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Magewell Capture Cards Improve Quality And Reliability For Cattura Video

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Magewell has announced that lecture capture and video recording solution provider Cattura Video has selected their Pro CapturePCIe cards to enable reliable, high-quality video ingest in Cattura's CaptureCast appliances.

Looking to overcome stability issues with the different brand of capture cards they had previously used, Cattura has transitioned exclusively to Magewell products, bringing tangible benefits to both their customers and themselves.

Based in San Antonio, Texas, eight-year-old Cattura Video strives to develop and deliver the best recording systems possible for educators and video professionals. Cattura's CaptureCast platform combines powerful software with reliable hardware in an open, universal recording and live streaming solution that integrates with many popular video management and learning management systems.

CaptureCast systems are used in classrooms, auditoriums, medical training facilities and courtrooms around the world, and Cattura's customers include Georgia Tech, Atlanta Supreme Court, NYIT, Liberty University, GW Law, Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology and many more.

Early CaptureCast models had incorporated a different manufacturer's capture cards, but technical issues caused disruptions for Cattura's users, developers and support teams.

Justin McCutcheon, Cattura Video's founder and CEO, said: "The capture cards we use are critical components of our systems, as they provide the interface between customers' video sources and our software. With our previous vendor's cards, we had a variety of stability issues and incompatibilities with customers' equipment that impacted our products' ability to consistently and reliably capture high-quality video. We needed a better solution, and Magewell has proven to be ideal."

After evaluating multiple vendors' offerings, Cattura selected Magewell's Pro Capture cards for their proven reliability, robust Linux drivers (Windows and Mac drivers are also available), automatic input detection, superior video quality, and comprehensive range of single and multi-channel models with versatile input options. Just as important to Cattura was Magewell's established reputation for exceptional technical support.
The technical transition of Cattura's products to Magewell capture cards proved simple. "The Pro Capture cards are easy to deploy, and their drivers worked flawlessly with our Linux-based systems," McCutcheon explained. "Magewell software engineers worked very closely with us to resolve any integration challenges within just days. That process has strengthened our relationship and our appreciation of our partnership."
Magewell cards are now used in Cattura's flagship CaptureCast Pro lecture capture appliances, which can record up to six HD video sources simultaneously. Up to three Magewell cards are used in each CaptureCast Pro system to provide the customer's desired input connectivity, with flexible combinations of HDMI, SDI and DVI interfaces. A single Magewell card is used in each unit of Cattura's smaller form factor CaptureCast Slim family, again with a choice of input type. Cattura also specifies Magewell cards for CaptureCast DIY configurations, which let customers deploy CaptureCast software on their own existing computer hardware for less-critical recording applications.

In addition to benefiting Cattura's customers, the switch to Magewell has also delivered advantages for Cattura themselves.

McCutcheon concluded: "By eliminating the issues that we experienced with our previous vendor, it allows our engineering team to focus on our actual product development and on expanding our features, instead of taking time away to investigate and fix back-end problems with the old capture cards.

"Overall product development is also now simpler, as there are fewer obstacles to overcome. This allows us to deliver a more robust and complete product."
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