Video capture directly to MP4 / H.264

Posted on 2010-09-06
Last Modified: 2013-11-08
Hi All

Can anyone recommend a good quality capture card that can compress to MP4 / H.264 at a good compression rate (with configurable compression), that will work in a PC?

It would need to be able to capture different frame rates, but generally would be NTSC format.

Ideally it would have an HTTP API, or some kind of SDK as well.

I look forward to hearing your answers.

Question by:butterhook
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Balkanite earned 500 total points
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Have a look at DVP-7421BE

"The DVP-7421BE is a high-end video capture board with a hardware codec engine. It supports 4-channel live preview, video/audio compression and playback at D1 resolution and 120/100 fps. Up to four DVP-7421BE boards can be installed in one PC for concurrent live viewing, compression and playback of up to 16 channels at D1 resolution and 480 fps. The programmer can use the comprehensive SDK to load protection code or system parameters into the on-board 128 byte EEPROM. The SDK comes with sample code for reference. The hardware codec engine makes the DVP-7421BE the ideal platform for applications like network video servers, video conferencing, video training systems, and high-end digital video surveillance"

This model lets you configure the compression required as per below;

Video bit rate:Set the encode video compression rate between



Another one you can look into is a Lanner Inc Product.


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How did you go with this?

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Are you talking about capturing analogue, as you don't generally use 'capture cards' on a PC to capture digital video? Could you advise what you are planning to capture.=?
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Hi there

We'd be capturing analogue.

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I use a simple USB capture device to do this, which is Kaiserbaas:

This come with PowerProducer software, which says it captures to H.264 if you go to their website.
I mostly capture to MPEG-2 or DV AVI.
Do you have  a special reason for wanting to encode analogue to H.264?


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Thanks this was great.

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