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Set Up a Live Capture - Blackmagic Mini Recorder

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

  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.

    If you get an error message when trying to open the driver installer, check out this tutorial to adjust your security and privacy permissions.

  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 Hudl Sportscode and click CaptureOpen 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 i icon to set up your capture.

    Does your capture window look different? Go to Sportscode, Preferences, Capture, and then switch from QuickTime capture to AVFoundation capture.

  14. Select your Blackmagic device as the video and audio sources and make sure to use the HD 720 option as your capture preset. Be sure that the Frame/sec field is set to match your video feed format. You'll want to match your Video Format option to the source feed format. Depending on your country or type of device, the Frame/sec could be 29.97, 59.94 (in the U.S.) or 25, 50 or 60. If you're unsure which to use, contact Hudl Support.

    In the U.S., if your video format is 720p set your Frame/sec to be 59.94. If your video format is 1080i, set your Frame/sec to be 29.97.

  15. Click the Capture icon to choose a name for your movie package and start the capture.