Capture Cards are an essential part of any streamer’s tech kit. They allow you to take non-PC content (like console games or DSLR cameras) and ‘capture’ the footage through your favorite streaming software. There are a lot of options, and the goal of this course is to help you navigate the confusing and overwhelming information out there. Once you’re done, you’ll be able to make an informed decision on which card to choose – and you’ll be able to set it up like a professional!

If you go onto Amazon right now and search “capture card,” you’re going to get over 1,000 results across 20 pages that vary in brand, price, size, and ability. Unless you know what you’re doing or have a tech-inclined friend willing to guide you through it, all of these options might seem a bit overwhelming. How do you choose between all these different capture cards? That’s where we come in.  The questions we need to tackle are: What do you need it for? What works best for your current setup? And what’s your budget? “What do you need it for?” Some brands that specialize in tech, such as Elgato and AVerMedia, have a selector that helps you choose the right one! Answer a few questions about your reason for needing a capture card and situation, and it’ll show you what options best fit your needs. There are three main reasons to...

What’s the difference between internal capture cards and external ones? Well, one goes inside your PC and the other stays outside. For some situations, such as laptops or small PC cases, this is where the need to do more research stops. Others though have a choice between the two.  What Works Best for Your Setup Disclaimer: This is at the top of this course because it is the most important information out of everything said below. If you go looking into other resources, you’ll find a lot of the material out there for learning about internal vs external capture cards is often limited to a few paragraphs, or even one paragraph, in a larger piece. The reason there’s so little about this specific topic is because you need to look at your system, not the capture card itself. Whether you decide to go with an internal or external card after...

Now that you have your capture card, let’s talk about setting it up. There’s the hardware and the software to discuss followed by how to hook it up to your streaming software. Before we get into that though, we’d like to give a special shoutout to the booklet your capture card might’ve come with. Often, you’ll find a setup instruction booklet in the box of your capture card depending on how generic it is. Name brands tend to have one tucked away in there that tells you all about the specific instructions to get started both hardware and software-wise.  If you have lost your booklet or there wasn’t one in the box, brands will typically have their setup instructions accessible online. Here are a few links to help you find your capture card instructions: AVerMedia: https://www.avermedia.com/us/support/download  Elgato: https://help.elgato.com/hc/en-us/categories/360001636472-Capture  Magewell: https://magewell.com/downloads  EVGA: https://www.evga.com/support/manuals/  Razer: https://mysupport.razer.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/574/~/how-to-set-up-the%C2%A0razer-ripsaw-hd  Should you not find your capture...

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