Can someone explain to me why the fuck HDMI capture devices are so expensive? Is it some agreed monopoly to keep prices so high on them?
I tried looking for specifications on how to build my own but found absolutely nothing. Any ideas on what to do?
next time try searching for a tuner or pvr, you get more devices that aren't "capture cards" aimed towards gamers who always get raped by price gouging.
also what kind of quality do you want, and what kind of device do you have available to connect to the stream? is it only a laptop or do you have something like a desktop with access to the pci lanes that you could plug something into? would be awesome if these help threads had more specific questions and use-cases.
Anything that would let me play on my laptop screen with no lag? I only have a laptop in my dorm and limited space, so I would rather use the 1080p screen from my laptop instead of getting some shitty 720p tv that I might not have space for it.
>How difficult would it be to build your own device?
If you are a computer/electrical engineer, rigging up something with an FPGA board would be pretty easy until you need to worry about HDCP decryption, which even if you could find/generate a device key would be a pain in the ass to code the logic for.
My best guess is that the chips that they use are only produced in a limited supply, since the cards aren't exactly common.
The known brands that people buy things from can just bump up the price as high as they want because most people don't know how to get them from other places or don't trust Chinese shit that might not come with a manual/drivers.
That said. A lot of branded cards are a bitch to use anyway.