Recommended Computers, Cameras and Converters
The 4.7 version can connect 4 different video sources to the system. Normally use is connecting with one or two cameras to your Interplay analysis computer.
This computer should have at least i7 processors or similar (> 2.2 GHz) and at least 4-6 Gb RAM memory.
Connecting to more than 2 cameras needs a top computer with a high-level i7 processor (>2.5 GHz) and an SSD hard disk drive.
The analysis can be done directly from the camera with USB-3 and Thunderbolt in a combination with different inputs/connections. Be sure your new computer has USB3 ports if you want a computer for the future that can do live analysis or post-analysis direct from a camera or other sources.
We have tested several HDMI to USB-3 converters and we found Magewell products as the best. This converter gets its power from the computer and uses standard drivers from Microsoft. No need for separate power and no need for software installations.
There are three different converters:
Magewell HDMI to USB-3 connection
This is for connection to HDMI sources as cameras, TVs, cable-TV boxes, and other HDMI sources as other computers for capture streaming video (screen capture).
Magewell SDI to USB-3
This is for connection to high-quality broadcast units using SDI connection and input from professional cameras and in-house production.
Magewell Pro box
For National teams and pro teams that need a flexible connection to professional cameras/mixers or HDMI cameras. This capture box has also other inputs like composite, component, VGA, and others. Several companies are selling these converters.
Black Magic Design
If you have a Black Magic Design Converter, please check the link for supported computers for Black Magic Thunderbolt or USB3 products and www.blackmagicdesign.com for installation.
We don’t recommend these converters because they behave differently depending on what computer they are installed into. We think they are unstable in use and strongly recommend Magewell converters that are using standard windows drivers and seem much more stable in a Windows environment.
Please, check Customs regulations in your country for the import of electronics. Taxes can be added to the prices in our online store.
You can film the game and playback using a converter between the camera and computer or you can load video files into Interplay for analysis. You do that in the capture screen.
If you do the analysis connected to a camera and playback the game to the computer, Interplay will act as in live analysis. The spec for the computer should be as you do live analysis.
If you load videos from full games into the system, be sure you have plenty of RAM memory in your computer. It should be 8 or 16 Gb of RAM.
Almost all cameras in the market today have HDMI output for live or Post analysis. The HDMI output can be connected to a media converter. You can then via the media converter perform analyzes live or on-demand from the camera or directly from your TV or cable net.
The Camera should have a good lens as first priority. Then you can use the camera in twilight and dark with good results. A good lens will affect the quality of captured video very much.
The next you should check is the recording format. You will sometimes import the video clips directly into Interplay for doing post analysis. The camera will normally record in an MTS format (AVCHD). This format is hard to play slow motion and time settings may be inaccurate. Change the camera recording format to MP4. Then you can play the video with all options. If you have problems with MP4, install the codec packet K-lite that you will find under Other software on this Web Site.
- Get a camera with AV-out or HDMI connection
- Get a camera that saves the videos in one of these formats MP4, MPEG, MPG4, AVI, WMV
- Get a camera with a good lens
Recommended Semipro cameras:
– Canon (VIXIA) LEGRIA HF G25
– Canon (VIXIA) LEGRIA HF G30
– Sony AX100 4K
– Panasonic HC-V750EG
– Home cameras with good spec:
– Canon LEGRIA HF R56
– Panasonic HC-V750EG
Professional cameras always have SDI output and you need a Magewell converter with an SDI connection for these types of cameras.