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Full instructions on how to use SwiftCapture.
Frequently Asked Questions
What video input devices are supported?
Below are the devices we have tested and confirmed to work - other devices may work if they have Mac driver software available from the manufacturer.
- Built-in Apple iSight / FaceTime cameras
- Any Blackmagic device for analog, SDI and HDMI input
- Blackmagic Cinema Cameras
- "UVC" USB webcams
- "IIDC" FireWire webcams
- Standard-resolution FireWire DV devices.
IIDC and DV are not frequently used these days due to the lack of built-in FireWire ports in modern Macs, and the limited resolution of the DV format. However, if you need to capture video from an analog source, then an analog-to-DV device (such as the Grass Valley ADVC-55) is a good high-quality option.
Can I use a DSLR camera with SwiftCapture?
Yes, provided it has an HDMI output, which you can connect to your Mac via a Blackmagic device. However note that older models of DSLR cameras tended to place text overlays on top of their video output (containing information about aperture, shutter speed etc.), so you will need to find out if this is the case for your camera, or if it produces a "clean" HDMI stream with no text. The cameras listed here all output a clean live HDMI stream:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EOS-1D C
Canon EOS Cinema series
Canon EOS-50D with Magic Lantern software installed
Canon EOS-60D with Magic Lantern software installed
Canon EOS-550D with Magic Lantern software installed
Canon EOS-600D with Magic Lantern software installed
Canon EOS-650D with Magic Lantern software installed
Canon EOS-700D with Magic Lantern software installed
Canon EOS-1100D with Magic Lantern software installed
Sony Alpha SLT-A99
Can I use a Digital HD Camcorder with SwiftCapture?
Yes, provided it has an HDMI output, which you can connect to your Mac via a Blackmagic device. However note that most consumer-level HD camcorders do not output live video via their HDMI ports. If you are unsure, check with the manufacturer before purchase. The following cameras do output live video via HDMI:
Canon HF G30
Sony Z100 4K