The popularity of streams, live broadcasts, and various kinds of video conferences is gaining more and more popularity. The development of this area received an additional impetus as a result of COVID19 and the restrictions imposed during the pandemic. Many users broadcast live using cameras specially designed for this purpose, but what about those who do not have such devices and do not want to buy a new camera? There is an exit. Today’s review is dedicated to a device that will help broadcast video from photo / video cameras that were not originally designed for this purpose, the only important requirement for cameras is the presence of an HDMI output. We will talk about AVerMedia ExtreamCap BU110, which belongs to the class of UVC devices (USB Video device class), designed to send a picture via the USB protocol. This is a fairly large class that includes video surveillance switches, webcams, etc.
Maximum source resolution
Source video modes
1080p @60, 1080i @60, 720p @60, 576p @60, 480p @50, 1080p @30, 720p @50, 1080p @24, 1080p @25, 1080p @50, 1080i @50, 480p @60
USB 3.2 Gen1 Type‑C
Maximum Recording Resolution
Video recording modes
720 x 576 @50 cd/s, 1920 x 1080 @60 cd/s, 1280 x 720 @60 cd/s, 720 x 480 @60 cd/s, 1920 x 1080 @30 cd/s, 720 x 480 @30 cd/s, 720 x 576 @25 cd/s
|Dimensions and weight
Packing and scope of delivery
AVerMedia ExtreamCap BU110 comes in a rather small light colored cardboard box. The box contains information about the manufacturer, model name of the device. It also contains an image of the device itself, information about the main characteristics and information about the package.
Inside the box, in a tray made of soft black material, there is AVerMedia ExtreamCap BU110, just below there is a USB‑C / USB‑C, USB‑A / USB‑C cable, as well as an instruction manual in several languages, including Russian.
The case of the device is made of brushed metal, which does not collect fingerprints at all. On the top surface there is an AVerMedia logo and a glass insert behind which is hidden an LED informing about the current state of the device.
On the bottom surface is a sticker containing the serial number, model name, as well as recommendations for disposal.
The side ends are devoid of design and control elements. They are completely empty. They differ only in color.
The front and back covers are made of plastic. On the body of the device there are only two interfaces located on opposite sides. One of them has a USB Type‑C 3.0 connector.
On the opposite side is a full-size HDMI-in.
The overall dimensions of the device are small and are: 85x43x17 mm, weight 82 g. According to the manufacturer’s statement, the ARM Cortex NUC100RE3DN processor manufactured by Nuvoton is responsible for the operation of the device.
Setup and operation
Unfortunately, there is no detailed information about the internal component of AVerMedia ExtreamCap BU110. At the same time, it should be noted that AVerMedia ExtreamCap BU110 belongs to the family of Plug&Play devices, so it does not require installation of any additional drivers to work with it. The device is completely ready for operation immediately after connection. In order to start a live broadcast or record from the camera, you need to install an application that supports this function. In our case, OBS Studio is used. There is no need to describe in detail the procedure for working with this application, since the article is not devoted to the application, but to AVerMedia ExtreamCap BU110. What you want to pay attention to is that immediately after connecting the device to a personal computer, the AVerMedia ExtreamCap UVC device appears in the list of available devices in the OBS Studio settings, selecting which the user receives an image captured by the lens of a photo / video camera on the monitor screen. In the application settings, you can select the resolution and frame rate.
Of course, the quality of video shooting primarily depends on the camera. During testing, a Nikon D5500 camera and a Panasonic HC-V760 camcorder were used. The recording quality of the video samples was limited to 1080p, while fully meeting expectations.
I would like to note that AVerMedia ExtreamCap UVC is capable of not only capturing a video signal, it allows parallel audio capture, allowing the user to refuse to use an additional microphone and deal with the issue of overlaying an audio track.
At the same time, we should not forget about the possibility of capturing video from any HDMI source, and in this case we are not talking about photo / video cameras. AVerMedia ExtreamCap BU110 allows you to record streaming video and make live broadcasts from various devices, such as digital set-top boxes, TV boxes, etc., however, be aware of the limitations imposed by the technical characteristics of the device.
As you can see, AVerMedia ExtreamCap BU110 does an excellent job of transmitting video signal from a video / photo camera to a computer for subsequent recording or broadcasting on the Internet. I would like to draw your attention to the fact that ExtreamCap BU110 is capable of capturing streaming video with a resolution of 1920x1080, at a frequency of 60 frames per second, without compression.
If necessary, the user has the ability to transfer streaming video from the camera to a mobile device (tablet, smartphone, etc.), for this, a mobile application must be installed on the device, for example, CameraFi Live. This solution allows you to broadcast live in places where it was previously difficult to do so. When a photo/video camera is connected to a mobile device, the user gets a real mobile studio capable of transmitting a high-quality picture, because when using AVerMedia ExtreamCap BU110, the mobile device acts as a mobile access point that transfers content, and even as a rechargeable battery to power AVerMedia ExtreamCap BU110. It would seem that everything is fine, but there are pitfalls. To process and transmit an image, sufficiently serious power characteristics of a mobile device are required, and this must be taken into account. On weak devices, it is unlikely to achieve a decent result.
Also a very important feature of AVerMedia ExtreamCap BU110 is compatibility with the most common software designed for live broadcasting. The manufacturer’s website contains information that the device supports joint work with the following software products:
- OBS (Windows, Mac);
- XSplit (Windows);
- Wirecast (Windows, Mac)
- Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder (Windows);
- Edius Pro 8 (Windows);
- vMix (Windows);
- QuickTime Player (Mac)
- VLC (Mac);
- Skype (Mac).
The manufacturer indicates that the device will easily work on various operating systems, such as Windows 7 (and above), OS X (10.10 and above), Linux Ubuntu 14.04 (and above).
By downloading the AVerMedia Assist Central proprietary application from the manufacturer’s website, the user has the opportunity to update the product’s firmware; moreover, it is suggested to download a number of software products that should contribute to high-quality work with AVerMedia ExtreamCap BU110. This list contains programs for recording video and for diagnosing the health of AVerMedia devices.
Of course, during long-term operation, the device heats up, while the metal case actually acts as a radiator and does a good job of dissipating internal heat from heating the elements located inside the case.
When using AVerMedia ExtreamCap BU110 in conjunction with various instant messengers that allow you to broadcast streaming video, the device is defined in the application settings as a standard WEB-camera.
I would like to note that the company has another similar device, namely AVerMedia ExtremeCap SDI — BU111.
- Contents of delivery;
- Build quality;
- Compact overall dimensions;
- Device mobility;
- The body is made of aluminum alloy;
- Informative indicator of device activity;
- Plug&Play class device, does not require installation of additional drivers;
- Compact overall dimensions;
- Ability to record in the background;
- Simultaneous capture of video and audio tracks;
- USB Type‑C for connecting to a personal computer, allowing for low latency data transfer;
- Unloading the system due to hardware content processing;
- Low latency (approximately 0.2 s);
- No additional skills are required to control the device;
- Capture any HDMI video source in native 1920x1080@60 format without compression;
- Compatible with popular software.
- Currently not identified.
Summing up, I would like to say that AVerMedia ExtreamCap BU110 is a universal device that will allow you to turn almost any digital photo / video camera into a device for conducting live broadcasts. The hardware component allows you to broadcast / record video fragments with a resolution of 1920x1080 and a frequency of 60 frames, which is enough in most cases. Of course, if you need to live stream in 4K resolution, the capabilities of AVerMedia ExtreamCap BU110 will not be enough, while it is very important to understand that the camera must also support 4K resolution.