Osprey Video today announced the launch of the USB Video Bridge line of stand-alone video-capture devices. The line contains three models, all of which let users capture uncompressed video and embedded audio to PCs or other USB 3.0-equipped devices used for broadcast-quality streaming. Besides the units’ driver-less operation and automatic functionality, top-mounted display aids control and monitoring.
The USB Video Bridge suits a wide variety of use cases. For example, broadcasters can use Video Bridge devices in their streaming operations to connect to switching software such as vMix or Wirecast. Organizations that stream conferences can input a 1080p60 signal into a laptop for use by Skype, Zoom, or other conferencing software. In other streaming scenarios, users can send signals through the USB Video Bridge into laptop software that connects directly to services such as Facebook, YouTube and Wowza Cloud for full-featured internet broadcasting.
The cross-platform USB Video Bridge is UAC/UVC-compliant, meaning that in most Windows, Linux and Mac OS X applications, there’s no need to download a driver. UAC/UVC support is also included in some of the latest Android devices. USB Video Bridge communicates directly with users’ encoding applications to configure scaling and frame-rate conversion automatically. Users can also override the software settings and configure the unit manually using the device’s unique top-mounted LCD and control interface. The screen also displays the status of video input and output.
Osprey’s USB Video Bridge is available now starting at $339. It comes in three versions: The VB-US captures 3G-SDI; the VB-USL captures 3G-SDI and includes an SDI loopout connector; and the VB-UH captures HDMI. All models work seamlessly with Osprey’s Ceylon video-capture/live-streaming software at no cost.