HD Capture Hardware Recommendations

Computer

Refer to the recommendations on this page.

Primary Capture Device

  1. Blackmagic UltraStudio Mini Recorder (2x)

    This is a great option for capturing video via HDMI or SDI. It’s portable, easy to use, and works great with Sportscode. The Thunderbolt cable isn’t included, so be sure to purchase one here. Purchasing a second as a backup is highly encouraged.

    The Mini Recorder requires a specific driver for use with Sportscode. Click here for setup information.

  2. Assorted Cables

    (2x) HDMI Cable

    (2x) Thunderbolt Cable

    (2x) SDI Cable (BNC Connector)

    Picking up 2 of each cable will not only help you adapt to any situation, but ensure there’s always a backup on hand.

Additional Capture Hardware

These tools are not necessarily needed for every capture but are required for certain situations.

  1. Thunderbolt Adapter

    Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)

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

  2. 1080i/720p Converter

    Decimator MD-HX Miniature HDMI/SDI Cross Converter

    This device displays the specifications of the incoming video feed for easier matching in 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 Sportscode.