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HDMI to ExpressCard HD Video Capture Card Adapter 1080p

Capture and convert the audio/video from an HDMI® source, through a 34mm ExpressCard slot

Product ID: ECHDCAP

  • Capture from HDMI® input sources (source must be un-encrypted)
  • Supports HDMI audio
  • Full 1080p video capture
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  • Still image capture supported
  • MPEG-4 and H.264 encoding
  • NTSC and PAL systems supported
  • 16:9 and 4:3 Aspect Ratio
  • Supports the Adobe Premiere CS5 Plug-in for editing
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Overview

The ECHDCAP ExpressCard Video Capture Card for HDMI® (1080p) lets you capture high-definition video and audio from an HDMI source to your laptop computer through an ExpressCard expansion slot.

Support for full 1080p video input, as well as HDMI audio makes this HD capture card the perfect solution for creating digital copies of your videos for editing and compiling, or for simply recording video to your laptop.

This ExpressCard-based capture card supports NTSC and PAL systems, and includes an easy to use video capture software suite that enables you to record video or take still screenshots and save them to your laptop/notebook computer.

The laptop capture card features a flushmount ExpressCard design that sits flush with the sides of the laptop, creating a seamless add-on that can be left installed, even while on the move.

Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

This Product will not record HDCP protected content.

System Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo (for 720p capture)
    Intel Core i5 (for 1080p capture)
  • Memory: 1 GB
  • Video: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Graphics Card

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Full 1080p HDMI® audio-video capture ensures high quality media for video editing and compiling applications
  • When installed, the flush-mount design sits even with the sides of the laptop, avoiding impact damage to either the card or the ExpressCard slot

Applications

Record and convert digital un-encrypted video to your laptop

Import recorded videos into your computer system for editing and make your own compilation

HDMI Screen capture

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Audio Yes
AV Input HDMI
Chipset ID Mstar - MST3367CMK
Industry Standards NTSC, PAL-M, PAL-60, PAL Video Encoding: MPEG4/H.264
Performance
Audio Specifications 16-Bit 4800Hz, HDMI Audio
Maximum Digital Resolutions 1080p
Supported Resolutions TV: 1080i/p, 720p, 576i/p, 480i/p
PC: 1920x1080, 1440x900, 1280x1024, 1280x960, 1280x720, 1024x768, 800x600
Connector(s)
Connector A 1 - Mini HDMI Female Input
Connector Type(s) 1 - ExpressCard (34mm)
Software
OS Compatibility Windows® 10 (32/64), 8 / 8.1 (32/64), 7 (32/64), Vista (32/64), XP (32/64)
Special Notes / Requirements
System and Cable Requirements CPU: Intel Core2 Duo (for 720p capture) Intel Core i5 (For 1080pcapture) Memory: 1 GB Video: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Graphics Card
Environmental
Operating Temperature 0°C to 70°C (32°F to 158°F)
Physical Characteristics
Product Height 5 mm [0.2 in]
Product Length 75 mm [3 in]
Product Weight 16 g [0.6 oz]
Product Width 35 mm [1.4 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 0.2 kg [0.4 lb]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - ExpressCard Capture Card
1 - Mini-HDMI to HDMI Cable
1 - Driver / Software CD
1 - Instruction Manual

Compatibility

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

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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.

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.

This video capture card uses a DirectShow compatible driver and can be used with many third-party video capture applications. The driver for your video capture card still needs to be installed. You can find the driver by entering the product ID at http://www.startech.com/Support.

StarTech.com does not officially support or endorse the use of third-party applications. Any use of applications not provided by StarTech.com with our hardware must be independently supported.

Yes, if you use this capture card with third party software, it is possible to turn your video camcorder into a webcam.

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.

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

Note: If you have a USB or ExpressCard capture device, do not physically connect the device to your computer until you are instructed to (Step 5).

Prior to installing this device, make sure that your operating system is up to date (for example, you have installed the most recent service pack).

To install the driver:

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

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

  1. Once 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 Setup.exe 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. Please extract the files using the instructions in Step 2.

  1. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and restart the computer when prompted.
  2. After Windows has restarted, connect the capture device to your computer if you have a USB or ExpressCard capture device.
  3. Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation and your device should be ready to use.

Note: Installation may take several seconds to complete. During the installation your display might flicker; this is normal. Once the installation has completed you will see your Windows desktop extended to the additional monitor.

How to

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to https://www.youtube.com/live_dashboard.
  2. Under Encoder setup, copy the Server URL from the bottom of the page.
  3. 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).
  4. Copy the RMTP link (you will need it to complete step 8).
  5. Open Stream Catcher.
  6. Click Settings Streaming Settings.
  7. In the Streaming Protocol Type drop-down menu, click RTMP.
  8. In the Streaming Public URL field, paste the link that you copied in step 4.
  9. On the Stream Catcher home page, click the blue record icon.

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.

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:

  • Record Resolution

    • High
    • Low
  • Record Mode

    • 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.
  • Record 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.