Benefits of capture cards and stream decks.
Video capture cards allow you to record video gaming sessions so that you can stream them live or edit down the footage later to share. Unlike the record option that is built into some gaming consoles, such as PlayStation 5, an HDMI capture card allows you to run the recording through a separate device, meaning you won’t overtax your system. Plus, you can improve on the recording options of systems with only limited recording abilities, like Xbox Series X|S. With streaming cards, you can also capture footage and audio from external devices like cameras and microphones.
To make things even easier, a stream deck will give you convenient options while you stream your play. You can manage audio levels (such as your voice input), add sound effects and graphics or send a message to the chat. Many buttons on stream decks can be customized so that you can prioritize your specific needs when you share your gameplay.
Getting the most out of your video capture cards.
When purchasing a video capture card or device, it is important to consider the frame rates and resolution that you use when playing. If you play in 4K with a high frame rate and you want to capture that quality, you will need a top-notch capture card. Always make sure that the device is compatible with your operating system before purchase and that you have the necessary ports and connectors—such as an HDMI cable—when you want to connect everything.
For high-quality streaming, you will need an excellent networking system. You might consider plugging directly into your router to achieve the best results.
Both capture cards and stream decks are must-haves for video game content creators, as they make streams more professional and efficient. By investing in these devices, you'll enhance your gaming setup and take your streaming to the next level.