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21 Best Video Capture Cards!

After weeks of research we have compiled a list of the best capture cards available today! This will serve as the ultimate buying guide when searching for this type of tech. These capture cards in particular are HDMI and not SDI or DVI for input. What we learned is that the card you should purchase really depends on the use case. For example, if you looking to live stream for gaming, a faster frame rate will be important but if you are in live event production, resolution might be more beneficial. The links and prices are what they were at the time of this article.

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Video Capture Card NameSpecificationsPriceLinks
Elgato HD60s (USB)Interface: USB 3.0 Input: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U (unencrypted HDMI) Output: HDMI (lag-free pass-through) Supported resolutions: 1080p60, 1080p30, 1080i, 720p60, 720p30, 576p, 576i, 480p Dimensions: 4.4 x 3 x 0.75 in Weight: 3.7 oz Comes with: Elgato Game Capture HD60 S, USB cable, HDMI cable$179.00https://www.amazon.com/Elgato-Game-Capture-HD60-PlayStation/dp/B01DRWCOGA
Elgato Cam Link 4K (USB)Supports up to 4K 30p Resolution 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A Connector 1 x HDMI Port Plug-and-Play Design$129.99https://www.amazon.com/Elgato-Cam-Link-Broadcast-Camcorder/dp/B07K3FN5MR
Elgato Game Capture 4K60 S+ (USB)
Up to 4k 60p HDR 10 bit Lag free pass through$399.99https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Elgato-Gaming/Capture/Game-Capture/p/10GAP9901
Elgato Game Capture 4K60 Pro MK.2 (PCIe)Immaculate 4K60 HDR10 capture and passthrough Power your workflow with ultra low latency instant gameview technology Enjoy 240 Hz passthrough on your dual PC setup Record unlimited 4K HDR10 footage directly to your hard drive Use flashback recording to save video retroactively$249.00https://www.amazon.com/Elgato-Game-Capture-4K60-MK-2/dp/B07VWXCXM7
AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus (USB)Full HD 1080P video Recording: stream and record all your content in full HD at 60 FPS. Zero-lag pass-through video: enjoy playing uncompressed video straight on the PC monitor with No latency. Plug-and-play functionality: offers convenience, Just plug it to your PC, and it’s ready to record and stream. H.264 hardware encoder: with hardware encoding, this device takes load without putting any load on to your CPU. Supports RECentral streaming software: It is a powerful streaming and recording software pack with great functions, such as multi-stream, rich overlays, Chroma key, and more.$139.99https://bestbuy.7tiv.net/G74Gm
AVerMedia Live Gamer 4K (PCIe)4Kp60 High Dynamic Range (HDR) Recording High Frame Rate: Capture up to 240 FPS. 4Kp60 / 1440p144 / 1080p240 Ultra Low latency: Enjoy playing uncompressed video straight on PC monitor with virtually No latency RGB lighting: 3 preset RGB modes Cyber Link PowerDirector 15 included for 4K video editing. OS – Win10 x64$230.00https://www.amazon.com/AVerMedia-GC573-Live-Gamer-4K/dp/B07DHSZC4K
AVerMedia Live Gamer Mini (USB)Full HD 1080P video Recording: stream and record all your content in full HD at 60 FPS. Zero-lag pass-through video: enjoy playing uncompressed video straight on the PC monitor with No latency. Plug-and-play functionality: offers convenience, Just plug it to your PC, and it’s ready to record and stream. H.264 hardware encoder: with hardware encoding, this device takes load without putting any load on to your CPU. Supports RECentral streaming software: It is a powerful streaming and recording software pack with great functions, such as multi-stream, rich overlays, Chroma key, and more.$159.00https://www.amazon.com/AVerMedia-Live-Gamer-Mini-Recording/dp/B07R6P2JJR
Razer Ripsaw (USB)4K 60 fps pass-through for uninterrupted, smooth gameplay for uninterrupted, smooth gameplay Full HD 1080P at 60 FPS for powerful streaming performance for powerful streaming performance Hemi 2. 0 & USB 3. 0 Connectivity for zero latency output and maximum details 3. 5 mm audio cable for easy, software-free setup for easy, software-free setup Full audio MIXING capabilities for hassle-free Audio management for hassle-free Audio management Other Supported Resolutions: 2160p, 1080p, 1440p30fps , 720p, 480p$160.00https://bestbuy.7tiv.net/bYr2v
Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle (Thunderbolt/USB)Thunderbolt capture and playback in HDMI and analog Works with compressed or uncompressed video Captures full HD images with 1920 x 1080 pixels for every video frame DVD and Blu-ray authoring – Create QuickTime and AVI video files that are fully compatible with editing and DVD authoring software Works with all leading streaming software so you can capture video in the highest possible quality before applying a single form of compression that suits delivery over the web$300.00https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/842013-REG/Blackmagic_Design_BINTSSHU_THBOLT_Intensity_Shuttle_with_Thunderbolt.html
Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder (USB/Thunderbolt)Video Input Connectors 1 x HDMI Female 1 x BNC (3G-SDI) Female Input Video Format HDMI (10-Bit 4:4:4/4:2:2/4:2:0) 1080p: 23.98/24/25/29.97/30 fps  1080PsF: 23.98/24/25/29.97/30 fps  1080i: 50/59.94/60 fps  720p: 50/59.94/60 fps  SDI (8/10-Bit 4:2:2 YUV) 1080p: 23.98/24/25/29.97/30 fps  1080PsF: 23.98/24/25/29.97/30 fps  1080i: 50/59.94/60 fps  720p: 50/59.94/60 fps  PAL: 50 fps  NTSC: 60 fps  Input Audio Format Analog: 48 kHz / 24-Bit$145.00https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/892453-REG/Blackmagic_Design_bdlkulsdzminrec_Ultrastudio_Mini_Recorder.html
Blackmagic Design DeckLink Quad HDMI Recorder Capture Card (PCIe)PCI Express 8 Lane Generation 3 (Compatible with 8 and 16 Lane PCI Express Slots) 8 x Embedded (HD and SD) DCI 4K: 4K: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 UHD 4K: 2160p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 HD: 1080p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 1080PsF: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30 1080i: 50, 59.94, 60 720p: 50, 59.94, 60 DVI: 2560 x 1600p: 50, 60 2560 x 1440p: 50, 60 1920 x 1440p: 50, 60 1920 x 1200p: 50, 60 1600 x 1200p: 50, 60 1440 x 1080p: 50 60 1440 x 900p: 50, 60 800 x 600p: 50, 60 640 x 480p: 60 SD: 525i: 59.94 NTSC 625i: 50 PAL$545.00https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1464918-REG/blackmagic_design_bdlkdvqdhdmi4k_decklink_quad_hdmi_recorder.html
Magewell Pro Capture Quad HDMI Card 225 MHz HDMI receiver Adaptive HDMI equalizer support for cables lengths up to 98′ Supports customized EDIDSupports RGB, YCbCr 601, YCbCr 709, YCbCr 2020 color formats Supports multiple cards plugged into one system Unlimited output streams for any one input channel Supports auto detection of Intel tiled GPU surface Supports DirectGMA for AMD video adapter chipsets Supports GPUDirect for NVIDIA video adapter chipsets 400 MB/s per channel DMA bandwidth in a PCIe 2.0 system 200 MB/s per channel DMA bandwidth in a PCIe 1.0 system$899.00https://amazon.com/Magewell-Capture-Quad-HDMI-Video/dp/B0178DV064
Magewell USB Capture HDMI Gen 2 (USB)HDMI (8/10/12-Bit 4:4:4/4:2:2 RGB, YCC) 2048 x 2160 1080p: 60/75 fps  Audio: HDMI: 2-Channel$299.00https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1105735-REG/magewell_xi_100_d_usb_hdmi_one_hd_hdmi_usb.html
Magewell USB Capture HDMI 4k Plus (USB)Up to 4096 x 2160 
Frame rates up to 120 fps (actual capture frame rate can be limited by USB bandwidth and internal working frequency; typical capture frame rates on the Intel USB 3.0 controller are: 1920 x 1080 YUY2 at up to 90 fps, and 3840 x 2160 NV12 at up to 30 fps) 
NV12 and I420 4:2:0 8-bit (up to 4096 x 2160)  YUY2 and UYVY 4:2:2 8-bit (up to 4096 x 2160)  RGB24 and RGB32 4:4:4 8-bit (up to 2048 x 2160)  Default capture formats are YUY2 and NV12
$459.00https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1358688-REG/magewell_32090_usb_3_0_dongle_1_channel.html
MiraBox HSV321Host Interface: USB3.0, *300-350MB/s,USB2.0,*40MB/s Input Interface: HDMI interface HDMI Input Formats: 480i,480p,576i,576p,720p50,720p60,1080i50,1080i60,1080p24/25/30/50/60 Output Resolutions: 640×480/720×480/720×576/768×576/800×600/1024×768/1280×720/1280×800/1280×960/1280×1024/1368×768/1440×900/1600×1200/1680×1050/1920×1080/1920×1200/640×360/856×480/960×540/1024×576 Frame Rate: 25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps Audio and Video capture: standards of UVC and UAC$126.00https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C6KCBYB/ref=twister_B07VFLM4KP?_encoding=UTF8&th=1
IOGEAR HDMI to USB Type-C Video Capture AdapterSupporting 480p, 720p, and up to 1080p60$99.00https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1455743-REG/iogear_guv301_hdmi_to_usb_c_video.html/overview
AJA U-Tap HDMI Capture (USB)Video: 1920 x 1080p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 1920 x 1080i: 25, 29.97, 30 1280 x 720p: 50, 59.94, 60 625i: 25 525i: 29.97
Computer: 1920 x 1200p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 1680 x 1050p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 1600 x 1200p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 1280 x 1024p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 1280 x 960p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 1024 x 768p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 800 x 600p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 720 x 576p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 640 x 480p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
Scaled: 1920 x 1200p: 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 1920 x 1080p: 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 1280 x 720p: 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 1024 x 576p: 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 856 x 480p: 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 768 x 576p: 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 720 x 576p: 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 720 x 480p: 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 640 x 480p: 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 640 x 360p: 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
Audio: 2-Channel, HDMI Embedded Audio, 48 kHz Sample Rate
$345.00https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1248099-REG/aja_u_tap_hdmi_u_tap_usb_3_0_powered.html
MYPIN Game Capture Live Stream (USB)Capture Resolutions: 1920*1200 / 1920*1080 / 1680*1050 / 1600*1200 / 1440*900 / 1368*768 / 1280*1024 / 1280*960 / 1280*800 / 1280*720 / 1024*768 / 1024*576 / 960*540 / 856*480 / 800*600 / 768*576 / 720*576 / 720*480 / 640*480 / 640*360
Frame Rate: 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 30 / 50 / 59.94 / 60 fps, same frame rate as the video input, not adjustable.
$119.99https://www.amazon.com/MYPIN-Capture-Gamepad-Streaming-Compatible/dp/B07MZQJYYM
ClonerAlliance Flint 1080p 4k passthrough capture (USB)4K@60fps Passthrough – Experience 4K while recording or streaming at 1080p@60fps without sacrifice.  USB 3.0 Type-C port for PC and Mobile. Converters, adapters included. $180.99https://www.amazon.com/ClonerAlliance-Passthrough-Capture-Ultra-Low-Consoles/dp/B07YY52YP6/
Epiphan AV.io 4K Video Grabber (USB)4096 x 2160 (DCI 4K) in YUY2 4:2:2 at 5, 10, 15, 20 fps and in NV12 4:2:0 at 15, 23.97, 24 fps 
3840 x 2160 (UHD 4K) in YUY2 4:2:2 at 5, 10, 15, 20 fps and in NV12 4:2:0 at 15, 23.97, 24, 25, 29.97, 30 fps 
640 x 360, 640 x 480, 960 x 540, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 720, 1280 x 1024, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080 in YUY2 4:2:2 and NV12 4:2:0 at 15, 23.97, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 fps
$499.95https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1271171-REG/epiphan_esp1100_av_io_4k_usb_3_0.html/specs?SID=grd-1128906738054647900
INOGENI 4k HDMI to USB 3.0 Capture Card (USB)4K (4096/3840 x 2160), 1440p, 1080p, 720p, 1080i, 480p, 576p 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60p (4K Resolutions Limited to 30 fps Max)$395.00https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1073122-REG/inogeni_4k2usb3_4k_hdmi_to_usb.html