The U-TAP 3G-SDI USB 3.0 capture devices brings professional connectivity and high quality video capture to your laptop or workstation. U-TAP SDI is bus powered with the ability to simply and easily bring in video across 3G-SDI for use within a wide range of software without any drivers to install, as it’s supported directly in macOS X®, Windows® and Linux®.
U-TAP SDI offers easy, cost effective and portable solutions for plug and play capture that is compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux operating systems and a broad range of creative applications. From video conferencing, streaming, social media, gaming and more, U-TAP SDI offers powerful functionality without requiring any third party driver software.
U-TAP SDI is smaller than a smartphone, with USB connectivity that provides a quick and easy way to connect SDI sources for capture, without the need to install additional software drivers. Small enough to carry anywhere with you, its bus powered USB connectivity ensures you will never be looking for a power source.
U-TAP SDI provides an SDI looping output, allowing you to loop through the source SDI signal to monitors, switchers and more. U-TAP SDI supports frame rates up to 1080p 60, for your HD High Frame Rate (HFR) projects.
U-TAP is small, rugged, reliable and backed by AJA's world renowned support. Small enough to fit in your pocket and with no power supply to carry, it can go with you anywhere.
Silence defined with no fans or moving parts, U-TAP won't detract from the recording or streaming experience, but quietly enhance it with automatic video scaling and aspect ratio conformity based on your application’s requirements, all the way up to 1080p 60.
U-TAP SDI is UVC and UAC compatible on Mac, Windows and Linux, negating the need for additional drivers. This ensures compatability with a wide range of professional software applications and a seamless integration between the native software and AJA’s high quality hardware letting you focus on the work, not the technology.
AJA’s technical support is recognized as among the best in the industry and is available to all AJA customers. If you need assistance with any aspect of your U-TAP installation, configuration, operation or encounter any technical issue, AJA Support will work with you to get up and running.
U-TAP products are covered by a generous three year warranty. Please see the individual Product’s Manual for additional specifics around warranty conditions for the product itself.
1. PsF formats are not supported.2. Host system specifications/performance will govern what video formats are possible.
v1.5.2 is a feature and enhancement release for U-TAP SDI and U-TAP HDMI. Please read the Release Notes for details regarding loading the firmware update with the new Software Updater.
This is the second release of firmware for U-TAP SDI and U-TAP HDMI. Please read the Release Notes for details regarding loading the firmware update with the new Software Updater.
This is the initial release of firmware for U-TAP SDI and U-TAP HDMI. Please read the release notes for details regarding loading the firmware if needed.
AJA U-TAP Series Manual v1.5.2
U-TAP HDMI and U-TAP SDI use a technology called UVC (USB Video Class) and UAC (USB Audio Class). This is how most webcams interact with the host operating systems. This allows the device to not need any third party driver installs or configuration, just plug it in and open the application as support for the devices is provided at the operating system level.
U-TAP is designed to work with operating systems that support UVC and UAC. OS X 10.11.6, Windows 7, 8 and 10 and recent versions of Linux have been tested by AJA at time of writing. That being said it may work in other operating systems as well.
To capture video content with U-TAP, you will need a UVC compatible application. Most applications that support webcam ingest or capture will work. Quicktime X, VLC, and many more.Please see AJA’s compatibility grid for known software compatibility: https://www.aja.com/media/images/products/misc/utap-compatibility.png
U-TAP requires a USB 3.0 connection for full 1080p60 capture to be possible. It is compatible with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, although when connected via USB 2.0 maximum performance is going to be limited. U-TAP will negotiate with the USB bus in the host computer and provide the best results possible.
USB 3.0, also known as SuperSpeed, comes standard on all computers manufactured after 2011. Check with your computer or motherboard manufacturer to verify that USB 3.0 is present on your system.
U-TAP sends bulk data for video and isosynchronous data for audio; which is not compatible with Extron Extenders since they expect isosynchronous video.
AJA recommends using USB-IF certified cables no longer than 1 meter or 3 feet long for best result with USB3 connectivity.
Yes, you can attach multiple U-TAPs to the same CPU through its built in USB connections! However, attaching Multiple U-TAPs to one system might impact the expected frame rate of incoming video.
U-TAP is capable of up to 60 frames per second of capture at resolutions up to 1080p when connected to a USB 3.0 connection on the host computer.
This is dependent on the capture application. Many applications do not expose the user to the different output sizes and control those settings internally to maintain best picture quality. This is very common with Video Conferencing and Video Chat applications.
Yes the U-TAP hardware is capable of these conversions, however the controls for these needs is provided by the software you are using and only certain applications expose these controls.
Yes, changing video sources will not negatively impact the capture signal or format in the application.
No. U-TAP can scale but it does not compress the video. U-TAP offers ingest of uncompressed video.
U-TAP adds near zero delay. However, third-party applications may cause additional capture delay. For example the application AmCap adds 500 Milisecond delay to the audio path by default, which can be adjusted within the application itself.
This is just a visual quirk – image mirroring happens with most UVC-friendly applications. But don’t worry! All captured video content will appear correctly despite appearing reversed in your application during capture!
U-TAP cannot save or capture video by itself but many applications support this.
To get analog audio into a U-TAP you need to embed the Audio prior to the signal getting to the U-TAP as U-TAP devices are digital devices.
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U-TAP HDMI is UVC and UAC compatible on Mac, Windows and Linux,negating the need for additional drivers. This ensures compatability with awide range of professional software applications and a seamless integrationbetween the native software and AJAs high quality hardware letting you focus onthe work, not the technology.