The device gets quite hot, so some sellers bundle the units with a small USB extension cable for connecting it to the Yodeck Player. We recommend it too.
These come at a very low cost, retailing at $15, and they seem to work fine. We have performed prolong testing; however, we cannot guarantee long-term reliability. Online reviews are positive.
HDMI Video Capture HDMI Video Capture with cable
We have also tested high-quality HDMI Capture Cards from well-known vendors. We have tested several devices from AVerMedia, including AVerMedia Live Gamer Ultra and AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable. These also work exceptionally well, but prices are higher.
Overall, all similar devices should work fine. You can search eBay or Amazon for USB HDMI capture, and you will get hundreds of results!
We have tested a handful of USB Cameras. These are really straightforward to support, so almost all USB cameras should work.
In case you want to get more technical and dive into the details, here is what we need to be able to use a USB video device:
- Support of UVC (USB Video Class) profile.
- Support for MJPG (Motion JPEG) capture codec.
As long as these two basic requirements are fulfilled, then the device should work fine.
Troubleshooting a Video Input
- I am not getting any video
Some capture cards display a standard static feed if nothing is connected to their input, e.g., an error message or a colorful screen. Try unplugging your HDMI device (e.g., your set-top box) and see what happens. If nothing happens, then the USB HDMI Capture Card might not be connected properly or might not work at all.
- I am not getting any audio
Check that your HDMI device (e.g., your set-top box) is not muted and the volume is set high enough.
- There is a delay from input video to seeing it on screen
A slight delay of less than 1 second is expected. A higher delay may be due to the specific HDMI capture device you are using.