Thinking of buying the Blackmagic Intensity Pro to capture both PC games and my Xbox 360 games.
I would also like to try out streaming on Twitch.tv for a few friends to watch.
I was wondering if anyone had one of these and could give me some input.
I understand the card can capture 720p@60fps and 1080p@30fps. Would I need to run my games in 720p to get the best results? Or could I run my games at my monitors native 1080p? I have the Benq xl2420t 120hz gaming monitor, and I am wondering if I can still run my games at the native res and 120hz while capturing at 720p@60fps.
Also, Im looking into buying a large hard drive (2TB+) for the video. Does anyone know of one that has good write speeds?
Running 2xWD 1TB Caviar Blacks in RAID 0, I still couldn't get enough speed to write with no skipped frames at Intensity Pro's highest capture settings. You might want to go with an SSD or RAID some of the new Velociraptors. You can get away with capturing to a smaller, faster drive, then moving to a bigger, slower drive for editing and longterm storage. Also, consider running FRAPS for your PC captures, for better IQ and somewhat less hassle. You will be limited to 60fps, and have much larger file sizes.
I haven't tried capturing the output of the same computer through the Intensity Pro, because I think that would introduce performance problems in most games.
Well I have ordered the card but im not really sure this is going to work out.
The main problem is, i dont want to connect the output of the BMIP to my main monitor. I cant get 120hz over HDMI and ive heard using the output of the BMIP to display games creates input lag.
I want to capture games, but I want to play them in 1080p at 120hz.
Basically, I thought I would be able to connect my monitor to my graphics cards (Display port) for 120hz.
Then connect the graphics card HDMI output to the HDMI input of the BMIP to capture it.
Im so confused :(
EDIT : Hmm, seems I should be able to do this if i clone the display in the ATI drivers. I'll see how it goes :)
Ok, got everything set up. First I checked my Xbox 360 connected via HDMI. Works perfectly, looks very nice and streams very well using xSplit on Twitch.tv.
Now, when it comes down the the PC its abit of a hassle.
The BMIP acts as a monitor, so I have to duplicate it with my Benq 120hz 1080p gaming monitor. Which means both have to running at the same resolution and refresh rate. So whenever I want to stream/capture I have to use my monitor at 720p, 60hz which kinda sucks. Nevermind, I'll probably keep the card for now for the Xbox. Won't be used much thoough!