Plug-and-play USB Capture series brings multiple camera feeds and other video sources into live sports analysis software
Sports software developer Interplay-sports has selected the USB Capture series of external video ingest devices from Magewell to bring high-quality video feeds into Interplay’s software for live, in-game analysis. Users can analyze offensive and defensive activities, individual players or specific plays for both their own team and their opponents. The system delivers analysis to coaches immediately during games, enabling them to make important decisions and modify strategies or tactics.
To capture the live video for this analysis, multiple cameras and other video sources must be connected to an analysis computer running the Interplay-sports software. Originally using IEEE-1394 (FireWire) connectivity, Interplay-sports began looking for an alternative as 1394-compatible devices became increasingly rare.
Searching for interface devices to capture SDI or HDMI source signals through laptop computers’ USB 3.0 ports, the first products Interplay-sports tested exhibited some significant issues. “The other vendor’s devices required proprietary software drivers to be installed on the system,” said Jan Tunli, CEO of Interplay-sports. “We also experienced compatibility problems with the devices on several computers, and they were not stable.”
Interplay-sports turned to Magewell’s USB Capture series, and found them ideal for their needs. “From our very first test, the Magewell devices were very successful for us,” said Tunli. “The fact that they do not require any software installation makes them truly plug-and-play, and their ability to be powered directly from the computer over the USB 3.0 connection is perfect, avoiding the need for an external power source.”
Up to four live video sources can be connected to the main Interplay-sports analysis computer through Magewell USB Capture devices for live processing. For analysis using even more camera angles, live ‘slave’ computers can be synchronized with the main system, each supporting four more cameras with Magewell capture devices. By connecting other sources such as television set-top boxes and computers to the Interplay-sports system using Magewell devices, teams can also analyze televised or streamed games being played by their upcoming opponents, helping them prepare for future games.
“The Magewell USB Capture products are perfect for enabling our live analysis capabilities, delivering the best quality while making installation very easy for our users,” Tunli summarized. “They have also been very stable, which is critical in live game situations. Our goal is to help sports teams win their games, and adding Magewell capture devices to our software is a winning combination that helps our customers to achieve that.”