Thursday, April 8th 2021

Multi Camera Production Made Easy - Elgato Launches Cam Link Pro

Elgato, a leading provider of hardware and software for content creators, today announced the release of Cam Link Pro, a powerful new PCIe capture card and video mixer that boasts four HDMI inputs to stream or record 4K or 1080p60 Full HD video from DSLR cameras, laptops, tablets, and any other devices that output a clean HDMI signal. From live broadcasting and editing to video conferencing and remote teaching, Cam Link Pro makes multicam production easy for content creators and professionals who engage with audiences online.

As the production value of user generated content continues to improve dramatically, conventional webcam setups are struggling to provide the quality and flexibility to keep up. With Cam Link Pro, creators can connect up to four high-quality cameras, including DSLR cameras, video cameras, and action cams. Other HDMI sources can also be connected to add multimedia content from laptops, tablets, and more. Thanks to Cam Link Pro's four HDMI inputs and built-in Multiview technology, you can create even more advanced multi-camera content by utilizing multiple HDMI devices simultaneously. The Elgato 4K Capture Utility provides a host of Multiview layouts, such as Picture in Picture or Side by Side, that can be switched on-the-fly for professional-grade streams and presentations.
Cam Link Pro captures low-latency video in stunning resolution at up to 4K 30fps (frames per second) or 1080p 60fps. Supporting a host of live production and video conferencing applications, including OBS Studio, vMIX, Zoom, Slack, and Microsoft Teams, Cam Link Pro goes beyond standard video conferencing by adding up to three additional cameras to video calls or online classes. Depending on their setup, creators can capture multiple camera angles and use different lenses to capture wide angle, side, or close-up shots, and employ dramatic effects such as bokeh to enhance their production value.

Cam Link Pro integrates with Elgato Stream Deck, enabling incredibly quick and direct access to Cam Link Pro's functions. Switch cameras and instantly swap Multiview layouts with a tap of a key for seamless control over your live camera feed. Whether for streaming, virtual teaching, video conferencing, or traditional videography, Cam Link Pro makes it possible to capture different camera angles and HDMI feeds simultaneously, making professional multicam production a breeze.

ORIGIN PC, a subsidiary of CORSAIR that builds award-winning custom PCs for gamers, enthusiasts, and professionals, is also launching a new S-Class Workstation Desktop PC today with a pre-installed Cam Link Pro. For more information, please visit: www.originpc.com/workstation/desktops/s-class-cam-link-pro/

Availability, Warranty, and Pricing
Elgato Cam Link Pro is available immediately from the Elgato and CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors. Elgato Cam Link Pro is backed by a two-year warranty and the CORSAIR & Elgato worldwide customer service and technical support network. For up-to-date pricing of Elgato Cam Link Pro, please refer to the Elgato website. For more information on Elgato Cam Link Pro, please visit: elgato.com/cam-link-pro
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20 Comments on Multi Camera Production Made Easy - Elgato Launches Cam Link Pro

#1
sepheronx
Probably at the price they want, you can get a cheap USB to HDMI adapter for $10 CAD and call it a day. A buddy of mine has like 4 of them for his live broadcasting of basketball games (prior to covid) and says he has no issue running all 4 at same time, separate cameras and the signal is clean.
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#2
Patuga
349.90 USD :p

btw... the link to the product is not working.
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#3
TheLostSwede
sepheronx
Probably at the price they want, you can get a cheap USB to HDMI adapter for $10 CAD and call it a day. A buddy of mine has like 4 of them for his live broadcasting of basketball games (prior to covid) and says he has no issue running all 4 at same time, separate cameras and the signal is clean.
You are aware those cheap things can only do 1080p30, right?

@VSG you linked back to TPU, even though the text for the actual link is correct.
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sepheronx
TheLostSwede
You are aware those cheap things can only do 1080p30, right?

@VSG you linked back to TPU, even though the text for the actual link is correct.
they can? Buddy of mine got them from Ali and he was doing 4K. Must be something wrong then.

they werent the dongle one but a whole box thing. But they are small enough for his needs and he got them on black friday sale for dirt cheap. 4K at 30fps as per him.
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VSG
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TheLostSwede
You are aware those cheap things can only do 1080p30, right?

@VSG you linked back to TPU, even though the text for the actual link is correct.
Weird, the editor and URL are both correct so I am not sure what happened. Something for @W1zzard to look at.
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#6
Ferrum Master
TheLostSwede
You are aware those cheap things can only do 1080p30, right?

@VSG you linked back to TPU, even though the text for the actual link is correct.
1080p60 actually... I use the UVC dongle to hook up my Sony Alpha for video calls. Well it kinda works, the lag is there, but you can cope with that, but the image compression is a on a turd quality level, but for online meetings it is great... I can use to to attach camera to my phone to use larger and more bright oled screen also.

Anyone, who is claiming to use some China stuff for professional capture streaming is a pure rookie or either blind, it is not only about the FPS and resolution, as always... Prove me wrong :D
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#8
TheLostSwede
sepheronx
they can? Buddy of mine got them from Ali and he was doing 4K. Must be something wrong then.

they werent the dongle one but a whole box thing. But they are small enough for his needs and he got them on black friday sale for dirt cheap. 4K at 30fps as per him.
For $10, no way dude. I know what these things cost. In fact, I tried to develop something like that over a decade ago.
VSG
Weird, the editor and URL are both correct so I am not sure what happened. Something for @W1zzard to look at.
This is where the link goes www.techpowerup.com/img/elgato.com/cam-link-pro
Ferrum Master
1080p60 actually... I use the UVC dongle to hook up my Sony Alpha for video calls. Well it kinda works, the lag is there, but you can cope with that, but the image compression is a on a turd quality level, but for online meetings it is great... I can use to to attach camera to my phone to use larger and more bright oled screen also.

Anyone, who is claiming to use some China stuff for professional capture streaming is a pure rookie or either blind, it is not only about the FPS and resolution, as always... Prove me wrong :D
For $10? I don't think so. I know there are plenty affordable options out there, but for $10, you're not getting anything above 1080p30 out of it.
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#9
VSG
Editor, Reviews & News
TheLostSwede
For $10, no way dude. I know what these things cost.


This is where the link goes www.techpowerup.com/img/elgato.com/cam-link-pro


For $10? I don't think so.
I know, and I found out why it added the TPU part at the beginning automatically. It's fixed now :)
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Ferrum Master
TheLostSwede
For $10, no way dude. I know what these things cost. In fact, I tried to develop something like that over a decade ago.


This is where the link goes www.techpowerup.com/img/elgato.com/cam-link-pro


For $10? I don't think so. I know there are plenty affordable options out there, but for $10, you're not getting anything above 1080p30 out of it.
Aye, I mistook for the acceptable input. Well at least MS2109 based ones.
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#11
sepheronx
TheLostSwede
For $10, no way dude. I know what these things cost. In fact, I tried to develop something like that over a decade ago.


This is where the link goes www.techpowerup.com/img/elgato.com/cam-link-pro


For $10? I don't think so. I know there are plenty affordable options out there, but for $10, you're not getting anything above 1080p30 out of it.
I'll verify it from him. But he picked up a bunch of Rullz branded capture cards. He says some are 4K some are not. I'll see what he paid for them.
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#12
TheLostSwede
sepheronx
I'll verify it from him. But he picked up a bunch of Rullz branded capture cards. He says some are 4K some are not. I'll see what he paid for them.
If you look at the review linked below, you'll see the accept 4K input, but they can only encode at 1080p30.
The quality also looks like arse.
www.naut.ca/blog/2020/07/09/cheap-hdmi-capture-card-review/
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#13
sepheronx
TheLostSwede
If you look at the review linked below, you'll see the accept 4K input, but they can only encode at 1080p30.
The quality also looks like arse.
www.naut.ca/blog/2020/07/09/cheap-hdmi-capture-card-review/
some interesting "specs" this thing states. Hard to believe of course:

www.aliexpress.com/item/1005001266503369.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.58e130a4wOBIeW&algo_pvid=600976bb-63b0-4a55-9bf8-dbd6a9e17dda&algo_expid=600976bb-63b0-4a55-9bf8-dbd6a9e17dda-2&btsid=0bb0622e16179092219584735ec904&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_,searchweb201603_

Yeah, I am pretty sceptical. But I sure as heck will not pay $400 CAD for a card which I am certain I can still get individual units for cheaper. Even if $50 a pop each.
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#14
TheLostSwede
sepheronx
some interesting "specs" this thing states. Hard to believe of course:

www.aliexpress.com/item/1005001266503369.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.58e130a4wOBIeW&algo_pvid=600976bb-63b0-4a55-9bf8-dbd6a9e17dda&algo_expid=600976bb-63b0-4a55-9bf8-dbd6a9e17dda-2&btsid=0bb0622e16179092219584735ec904&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_,searchweb201603_

Yeah, I am pretty sceptical. But I sure as heck will not pay $400 CAD for a card which I am certain I can still get individual units for cheaper. Even if $50 a pop each.
Nothing hard to believe, it captures 1080p30.
You clearly don't understand the difference between these products.
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#15
jardows
Patuga
349.90 USD :p

btw... the link to the product is not working.
that's about $200 less than the Blackmagic decklink quad, previously the cheapest card of this type I could find. If it works well, this would be a welcome addition to the market.

edit: after looking into it some more, I wonder if it would work in Linux? That could be a huge advantage of the BM or Magewell cards. Also, the system requirements state that a Geforce 10xx or better required. Does this mean it won't work on systems with AMD GPUs?
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#16
sepheronx
TheLostSwede
Nothing hard to believe, it captures 1080p30.
You clearly don't understand the difference between these products.
not really. I dont have much exposure to them. I understand what it captures at but I get what you are saying. But I am also relying on someone who I actually deal with day to day. I will ask him directly. I just threw that one at you as example and I didnt read it thoroughly.

I'll forward him this. When he can start hosting live events again, this may be good for him.

I am hoping with the advent of this card, there will be cheaper alternatives. But then again, I may be waiting for forever.

BTW, thanks for the link you posted earlier. After reading through it, it gives me a much better clarity of the poor quality of these.

Do you recommend anything?
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#17
Tartaros
If the quality is good and without horrid compression, this is a bang for buck. I don't know what you guys say about 10$ capture cards being as good as this, you clearly don't know.
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#18
kuro
sepheronx
not really. I dont have much exposure to them. I understand what it captures at but I get what you are saying. But I am also relying on someone who I actually deal with day to day. I will ask him directly. I just threw that one at you as example and I didnt read it thoroughly.

I'll forward him this. When he can start hosting live events again, this may be good for him.

I am hoping with the advent of this card, there will be cheaper alternatives. But then again, I may be waiting for forever.

BTW, thanks for the link you posted earlier. After reading through it, it gives me a much better clarity of the poor quality of these.

Do you recommend anything?
I just really wanted to commend you for being so level-headed when responding these people that would rather say things like "you don't know what you're talking about" or "you don't know anything" instead of actually trying to explain the knowledge they seem to be holding from this higher plane of existence they're from.
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TheLostSwede
sepheronx
not really. I dont have much exposure to them. I understand what it captures at but I get what you are saying. But I am also relying on someone who I actually deal with day to day. I will ask him directly. I just threw that one at you as example and I didnt read it thoroughly.

I'll forward him this. When he can start hosting live events again, this may be good for him.

I am hoping with the advent of this card, there will be cheaper alternatives. But then again, I may be waiting for forever.

BTW, thanks for the link you posted earlier. After reading through it, it gives me a much better clarity of the poor quality of these.

Do you recommend anything?
In not saying Elgato is the only choice here, but they've delivered solid solutions for a good few years. Their pricing is a bit high, but it gives you access to things like support, unlike when you buy some random Chinese product. This is the first "cheap" quad HDMI card I've seen that can do 4K30p, but there are apparently others.

Yes, the USB dongles work, but going for the bottom of three barrel hardware, you're going to get the bottom of the barrel video quality too. You'd at least want something with USB 3.0, or you'll end up with super poor video quality.

I guess Elgato's biggest competitor is AverMedia, as they're targeting the same market.
It also comes down to what you want to do with the video, as if it's already compressed, you're much more limited to what you can do with it, but it also puts less strain on the host system.

If you're serious, I can ask a mate that does streaming for as living, as they're using a similar product to this, but I'm not sure where they got it.
kuro
I just really wanted to commend you for being so level-headed when responding these people that would rather say things like "you don't know what you're talking about" or "you don't know anything" instead of actually trying to explain the knowledge they seem to be holding from this higher plane of existence they're from.
Sorry, but the issue here was his claims of a $10 USB device being able to do the same as this card. That's simply not true. I shared a link to a review that explained in detail why it's not possible, but I guess you didn't read that?

I actually spent the better part of a year, although about a decade ago, trying to make a product that could live stream 1080 video, but at the time, there was no suitable hardware. These days there's a lot more choice and much easier to find something affordable, but if you go too cheap, the end result is also going to look cheap.
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sepheronx
TheLostSwede
In not saying Elgato is the only choice here, but they've delivered solid solutions for a good few years. Their pricing is a bit high, but it gives you access to things like support, unlike when you buy some random Chinese product. This is the first "cheap" quad HDMI card I've seen that can do 4K30p, but there are apparently others.

Yes, the USB dongles work, but going for the bottom of three barrel hardware, you're going to get the bottom of the barrel video quality too. You'd at least want something with USB 3.0, or you'll end up with super poor video quality.

I guess Elgato's biggest competitor is AverMedia, as they're targeting the same market.
It also comes down to what you want to do with the video, as if it's already compressed, you're much more limited to what you can do with it, but it also puts less strain on the host system.

If you're serious, I can ask a mate that does streaming for as living, as they're using a similar product to this, but I'm not sure where they got it.


Sorry, but the issue here was his claims of a $10 USB device being able to do the same as this card. That's simply not true. I shared a link to a review that explained in detail why it's not possible, but I guess you didn't read that?

I actually spent the better part of a year, although about a decade ago, trying to make a product that could live stream 1080 video, but at the time, there was no suitable hardware. These days there's a lot more choice and much easier to find something affordable, but if you go too cheap, the end result is also going to look cheap.
If you can ask your friend, I would appreciate it.
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