Long time lurker here. Just beginning to dabble in video synthesis, my main squeeze has been ‘video manipulation’ or whatever people tend to call it, using VCRs and various circuit bent jobbies. Been looking to upgrade my set up for years now, and try and reduce the amount of X to Y dongles and cables. So I bought a second hand USB Intensity Shuttle and i’m going out of my mind trying to get it to work as I’d understood it. Think I might have completely got the wrong end of the stick.
So… I know now that it can only send video in one direction. It also seemingly can’t convert analog to digital. Is this correct? Can it even output video? Or can it only either capture it, or allow it to pass through in the same definition? I had originally assumed I could go Mac > HDMI out > Shuttle > Analog out > GEAR and then back into a separate computer with a separate capture card, but that hasn’t worked.
Main question: Is it possible to use the shuttle to send video out from a computer to analog gear?
I’m confused as ive seen people on here saying they use these to send video out from a computer, into an analog modular system. I can’t for the life of me work out how…
I’m trying to send a signal from my PC out as composite or s-video into some glitch gear, then out from there into a TBC and another capture card, however I can’t get any signal out of the computer at all. Just a black screen. I can change the output and video conversion settings in the black magic app all day but nothing helps. It’ll flicker and show signs of life when I change the output settings, but that’s as good as it gets.
Perhaps this a stupid thing to say but I’m assuming that as I can’t send something directly through the ‘HDMI input’ and out of one of the ‘analog outputs’ that the shuttle would be sending the output data from the PC connected via USB 3 — so just to clarify i’m attempting this with nothing plugged into the inputs of the shuttle.
Perhaps I’m missing some sort of program that needs to specify what to output to the Shuttle, as Syphon seems to be able to do for Mac users. I don’t know, i’m truly stumped as to how people manage to send video out through it!
Sorry bit of a ramble, trying to sort this out this afternoon has fried my brain cells — any help would be appreciated!
As a side note/rant… the above troubles aside — i’m thoroughly underwhelmed with the Blackmagic shuttle so far. I know it’s end of life, discontinued… but it seemed to promise so much! I haven’t seen another capture device with such perfect input and output connections, at least for my needs, but sadly too good to be true.
— I’ve had mild success using it to capture video input, but the software you have to use to get it to work is absolutely horrible to work with.
— Video settings will randomly change and revert when you open up their Media Express capture software, which is necessary to get it to run, which was a real disappointment to discover.
— It seems to run better with OBS than their own native software, in fact it works a charm, sadly I don’t think OBS has enough settings for my liking.
— I tried for hours to get it to work with my preferred capture programs, Virtualdub and AmaRecTV, but it seems incompatible for some reason — just endless error messages and no visuals.
— And to add insult to injury, I had no idea that it wasn’t supported anymore and isn’t compatible with the latest Mac OS… so i can’t test it with Black Syphon unless I manage to find a thunderbolt version. Not quite ready to give up on it yet though!