How to capture HDMI video sources on your computer

Bandicam supports almost all video capture cards which work in Windows 7, 8 or 10. It will allow you to record various external video sources including a Xbox, PlayStation, Smartphone, IPTV, CCTV, AppleTV, iPhone and iPad on your computer.



To record a webcam, you don't need a capture card (hardware). However, if you want to record external HDMI devices, you need a capture card (hardware) and recording program (software).

Type PCI capture card USB capture card
Image HDMI capture card USB capture card
Price $50~$200 (Amazon.com) $50~$200 (Amazon.com)
Pros Fast capture speed Easy-to-use
Cons A PCI slot is needed Slower than PCI

To record an HDMI video source, please follow the steps below:

How to record a video capture device

  1. Start Bandicam and choose "Device Recording" mode.
  2. Click the "Device Settings" button, and select the device you want to record.
  3. Click the "Format Settings" button, and select the video size, FPS and color space.
    (If you can't see the screen of the device, install a device driver and select another video size.)
  4. If you can see the screen of the device, click the [ REC ] to start/stop the recording.


How to record XBOX gamplay in HD

To record Xbox 360 or Xbox one, connect the HDMI cable to the HDMI port of your Xbox and connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI input on your capture card. For more information, please visit https://www.bandicam.com/how-to-record-xbox-gameplay/

Xbox game recording diagram, hdmi



How to record your smartphone/iPhone on your PC

To record to record a smartphone, iPhone or iPad on your PC, you need a capture card and an MHL cable. For more information, please visit https://www.bandicam.com/how-to-record-smartphone/

How to record a smartphone, iPhone, iPad on PC



Device Recording FAQs

  • If you can't capture the screen through a capture device, please install a suitable device driver and select another video size at the 'Format' menu.
  • A PCI/PCI-E capture card is usually better than a USB capture card. If you have a USB capture device, please plug the device into a USB 3.0 slot.
  • If you have a problem with the 'Device Recording' mode of Bandicam, please leave a message on the Bandicam forum or email us at bandicam@bandicam.com.
  • 4K Ultra HD video up to 3840x2160
  • Webcam/Facecam overlay on a video
  • Over 24 hours without stopping

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