This list is an attempt to help others find a Modul8 (and most other VJ apps) compatible capture device. Feel free to post any updates/corrections, I'll try to keep this updated as new options come along. This list is for Modul8 v2.5.8+ on as previous versions only support DV capture.UPDATE 2
- As of Modul8 2.9A
Modul8 has native Blackmagic Drivers builtin making it the reliable and low latency input option. They offer a great range of PCI, USB3 & Thunderbolt HD capture options for as low as $US145.WORKING - HD/SD
- Thunderbolt/USB3.0 Blackmagic Design Units
- Full 1080P HDMI capture (and SDI on high end models) with only a few frames of delay. Current downside is that only 2 Mac models have 2 Thunderbolt ports (Retina MBP, 27" iMac) which is a major issue as it is usually your main output also. Recommended
- Blackmagic Design PCIe Cards
(ALL Blackmagic cards will work as they use the same drivers) - HD/PAL/NTSC capture depending on the model. Downside is the requirement of a MacPro, Thunderbolt PCI Enclosure or custom Hackintosh with spare PCIe slots. $US145-995.
- Blackmagic 1M/E/2M/E Switchers
USB3.0 Capture has been added to the new 6.1.1 drivers and give PGM output via USB3.0.
- Matrox MXO2
- HD/SD Capture for MacPro & MacBook Pro's with Expresscard slots (or Thunderbolt w/ Expresscard adaptors). $US1400
- Matrox MXO2 Mini
- HD/SD Capture for MacPro & MacBook Pro's with Expresscard slots (or Thunderbolt w/ Expresscard adaptors). $US449.
- AJA Range of Devices
- Io XT,Express & HD / Kona PCIe cards. UNCONFIRMED
. These should
work but no one has confirmed this. Please post if you've had success. Io XT is particularly interesting as its currently the only capture box that has 2 Thunderbolt ports - useful for those of use with a single port and still needing to output an image.WORKING - SD
- Any USB Capture device compatible with VideoGlide
- The a long and very random list. Check the VideoGlide page for a full rundown. Of those the single best option is the -
- EasyCap DC60+
v.3.1B. [thanks vanakaru] - 720x576 Pal, 720x480 NTSC. (not the DC60 v.2.1C - make sure it has a + sign after the DC60) This is cheaply available on eBay for roughly $US10-20. Here is a great article
on identifying a DC60+ from all the others
Other compatible and relatively common products -
- Pinnacle Dazzle DVC-90 and DVC-100.
- XLR8 ProView
- 640x480 PAL & NTSC .
- XLR8 InterView 3.0
- Half Res 352x240 NTSC,352x288 PAL.
- DFG 1394
[thanks renaud]. $US330.
- Playstation Eye Camera - Requires free Macam
drivers to work. Low latency (2 frames or so). Cheap!WORKS - WITH RESOLUTION/FRAMERATE LOSSEpiphan vga2usb
640×480 @ 28fps, 800×600 @ 20.6fps, 1024×768 @ 10.0fps. WORKS - WITH LATENCY
Why the latency? Almost all cameras with firewire ports spit out a standard called DV, as this footage comes in it needs to be decompressed before Modul8 can receive and display video, which causes the delay. Unfortunately DV was never designed to be used in realtime situations like modul8.
- ALL DV based Cameras with firewire port
- DV Bridge/Converters
- these are boxes with analogue inputs/outputs that encode on the fly DV feeds. Models include:
- Edirol VMC-1 Video Converter
Out of production.
- Dazzle Hollywood DV FW Bridge
[thanks vanakaru]. Out of production.
- Grass Valley Canopus ADVC-55, Canopus Twinpact 100
- Miglia Director's Cut 'Take 2'
- Grass Valley ADVC-HD50
- HDMI to HDV Converter [thanks HaiJak]DOESN'T WORK
- Hauppauge HVR-900H USB DVB-T TV Tuner
w/ The Tube installed (the only way to use the card - so no extra drivers)
- Pinnacle PCTV Hybrid Pro 330E
- With or without EyeTV installed.
- Genius DV120
- Elgato Devices
this is any products that use Eyetv.
- Many USB3.0 Capture devices
Generally USB3 capture devices have patchy OS-X support. Unless its explicitly listed to support Mac, chances are it won't.
- Blackmagic TV Studio Switcher
Does not support Quicktime capture/streaming. Recording only.Modul8 2.6+ 4 Input Capability
The best/cheapest solution to have multiple inputs is to mix your input devices - One VideoGlide based device, a DV Input, Playstation Eye etc.. If you use multiple inputs based on the same bus (say all on USB) you will probably run out of throughput speed and be forced to lower your input resolution/framerate. Thanks VJnutcracker - viewtopic.php?p=15598Only one Thunderbolt port?
Are you using an older pre-Retina MacbookPro and only have one thunderbolt port? You've no doubt realised that that you quickly use this as you output to the switcher/LED/projector. The only way around this problem is using a thunderbolt dock such as the Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD
or the Caldigit Thunderbolt Station
as they will give you HDMI/DVI output and another thunderbolt port for capture. Some even add USB3.0 support which may allow another capture option.Intensity Shuttle for Thunderbolt & UltraStudio Mini Recorder combo
Works perfectly as 2 separate SD/HD inputs - via a Retina MacBook Pro allows some great opportunities [thanks HaiJak]Blackmagic Intensity Pro
have been reported to be compatible with having two installed to get HD/DVI inputs into Modul8 simultaneously and latency free. Thanks bIRDS - viewtopic.php?t=4631
. These are cheap but high end PCIe cards - recommended.Blackmagic DeckLink Quad
untested but should appear as 4 capture sources. If anyone has done this, please confirm.