Getting your System Ready for Capture

Getting your System Ready for Capture
Getting your System Ready for Capture
INTRODUCTION
This document will help you set up your system ready for capture by starting at the camera and working its
way towards the computer and finishing with the Capture Settings inside the software.
Disclaimer
Due to the large number of hardware manufacturers and the constantly evolving technology we recommend
wherever possible you trial your hardware setup prior to purchase. The Tarn Group accepts no liability for
purchases based on our recommendations.
HARDWARE
Cameras
High Definition (HD):
HDMI: You need a camera capable of delivering HDMI output at one of 60p, 50p, 60i, 50i, 30p, 25p
formats. The Panasonic V250 and V550 camcorders are examples of good options. You need to learn
and understand your cameras capabilities and settings.
The main things to focus on are:
• Make sure Demo mode is turned off.
• If it has manual shutter (e.g. Panasonics V series), set this to about 1/200th of a second for
slower movements and 1/500th of a second for fast motion (note you will need more light with
this setting).
• Set the HDMI output to 1080i for use with all BlackMagic devices except the Intensity Pro 4K.
• Set the HDMI output to 1080p or 720p for Magewells
Standard Definition (SD):
Firewire: You need two Mini DV cameras with the DV out (Firewire) ports. These are not made any
more but some are still available on e-Bay etc. There are usually no camera settings to worry about
here.
Hauppauge: You need two camera with AV out ports, most camcorders (SD and HD) have these. Note:
If you use an HD camera you will still only get SD video. You just need to make sure the AV-Out is
turned on, it usually is by default.
Cables
High Definition (HD):
Your only practical option for HD is to use HDMI cables.
Close
Far
If your cameras are going to be less than about 2m (7’)
from the computer you can use just one cable per
camera. For most camcorders (check your camera’s
HDMI port first), it needs to be a smaller Male Type A at
one end (goes into the camera) and a normal Male Type C
at the other (goes into the capture device). An example is
shown in the image to the right.
If your cameras are going to be between about 2m (7’) and 15m (50’) from the computer
you will need to use two cables per camera as it’s not easy to buy long cables that are
configured like the short cable option outlined above.
• Cable 1 for most camcorders (check your camera’s
HDMI port first) will be a short (2m or 6’) extension
cable and has the smaller Male Type A plug at one
end (goes into the camera) and a normal Female Type
C plug at the other (goes into the long cable). An
example of an HDMI extension cable is shown in the
image to the right.
• Cable 2 will be normal Male Type C at either end.
One plug will go into the extension cable shown
above the other end goes into the capture device.
These cable can be up to 15 meters long. An example
of a standard HDMI cable is shown in the image to the
right.
Very
Far
There are cost effective options for extending the distance between the computer and
the camera to over 30m (100 feet). Please contact [email protected] for more
information on these.
Standard Definition (SD):
Firewire: For each camera you will need a Firewire cable that has a 4 pin plug on one end (camera)
and either a 4 pin of 6 pin depending on your capture device.
Hauppauge: You will need two composite cables (red, white, yellow, although only the yellow carries
video).
Capture Devices
High Definition (HD):
Note: For dual HD capture you must have 2 HD capture devices and they must be exactly the same.
Laptop
There are now a few laptops powerful enough to do dual HD capture and playback. Your
capture options on a laptop are USB 3 or Thunderbolt. It is important to realise that
except for Mac’s, computers generally do not have 2 Thunderbolt ports so USB 3 will be
the most common option here.
Note: You must only use the devices specified here, other options are not supported.
If you want to do dual capture you must use one capture device per camera.
USB3: Magewell XI100DUSB-HDMI HDMI to
USB 3 converter.
Desktop
Thunderbolt: BlackMagic Ultrastudio Mini
Recorder for Thunderbolt.
Your capture options on a desktop are PCI, USB 3 or Thunderbolt. It is important to
realise that except for Mac’s, computers generally do not have 2 Thunderbolt ports.
Note: You must only use the devices specified here, other options are not supported.
If you want to do dual capture you must use one capture device per camera.
PCI: BlackMagic Intensity Pro
4k.
USB3: Magewell XI100DUSBHDMI HDMI to USB 3
converter.
Thunderbolt: BlackMagic
Ultrastudio Mini Recorder for
Thunderbolt.
Standard Definition (SD):
Laptop
Hauppauge USB-Live2: If you want to do
dual capture you must use one per
camera.
Firewire: Unless you have an old computer
with a built in Firewire port, a laptop is not
an option
Desktop
Hauppauge USB-Live2: If you want to do
dual capture you must use one per
camera.
Firewire: If you want to do dual capture you
will need a PCI Firewire capture card per
camera (important). These are still around
but not common.
Computer
You need to make sure your computer is up to the task. To make this task easier we have created a
hardware selector website at www.siliconcoach.com/hardware that can advise on a new machine but
also indicate the capabilities of any machine you currently have.
Screen/Monitor
A minimum of 1440 x 900 but 1920 x 1080/1200 is strongly recommended.
NOTE: Resolutions greater than this, such as those used in 4K ultra-high definition monitors, can
cause display issues and problems with using the record analysis feature in Pro8. There are workarounds available but as the video quality isn’t enhanced with these higher resolutions, these types
of ultra-high definition monitors are best avoided.
Operating System
You must use Windows 7 or 8.1, 10
What about the Apple Mac Operating System (OS)?
All of our desktop software only runs in the Windows operating system. However, with the newest and
fastest iMac and MacBook Pro computers it is possible to run Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 using Apple
Bootcamp. In this case you are effectively only using the Mac hardware. For more information please
review our Mac hardware resource at
(http://www.siliconcoach.com/SupportCentres/Generic/Using_a_Mac_with_The_Tarn_Group's_Software.pdf )
Virtual environments like Parallels and VMWare are not supported.
Drivers
Some devices need drivers. Drivers are software applications that control their capture devices and are
used by our software to in-turn control the capture devices. Not all devices need drivers. Please find
your hardware type from the list below and follow its instructions.
We only support devices and drivers from the following manufacturers:
• Black Magic devices (PCI, Thunderbolt): Search Google for Blackmagic desktop software. Once
on the BlackMagic site go to their Capture and Playback area and download and install the
software called Desktop Software.
• Magewell USB 3 Devices: No drivers are needed.
• Hauppauge USB-Live2: Search Google for Hauppauge drivers and then find the one for the
USB-Live2 device.
• Firewire: No drivers are needed.
Capture Settings (in software)
HDMI High Definition (HD)
If you have your HD camcorders connected over HDMI you should set your Video Settings similar to
the image below*.
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*If you are using the
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Magewell XI100DUSB (USB 3) you will choose ‘XI100DUSB –HDMI Video’ under Cameras 1
and 2.
BlackMagic Intensity Pro PCI card in your computer you will choose ‘Intensity Pro’ under
Cameras 1 and 2.
Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle devices connected via Thunderbolt you will choose ‘Intensity
Shuttle’ (or similar) under Cameras 1 and 2.
USB (Hauppauge/Firewire) Standard Definition (SD)
If you have your camcorders connected over Firewire or USB (using the Hauppauge USB to AV
converters) then you should set your computer up like one of the images below.*
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If you are using Firewire then you will choose something like ‘DV’ under Cameras 1 and 2.
This document was last updated 20 March 2017.
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