Set Up a Live Capture - Blackmagic Mini Recorder

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


Blackmagic cap­ture devices are not ful­ly sup­port­ed with Catalina.

  1. Click here to down­load and install the Blackmagic Desktop Video dri­vers. We rec­om­mend dri­ver ver­sion 10.9.4. This will require admin priv­i­leges and a com­put­er restart.

  2. Connect the Mini Recorder to a Thunderbolt port using a Thunderbolt cable.

    For those on a MacBook Pro 2017 or new­er, you’ll need to pur­chase a USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter.

    A Mini DisplayPort looks iden­ti­cal to a Thunderbolt port. Be sure the port you’re plug­ging your Mini Recorder into has the Thunderbolt icon that looks sim­i­lar to a light­ning bolt next to it. If the device is prop­er­ly plugged in, there should be a white light next to the Thunderbolt port on the Mini Recorder.

  3. Click the  icon, then click System Preferences…

  4. Click the Blackmagic Desktop Video icon.

    In the win­dow that appears, you should see a pic­ture of your Blackmagic device. If you see a No Device Connected mes­sage, the device is not prop­er­ly hooked up to the the com­put­er or does not have prop­er access as a sys­tem software.

  5. Click the but­ton in the cen­ter of the window.

    Still unable to see the device? Contact Support.

  6. In the Video tab, select the video feed source (HDMI or SDI) that you’ll be using to con­nect your video source with the Blackmagic device and uncheck the box next to 1080PsF On.

  7. Users on Mac OS High Sierra (10.13) or above will need to allow Blackmagic access as a sys­tem software. 

    • Go to the  in the top left and open System Preferences
    • Select Security & Privacy.
    • Click the lock in the bot­tom left (this will require an admin pass­word). A note stat­ing System soft­ware from devel­op­er Blackmagic Design Inc” was blocked from load­ing will appear. Select Allow and click the lock in the bot­tom left.
    • Relaunch the Blackmagic Desktop Video appli­ca­tion to access the cap­ture device and Blackmagic software.

    If you’re on Mac OS Sierra (10.12), El Capitan (10.11) or below then this step will not apply to you.

  8. Click Conversions and set the Input con­ver­sion drop­down to None.

  9. Click Save.

  10. Connect your video source to the Blackmagic device via an HDMI or SDI cable.

  11. Launch Sportscode and click Capture > Open cap­ture win­dow.

  12. Users on macOS Mojave (10.14) or above will need to allow Camera and Microphone access. Select OK for both prompts.

    This is only required once when run­ning a cap­ture for the first time on macOS Mojave.

  13. Click the gear icon to set up your capture.

  14. Select your Blackmagic device as the video and audio sources.

  15. Click the Record icon. Name for your movie pack­age and begin cap­tur­ing your event.