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Standalone Video Capture and Streaming - HDMI or Component, 1080p - USB 2.0

Capture high-definition video to a PC, or to an SD card without a computer, and stream live video over the Internet in real time

Product ID: USB2HDCAPS

  • Standalone video capture using SD storage
  • Standalone video streaming using the built-in LAN port
  • Capture video to your computer through USB
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  • Hassle-free operation
  • Easy-to-use software included
  • H.264 encoding
  • HDMI video passthrough
  • NTSC and PAL systems supported
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Overview

This high-definition capture device lets you record an HDMI or component video source, with audio, through a USB port on your computer.

With two standalone modes for recording or streaming, the capture device lets you record directly to an SD card for standalone capture, or use the built-in LAN port to stream video over the Internet. 

Capture or stream 1080p video 

This versatile capture device features an SD card slot, which lets you record video directly to a card without having to connect the capture device to your computer. It’s the perfect way to save time, while adding support for non-Windows® based platforms such as Mac computers or Android™ tablets. Software is also included enabling you to stream or record content with your Windows based computer.

For hassle-free video streaming, the capture box also has a built-in RJ45 network port that enables you to connect the capture device directly to your router or switch. With this standalone network connectivity you can instantly stream your video source over the Internet using streaming services such as Twitch®.

Easy-to-use software

The device encodes in H.264, the most widely adopted video codec in the world, so you can rest assured that your video captures will be compatible with almost any device platform with no editing or converting required. H.264 is also widely supported by most software titles including Adobe® Premiere® and Windows Media® Encoder. 

Plus, the included software lets you take screenshots, schedule recordings and instantly stream your video source over the Internet. The software is compatible with NTSC and PAL systems, which is perfect for professional video archiving applications where source media can change from project to project.

Hassle-free operation

This device features one-key capture for simple push-button video recording using the included software, or push-button capture and streaming while in standalone mode.The built-in video pass-through ports enable real-time video review while you capture or stream content.

To maximize portability, the capture device is USB powered, so you don’t have to use an additional power adapter or find an available wall outlet. 

Notes: 

  • This USB video capture device will not record digitally encrypted content.
  • When streaming standalone video without the PC software, the maximum supported resolution is 720p.
  • Standalone streaming supports SD cards up to  64G (FAT32 File system), HiSpeed (Class 10) SD Card is recommended.

The USB2HDCAPS is backed by a 2-year StarTech.com warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

Archive videos in a digital library

Create walkthroughs and how-to tutorial videos

Capture video for screencasts, product demonstrations, online tutorials, classroom lectures, presentations, or conferences

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Audio Yes
AV Input Component
HDMI
S-Video (4 pin, Mini-DIN) Female
HDMI
AV Output Component
HDMI
S-Video (4 pin, Mini-DIN) Female
USB
Chipset ID Analog Devices - ADV7513
Industry Standards NTSC, PAL-M, PAL-60, PAL Video Encoding: MPEG4/H.264
Performance
Important standalone operation notes
Maximum resolution for standalone video streaming is 720p.
Your SD card must be formatted in FAT32.
Maximum supported SD card size is 64 GB
Class 10 or above SD card is recommended
Audio Specifications HDMI or Component RCA Stereo
Maximum Data Transfer Rate 100 Mbps
Maximum Digital Resolutions Video input: 1080p/30/50/60
Video capturing: 1080p/30
Software Video streaming: 1080p
Standalone Video streaming: 720p/30
Supported Resolutions 1080i/p, 720p, 576i/p, 480i/p
Connector(s)
Connector A 1 - Component Video (3 x RCA) Female Input
1 - HDMI (19 pin) Female Input
1 - Stereo Audio (2 x RCA) Female Input
1 - USB B (4 pin) Female Output
Connector B 1 - HDMI (19 pin) Female Output
1 - SD / MMC Slot Receptacle
1 - RJ-45 Female
Software
OS Compatibility Windows® 10 (32/64bit), 8 / 8.1 (32/64bit), 7 (32/64bit), Vista (32/64bit), XP (32/64bit)
Indicators
LED Indicators 1 - Video Source
1 - USB (Power)
Power
Power Source USB-Powered
Environmental
Humidity 20%~80%
Operating Temperature 0°C to 45°C (32°F to 113°F)
Storage Temperature -5°C to 60°C (23°F to 140°F)
Physical Characteristics
Product Height 1.1 in [27 mm]
Product Length 5.4 in [138 mm]
Product Weight 5.6 oz [160 g]
Product Width 3.4 in [86 mm]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 1.2 lb [0.5 kg]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - Capture Device
1 - USB 2.0 Cable
1 - HDMI Cable
1 - Instruction Manual

Compatibility

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Windows® 10 (32/64bit), 8 / 8.1 (32/64bit), 7 (32/64bit), Vista (32/64bit), XP (32/64bit)

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Product Support

Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Buy

You can use a video capture device to capture or record an audio and video output signal to a connected computer.  You can use USB, ExpressCard, or PCI Express technology to connect a video capture device to a computer system.  StarTech.com has video capture devices that can capture audio and video from sources such as HDMI, DVI, VGA, S-Video, component, or composite.  The captured signals are usually recorded with software that is included with the video capture device.  Some software will also stream the captured signals online.

Select a capture device that features the audio and video connections you want to use.  These can be identified on the product page, under the Technical Specifications tab.  Whenever possible, you should avoid using adapters or converters with video capture devices as they can cause issues or negatively impact the quality of the audio or video signals being captured.

When looking at a video capture device that requires software to use, it is important to consider the operating system you want to use it on.  You can find this on the product page under the Technical Specifications tab, which only lists supported operating systems.

Consider what resolution and refresh rate you require.  You can find the supported resolutions and refresh rates on the product page, under the Technical Specifications tab in the Performance section. 

Video capture device usually use drivers and software to record audio and video.  Both the drivers and the software can be found on the product page under the Support tab.  Different software will have different features so it’s a good idea to review the software to make sure it is a good fit for your intended usage.  You can do so by looking at the manual for the device, also located on the Support tab.  StarTech.com only supports the software included with the video capture device. 

HDCP stands for High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection.  This system protects high definition video from being intercepted, modified, or recorded between the source and the display.  All StarTech.com devices adhere to the HDCP standard, so they do not record HDCP-protected content.  HDCP content that is being blocked often appears as a blank screen or a screen with an HDCP error shown on it.

Certain video capture devices allow you to stream video feeds online with streaming platform such as YouTube.  For more information, review the product manual or watch our video on this subject.  You can find a link to the video in the description.  If at this point you have further questions about a Startech.com video capture device contact our technical support team for further assistance. 

Although you may be able to plug in all of the connectors used for video standards associated with video capture cards/cables, you may still encounter issues that may prevent the video from being captured correctly.

About copyright protection

Some video sources implement copyright protection when you are plugging into a non-display device. Examples of copyright protection include the following:

  • High Definition Content Protection (HDCP). This type of copyright protection is included with DVI and HDMI® and can appear as a video error or blank screen. HDCP may also appear on the screen.

  • Analogue Content Protection (ACP). This type of copyright protection is included with analogue video (for example, composite, s-video, or component). ACP can appear as a brightness pulsing up and down.

Copyright protection cannot legally be bypassed, and StarTech.com does not offer any products that do so.

Using video adapters

It is possible to passively convert video signals to different connector types, but the video standards will not always match between the video source and video destination. You may need to actively convert from one video type to another to ensure that the correct conversion is being made. When a passive converter is not available, most video standards can be converted with active converters.

Examples of incompatible passive conversions include the following:

  • VGA source to composite or component (RCA) video, or composite or component (RCA) video to VGA.
  • Composite (RCA) source to s-video.
  • VGA to DVI-D and DVI-D to VGA.

Note: S-video to composite can be passively converted. DVI-I/DVI-A and VGA can be used bidirectionally.

About output resolution

If your video source has the ability to change resolutions (for example, a computer), it may be possible to send an incompatible resolution. To verify that the correct resolution is being used, navigate to www.StarTech.com and click the Technical Specifications tab for your product. Make note of the Industry Standards and Maximum Resolution specifications.

In the operating system's display management, you can adjust your video source to match or go below the maximum resolution and if possible, the refresh rate of your capture card.

Due to High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP), it is not possible to record from certain gaming consoles. HDCP content (for example, movies) are protected, but the console itself may or may not have permanent HDCP enabled on the HDMI output.

For more information about consoles and their permanent HDCP enforcement, consult the following table:

Console Permanent HDCP

PlayStation 3

Yes
PlayStation 4

Optional. You can change the settings in the menu.

Wii U

No

XBox 360

No
XBox One No

You can use a video capture card with consoles that do not have permanent HDCP enabled.

Certain StarTech.com video capture cards are compatible with DirectShow and will work with many third-party video capture applications that are compatible with DirectShow. For more information on DirectShow compatible video capture cards, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/video-capture-cards-directshow.

Although third-party software might work with this video capture card, StarTech.com does not officially support or endorse the use of third-party applications.

No, you cannot use this capture card to turn your video camcorder into a webcam. This capture card does not use a DirectShow compatible driver, which is a requirement for many of the software applications that enable you to use your video camcorder as a webcam. 

For a list of video capture cards that you can use to turn a video camcorder into a webcam, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/video-capture-cards-webcam-capable.

In order for network streaming to work with ShareView, your network infrastructure must have a DHCP server included on the network. The DHCP server issues an IP address to the USB2HDCAPS and allows any computer on the same network running ShareView to discover the USB2HDCAPS.

When you use network streaming with the USB2HDCAPS, consider the following:

  • A static IP address cannot be set.

  • Only a 10/100 connection is required.

  • StarTech.com only supports the use of ShareView software for network streaming and does not support the use of third-party streaming software.

This video capture card cannot record from more than one input at the same time.  

Note: Although the USB2HDCAPS can be connected to multiple computers on the same network, only one device can capture video at a time.

 

Installation

Before you install the USB2HDCAPS, do the following:

  1. Make sure that your operating system is current (for example, the most recent service pack is installed).

  2. Make sure that Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 is installed.

To verify if .NET Framework 3.5 is installed and install it if it is not installed, complete the following steps:

  1. Press the Windows key + X, and then click Programs and Features.
  2. Click Turn Windows features on or off.
  3. Find .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0) at the top of the list, and do one of the following.
    • If there is a small box inside of the .NET Framework 3.5 check box, .NET Framework is installed on your system and no further action is required.
    • If there is not a small box inside of the .NET Framework 3.5 check box, click inside of the check box and then click OK. Windows will start installing .NET Framework 3.5 on your system.

Before you complete the following, make sure that .NET Framework is installed on your system.

  1. Navigate to http://www.startech.com/Support and download the latest software. The part number is USB2HDCAPS.

Note: Windows usually saves the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. When the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, select Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. In the list of extracted files, right-click the setup.exe file and select Run as Administrator.

Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you might be attempting to run the installer from within the zipped file. Extract the files using the instructions in step 2.

  1. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.

When the software finishes downloading, it will be ready to use.

Before you install the device, make sure that your operating system is current (for example, the most recent service pack is installed).

  1. Navigate to http://www.startech.com/Support and download the latest software. The part number is USB2HDCAPS.

Note: Windows usually saves the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. When the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, select Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. In the list of extracted files, right-click the setup.exe file and select Run as Administrator.

Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you might be attempting to run the installer from within the zipped file. Extract the files using the instructions in step 2.

  1. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.

When the software finishes downloading, it will be ready to use.

How to

To confirm that Windows detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

A single USB2HDCAPS can stream over the network to multiple systems simultaneously. This allows multiple systems running ShareView to view or record the input to the USB2HDCAPS.

Multiple USB2HDCAPS can also exist on the network and can be selected in the ShareView Settings menu.

Only the first system that is connected to the USB2HDCAPS can change the settings; other systems that are connected to the unit can only view and record the video data.

Note: While third-party software may work with the USB2HDCAPS, StarTech.com only supports the use of ShareView software for network streaming.

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to https://www.youtube.com/live_dashboard.
  2. Under Encoder setup, copy and save the Server URL from the bottom of the page (you need the link to complete step 7).
  3. Click Reveal and copy and save the Stream name/key from the same area (you need this to complete step 8).
  4. Open ShareView.
  5. Click Settings Live Stream Settings.
  6. In the Website drop-down menu, click Custom RTMP.
  7. In the URL field, paste the link that you recorded in step 2.
  8. In the StreamKey field, paste the text that you recorded in step 3.

Note: There needs to be a "/" between the name and key.

  1. On the ShareView page, click the blue live button.

Troubleshooting

When you troubleshoot issues with a video capture device, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • Video cables

  • Video source

  • Video capture device

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the video cables, source, and capture device in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.

  • Use a different video cable, source, and capture device in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.

  • Use short cables when you are testing.

When you test the video cables and source with the video capture device, make sure that the following is true:

  • Other video destinations work with the same video source. For more information, visit http://www.startech.com/faq/video_capture_cards_source_compatibility.

  • Adapters and extenders are kept to a minimum.

  • The video source is not copyright protected (for example, HDCP).

  • The video standard (for example, NTSC, PAL, HDMI, and so on) of the video source matches the Technical Specifications of the video capture device.

To check if the video capture device is detected in Windows®, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter to open Device Manager. Check to see if your device is listed under Sound, video and game controllers.

  2. Do one of the following:

When you test the video capture device on your computer, make sure that the driver and capture software is installed on your system for your adapter. Some cards may be able to support third party software, however, support is limited. For more information, visit https://www.startech.com/faq/video-capture-cards-third-party-software.

Note: The USB3HDCAP requires a compatible USB 3.0 card.

You should not upgrade your device's firmware if you do not have any issues with the functionality of your device. The only time you should consider an upgrade is if you are experiencing a problem with the device, and you have confirmed that the firmware addresses this problem.  You can confirm this is the case by reviewing the documentation included with the firmware or by consulting with our Technical Support team. Incorrectly upgrading firmware can result in diminished performance so it is best to contact StarTech.com if you would like to perform this operation.

Standalone Video Capture and Streaming - HDMI or Component, 1080p - USB 2.0

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(1 star) Constantly dropped connection to twitch

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I was trying to livestream a wedding to Twitch and it was constantly dropping the connection every 20-30 seconds and then it would reconnect. With that kind of flakey connection, it was completely unusable. I ended up using a laptop and a hangouts livestream to youtube which worked perfectly (and proved the internet connection was not the issue). I can't comment on the SD card because I never used that feature. If you are considering this product for live streaming, you may want to look at Teradek.
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Malcolm, Customer Support
Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback. We apologize our USB2HDCAPS didn't work as needed for your important event. If you still have the unit, and intend on using it in the future, we would like to help. Have you been able to test the USB2HDCAPS at a different time with a different network setup, to see if the issue persists? We have Technical Support Advisors available 24 hours, 5 days a week. Please chat with us at https://chat.startech.com or give us a call so can troubleshoot this issue if it's still happening for you.

(1 star) doesn't work for live streaming to youtube

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We bought it as it was supposed to work with live streaming to youtube. But sadly, it does not work. the audio of the live stream is so choppy that it is unusable. Very disappointed.
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Barry, Customer Support
Hello Jim, Thanks for your feedback and review. We are sorry for any inconvenience you encountered with this product and wanted to offer some assistance. When we originally launched the USB2HDCAPS product it did offer YouTube Live support. However, with YouTube Live still being a beta product, changes made to the Live service broke our ability to stream to YouTube Live. We made the difficult decision to remove support for YouTube Live with the USB2HDCAPS until Google/YouTube finalize the Live service and remove the beta tag, since more changes are likely to occur before then. We do however offer YouTube Live streaming functionality with our capture devices that use StreamCatcher software. Information of which products use StreamCatcher and therefore work with YouTube Live can be found here: https://www.startech.com/faq/video_capture_cards_stream_catcher_youtube We hope this helps and should you have any further questions of concerns please get in touch with our Technical Advisors by clicking "Support" at the top of our wbesite. Thank You.

(5 stars) WORKS GREAT

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REALLY WORKS AND CONNECTS FINE (it don't play well with WIN 10)
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