I need a recommendation to buy a video card

hardware

#1

Hello people, I need you to recommend me an external board to use with notebook and allows to work with CasparCG to broadcast live video with graphics.

I have a Blackmagic Studio 4K but it is internal and I need one that does the same but external for notebook.

Many Thanks!

Pablo from Argentina


#2

If you have Thunderbolt 3 on your Laptop you can use the Ultrastudio HD Mini.
https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/de/products/ultrastudio
I´m using it by myself for Key/Fill.


#3

I do not have thunderbolt, I have usb 3.1, will it work the same?
With less bitrated videos, or not?
That does not have HDMI input, does it?

Thanks for your response!


#4

Blackmagic’s whole ultrastudio range https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/ultrastudio would be suitable if you had thunderbolt.

The only usb3 device I am aware of that could work with caspar is the Intensity shuttle https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/intensity/techspecs/W-INT-02, but it is much more limited in functionality and I know there have been compatibility problems with some machines.

usb is less suitable for the task of realtime video than thunderbolt, so it will be a lot less common to find especially on such specialist equipment.


#5

There was a time a model Ultrastudio Xpress USB I think


#6

Any other board instead Blackmagic?


#7

You can use some Bluefish 444 cards. They are very good, but more expensive.


#8

They have an external models for notebooks?


#9

Blackmagic suports tells me that I can use the Intensity Shuttle, Is that correct?


#10

That can be used, but has only a single HDMI output, so no separate fill & key.


#11

Which is the cheapest decklink card that support fill and key outputs?


#12

For a notebook I would recommend a Mini PCI-E to PCI-E riser card and use any desktop card that you may need to use. Just keep an eye on the performance of the riser card.

Now, probably your notebook sports only a single Mini PCI-E slot that might be already populated by a Wi-Fi card. And that means to have an Ethernet cable if internet is required, or use an USB Wi-Fi dongle.

And slowly you’ll be creating a Frankenstein of a computer, capable of doing what you want, but much less portable in the long run.