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The ViewCast Osprey 845e 4-Channel SDI Capture Card is a video and embedded audio capture card for Windows and Linux. It features four SDI inputs that can simultaneously capture up to four channels of 1.5 Gbps HD-SDI video, or two channels of 3G-SDI video. In addition it can capture four stereo pairs (eight channels) of SDI-embedded audio per video source.
The Osprey 845e is a versatile card that can be used for a wide range of applications, such as recording multiple streams of video to a computer or live streaming multi-camera productions. For Windows users, the card features drivers that expose it to the Microsoft DirectShow API, Windows' media device interface framework. This means that card is compatible with most Windows-based software that is capable of capturing or streaming video.
For Linux users, there are a wide range of Open Source software options available via the Linux distribution's package manager or as source code from GitHub and other repositories. In addition, users looking for custom solutions can develop their own software using the software developer kit (SDK), which can tailored for unique applications.
The Osprey 845e also features SimulStream. This driver enhancement provides the ability to feed multiple encoding applications at the same time. The most notable benefit of this feature is the ability to encode the same video source at different frame rates and resolutions to support a wider range of devices and Internet connection speeds, something encoding applications often lack the ability to do on their own.
Because of the high data-rates involved in multi-channel video capture, it is important to consider the computer that will be used. While the exact system requirements will vary depending on the specific capture or streaming software that will be used, a quad-processor or better workstation computer with a direct- or North Bridge-connected x8 PCIe slot will likely be required.
Compatible with Microsoft DirectShow API and many Open Source Linux drivers
Close captioning extraction and rendering - supports CEA-608 and CEA-708 standards
Scaling, cropping, de-interlacing, and inverse telecine
Logo insertion and bitmap graphic overlay
Loss of video automatic test pattern generation with text overlay option
In the Box
Osprey 845e 4-Channel SDI Video Capture Card
Driver and Documentation CD
Limited 1-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
4x SDI inputs on BNC connectors:
Up to 4 simultaneous SD-SDI or 1.5 Gbps HD-SDI channels
Up to 2 simultaneous 3G-SDI channels
4x SDI-embedded stereo pairs per video source
1920 x 1080: 60i, 59.94i, 50i, 30p, 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p 1280 x 720: 60p, 59.94p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p 720 x 480 (NTSC): 30i, 29.79i 720 x 576 (PAL): 50p, 25p, 25i
Windows Driver (required for DirectShow API support)
Windows 7 Linux Driver
Various Open Source distributions: available from package manager and source code repositories
Varies depending on capture / streaming application being used:
Quad-Core processor or better
Free x4, x8 or x16 PCIe slot - direct or North Bridge slot recommended