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SwiftCapture

Easy powerful video capture


User Manual

Full instructions on how to use SwiftCapture.


Frequently Asked Questions


What video input devices are supported?

Below are the devices we have tested and confirmed to work - other devices may work if they have Mac driver software available from the manufacturer.

  • Built-in Apple iSight / FaceTime cameras
  • Any Blackmagic device for analog, SDI and HDMI input
  • Blackmagic Cinema Cameras
  • "UVC" USB webcams
  • "IIDC" FireWire webcams
  • Standard-resolution FireWire DV devices.
UVC ("USB Video Class") is a standard protocol that most USB webcams support, allowing plug-and-play operation on the Mac. Before purchasing a camera, check its specifications to see if it supports this.

IIDC and DV are not frequently used these days due to the lack of built-in FireWire ports in modern Macs, and the limited resolution of the DV format. However, if you need to capture video from an analog source, then an analog-to-DV device (such as the Grass Valley ADVC-55) is a good high-quality option.

Can I use a DSLR camera with SwiftCapture?

Yes, provided it has an HDMI output, which you can connect to your Mac via a Blackmagic device. However note that older models of DSLR cameras tended to place text overlays on top of their video output (containing information about aperture, shutter speed etc.), so you will need to find out if this is the case for your camera, or if it produces a "clean" HDMI stream with no text. The cameras listed here all output a clean live HDMI stream:

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EOS-1D C
Canon EOS Cinema series
Canon EOS-50D with Magic Lantern software installed
Canon EOS-60D with Magic Lantern software installed
Canon EOS-550D with Magic Lantern software installed
Canon EOS-600D with Magic Lantern software installed
Canon EOS-650D with Magic Lantern software installed
Canon EOS-700D with Magic Lantern software installed
Canon EOS-1100D with Magic Lantern software installed
Nikon D4
Nikon D600
Nikon D800
Nikon D3200
Nikon D3300
Nikon D5200
Nikon D5300
Nikon D7100
Panasonic GH2
Panasonic GH3
Sony Alpha SLT-A99
Sony A6000
Sony A7
Sony A7R
Sony RX10

Can I use a Digital HD Camcorder with SwiftCapture?

Yes, provided it has an HDMI output, which you can connect to your Mac via a Blackmagic device. However note that most consumer-level HD camcorders do not output live video via their HDMI ports. If you are unsure, check with the manufacturer before purchase. The following cameras do output live video via HDMI:

Canon HF20
Canon HF G30
Canon HV20
Canon XA10
Canon XF100
Canon XF105
Canon XF300
Canon XF305
JVC GY-HM100E
JVC GY-HMQ10
Panasonic AG-AC130
Panasonic AG-AC160
Panasonic AG-AF100
Panasonic AG-AF101
Panasonic AG-AF102
Panasonic AG-HMC41
Panasonic AG-HMC81
Panasonic AG-HMC151
Panasonic AG-HPX250
Sony F5
Sony HVR-V1U
Sony HXR-NX5
Sony HXR-MC50
Sony HXR-MC2000
Sony HXR-NX30
Sony HXR-NX70
Sony HDR-AX2000
Sony HDR-FX1000
Sony HVR-HD1000
Sony HVR-S270
Sony HVR-Z5
Sony HVR-Z7
Sony NEX-EA50
Sony NEX-FS100
Sony NEX-FS700
Sony NEX-VG10
Sony NEX-VG20
Sony NEX-VG30
Sony NEX-VG900
Sony PMW-100
Sony PMW-200
Sony PMW-EX1R
Sony PMW-F3K
Sony Z100 4K