DIGITNOW! USB 3.0 HDMI Game Capture Card

 

I had thought there might be problems with this item as a few other users had audio/visual sync issues. Not for me, I just followed the user guide, used the recommended software and it all worked a treat for me.

Priced at £89.99 this Game capture card from DIGITNOW! is not an inexpensive item but it is far less costly than many of the better-known rivals. Of course, that is no saving if the product is no use but in fact, I was very pleased with this one.

In the rather basic mid-market product box the capture device itself, an HDMI cable, a USB 3 to USB 3 cable and a large, well written but poorly printed User Guide. The Capture Card itself is made from brushed aluminium effect metal, has a USB 3 port on one end and an HDMI port on the other. On the front of the 1.6″x 3.7″x0.5″ are status and Power LEDs. Build quality feels fine and externally there is nothing that can break or fall off.

The point of this device is to stream video from any HDMI source at up to 1920×1080 at 60fps to a PC or other capture device using a USB 3 interface. Note that the device converts the video and does not render it and this needs to be done by the capture device. If the processing power on the capture device is not sufficient there will be stuttering, dropouts and other issues in the recorded file.

For testing purposes, I connected my Roku 3 streamer to my 16GB RAM Intel i5 equipped PC. I used the AMCap software application as suggested in the User Guide. It should work equally well in other software or hardware sources but this I have not yet tested. I followed all the instructions in the User Guide and, yes, it worked the first time. No drivers were needed on my Windows 10 PC and it worked straight from the box.

Connecting the HDMI source first before the USB 3 PC interface as advised I then selected FHD Webcamera as the Recording source from the Windows 10 taskbar notification area. Double-clicking on the icon there for it in the Sound panel allowed me to then select the Advanced tab. In the advanced tab, I then selected ‘2 Channel 16 bit, 48000Hz DVD Quality’ and selected both checkboxes. Moving then to the AMCap software from the Devices tab I then selected FWD Webcamera for both the audio and visual sources. Next, and this is crucial to get audio and visual streams in sync, within AMCap I then went back to the front page and from the Capture drop-down menu selected Setup and then the Preview tab and there set the Audio Latency slider to the minimum value and selected OK to finish. That got everything streaming nicely and in sync. Using that as a starting point you can then fine-tune the capture settings that you need. Remember that the quality of the final recorded file will in large part depend on the capability of your computer to render the video.

This is an excellent device that worked well for me and with far fewer problems configuring it than I expected.