February 8th, 2008

SV Erica

Hardware: HD/HDMI capture cards?

I looked under the hardware memories for this community and didn't see a similar question. I've seen the specs on the Blackmagic Intensity HDMI capture card and allegedly it can capture HD:
Intensity features HDMI-in for connecting to cameras and digital set-top boxes for the highest quality capture.

This would be for OTA-equivalent footage, which should be unencrypted on a Scientific Atlanta 8300HD box. Basically, I'm just trying to dump "regular TV" episodes from a cable box into a computer but retain the 1080i ratio and as much of the original data as possible. While the standard is still 720x480, cropping down the source may be an option, especially when certain TV networks love large, animated network bugs/logos.

Has anyone worked with the Intensity capture card before? And captured HD footage with it? If so, opinions, please? It's supposed to be compatible for Final Cut and Adobe product lines with the ability to output to HDTVs for preview.

Assistance would be appreciated. Thanks.