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Capture the Content You Create with a Capture Card

Capture cards from brands like AVerMedia, Elgato, and Roxio can let you record and manipulate the content that you create. You can archive footage, upload edited videos, and even stream your content to the world in real time. If you’re interested in one of these devices, you’ll be happy to know that eBay offers many brands and models at fantastic prices and in new and pre-owned condition.

How do you ensure capture card compatibility?

Choosing a compatible card comes down to ensuring input/output compatibility. An internal PC card must be compatible with the motherboard such as choosing a PCIe x1 card if that is the slot you have available. Most external cards connect via USB. However, if you’re going to connect other input and output devices, then you must ensure the appropriate I/O support there as well. I/O connections often supported by these cards include:

  • DVI
  • VGA
  • HDMI
  • DisplayPort
  • Component
Can you use capture cards with video game consoles?

Yes, since video game consoles like the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch are closed systems, they don’t support internal capture cards. They are, however, compatible with external options. In a typical setup, you’d run an HDMI cable from your console to the capture device. And while the HDMI cable from the capture device to the television lets you see and hear the game, it is still necessary to run a USB cable from the capture device to a desktop or laptop computer.

Do capture cards support pass-through?

Yes, most external and internal capture cards support pass-through. Pass-through means that the raw video and audio passes on to another source without manipulation in any way. Such is an optional feature for setups that need it and is in no way required.

What is a capture card?

Capture cards capture video and audio from external devices. You can record, encode, and otherwise manipulate captured video and audio. It’s also possible to pass the video and audio to other devices as well as stream it, which is another way of saying broadcast online. The five primary responsibilities of these devices are to:

  • Capture: Capturing is the process of encapsulating any digital or analogue video or audio.
  • Record: Recording is the mechanism by which video and audio saves as digital data.
  • Encode: Through encoding, raw video and data converts to a less bandwidth-intensive format.
  • Broadcast: Streaming is the process of distributing content to an audience in real time.
  • Overlay: Overlaying enhances video content by superimposing graphics.
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