If you are attempting to do a multi-camera setup, it is necessary to use a multi-input capture card unit. This unit is put into an enclosure box, or installed directly into the computer if using a PC tower, and allows for multiple cameras to be brought into Production Truck. 

Below is some information as too why this unit is necessary and our recommendations.



You must use a single capture card device within an enclosure box as opposed to a single capture card for multiple cameras for a few reasons:

  • Capture cards are externally powered, and a single computer cannot power more than a few capture cards or external devices simultaneously.
  • The computer you are utilizing likely does not have enough external ports to support multiple capture card inputs
  • Generally, it's more convient to have the single unit, with a single input into the computer when needing to setup, breakdown, and transport your setup.

Recommendations
For links to these products, please see the following link:

HDMI

  • Blackmagic Design DeckLink Quad HDMI Recorder Capture Card
  • Magewell Pro Capture Quad HDMI Card (4 Channel)


SDI

  • Blackmagic Design DeckLink Duo 2
  • Magewell Pro Capture Quad SDI Card (4-Channel)

Cabling Considerations
As far as capture cards go, you'll want to assess if you are wanting to use SDI cabling or HDMI cabling. HDMI cabling is limited in the fact that it can only go up to 75-100 feet without a signal booster in between. SDI cabling can go up to 300 feet without a booster, making it a little bit more practical for longer runs of cabling. 


This will also determine which capture card you would need to look at above. 


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