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Old 10-31-2013, 08:32 PM
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Default BNC output to laptop

Hi All!

I have a device with a BNC output and I would like to have my laptop capturing and recording the video from that device.

I have no clear what to do.

Can I just use a BNC-to-USB adaptor and plug it in my laptop

or I need a card like this ?

Any help is appreciated!

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Old 10-31-2013, 08:59 PM
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What does the device with the BNC output do?
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:01 PM
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I have used Hauppauge products before, nice quality, but that card will not fit your Laptop?
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:52 PM
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Originally Posted by MaxHeadRoom View Post
I have used Hauppauge products before, nice quality, but that card will not fit your Laptop?
Like Max said, that card is for desktop box, it is not for lappy.

Also MrChips is very wise. The video capture cards are designed to receive video and audio signals. Are you trying to receive video and/or audio signal?
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:31 AM
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The short answer is that the BNC to USB adapter you link to will work (though I'm a bit wary of it because it appears to be a generic model) and the Hauppauge card won't because it won't plug into a laptop. And it has the wrong king of connector.

Here's the long answer:

The output of your device is a BNC connector, which is often used in CCTV (closed circuit television) systems such as security cameras.

The video signal from a CCTV camera is in a format called Composite Video. In this format there is no audio and it is at baseband, meaning that it isn't on an RF (radio frequency) carrier that can be transmitted wirelessly.

So you want a digitizer that accepts a composite video signal that is connected via a BNC connector. (Though there are cables that covert between different connector types. For example, from BNC to RCA.)

The next thing to consider is how the digital signal is input into your computer. If your computer is a desktop model then you could buy a video digitizer card that plugs into a PCI card slot. Or PCI Express.

Or you can input the digital signal through a USB port. Of course, this will work with both desktop and laptop computers. Since yours is a laptop, you want the digitizer to output the signal though a USB port.

And that is why your first choice, the BNC to USB digitizer, is the right choice.

You will also have to install software (including a driver) for dealing with the video data. I see that the BNC to USB adapter does include a CD, and that will have the software on it.
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