Why You Need A Magewell USB Capture Device

The easiest HD/4K Dongle for Streaming In 2020


In this post, we will present you with Magewell USB capture device, explaining to you why you should consider buying one, and how easy and effective this device is to use! You can use this range of capture devices in many different situations, from streaming to gaming and video conferencing. Stay tuned to find out more!

What Is A USB Capture Device, And How Does It Work?

HDMI to USB video capture dongles are handy devices that will convert video and audio from a HDMI source through a standard USB 3.0 interface, with no additional power source required,, letting you stream it to your USB-compatible device including all types of computers. The USB capture device is designed for many purposes.
For example, you can connect your camera that has an HDMI out to a Magewell USB Capture Device, which you can then connect to your laptop via USB. Your laptop will recognize the Magewell device as a webcam, and you will be able to stream the video from your camera to your computer, even if it doesn't have an HDMI input.

The main purpose of capture devices is for the user to be able to stream and record in better quality than an average webcam/phone can offer.

Benefits Of External USB Capture Devices

One key benefit of external USB capture devices is the fact that you don't have to open your computer to install it, you simply just plug & play. because of this, you can stream HDMI video to your laptop, and not just desktop computers.

This will also allow you to use an external USB capture device to capture from your DSLR camera, as a PS4 screen recorder or an XBOX game capture solution. For this, you will need a Magewell USB Capture HDMI 4k Plus device, which is one of the best selling models.

Where To Use Magewell USB Capture devices

Besides using it as a game capture HD device, you can use Magewell USB capture dongle anywhere or anytime you need to capture HD/4k footage to your computer.
For example, with a capture dongle like this, you will be able to use your DSLR camera for Zoom, Skype, Facebook, Wirecast, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, Adobe Connect, OBS Studio, or other types of video conferencing, streaming or video capturing software, without any complicated setup. As long as the software you want to use recognizes a regular webcam, the Magewell USB Capture dongle will work with it. This can be achieved without any driver installation, or complicated configuration of any kind. You can stream HDMI video in 4k/HD quality as soon as you connect the device.

Why USB Capture?

The main benefit of an HDMI to USB video capture device from Magewell is the fact that USB ports are found on basically any type of computer or laptop, Mac and Windows included. Any computer has at least one USB port, but usually several, while HDMI input ports are usually not available. Another benefit of USB devices like this one is that they don't require any external power source, making the device convenient. Also, USB 3.0 cables have very high data transfer speeds, and you won't experience lag.

Not Only Limited To HDMI

Although Magwell USB Capture HDMI Gen 2 is one of the best selling dongles, you are not only limited to HDMI to USB video capture devices. Other options include:

Magewell USB Capture SDI Gen 2
Magewell USB Capture AIO
Magewell USB Capture SDI Plus
Magewell USB Capture DVI Plus
Magewell USB Capture HDMI 4K Plus
Magewell USB Capture SDI 4K Plus
Magewell USB Capture HDMI Plus

So, no matter what type of connection your devices use, you will be able to capture video & audio with an appropriate Magewell dongle.

All Magewell products are quality-made, with metal parts that enable efficient cooling, allowing them to work without any interruption for hours. The main difference between the regular and Plus versions is in some features that are reserved for the Plus dongles. These include signal loop-through capabilities, external audio input, but also 4K video in the 4k Plus models.

Magewell USB Capture Utility V3

While all of the Magewell USB capture dongles work straight out of the box and require no driver installation, if you want more control, you can download their USB Capture Utility.
This is a very powerful tool that will let you customize your Magewell device in detail, setting the parameters just the way you want it. You can also use the tool to process videos, and for keeping the dongles updated with the latest firmware.


If superior image quality is what you require, then the Magewell USB capture devices are a must-have, especially if you are dealing with video recording/streaming/production on a regular basis. They are convenient in a size and quality, providing an enormous amount of functionality in a small package.

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