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Old August 11th, 2017, 04:11 PM   #1
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HDMI Input to PC to Play Video

Hey all,

I'm looking for a way to input HD video via HDMI into my PC, and then play the video in a window real time. I don't need to record it - I just want to be able to play it on the monitor.

Does anyone have a hardware/software solution they'd recommend for this? I have searched the forums, but it's a hard thing to narrow down with search terms.

Thanks in advance!
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Old August 11th, 2017, 04:14 PM   #2
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You need a capture device.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref...nid=2941120011
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Old August 11th, 2017, 04:20 PM   #3
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Re: HDMI Input to PC to Play Video

Thank you, and I should have been more clear. I was pretty sure that I would end up with a device that doubles as a capture card, but I'm looking for a recommendation for a specific card based on a couple things:

1. I don't care how well it does at actually capturing, so long as it plays
2. It comes with software that allows playing video in a window without excessive overhead given to recording (as in, I don't want to open Premiere and play this in a Premiere capture window, I just want a separate stand alone window with the video playing)

I'm also, of course, open to having a capture card and third party software that plays it in a window, in which case I'm looking for a recommendation for the specific third party software.

Thanks again.
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Old August 11th, 2017, 04:26 PM   #4
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You can use VLC to view a capture device (Media > Open Capture Device.)

I recommend the Magewell capture cards since they require no drivers. They enumerate as a webcam.
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Old August 11th, 2017, 04:42 PM   #5
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Great tip on VLC! I didn't know you could use it there, but that solves a lot of problems, really.

The Magewell cards look relatively pricey. I might suck up the extra drivers for a couple hundred dollars ;).

Thanks for the input!
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Old August 11th, 2017, 05:31 PM   #6
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INOGENI makes a device for what you want to do: https://inogeni.com/4k-usb3-0/

Another from Magewell: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N16ZM2M..._t2_B01AQ7HQ62

Similar device from Epiphan:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...k_usb_3_0.html

Here's a video demonstrating its use:
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Old August 11th, 2017, 07:00 PM   #7
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Great, thanks for those.
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Old August 11th, 2017, 08:10 PM   #8
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There is a device that's designed specifically to do what you want. No capture card needed and won't slow your computer down. Simply plug in hdmi cable and your good to go...

a TV
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Old August 11th, 2017, 08:53 PM   #9
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I got a 19" Insignia TV at Best Buy about a year ago, have been surprised how good it looks. Cost me $80.
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Old August 12th, 2017, 12:56 AM   #10
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a TV
Simple and cost effective, yes, but it does start to break down a little on the "input HD video via HDMI into my PC, and then play the video in a window real time" part. ;)
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