Elgato Cam Link 4K — Broadcast live, record via DSLR, camcorder, or action cam, 1080p60 or 4K at 30 fps, compact HDMI capture device, USB 3.0
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- Easily connect your DSLR, camcorder, or action Cam to your PC or Mac
- Go live on any platform in no time thanks to ultra-low-latency technology
- Broadcast in stunning quality up to 1080P60 or 4K at 30 FPS
- Shoot and produce within your favorite tools; Real-Time Feedback
- Record footage directly to your Hard drive without time restrictions
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i must say i didnt expect it to work this well.
on my Nintendo switch
Video output was clear and had a very low latency
i had no issue setting up the video output to obs
i had problems with audio stuttering at first but it turns out it was just a bad usb port, so switching usb port solved the problem
just to be safe i hooked up a DSLR to the cam link and it worked just as well
Portability is 10/10
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For this reason alone, the device is useless to me. My plan was to use it to livestream on YouTube. But I don't want all my viewers seeing an autofocus box following my face around the whole time. And I can't disable autofocus because I am a one-man shop making YouTube videos at home.
2) There is different option (without needing this Cam Link device at all!!) to run video from your DSLR to your computer (in my case laptop) in order to live stream on YouTube. At least for Mac it's called "Camera Live" and it's free software. You need a USB cable to connect your camera to your laptop. Then I use OBS to stream the video. It works fine... EXCEPT that while live streaming the fan on my laptop was spinning like crazy, because I suppose this whole operation is very CPU intensive.
I thought that perhaps getting this Elgato Cam Link 4k device would somehow offload the necessary computing to the device itself.... so that my laptop wouldn't spin the fan so crazy fast during the live stream (which is also recorded in the audio). BUT.... THIS IS NOT THE CASE. Yeah, the Cam Link 4k device itself was getting rather warm/hot.... but my laptop fan STILL started spinning up like crazy. (And I have a fast MacBook Pro.) Sooo... the moral of the story.... just stick with a USB cable & Camera Live software like I mentioned earlier... you can actually get a completely clean video output WITHOUT any Heads Up Display on-screen menu items showing... and your laptop cpu fan is going to go crazy anyway, no matter what you do.
No need to buy this device! Save your money.
Additionally I contacted Elgato's customer support to ask about a refund and they said NO. Not willing to help me out. Even though their website table of compatible cameras was (in my opinion) quite misleading and almost false advertising. If you have a different DSLR that can provide clean HDMI out, then the number 1 issue I described above will not be a problem for you.
Image quality is FAR better than the other USB3 HDMI video capture adapters that I've tried. I'm using it with a trinocular microscope to record soldering. The scope has a 1080p60 ccd so it's perfect for my purposes. Cheaper HDMI capture devices tend to result in overly compressed crummy looking video. Not with this device.
So to sum it up.
1. It doesn't get any easier than this device as far as actually using it. Literally plug it in and use whatever software you want.
2. Quality is excellent. No noticeable compression artifacts in the output video.
3. It doesn't do true 4k (4k60) but if you can live with 1080p60 or 4k at half framerate then this thing is just fine.
I couldn't find any usb3/thunderbolt3 capture devices that would do proper 4k. At the moment, I think this device is the best you can do without a desktop/pcie card based capture device.
If you have a 100% compatible camera but are having issues capturing the video you may have an overloaded USB channel and need to remove other devices or buy a dedicated USB PCIE card.
2. When you see the device, under control panel/devices - Elgato camlink 4k – when it shows up under devices(it will disappear on and off), if you click properties you will see an exclamation mark – and the message, this device failed to start and some error code 10 something like that.
3. I tried to reboot several times, even hook it up to USB 2.0 port, nothing really worked
I have Elgato HD60 Pro and it works flawlessly – so I’m not sure about the camlink 4K, maybe it was released pre-mature without proper testing!!! :( - I really wanted this to work, but it did not.