Easy streaming using Blackmagic Design capture cards

Easy streaming using Blackmagic Design capture cards


There’s a streaming solution available that you may not have considered before. It’s easy to install and use, and delivers superb results. It also is pretty inexpensive. While it can get you streaming very quickly, it’s also got the flexibility and functionality to take your productions much further when you’re ready.

From Camera to YouTube and Facebook

Connecting a camera source

You’ll need a Windows or MacOS computer – laptop or desktop. Most desktop towers have PCIe slots on the motherboard; Blackmagic Design’s range of Decklink and Intensity PCIe cards can be fitted to these to give you video inputs like HDMI and/or SDI. These cards can allow connection of single or multiple cameras.

Supporting one camera input 

Supporting multiple camera inputs

PCIe Cards in Laptops

PCIe cards can’t fit into a laptop. However, if you’ve got a Thunderbolt connection, you can attach a card very easily using a Sonnet expansion chassis

An even easier solution for laptop users is to attach a UltraStudio Mini Recorder device to Thunderbolt. This instantly gives you an SDI and HDMI input for a single camera.

Streaming and Encoding

To stream video from the computer, it needs to be encoded. Install Wirecast software and get streaming to YouTube, Facebook Live, Twitch or any other network, or even multiple networks at the same time to reach every audience. Blackmagic cards support other software such as vMix or OBS, but we don’t think either can match the ease of use, functionality or flexibility of Wirecast.

Using Windows or Apple based Wirecast Studio and Wirecast Pro software turns your existing computer into a complete switching, titling and streaming unit. If you want a dedicated turnkey Wirecast machine, that’s pre-configured and ready to roll, then take a look at the Wirecast Gear bundles here.

Power under the Hood

If you want to go further, you’ve got all the power you need to create a complete TV or web channel. Telestream Wirecast software can take several input sources like a microphone, two cameras and a computer presentation then allow you to mix and switch between them. 

Features such as Picture in Picture and side by side views are also included. These features can allow you to show your CEO’s presentation from their connected laptop and a camera image of your CEO at the same time. We suggest using a HDMI to USB capture box to present the CEO’s laptop output to the Wirecast computer.

Remote Interviews

With Wirecast you can bring in guests from around the world for live interviews and discussion. All they need is a webcam and a web browser. It’s amazingly simple, but very powerful.

Logos and titles

Wirecast allows you to store logos and titles and be able to overlay these on top of your video. This helps to brand your video and add information such as a CEO’s name and role. We suggest creating the titles in advance and plan where to use them. This could be a full screen static card at the beginning and end and lower third titles during the stream.

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Blackmagic Design DeckLink 8K Pro
Blackmagic Design DeckLink 8K Pro

Advanced 8 lane PCI Express capture and playback card for high resolution 8K workflows

Blackmagic Design Decklink Duo 2
Blackmagic Design Decklink Duo 2

PCIe capture and playback card with 4 independent channels for SD and HD up to 1080p60

Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder
Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder

10-bit SDI and HDMI PCIe capture card for SD and HD formats up to 1080p30

Blackmagic Design DeckLink Quad 2
Blackmagic Design DeckLink Quad 2

Eight channel configurable PCIe video capture and playback up to 1080p60

Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI 4K
Blackmagic Design DeckLink SDI 4K

Capture and playback with 6G-SDI for SD, HD, 2K and Ultra HD

Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 4K
Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 4K

Capture and playback 6G-SDI, HDMI 4K and analogue in SD, HD and Ultra HD

Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro 4K
Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro 4K

Capture and playback for PCIe computers in NTSC/PAL, HD and Ultra HD video

Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder
Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder

Compact SDI and HDMI Capture

Telestream Wirecast Pro - Mac
Telestream Wirecast Pro - Mac

Live video streaming production software for Mac

Telestream Wirecast Pro - Windows
Telestream Wirecast Pro - Windows

Live video streaming production software for Windows

Telestream Wirecast Studio - Mac
Telestream Wirecast Studio - Mac

Live video streaming production software for Mac

Telestream Wirecast Studio - Windows
Telestream Wirecast Studio - Windows

Live video streaming production software for Windows

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