PIBOX India - Video Capture Devices

All New Next GEN3 2024 series! 

 

Current Stable series !

 PiBOX India Video Capture card series:

Scope: 

This document – will cover the following 

  1. Product Series
  2. Comparision
  3. Troubleshooting 
  4. Installation – [Refer individual product page]

Our video capture card series is all about bringing the fun with stunning video recording and streaming vibes that’ll blow your mind. Get ready to soak in the awesomeness of crystal-clear images, high-definition magic, and buttery-smooth live streaming, all thanks to our super-friendly capture cards. Whether you’re a content creator, gamer, or just someone who loves good vibes, PiBOX India is your ticket to hassle-free and seriously fun video recording and streaming.

Designed to be your new BFF, PiBOX India capture cards effortlessly connect to a bunch of HDMI devices – gaming consoles, computers, you name it! With cool features like high frame rate image recording and zero-latency screen share, our capture cards are here to make your recording experience nothing short of amazing. Ready to take your content creation, presentations, and live streaming to a whole new level? PiBOX India is where the good times and great videos happen – because every frame is a high-five, and every moment is a high-definition blast! 🌟🎥✨

 

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Video Capture Card

FEATURE COMPARISION:

 

USB 3.0 Video Capture Cable - VC303

 

Video Capture Card – Upgraded

VC303-V3G

Video Capture Card PRO series - VC305DVideo Capture PRO 

VC304D

Video Capture Card PRO series - VC305D

 

Video Capture PRO VC305D

Video capture cable - VC0302 - version 2023

 

Video Capture VC302

VC-301-V2

 

Video Capture VC301

Launch Year

2024

2024

2024

2023

2022

Chipset – PiBOX Tested

MS2130

MS2131 –

Detailed specs on product page

MS2131 –

Detailed specs on product page

MS2109

MS2109

Format Support 

MJPEG and YUV

MJPEG and YUV

MJPEG and YUV

MJPEG

MJPEG

OUTPUT VIDEO – MAX Support

1080P@ 60Hz

1080P@ 60Hz

HDMI Loop Out – 4K

1080P@ 60Hz

HDMI Loop Out – 4K

1080P @ 30Hz

1080i @ 30Hz

Real Life Latency

~50 ms

~50ms

~50ms

~100 – 140 ms

~160ms

Output Interface

USB 3.0 & USB C (OTG)

USB Type C 3.0 &OTG, HDMI loop, Audio

USB 3.0 &OTG, HDMI loop, Audio

USB 3.0 & USB C (OTG)

USB 3.0 & USB C (OTG)

Input

HDMI

HDMI+ 3.5 MIC + HEADPHONE

HDMI+ 3.5 MIC + HEADPHONE

HDMI

HDMI

INCLUDED Accessories

CABLE TIE , CABLE MGMT Module

CARRY CASE

CARRY CASE

CABLE TIE , CABLE MGMT Module

Carry Bag

Comparision & Product SELCTOR

INSTALLATION

Installation

Optimal OBS Installation Settings for the capture device
 
1. Install & Open the OBS software and- * Add new source *
2. Select – Video CApture Device: 
3. Please set the following for optimal results: 
Select Device: USB Video, Resolution/FPS Type: Custom, Resolution: 1920*1080, FPS: Match Output FPS, Video format- MJPEG.
4. Audio output mode: Output Desktop Audio(waveout), Custom -Audio device: Digital audio Interface(USB 3.0 Capture)
 
— (  1080P @ 60HZ is supported on GEN3 cards)
 

ALL PiBOX CAPTURE CARDS (SEE BELOW FOR YOUTUBE VIDEO)

Please use the below steps for installation for All video capture cards: 

Step 1: Download and Install OBS

If you haven’t already, download and install OBS from the official website (https://obsproject.com/). Follow the installation wizard instructions.

Step 2: Open OBS and Set Up a New Scene

  1. Open OBS after installation.
  2. Click on the “+” under the “Scenes” box to create a new scene.
  3. Name your scene and click “OK.”

Step 3: Add a Source

  1. Click on the “+” under the “Sources” box to add a source.
  2. Choose the appropriate source type. For a PiBOX Video Capture Card, select “Video Capture Device.”
  3. Name your source and click “OK.”

Step 4: Configure PiBOX Video Capture Device

  1. In the “Device” dropdown menu, select your PiBOX Video Capture Card.
  2. Set the resolution and frame rate according to your preferences or the specifications of your video source.
  3. Click “OK.”

Step 5: Adjust Audio Settings (If Necessary)

If your PiBOX Video Capture Card has audio, you may need to configure the audio settings:

  1. Click on the gear icon next to the “Mixer” box.
  2. Ensure the correct audio source is selected.

Step 6: Configure Output Settings

  1. Go to the “Settings” menu by clicking on the “Settings” button at the bottom right.
  2. In the Settings menu, navigate to the “Output” tab.
  3. Choose your preferred streaming or recording settings. Common choices include streaming to platforms like Twitch or recording to your computer.

Step 7: Configure Video Settings

  1. In the Settings menu, go to the “Video” tab.
  2. Set your base and output resolution. Ensure they match the settings you’ve configured for your PiBOX Video Capture Card.
  3. Set the desired FPS (frames per second) for your stream or recording.

Step 8: Test Your Setup

  1. Go back to the main OBS window.
  2. Click “Start Streaming” to test your setup. If you’re not streaming, click “Start Recording” to test the recording functionality.

Step 9: Adjust as Needed

Monitor your stream or recording to ensure the video and audio quality are satisfactory. Make adjustments as needed in OBS settings or on your PiBOX Video Capture Card.

 

 

 

Step 2.1: Configure PiBOX Video Capture Device for 1080p at 60Hz

  1. Click on the “Sources” box in OBS.
  2. Right-click on your PiBOX Video Capture Card source under “Sources” and select “Properties.”
  3. In the “Properties” window, find the “Resolution/FPS Type” dropdown menu.
  4. Choose “Custom” from the dropdown menu.
  5. In the “Custom Resolution/FPS Settings,” set the resolution to 1920×1080.
  6. Adjust the “Common FPS Values” dropdown to 60.
  7. Click “OK” to apply the changes.

Delta Step 2.2: Configure PiBOX Video Capture Device for YUV Format

  1. In OBS, click on the “Sources” box.
  2. Right-click on your PiBOX Video Capture Card source and select “Properties.”
  3. Look for a setting related to video format or color space.
  4. Choose YUV as the preferred format if available.
  5. Click “OK” to apply the changes.

Advantage over MJPEG:

Recording in YUV format offers better compression efficiency compared to MJPEG, resulting in smaller file sizes without compromising much on image quality. This means you can save storage space while maintaining a high-quality recording.

If you want to listen to the audio on speakers / headphones while you stream the video: 

System Sounds--> Recording--> Capture Device --> Properties- >  Listen--> Check “Listen to Device”

[Below is a reference- Please check your corresponding device ]

 

Please refer the below video for advanced audio mixing options:

 

If you experience video lag when connecting a video capture card to OBS, what should you do?

First, connect the HDMI input from your video source directly to a TV or monitor. If you see lag on the display, that indicates the issue is originating from the video source itself, not OBS. In that case, you’ll need to troubleshoot and fix the lag at the source.

However, if there is no visible lag when connecting directly to a display, the delay is likely being introduced by OBS. To compensate for this within OBS:

  1. Go to Settings -> Advanced
  2. Under the “Advanced” tab, you’ll see options to adjust the audio and video sync offset.
  3. Increase the sync offset value for whichever is lagging (video or audio) until they are realigned.

Alternatively, you can right-click the video/audio source, select “Properties” and adjust the sync offset from there as well.

It may take some trial and error to get the offsets properly synced. But those are the steps to fix video/audio lag introduced by the OBS software after ruling out your source as the culprit.

Troubleshooting / FAQ

For a reference:It should be within 170ms. [Note: This will depend on the processor and the other applications running]

Gen3 2024 Models: These units has a impressive ~50 – 70 ms latency. 

This depends on your PC config and if its Intel I5 – 7th Gen or higher as there is processing power that plays a role in this. Please close background applications to see improvement in latency on slower processors

Check if your phone supports video out. Connect phone directly to a TV and see if it works. Refer: Pibox.in/willcwork.
Alternatively.. Check any other working hdmi device-Laptop/Set top box etc – to this HDMI device and see if that works. This will allow you to troubleshoot settings.

OBS is the most famous and can be downloaded from – https://obsproject.com/download.

You can also try OBS Lite, VLC, Xsplit and DemoCreator.

Allocate higher CPU priority to OBS. Check background processes and make sure no other applications are using resources. If its a older CPU try low PC settings.

Its normal to see the device warm. We are using the vents to bring out the heat.

The VC202 and 2023 series runs a little warm but we have optimised heat dissipation. 

GEN3 – 2024 Model : Runs relatively at about only 30% of the operating temperature.

No. This can only do Video capture using the HDMI Input. The HDMI port on this is only for input.

[HDMI ports are usually input/output single function units]

Please refer the below settings:

 

 

If you experience lags on VMIX  – Try to see if OBS works great without any lag.

If this is the case its most likely the codec and video format that causes the lag. Please refer the below blogs to assist with the improvements of VMIX.

https://www.vmix.com/knowledgebase/article.aspx/32/optimising-performance

https://forums.vmix.com/posts/t20663-Camera-input-performs-better-in-OBS-than-in-Vmix

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