High-Definition PCIe Capture Card - HDMI VGA DVI & Component - 1080P
Capture an HD audio-video source, through a low-profile or full-profile PCI Express slot
Product ID: PEXHDCAP2
- Support for HDMI, DVI, VGA, and component input sources, lets you record from virtually any device
- H.264 encoding ensures wide device compatibility with exported video files
- Brilliant picture quality with support for capturing resolutions up to 1080p at 30 frames per second
This all-in-one PCI Express capture card lets you record 1080p HD video and stereo audio to your computer system. With multiple video inputs including HDMI, DVI, VGA and component, the capture card can record original content from various sources such as computers, camcorders, security systems, POS terminals, and servers. With H.264 encoding, this is the perfect solution for capturing high-definition video for editing, compiling, and archiving.
You can install the card into any low-profile or full-profile PCIe slot, including fixed workstations such as 2U or 4U rack-mounted servers or media centers. Installing your capture device internally through PCIe ensures a secure and reliable way to capture video.
Capture video in 1080p HD
You can capture the same quality delivered by your video source, by recording video in high-definition 1080p at 30 frames per second. Unlike some capture devices that can only record at low-resolution 480p, this capture card matches the output of most consumer A/V equipment.
Now, you can capture the output from your computer, server, or POS station when creating software training and tutorial videos, without having to put up with inferior video quality.
H.264 encoding for wide device compatibility
The software that's included with the capture card encodes in H.264 -- the most widely adopted video codec in the world. Although the card is designed specifically for Windows® computers, H.264 encoding ensures the video files you save will be compatible with almost any video player such as such the media software on your PC, Mac, iOS and Android™ devices, 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 software not only lets you capture and export videos, but it also lets you take screenshots, schedule recordings and instantly stream your video source over the Internet using online services such as Twitch®.
Flexible input solutions for convenient compatibility
With multiple A/V input options, the capture card lets you record video from a wide variety of sources including HDMI, DVI, VGA, and component. You can also use this capture card with A/V adapters to record other video sources such as SDI using our SDI to HDMI converter(SDI2HD). Support for a variety of A/V devices is ideal for archiving analog video footage into a digital database.
The device also includes easy-to-use software that’s compatible with NTSC and PAL systems, making it a must for professional video archiving applications where source media can change from project to project.
The PEXHDCAP2 is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.
Note: This capture card will not record digitally encrypted content.
Computer System Requirements:
- Operating system: Microsoft® Windows® Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 (32/64-bit)
- CPU: i3 dual core 2.8GHz or higher
- Memory: 2 GB
- An available PCI Express slot
- Record video for training and tutorial purposes from a variety of video output technologies
- Stream live video feeds online, with streaming services such as Twitch.tv
- Capture HD video game play at 30 frames per second, while playing on a different display using the ST122HDMILE HDMI splitter
- Convert analog video to digital, in professional video archiving applications
|Chipset ID||Mstar - MST3367CMK-IF-170|
|Industry Standards||NTSC, PAL-M, PAL-60, PAL|
|Video Encoding: MPEG4/H.264|
|Audio Specifications||16-Bit 48000Hz, HDMI 2Ch Audio or RCA Stereo input|
|Maximum Digital Resolutions||1080p30|
|Supported Resolutions||TV: 1080i/p, 720p, 576i/p, 480i/p
PC: 1920x1080, 1440x900, 1280x1024, 1280x960, 1280x720, 1024x768, 800x600
|Connector A||1 - PCI Express x1 Male Output|
|Connector B||1 - DVI-I (29 pin) Female Input|
|OS Compatibility||Windows® 10 (32/64), 8/8.1 (32/64), 7 (32/64), Vista (32/64), XP (32/64)|
|Operating Temperature||0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)|
|Storage Temperature||-5°C to 40°C (23°F to 104°F)|
|Product Height||0.8 in [2 cm]|
|Product Length||4.7 in [12 cm]|
|Product Width||4.7 in [12 cm]|
|Weight of Product||2 oz [58 g]|
|Package Height||1.7 in [42 mm]|
|Package Length||5.8 in [14.8 cm]|
|Package Width||8.1 in [20.5 cm]|
|Shipping (Package) Weight||12.9 oz [365 g]|
|What's in the Box|
|Included in Package||1 - PCIe video capture card|
|1 - DVI-D to HDMI adapter|
|1 - DVI-I to VGA adapter|
|1 - DVI-I breakout cable|
|1 - low profile bracket|
|1 - quick install guide|
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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:
Optional. You can change the settings in the menu.
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.
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.
To confirm that Windows detects your expansion card, complete the following:
- Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
- 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 expansion card is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your expansion card, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.
- Open a web browser and navigate to https://www.youtube.com/live_dashboard.
- Under Encoder setup, copy the Server URL from the bottom of the page.
- Add a slash mark and your stream name or key to the end of the URL (for example, rtmp://a.rtmp.youtube.com/live2/USERACCOUNT-8033.d1fj-m8d7-ds8y-41qj).
- Copy the RMTP link (you will need it to complete step 8).
- Open Stream Catcher.
- Click Settings > Streaming Settings.
- In the Streaming Protocol Type drop-down menu, click RTMP.
- In the Streaming Public URL field, paste the link that you copied in step 4.
- On the Stream Catcher home page, click the blue record icon.
A Windows 10 update may prevent a Capture Device from being detected by your Computer. Enabling access to your Camera and Microphone will resolve this issue.
To enable access to your Camera:
- Click the Start icon.
- Click the Settings icon.
- Click the Privacy tile.
- Click Camera.
- Locate the slider that says Let apps use my camera. Toggle this slider to the On position.
To enable access to your Microphone:
- Click the Start icon.
- Click Settings icon.
- Click Privacy tile.
- Click Microphone.
- Locate the slider that says Let apps use my microphone. Toggle this slider to the On position.
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 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:
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.
Do one of the following:
If you do not see the video capture device in Device Manager, for more information, visit https://www.startech.com/support/faqs/technical-support?topic=expansion-cards#pci-pcie-cannot-boot-os-or-detect-windows
If the device is listed with an error, follow the instructions on the Support tab on the StarTech.com product page to reinstall the drivers.
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.
Before you begin to troubleshoot StreamCatcher, make sure that you have tried to troubleshoot the video capture device by referring to the following FAQ: www.startech.com/faq/video_capture_cards_general_troubleshooting.
If you are unable to display or record video, complete the following in Device Settings:
Make sure that the input that you are trying to record or display is selected in Video Source.
Make sure that the video standard is set correctly for your region (for example, NTSC for North America, PAL for Europe, and so on).
If your audio is not working, make sure that you selected the correct audio source in Audio Source.
If the recorded video is poor quality, navigate to Record Settings and change the following settings to best suit your setup:
- VBR (Variable Bit Rate) adjusts the bit rate based on the complexity of the video and saves space.
- CBR (Constant Bit Rate) maintains the same bit rate regardless of complexity and offers the best recording quality.
- The VBR quality level increases from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest quality level.
- The CBR quality level goes from 2 Mbps to 16 Mbps, with 16 Mbps being the highest quality level.
If you are experiencing any issues with streaming, make sure that the following is true:
The target IP address is correct.
The correct protocol is selected.
You tested a low resolution and low bit rate to get the best performance.
Compliance and Safety
- If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
- If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
- Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
- Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
- Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
* Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.