If using a computer for recording or streaming, a video capture device is required to capture video from your camera(s) to the computer.
  • Do you have a PC or Mac? Laptop or desktop?
  • How many cameras or video sources do you need to capture?
  • What type of video connection(s) do you require (e.g., s-video, composite video, HD-SDI, HDMI)?

    When to choose a USB video capture device?
  • If using a laptop (laptops do not have PCIe slots)
  • If you want an easy plug-and-play solution

    Note, you will run into problems if you try to use multiple one-channel USB capture devices to capture video from more than one camera. In this case, you will want to use a multi-channel PCIe capture card.