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.

Specifications

Source

Max­i­mum source res­o­lu­tion

1080p@60

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

Source con­nec­tors

HDMI

Video cap­ture

Con­nec­tion inter­face

USB 3.2 Gen1 Type‑C

Max­i­mum Record­ing Res­o­lu­tion

1920x1080

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

Width

43 mm

Height

17 mm

Depth

85 mm

Weight

82 g

BUY

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.

Appearance

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.

Advantages

  • 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.

Flaws

  • Cur­rent­ly not iden­ti­fied.

Conclusion

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.