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.

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

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


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. Ethernet Adaptor

    Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.