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Now, one of Elgato’s most popular products is our line of capture cards. Since 2012 we’ve been the leading innovators in the capture card.. A capture card allows you to record a video source such as a video game console onto your computer.
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Instead of the console to TV via HDMI, it goes console to capture card to TV via two HDMI cables. And all of our capture cards have a zero-lag passthrough, so in this setup, you won’t have any difference when playing. Then the capture card needs to connect to your computer.
If you have an external capture card it will come with a USB cable that simply plugs into an available USB port, and if it’s an internal capture card you install it into a free PCIe lane on your motherboard, much like you would with a graphics card. The first two capture cards
USB 3.0 card And HD60 Pro
Basically any HDMI source. The HD60 S is a USB 3.0 card meaning it can connect to any Windows or Mac computer with an available USB 3.0 port, meaning the HD60 S works with laptops. Now, the HD60 Pro is a PCIe capture card so you will need a Windows computer with an available PCIe x1 lane to use HD60 Pro.
So if you’re looking for a 1080p60 capture card, if you have a laptop the option is clear with HD60.be careful about not overloading your USB ports with too many high bandwidth devices. So now what about the HD60 S+? Well, the HD60 S+ is very similar to the HD60 S except the HD60 S+ adds in two very important features.
You can use a tool we’ve created called OBS link that we have built into our Mac Game Capture software which works with OBS specifically to use the HD60 S on OBS Mac but it will use more resources than if you were to just use the HD60 S+ and OBS on their own because you are technically running Game Capture and OBS Mac at the same time. And as I said, this is specific to OBS Mac, and not any other Mac apps for streaming or recording, so this is something to keep in mind. Next let’s get into our 4K capture cards, the 4K60 S+ and the 4K60 Pro MK.2.
Ability to capture and pass through high refresh rate signals up to 1080p 240 Hz or 1440p 144 Hz which makes it a great capture card for PC gamers who want to play on a nice high refresh rate monitor for that smooth action. So 4K60 Pro MK.2 is more ideal for PC gamers whereas console players can choose either card. The other thing to consider with these capture cards is if you’re streaming versus recording. Because 4K60 S+ does have a slight 200-millisecond delay due to the HEVC video encoder encoding that 4K60 signal to send over USB.
So if you’re streaming you will have to go through an extra step to sync up your webcam and mic with your capture card, whereas the 4K60 Pro MK.2 you don’t need to do these extra steps. Now if you’re recording gameplay, there is a huge feature on the 4K60 S+ that none of our other capture cards has, and that is our SD card recording.
So because of the HEVC encoder, the 4K60 S+ can actually record 4K60 HDR footage directly to an SD card, without needing a computer. So if you don’t have a computer that’s capable of recording in high resolutions, you can use the 4K60 S+ to record footage directly to that SD card, and then you could upload that to YouTube, or whatever your favorite site is. And then another difference between these two cards is what I mentioned earlier about USB versus PCIe and not overloading your USB ports. And the last difference between these two cards is Multi App support, which is a feature that allows you to use your capture card in two different programs simultaneously. This is a feature only found on 4K60 Pro MK.2, HD60 Pro, and HD60 S.