So i'm looking at getting a nice all in one capture device and have seen the Black Magic intensity recommended as a good quality one.
I basically want something where I can have a good chance of digitising external video sources (vhs, old video cameras etc) without having to hunt around for legacy adapters etc, and without having to mess around with those $20 vhs-to-dvd ezcap devices which seem to be lacking in available software and quality.
Looking at the options it seems that it comes down to deciding between the Intensity Pro (PCIe) and the Intensity Shuttle (USB3.0).
Based on the comparison at http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/au/products/intensity/techspecs/ the main differences seem to be:
The Shuttle has independent component and composite inputs, with the Pro using the shared connection.
The Shuttle has 8 channel HDMI audio compared the the Pro's 2.
The Shuttle supports progressive SD formats not just interlaced.
The Pro supports Apple Final Cut internal effects.
Hardware support wise:
Pro: PCI Express 1 lane, compatible with 1,4,8,16 lane PCI Express slots on Mac OS X, Windows 7 and Linux.
Shuttle:USB 3.0. Requires an x58 based motherboard with onboard USB 3.0, or a USB 3.0 PCI Express card and an x58 or P55 series motherboard. Does not support USB 2.0 capture and playback. Please check the Support pages to see the full system requirements.
Software support wise:
Pro: Compatible with Microsoft Windows 7, Apple Mac OS X and Linux.
Shuttle: Compatible with Microsoft Windows 7.
I'll be using:
Asus P9X79Pro motherboard
Windows 8 Pro
Which seems to rule out the Shuttle. (Though http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support/detail/supportnotes/supportnote?sid=3947&pid=4042& snid=9712&isSDK=false&os=win mentions that end-users have it working on the asus p9x79).
http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support/detail/supportnotes/supportnote?sid=3947&pid=3989& os=win&isSDK=0&snid=9568 mentions Intensity Pro support for the AsusP9X79 WS, so I'm assuming (possibly incorrectly) that it should be find on the X79Pro. It also explicitly mentions Windows 8 which the shuttle page does not.
So my question is, what are your recommendations? Is one of these two more suitable, or perhaps something completely different? Do any of you have either of these working on a similar system to the above? Any gotchas to be aware of?
The USB3 requirements listed by Blackmagic have not been updated since the X79 platform released. You should be fine with the Asmedia controller and the Intensity Shuttle. If it doesn't work then you can buy a USB3 controller card with the Renesas controller and that will work.