Plugable Performance USB 3.0 & USB-C NIX HDMI Streaming & Capture Card

Product Description | Compatibility | Setup & Configuration | FAQ

Features

  • Stream & Record at 1080p 60FPS with low-latency HDMI pass-through
  • Great for capturing Xbox One, PlayStation 4, & PC gaming content
  • Compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux for recording or streaming
  • Works with major streaming platforms such as OBS, StreamLabs OBS, and XSplit
  • Includes USB-C and USB 3.0 (USB-A) cables to connect to virtually any modern system


Product Description

Whether you’re streaming on Twitch, YouTube Gaming, Mixer, or preparing footage for upload, the Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card provides the ability to capture at 1080p/60FPS in a compact, plug-and-play package. With the lowest resource usage around, the Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card doesn’t waste precious memory capacity or CPU/GPU performance to capture your gaming footage. It uses drivers built-in to modern operating systems, and works with popular open streaming solutions without the need to install clunky proprietary bloatware.

The Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card works with popular software streaming solutions such as OBS, XSplit, and more. Whether you want to capture from your PC, XBox One, or PS4, you’re covered with robust, multi-platform support for a wide variety of HDMI sources. (The only sources you’ll want to avoid are Mac systems and HDCP copy protected content.) We also include both USB-C and USB-A (the “traditional” USB 3.0 connector most people are used to) cables to connect and capture to virtually any modern Windows, macOS, or Linux system.

With 1080p 60FPS HDMI pass-through, no splitter is needed to capture all of your exciting gaming moments. Simply plug your console or PC into the HDMI input port and your display to the HDMI output port for latency-free and hassle-free pass-through without the need for an HDMI splitter to get a video feed to your display.

Compatibility

The Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card lets you capture from your PC, Xbox One, or PS4, so you’re covered with robust, multi-platform support for a wide variety of HDMI sources. On all platforms, we recommend installing the most current operating system updates for best compatibility and for Windows 7 users, you’ll want to install the latest USB 3.0 host controller drivers for your system.

Please note the NIX does not support capturing, recording, or streaming content from a macOS sources or sources that enforce HDCP content protection. However, macOS systems can utilize the NIX capture card for capturing and streaming from another source such as a console or second PC.

Supports capturing and streaming at 1920×1080 resolutions at 60FPS and the maximum supported mode via the HDMI pass-through is 1920×1080@60Hz. Pass-through is not compatible with displays with refresh rates above 60Hz.

The Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card uses FRUC (Frame Rate Up Conversion) to take input from the source platform (PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4) and up-sample the video to 1920×1080 at 60FPS. This may cause streamed text to appear smaller or different than via the pass-through display.

The NIX Capture Card performs best when connected to a USB 3.0 port (USB “A” or “C” will work!) and using YUY2 video format. The preferred color space profile is REC 709 Full, which is the default color profile inside of OBS, StreamLabs OBS, and XSplit.

For specific instructions on installing, configuring, and using the Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card, please visit performance.plugable.com/usbc-cap60 where we’ll also be providing configuration details for popular streaming software applications.

What’s in the Box

  • 1x Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card
  • 1x Quick Start Guide
  • 1x USB 3.0 (USB-A) to USB 3.0 (USB-A) Cable
  • 1x USB 3.0 (USB-A) to USB-C cable
  • 1x USB-C to USB 3.0 (USB-A) adapter

Connections


Setup and Configuration

 

Using the Plugable Performance NIX HDMI Capture Card in OBS on Windows

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1. With the device already connected, open OBS on the PC you are planning on streaming from.

2. Once OBS is open, look for the “Sources” frame in the bottom left of OBS.

3. Click the “+” label at the bottom left of the frame, and select “Video Capture Device”

4. Once “Video Capture Device” is selected, a separate frame will show:

Input any name you desire, and click “OK”.

5. Another frame will appear, this shows the individual characteristics of the Nix Capture Card. You should now also see an image (if you have already inserted an HDMI cable from the device you are attempting to capture (Xbox One, PS4, PC etc) if not, the screen should still be black. Please configure the capture card with these settings:

Once these settings are correctly set, click “OK”. (The Device should read as “FHD Capture”). Make sure under “Audio Output Mode” you have selected Output Desktop Audio (wave out)”

6.Under the “Audio Output Mode” drop down box, there is a “Use Custom Audio Device” check box. Please check this box, and then next to the label “Audio Device” select “Digital Audio Interface (FHD Capture).

7. You are now capturing the audio and video of the connected HDMI source via the Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card

How to properly sync the Video & Audio that is being captured by the Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card in Windows

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If you are experiencing any audio sync related issues after following our first setup guide, please follow these instructions!

1. Inside of Windows, on the bottom right hand side of your desktop, please locate the “Speaker Icon”, and right click. Select “Sounds”, and then click the “Recording” tab

2. With the “Recording” tab open, double-click the “FHD Capture” Digital Audio interface device.

3. Inside of the “Advanced” tab, change the sample rate to “2 channel 16 bit, 48000 Hz (DVD Quality)”

4. Inside of OBS, modify the “Video Capture Device” settings so that the “Audio Output Mode” drop down box is set to “Capture Audio Only”.

5. Then, inside of the “Sources” Frame, select the “+” icon, and select “Audio Input Capture” creating or adjusting the name of the device to your choosing”

6. Once the “Properties Frame” populates, change the “Device” drop down box to “Digital Audio Interface (FHD Capture)”. You will now have two sources associated with the capture card, one for audio, and one for video.

7. Now that the proper Audio Input settings are correctly configured, look for the “Mixer” frame on the bottom middle of OBS.

5. On the right hand side of the “Audio Input Capture” (or name of the capture card you originally customized) click the “settings” cog-wheel icon on the far right, and select “Advanced Audio Properties”

6. Once selected, the “Advanced Audio Properties Menu” will appear. Look for the “Video Capture Device” and remove the “offset delay”, and set the volume to “0” if it was previously configured. Look for the “Audio Input Capture” (or name of the capture card you originally customized) on the left, and then navigate to the “Sync Offset” option. Inside of the text box, type in 470. This is the standard offset sync amount, but it may need to be adjusted depending on the audio you are capturing, or the device you are attempting to capture audio from.

You are now properly synced with the Video & Audio being captured via the Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card.

Using the Plugable Performance Nix Capture Card with XSplit on PC

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1. With XSplit open, locate the “Add Source” menu at the bottom left hand side, inside of the “Scene” section.

2. Select the “Add Source” button, and then navigate to “Devices (webcam, capture cards)” -> “Video” -> and then select “FHD Capture”

3. The Plugable NIX Capture Card should now be added inside of XSplit, and will allow you to capture the connected source device.

4. Since the audio is contained inside of the Capture Card on a single lane, Xsplit will allow the built in audio to be contained in the same video capture source. To modify the Audio settings (such as adjusting any sync delays), right click on the “FHD Capture” (or the unique custom name created) and you will see “Audio Input” Menu:

5. Inside of the “PlayBack” menu look for the “Audio Input” label, with the drop down box next to it. Inside of the drop down box, select “Digital Audio Interface (FHD Capture)”. This will now allow the audio that is being outputted via the HDMI cable from the connected source to be broadcasted inside of XSplit.

6. Once the Audio Input device is properly selected, you can now modify the Offset ms (for Audio/Video Synchronization) and for adding a delay inside of stream if you choose to do so. The offset audio delay amount is default to 470ms, but is different on each system or source that is connected to the capture card, as well as the host system XSplit is being utilized on.

Using the Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card to capture video with OBS on macOS systems

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1. With OBS open, look for the “Sources” frame, and click the “+” icon at the bottom left hand side.

2. Inside of the “Add Source” menu, select “Video Capture Device”

3. Inside of the “Create New Device” menu, make sure “Create New” is selected, and rename the device to your desired name, make sure “Make source Available” is checked, and click “OK”

4. Once the new source has been added, the “properties” menu will appear. Next to the “Device” label, search through the drop down menu for “FHD Capture” ensuring that the text is bold, and not grayed out.

5. Once “FHD Capture” has been selected, the best configuration settings are as follows:

– Resolution should be set to 1920 x 1080 ( you can also capture at 720p60FPS for lower resources usage, and for down-scaling your bit rate for a faster stream.
– Frame Rate should be set to “Simple FPS Values” and 60 FPS
– Input format on USB 3.0 based systems will be YUY2 and MJPEG on USB 2.0 systems. YUY2 is the best format for the clearest image, and proper data transfer rate (only available with USB 3.0 based systems)
– Color Space can be set to “Auto” or adjusted based on the connected source system. For additional questions on Color space, please reach out to us directly at support@plugable.com

6. You are now capturing the connected HDMI source with the Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card.

Utilizing the Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card to capture audio inside of OBS on macOS systems

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1. With OBS open, look for the “Sources” frame, and click the “+” icon at the bottom left hand side.

2. Inside of the “Add Source” menu, select “Audio Input Capture

3. Inside of the “Create New Device” menu, make sure “Create New” is selected, and rename the device to your desired name, make sure “Make source Available” is checked, and click “OK”

4. Once the new source has been added, the “properties” menu will appear. Next to the “Device” label, search through the drop down menu for “FHD Capture”.

5. You are now capturing the sound from the connected HDMI source via the Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card

Using the Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card to capture video with OBS in Ubuntu

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1. With the device already connected, please open OBS on the PC you are planning on streaming from.

2. Once OBS is open, look for the “Sources” frame in the bottom left of OBS.

3. Click the “+” label at the bottom left of the frame, and select “Video Capture Device”

4. Once “Video Capture Device” is selected, a separate frame will show:

Input any name you desire, and click “OK”.

5. Another frame will appear, this shows the individual characteristics of the Nix Capture Card. You should now also see an image (if you have already inserted an HDMI cable from the device you are attempting to capture (Xbox One, PS4, PC etc) if not, the screen should still be black. Please configure the capture card with these settings:

Once these settings are correctly set, click “OK”. (The Device should read as “FHD Capture”).

6. You are now capturing the video of the connected HDMI source via the Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card

Using the Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card to capture audio with OBS on Ubuntu systems

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1.With the device already connected, please open OBS on the PC you are planning on streaming from.

2. Once OBS is open, look for the “Sources” frame in the bottom left of OBS.

3. Click the “+” label at the bottom left of the frame, and select “Audio Input Capture (Pulse Audio)” and click “OK”.

4. The “Audio Input Capture” properties menu will now appear. Please select “FHD Capture Digital Stereo (IEC958)”

5. The Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card is now properly capturing the audio from the connected HDMI source device.

How to properly sync Audio & Video being captured by the Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card inside of OBS on macOS systems

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1. Inside of OBS, ensure that you have properly added the Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card as a video source, with the proper Audio Input settings correctly configured. Then, look for the “Mixer” frame on the bottom middle of OBS.

2. On the right hand side of the “Video Capture Device” (or name of the capture card you originally customized) click the “settings” cog-wheel icon on the far right, and select “Advanced Audio Properties”

3. Once selected, the “Advanced Audio Properties Menu” will appear. Look for the “Video Capture Device” ( (or name of the capture card you originally customized) on the left, and then navigate to the “Sync Offset” option. Inside of the text box, type in 470. This is the standard offset sync amount, but it may need to be adjusted depending on the audio you are capturing, or the device you are attempting to capture audio from.

4. You are now properly synced with the Video & Audio being captured via the Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card.

How to correctly sync the video & audio that is being captured via the Plugable Performance NIX HDMI Capture Card on Linux/Ubuntu systems

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1. Inside of OBS, ensure that you have properly added the Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card as a video source, with the proper Audio Input settings correctly configured. Then, look for the “Mixer” frame on the bottom middle of OBS.

2. On the right hand side of the “Video Capture Device” (or name of the capture card you originally customized) click the “settings” cog-wheel icon on the far right, and select “Advanced Audio Properties”

3. Once selected, the “Advanced Audio Properties Menu” will appear. Look for the “Video Capture Device” ( (or name of the capture card you originally customized) on the left, and then navigate to the “Sync Offset” option. Inside of the text box, type in 470. This is the standard offset sync amount, but it may need to be adjusted depending on the audio you are capturing, or the device you are attempting to capture audio from.

4. You are now properly synced with the Video & Audio being captured via the Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card.

FAQ

 


Q: What operating systems is the Plugable Performance NIX Capture Card compatible with?
A: The Plugable NIX Capture Card does not require any specific drivers or proprietary software to be installed. It is compatible with Windows 7/8.1/10, macOS, and Linux and with popular streaming platforms.

Q: What streaming software can I utilize with the NIX Capture Card?
A: Since the NIX Capture Card uses drivers already built-in to Windows, macOS, and Linux, it will work with most major streaming software such as OBS, StreamLabs OBS, XSplit, Wirecast, and vMix; installation and configuration guides are in the section above. For additional information regarding the streaming software you utilize (if not present in this list), please reach out to us directly at support@plugable.com

Q: When I am setting the Audio Input Capture source inside of OBS, the sound is not synced with the video. Can this be fixed?
A: It sure can! In the bottom of your OBS Window, there is a frame/section called “Mixer”. Scroll through the list and look for the audio input capture line item (usually a unique name you added when adding the Audio Input Capture Source) and click on the “COG Wheel, or Settings Wheel” on the right. Select “Advanced Audio Settings”. A window should appear showing you the name of the device, the volume bar, and other various settings. Look for the Audio Input Capture item name you configured, and in the column that says “Sync Offset” input 43ms (for some devices the magic number will be between 43-46). The video should now be synced to the audio being captured.

Q: What port do I use to connect my console/PC that I want to capture from?
A: The NIX Capture Card has two individual HDMI ports: One for “In” and one for “Out”. The “In” port should be where you connect an HDMI cable from your source device (Xbox One, PS4, PC, etc). This way, all of the video the source device is outputting will be captured in OBS by the Nix Capture Card.

Q: What is the “Out” port for on the Nix Capture Card?
A: The “Out” port on the capture card is for outputting the captured video, or the video that the source is outputting, to an additional display. This way, you are still operating your source with the same latency you were when it was directly connected to a display. No dropped frames, no lag. Just the same content as it would be display when connected to a TV or Monitor directly. This is how the NIX Capture Card allows you to capture the video, while also still playing the source on another display. It is not required to use, but for the best gaming experience, having an additional display connected to the Capture Card’s pass-through ports will give you the best edge!

Q: When I disconnected the source HDMI cable from the capture card, and then insert another new source, the NIX Capture Card did not show anything in OBS. How do I fix this?
A: A bug in OBS can cause this to sometimes occur. The best way to resolve the issue is to delete the “Video Capture Device” source, disconnect the NIX Capture Card from the PC, and then reconnect it. Once reconnected, add a new “Video Capture Device” source inside of OBS, and you should be back up and capturing!

Q: Can I record the video I am capturing while streaming?
A: Yes! Inside of OBS, under the “Start Streaming” button, you should see a “Start recording” button. Once this is selected, the device will start capturing and recording the content via the capture card, and saving it to your configured location. Capturing with the Plugable NIX Capture Card in OBS does not splice or cut the recorded video, and instead saves the entire recorded video into a single file to make it easier to transfer, import, or edit.

Q: Which cable inside of the box do I use to connect the NIX Capture Card to my system?
A: There are three cables/adapters included inside of the box with the NIX Capture Card.

The first option is a USB 3.0 (“USB-A”) to USB 3.0 (USB-A) cable. This can be utilized on most modern systems, and will allow you to connect the capture card and communicate with OBS.

The second cable is USB 3.0 (USB-A) to USB 3.0 (USB-C), for connecting a system with a USB Type-C port (such as a Thunderbolt 3 port) to the NIX Capture Card.

We also include a small USB Type-C (USB-C) to female USB 3.0 adapter. This can be utilized to combine both the USB 3.0 to USB 3.0 cable, on a system that supports USB Type-C (has a native USB-C port).

Q: Can I output at 2560 x 1440p or 4K content?
A: No. The NIX Capture Card supports a maximum resolution input and output of 1920×1080 at 60Hz.

Q: Does the capture card work with my 144Hz display?
A: The pass-through chipset on the NIX Capture Card will only support up to 1920 x 1080 at 60Hz. Although your display may support higher refresh rates above 60Hz, the NIX Capture Card will only out put 60Hz.

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