This device can take any HD feed and convert the video into the preferred format for Sportscode. Consider this piece the dark horse in your setup. 

With this device, you know you’re consistently receiving a usable video feed, regardless of its source. That means feeds from a TV truck, arena, an unknown source on the road, or a TV line during tournament time are all accounted for.

Camera

This area allows for the most creativity in your setup. Finding a camera you’re comfortable using that still meets minimum standards for Sportscode is a big decision. Here are important criteria to consider when looking for a camera:

  • HDMI and/or SDI output

  • Ability to simultaneously record to an SD card and output via HDMI/SDI for backup purposes

  • Video output capability which matches our recommendations (see Step 12) 

HDMI Splitter

The ViewHD Powered HDMI Mini Splitter is crucial if you plan to capture video from a cable box or DVR.

Cords

These are those pesky items that can cause your Sportscode setup to fail at any moment. Just remember to bring extras. Not having a backup is the easiest way to leave yourself vulnerable to a faulty cord ruining your setup and leaving you without video. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • HDMI cables – as many as you can get

  • SDI cables – again, as many as possible

  • Thunderbolt cables – three or four is a safe bet here

  • Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapters (min. 2) – You’ll need these if you have a newer MacBook without an Ethernet port and are planning to use a hard-wired internet connection.

Put it all together and what do you get? An excellent setup combining the best hardware with software trusted by the world’s most elite programs.

Feel free to contact our support team if you have other questions or concerns about purchasing new gear. We’re always looking for ways to improve the video experience, so if you know a piece of equipment or discovered tips or tricks of your own, share them in the comments below.

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