The Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder is a PCIe slot capture card with SDI and HDMI inputs, for capturing uncompressed 10-bit video from a video source directly to your computer. You can ingest the material while the camera is recording live or from the camera recording playback. Both inputs are active, so once you connect a cable to one of them, it will start working. This card automatically switches between SD and HD, so you can handle all common digital video formats. The purpose of ingesting via a capture card is to avoid unnecessary compression and therefore data loss. The card only performs one compression, passing the footage to your computer, where it is encoded into a codec of your choice ready for editing.