HD Capture Hardware Recommendations

This tutorial is specific to Sportscode v11. Have Hudl Sportscode, our newest product? Use these resources.


Refer to the rec­om­men­da­tions on this page.

Recommended Capture Devices


    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.

    Pair either U-TAP device with a Decimator MD-HX Miniature HDMI/SDI Cross Converter for con­vert­ing the sig­nal to a desired res­o­lu­tion and uti­lize any HDMI/SDI connection.

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

    When com­pared to the Blackmagic Mini Recorder, the UTAP requires no dri­vers to func­tion, includes a USB cable for your com­put­er, can pull in up to 1080p60fps, and has no audio delay when cap­tur­ing in Sportscode.

  2. Blackmagic UltraStudio Mini Recorder (2x)

    This is anoth­er 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.

  3. Assorted Cables

    (2x) HDMI Cable

    (2x) SDI Cable (BNC Connector)

    (2x) Thunderbolt 2 Cable (Blackmagic Mini Recorder only)

    Picking up two 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 a Blackmagic Mini Recorder 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.