Set Up a Live Capture - Capture from a Cable / Satellite TV Box

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


This arti­cle will detail how to cap­ture video from a cable or satel­lite TV box as a video source using Hudl’s rec­om­mend­ed cap­ture device and HDMI split­ter. See our Recommended Hardware for more infor­ma­tion on these devices.

  1. Plug one end of the HDMI cord into the HDMI out­put port on the cable/​satellite box.

  2. Make sure to plug in pow­er to your HDMI split­ter. Then plug the oth­er end of the HDMI cord into the HDMI Input port on the HDMI splitter.

    The HDMI split­ter dis­ables the High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) car­ried via the HDMI feed which allows you to cap­ture in Sportscode.

  3. Plug one end of anoth­er HDMI cord to the HDMI Output 1 port on the HDMI splitter.

    If you plug in anoth­er HDMI cord into the HDMI Output 2 port, this process may not work properly.

  4. Plug the oth­er end of the sec­ond HDMI cord into the HDMI input port on the Blackmagic UltraStudio Mini Recorder.

  5. Plug one end of a Thunderbolt cord into the Mini Recorder and the oth­er into the computer’s Thunderbolt port.

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

  6. Select HDMI as the input source in the Blackmagic Desktop Utility software.

  7. Open a new cap­ture win­dow in Hudl Sportscode and select Blackmagic as the video and audio sources.