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SD Capture Hardware Recommendations

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

The Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Express is no longer available for purchase. Though users may still be able to find used or refurbished units available online, all users should transition to using HD Capture as soon as possible.


Refer to the recommendations on this page.

Primary Capture Device

Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Express (x2)

This is an option for capturing video via Composite cables, as well as Component, HDMI or SDI. Purchasing a second as a backup is highly encouraged. The Composite cables are not included, so be sure to purchase some here. Keep in mind that some video camera require proprietary cords.

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

Additional Hardware

  1. Composite/RCA Cables

    12' Composite Cable

    Use these to connect your video source to the UltraStudio Express.

  2. (2x) Thunderbolt Cable

  3. Thunderbolt Adapter

    Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)

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