Better Quality Video: Camera to Computer Connection

We’re often asked how to get better quality video footage. As we know, better quality video means more powerful analysis, so we understand why our users are so eager to find out! 

Don’t worry, we’ve got some tips to help you get the basics right to make the most of whatever camera you have. 


Camera to Computer Connection 

The way consumers (as opposed to TV broadcasters) have been able to capture live video has changed a lot in the last 20 years. Once upon a time, it was all analog- then came the digital revolution and Firewire was the technology of choice. Firewire cameras (usually called Mini DV) faded away about 5 years ago and left a technology hole for a few years, but now computers, capture devices, cameras and TV’s are all supporting HDMI. This, combined with a sharp fall in prices and better computers for your dollar, has led to HDMI becoming the technology of choice for consumers wanting HD video capture. 

 

Live capture is not the only way to get video into your computer. In fact there are 3 ways of getting HD or SD (Standard Definition) video into your software. 

1. If you just want a live SD feed (even from an HD camera) it needs to pass through an AV to USB converter. This plugs into a USB 2 port and is old technology. There would be very few cases nowadays where this would be the option of choice for a new system. 

2. HDMI capture. This is the best method for getting get HD footage from the camcorder to the computer and is available using Siliconcoach software right now. The HD option needs a good, fast computer, and you now have well priced options for this. 

3. You can transfer the saved HD or SD video files from any camera (camcorder, GoPro, phone, etc) to the computer using a USB cable, where they will be converted for frame by frame playback in Siliconcoach software. This last option doesn’t need as fast of a computer as is needed for live capture. 

Summary

For live feeds, HDMI is the technology of today. With it you can capture beautiful HD video directly into your computer as the action happens. Alternatively, from any camera (camcorder, GoPro, phone, etc) that saves video to its internal memory, you can transfer the video files once you get back to your computer, then analyse them in the software.
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