[FFmpeg-user] Looking for an HDMI/Component Capture Card

Phil Rhodes phil_rhodes at rocketmail.com
Fri Jun 21 15:47:00 CEST 2013

A Blackmagic Intensity will do this. You'll need an Intensity Pro if you want component as well as HDMI. These come as PCIe cards as well as Thunderbolt and USB 3 devices. I know that there are Linux drivers for most of Blackmagic's products but as ever with linux it's not very clear what's supported and how, on what distros it's likely to work, etc.


 From: Moritz Barsnick <barsnick at gmx.net>
To: FFmpeg user discussions <ffmpeg-user at ffmpeg.org> 
Sent: Friday, 21 June 2013, 12:09
Subject: Re: [FFmpeg-user] Looking for an HDMI/Component Capture Card

> On 6/18/13, James Board <jpboard2 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > I'm looking for a capture card for use with ffmpeg on a Linux
> > system.  I'd like to be able to capture Component as well as HDMI
> > (from non-encrypted non-HDCP) sources.

On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 10:33:02 +0300, Andrey Aleksandrovich wrote:
> These card (as any other hardware) are not supported by ffmpeg, but
> Linux kernel.

The keyword (for the Linux interface/driver) is v4l2, standing for
video4linux version 2. ffmpeg supports reading from this device, as
Andrey pointed out.

Many analog capture cards are supported under Linux, but I don't know
if they actually have component inputs (e.g. mine has composite only).
But if you google for the keywords "HDMI v4l2 capture" or the likes,
you will find that some cards are supported.

Good luck,
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