So I finally got a capture card, the Avermedia Live Gamer HD. Most people use these to record their screens while they play games. I'm trying to use it with my panasonic camcorder to record musical performances at my place. More importantly, I want to live stream to websites.
Here's the problem I just realized...this card doesn't really work without it's proprietary software (RECentral) that comes with it. I was expecting to install the card and drivers, and be able to use it with any third-party software. But none of the third party softwares I've tried can detect or access the camera. It's very annoying...like buying a sound card that can only play music from it's own software.
The other thing is that if I do want to stream, the REcentral software has an area where i have to choose the streaming service, and there are only three options (twitchtv, xsplit, something else). What if I want to use another service?? I mean, this is too restricted for me. I just wanted a general capture device. I mean, my logitech webcam works with everything...although in 1080 mode it only works with the logitech software. this must be a resource issue.
So I don't know what to do. I got this card because it can handle 1080p with 60fps, which my camera can do. But if it is restricted like this, it's very annoying.
Looking into it some more, other more professional cards recommend being able to write at 500 MB/s, which probably requires a computer set up with RAID hard drives or SSDs (which I don't have). So maybe I'm in over my head with my previous expectations. But now I'm trying to understand if it is possible with my current setup.
Do I just need to record at lower resolutions/framerates?
DO I need a different card with general drivers and not proprietary software?
Do I need to setup a RAID system?