Capture Hardware Recommendations

This tutorial is specific to our newest product, Hudl Sportscode. If you’re on Sportscode v11, use these resources instead or upgrade today.

Info:

For cap­ture, you’ll need a com­put­er, cap­ture device, and pos­si­bly some addi­tion­al hard­ware. See below for our rec­om­men­da­tions on each.

Computer

Refer to the rec­om­men­da­tions on this page.


Capture Device

Single Feed Capture Solution

Tip:

We rec­om­mend using one of the the U-TAP devices list­ed below. Regardless, be sure to keep the assort­ed cables on hand so you’re ready for any situation.

  1. AJA U-TAP SDI or U-TAP HDMI

    The AJA U-TAP devices are high­ly rec­om­mend­ed for Sportscode live cap­ture. Simple set­up, no dri­vers, and high­er res­o­lu­tions make these devices ide­al for any sce­nario. If you have a 2017 or above MacBook Pro, you’ll need to pur­chase a USB-C to USB adapter. Purchasing a sec­ond U-TAP as a back­up is encouraged.

    To con­vert the sig­nal to a desired res­o­lu­tion and uti­lize any HDMI/SDI con­nec­tion, pair either U-TAP device with a Decimator MD-HX Miniature HDMI/SDI Cross Converter.

    Click here for instruc­tions on set­ting up the U-TAP with Sportscode.

  2. Assorted Cables

    (2x) HDMI Cable

    (2x) SDI Cable (BNC Connector)

    (1x) USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adaptor

    Picking up two of each cable will not only help you adapt to any sit­u­a­tion, but ensure there’s always a back­up on hand.

Multi-Angle SDI/HDMI Feed Capture Solutions

  1. Antrica Video Encoders

    This is a great option for cap­tur­ing mul­ti­ple video feeds via HDMI or SDI and works great with Hudl Sportscode.

    2 or few­er feeds

    4 or few­er feeds

    5 or more feeds

    • Buy anoth­er encoder and con­nect the eth­er­net cables all into one router.

  2. Assorted Equipment

    • 1x Switch/​Router — The num­ber of ports needs to equal to the num­ber of feeds you have plus one for the com­put­er. For exam­ple, if you have two feeds com­ing in, you must have a switch with at least three ports. 
    • Cat6 Network Cables - Tike the switch, you need as many eth­er­net cables as you have feeds, plus one more for the com­put­er. For exam­ple, if you have four feeds, you need five eth­er­net cables. 
    • 1x USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adaptor


Additional Capture Hardware

These tools are not nec­es­sary for every cap­ture but may be required for cer­tain sit­u­a­tions. We rec­om­mend you have them on hand, just in case.

  1. Thunderbolt Adapter

    Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2

    This is required to con­nect your UltraStudio Express to MacBooks made after late 2016.

  2. Ethernet Adaptor

    Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

    This allows the eth­er­net cable from the router to plug into the MacBook.

  3. 1080i/​720p Converter

    Decimator MD-HX Miniature HDMI/SDI Cross Converter

    This device dis­plays the spec­i­fi­ca­tions of the incom­ing video feed, allow­ing eas­i­er match­ing in Hudl Sportscode. It also allows you to con­vert any HD video sig­nal into spec­i­fied video res­o­lu­tions and frame rates. Every sce­nario is dif­fer­ent — this device ensures you’re equipped for them all. This is STRONGLY advised for all users in North America.

  4. HDMI Splitter

    ViewHD HDMI Splitter

    If you’re cap­tur­ing from a DVR or cable box, you’ll need one of these to cap­ture that video feed in Hudl Sportscode.