In this document we will be outlining some steps you can take in order to ensure that your Magewell Capture devices are functioning properly, especially when getting connected to Production Truck. We will primarily be looking at the Magewell USB Capture HDMI, but some of these tips can be used on other Magewell capture devices.
Note: for further assistance with Magewell devices visit their Support Center here.
Single camera Magewell devices, such as the Magewell USB Capture Devices, typically do not require driver downloads, they are "plug-and-play" devices. Whereas, Magewell Capture Cards require drivers to be downloaded from Magewell. Drivers for Magewell Capture Cards can be downloaded directly from within Production Truck.
By going to Help in the toolbar, navigate to Download Links then select Magewell. You will be taken through a standard software install process, your computer will likely need to be restarted.
Once the drivers are downloaded Magewell may require that you restart your computer in order to complete the installation process.
Reopening Production Truck, the camera views will now show up. The cameras may need to be toggled on/off.
Verifying Input within Production Truck
It is also valuable to verify that Production Truck is detecting the correct settings. When attempting to connect a camera source, you will be given three key options: Source, Line In, and Format.
- Source should be "USB Capture HDMI+", "USB SDI Video", or the name of the recording device, likely with the brand name.
- Line In should indicate the cabling type you are utilizing, HDMI or SDI.
- Format should be the format that the camera is set to output at. Auto Format will be checked by default and will be set to the format that the camera is currently set to output at. We would recommend changing the output settings of the camera itself in order to get to the correct format.
We do not recommend recording in 1080i, instead opting for 1080p, as 1080i can cause issues particular regarding filming sports. That particular format causes interlacing issues which can cause video to look grainy and blurry.
Powering the Capture Card
Magewell devices are not internally powered and require external power from the computer. In the case of the Magewell USB Capture HDMI, some MacBooks cannot power more than one without being externally powered itself via the Macbook's charging cable.
To ensure that your Magewell device is being powered, there is a small indicator light located on most Magewell devices. In order to better troubleshoot what is occurring with the device itself below are the breakdowns of various light indicators:
- On: the indicator light will be on steadily when a signal source is connected
- Pulsing: there is no signal or the signal cannot be locked or supported
- Flashing: there is a problem with the device
If your Mac computer is having trouble powering certain Magewell devices, your computer will likely prompt you with an error.
Testing Video Input
Another Magewell program can be downloaded in order to test to see if it is properly bringing in the video feed from the camera. That program can be found and downloaded here: Magewell Capture Express (specific for Windows)
If you attempt to open Magewell Capture Express, and the Magewell software cannot detect the Magewell Capture Device, then it will throw an error. If the Magewell Capture Express software cannot detect the capture device, Production Truck will not be able to either.
How it should Look in Magewell Capture Express:
If your Magewell capture device is working properly and is able to be recognized by your PC it should show on Magewell Capture Express as Follows:
This indicates the capture card is receiving picture from the camera.
If your camera and capture device are not being listed in the video/audio device section in Magewell Capture Express Like this example:
Then your capture device is not being recognized by the computer and you will need to check your hardware connection and formatting on your camera.
BlueFrame Technology can help with some preliminary troubleshooting, but when it comes to this hardware specific issues then you may need to look at your equipment set up, and try some troubleshooting with your equipment to find the root cause of the issue.
If you have any additional questions, contact our support team by calling (859)-215-7979 or clicking 'New Support Ticket' at the top of this page.