Narvitech HD60 Pro Saturn NS110 HDMI Capture and Recording Device

hey everybody it’s lon seidman and i came across a rather nifty little video capture device the other day called the narvitech and this works like a lot of other inexpensive video capture devices work in that you take an hdmi video source whether it’s a camera or a game console and it will take that hdmi and basically convert it into something that your computer will see like a webcam and it does that through its micro usb port here and i’ll demo that functionality for you in a second and these things now are kind of a dime a dozen you can find a lot of cheap devices that do video capture for your computer but what this one adds is an sd card slot so in addition to working like a captured device for a computer it can also record directly onto a micro sd card and it actually does better than i thought it would do at that task and we’re going to look at the functionality of this device here in this little mini review today because this might be useful to some folks now i do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure that this was sent to the channel free of charge from the company that makes it i guess it’s called narvi tech all the opinions you’re about to hear though are my own nobody is paying for this review nor is anyone reviewing or approving what you’re about to see before it was uploaded so let’s get into it now and see what this device is all about there are some limitations to this device the first is that it cannot send video to the computer and record it at the same time it is one or the other and the mode that it’s in is determined by this switch here on the side so when i have pc enabled it will send the

video out to the computer like a webcam when sd is enabled here the video output to the computer turns off and it gets routed through the built-in h.264 encoder that’s inside the box here to record onto the sd card but you can’t capture video on the computer and record it locally on the device at the same time that was a bit of a bummer the other limitation is that it only has an hdmi input it doesn’t have a way to loop the video back out to a monitor so if you were going to be using this to capture game footage for example just to record it what you’ll need is a splitter like this one that will take hdmi in have one of those outputs go to the box here and the other go to a monitor and we’ll demo that with the nintendo switch in a minute the good news is is that it’ll take a maximum of up to 1080p at 60 frames per second and we’ll test out the ability of it to record at that resolution and frame rate in a few minutes here but what i want to do first is hook it up to this video camera that i’ve got here on the desk and i’ve got an hdmi output coming out of this camera right now it’s doing 1080p at 30 frames per second and off camera right now is my mac and i’ve got skype running on it which of course usually just works with webcams and we’ve got our built-in facetime camera picking me up now but what i’m going to do is plug in let’s get this back on camera here i’m going to plug in this usb cable that’s connected to the mac to the back of the captured device we’ve got it in pc mode and when i hook it up here what should happen when i switch back

to my mac is that it will go to the video camera and here you go you can see that we’ve got the video camera here outputting as a webcam to skype and if i were to do this with zoom or obs or any other application that takes webcams this will work with it and it’s just using the built-in os 10 drivers in this case if you had it on a windows computer no drivers required there either it’ll just show up like a webcam and display whatever is plugged into that hdmi out into the app that you’re using let’s take a look now though at its recording capability and we’re going to hook it up to a nintendo switch running a game that is playing at 60 frames per second all right so we’re playing fast rmx here on the switch this was one of the launch titles but it runs super smooth here at 60 frames per second and while we’re playing here i’m going to hit the button on the side to capture a still frame or two we’ll hit a couple of buttons there to do that and then what i’m also going to do now is hit the record button and that will start recording now when it’s recording it will blink green and that’s how you know everything is being recorded properly there are a few uh error messages you will get through that blinking light if there is an issue so if it is uh detecting an error you’ll get a blinking red light there otherwise if it’s just blinking green it should be in good shape so we’re just going to let this run out for a little bit here and when it’s done we’re going to pop the card out and plug it into the mac and see what we get all right so we got my mac up here and these are the files that it just captured i’ve got a handful of jpegs here that look

pretty sharp actually not bad at all and then we’ve got the video file here and i’ll play this back from my video system in a second so we can get the best quality but as you can see here it recorded a 60 frames per second video at 1080 and it looks like the data rate is about 16 megabits per second so all in pretty good there let’s pull up the file here and you can take a look and see how it recorded now this is a 30 frames per second video that you’re watching right now uh but what i’ll do is i’ll upload this to my extras channel as a 60 frames per second video so you can see exactly how this looks but i think it’s a nice little device here and it can really work as a decent little recorder when you need one and it’s something i think that might be useful to have in your tool bag if you are in need of a recording device while you’re on the go again it’s got some limitations in that it can’t record and send its output to the computer at the same time and of course you’re going to want to get one of these splitters which aren’t that expensive especially the 1080p ones if you want to do some game capture with it now of course for professionals i would caution you about buying these low-cost devices you never know how long they’re going to last the company doesn’t have a worldwide presence for support so it’s kind of a buy at your own risk thing but i think for folks doing the basics this might be a nice little device to consider that’s going to do it for now until next time this is lon simon thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by the london tv supporters including gold level supporters tom albrecht chris allegretta david hochman brian parker mike patterson and bill pomerantz if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to lawn dot tv support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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