CasparCG server on a laptop


#1

Hi is there a way to use a CaparCG server on a laptop and getting a fill and key output? The server has to run on a laptop, so is there any external hardware I could use to get these two outputs?


#2

your laptop has to have a thundebolt port.
i run a hp Zbook G3 with TB3 and a Blackmagic HD Ultrastudio Mini (500$)
works perfect with caspar, vmix etc. (1 x fill&key out, 1x fill in)
we have also systems with hp omen and hp zbook G2 with thunderbolt2.
on all systems you could also use a Akito or Sonnett PCIe thunderbolt expansion chassis. in there you can add a regular PCIe card, like Duo2 or 4K pro.etc. we tested the 4K pro with UHD 50p. fill and key ok. but your laptop has to have the best gpu possible.


#3

Thank you, this will help me alot!


#4

Which equipment you are connecting with SDI?


#5

You could look into using https://www.datavideo.com/product/TC-200. Support has been added in 2.3


#6

I am using an Akitio Node Lite Thunderbolt 3 enclosure with a BMD Duo2 inside which will give 2x separate Key/Fill


#7

Hi all,

What the cheapest Laptop with 4x pcie Thunderbolt 3? and decent CPU? Would Gen 6 i7 be enough grunt?

Perhaps an old Dell Alienware? Thinking of pairing it with a Sonnet Echo Express SE III Thunderbolt 3 which will hold a Duo 2 and Graphics Card.

Cheers,
Chumby.


#8

AFAIK Thunderbolt ports do not have many PCIe lanes available on the host (PC or laptop) side. I think it‘s 4 lanes. So to run a GPU (16 lanes) and a Decklink Duo (4 lanes) it would not work well. So, I would suggest to use a laptop with a good internal GPU (nVidia) and use the Thunderbolt only for the Decklink.


#9

OK, that’s good information to know didi…

Will keep doing some research.

Cheers
Chumby


#10

Hi
I’m fan of Dell laptops so I have test at Precision series (7520 with Quadro K2200 i7-6820 ) and Dell G5 (i7-8750H with 1050 ti) and I have the same results on CPU (40%) and GPU(28%) prossesing with Blackmagick Hyper Studio(FILL+KEY). Propably the cheaper G3 will also fit to your needs. Tested only with 2.07


#11

OK thank tsipas. Will check those models out.

Do they have thunderbolt 3 to fit my dou 2 card do you know?

Cheers
Chumby


#12

There are several sub-models of G5 and 7520 you must check if they have Thunderbolt 3, both laptops I checked they had. Thunderbolt port is the same with USB-C but to work as thunderbolt must have a Thunder signal