How to capture HDMI out into OBS for CHEAP?

When I was finding a cheap solution to enable me to capture the HDMI out of my camera into my PC, I stumble upon Ezcap284. Compared to the industry standard, Magewell XI100DUSB-HDMI USB Capture HDMI 3.0 HD Video Capture Dongle, the Ezcap284 is almost 4 times cheaper! There's one problem though. A quick read in the comment unnerves potential buyers. Some said that you can use it and some say you can't. Searching on YouTube doesn't help because all you get is this video that tells you how to do it instead of showing you how to do it. Regardless, I've decided to take a risk and I've managed to make the video below showing how to make it work. 

If you are one of those that prefers textual and pictorial instructions, you are in luck. That's the reason I'm writing this post. 

What do you need?

  1. Ezcap284
  2. The USB cable that comes with Ezcap284
  3. Your camera with HDMI Out (shown here : Sony X3000)
  4. Micro HDMI to HDMI Cable that fits your camera
  5. Manfrotto Pixie (Optional)
What you need to make sure is to buy the Micro HDMI to HDMI cable. DON'T do the same mistake that I did. I was so excited to try out the box and then I suddenly realized that I forgot the cable. Cringe!!!

The Steps

1. Plug the USB into the Box

Make sure that you've plugged the cable provided into the mini USB port. Don't get a male to male normal USB cable. It doesn't work. Don't repeat my mistake and waste hours trying to find out what's wrong. 

2. Plug the HDMI Cable into the camera and the box

After plugging the micro HDMI into your camera, make sure you plug the other end into the HDMI IN port of the capture box. 

3. Plug the other end of the USB into your PC

Of course you know this. I'm mentioning it just in case. 

4. Check if your computer recognizes Ezcap284

Open your Device Manager with Windows Key + Break or just simply search it. You should either see ezcap or IT9910 Capture Filter (HD) or something similar showing under other devices. If it doesn't appear, try unplugging the USB and try with another port. 

5. Download Ezcap284's driver

You will be able to download Ezcap284's driver here. If the previous link doesn't work, please download it from my google drive

6. Install the driver

Press next all the way until you've reached finished. Once it's done, you should see ezcap HD Device or IT9910 HD Device or something similar under sound, video and game controllers.

7. Configure OBS

Click on the plus sign under the source tab. Select Video Capture Device. Select the IT9910 Capture Filter (HD) and click ok. You will not be able to see the preview. I'm not sure why. You should be able to see the video stream in your OBS. If you don't try unplugging the capture box and re-plugging it. 


Ezcap284 is definitely a lot of work but if you are on a tight budget, it'll be something to help you jump start. If you want a HDMI capture box that's easy to setup then go for Magewell XI100DUSB-HDMI USB Capture HDMI 3.0 HD Video Capture Dongle. What you need to do is just plug it in and the setup OBS. That's all. The listing to amazon below has been included for your convenience. 


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