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The DarkCrystal HD Capture SDK Video Capture Device from AVerMedia allows you to capture video on a Windows computer from a variety of HD and SD sources. It can be used to capture gameplay from a PS3 or other game console, to capture or stream from a camcorder, or even be used to capture or digitize your home movies already recorded on other media. It features an HDMI input and an analog input that uses a second HDMI-style connector and a special breakout cable (dongle) that is included. The breakout cable allows you to capture SD and HD resolution component and SD S-video and composite video along with stereo audio. Although there are two effective inputs, only one may be used at a time.
Uncompressed 4:2:2 Capture Support
Via the HDMI input, it is possible to capture 1080i video with up to 4:2:2 chroma sub-sampling. Because HDMI provides an uncompressed signal, in some cases capturing live via this connector can provide better image quality than what a video camera is capable of recording internally -- depending on how the HDMI signal is processed before it is output
Digitize Analog Sources
Using the analog breakout cable you can capture from most analog video sources, including 720p and 1080i sources. This allows you to digitize home movies recorded on analog tape formats such as Hi8 and VHS. It allows you to capture from home theater appliances and game consoles that have component, S-video, or composite output. A pair of RCA audio inputs allow you to capture stereo audio as well
You can also use this card to play back HDCP-encrypted content on your computer, effectively letting you use your computer as a TV. HDCP-encryption is a form of copy-protection and is found, for example, on Blu-ray discs as well as some cable programming. Because of copyright restrictions this content is for viewing only; the DarkCrystal HD Capture SDK will not allow you to record video from these sources
Proc amp style adjustments on the analog inputs allow you to control the color balance of the video being captured
Third Party Software Support
The DarkCrystal HD Capture SDK is designed to provide interoperability with a number of widely used video editing, encoding, streaming, and playback applications found on the Windows platform. These include:
Adobe Premiere Pro CS6
Sony Vegas Pro 10
Windows Media Encoder 9
Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder 3
Real Producer (v13)
VLC Media Player
Supports DirectX 9.0c (and later) and Direct Show APIs to enabler interoperability with a wide range of third-party applications, including custom-developed solutions. Multi programming language support through the SDK means if you do want to create custom software solutions you will have a number of options available to you
Video Down Scale
HD and higher resolution content can be scaled for SD-integration or to web-friendly resolutions during capture
Titles, lower thirds, and other text can be superimposed over the incoming video
In the Box
AVerMedia DarkCrystal HD Capture SDK Video Capture Device
Driver and Applications CD
Dongle Cable (Analog Breakout Cable)
Low Profile Bracket
Limited 1-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
1 x HDMI
1 x Analog breakout cable input on HDMI connector Via Analog Breakout Cable (Dongle)
1 x S-Video
1 x Composite on RCA female
1 x Component on 3 x RCA female
1 x Stereo audio on 2 x RCA female
Partial: HDCP support is limited to preview in AVer MediaCenter, cannot be recorded
Component and HDMI: Up to 1080i or 720p
For SD Capture
Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz or better or
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ or better
For HD Capture
Intel Core2 Duo 2.4 GHz or better
AMD Athlon 64x2 dual core 2.8 GHz or better
Windows: 7, Vista, or XP -- 32 or 64-bit versions
Graphics card with DirectX9.0c or later support -- dedicated graphics card recommended for HD capture
512 MB or greater RAM -- 2GB or more recommended for HD capture
Free PCI-E slot