PiCapture HD1


High definition, low latency video capture for the Raspberry Pi.

In stock (can be backordered)


Product Description

PiCapture HD1 is now shipping!

The HD1 is the high definition version of PiCapture, a unique video capture solution that enables all of the video processing capability of the Raspberry Pi Graphics Processing Unit (GPU).  Click here for example videos

PiCapture HD1 captures high-definition progressive video from digital (HDMI/DVI), analog (YPbPr Component), and Computer (RGB) sources at 480p, 720p, and 1080p resolutions.

By using the Raspberry Pi CSI-2 camera interface and providing complete camera emulation, all of the video encoding and management capabilities of the Raspberry Pi are usable with any compatible video source. In addition, applications that require large amounts of Raspberry Pi resources (e.g. real-time image processing) are now enabled since USB capture devices are not required.

The PiCapture board is compatible with the “HAT” form factor and plugs directly into I/O headers of the Raspberry Pi. Standoffs and screws are supplied for securely mounting to the PiCapture to the Raspberry Pi as shown above. A ribbon cable connects to the CSI-2 camera interface.

Power is provided through the Raspberry Pi, with a standard 5V AC Adapter. Pass-through connection headers are provided for the I/O headers so that additional devices may be attached.

This example was captured from a 1080p 60fps source using HDMI:




A note about HDMI and HDCP:   

High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) is a form of digital copy protection to prevent copying of digital audio and video content as it travels across connections.  An HDCP compliant source with HDCP protected material cannot be recorded on PiCapture using the HDMI interface, and we recommend using component video for this material.

 PiCapture SD1 Specifications 


Compatibility Raspberry Pi 1 A+,B+ Requires 40 pin GPIO connector
Raspberry Pi 2
Raspberry Pi 3
Physical Dimensions 65mm x 56.5mm HAT form factor
Interface connectors 40 pin GPIO connector Pass-through header is provided
CSI-2 MIPI camera connector  
Power Requirements 5V @ 250 mA Supplied by Raspberry Pi
Supported Video Formats 480p, 720p, 1080p Up to 60fps
Video Inputs HDMI  
YPbPr Component  
Computer RGB DVI with adapter
Input Connectors 3 RCA/Phono Used for  component input
1 HDMI  
Status Indicators Red “ACTIVE” LED “Camera active” indicator (same as Raspberry Pi camera)
Green “RUN” LED PiCapture Ready indicator
Blue “READY” LED Video Active indicator
Yellow “PGM” LED Programming / PiVideo Control Active Indicator
4 Green LEDs PiCapture Video Processor source type / status
Video Output Formats 640 x 480

1296 x 972

1920 x 1080

Configuration Jumpers UART Select (2×2) Remove to disconnect from serial port
I2C Select (3×2) Select I2C port, or remove to disconnect from both I2C ports
Included Accessories CSI-2 MIPI interface cable  
  Mounting hardware Standoffs and screws for securing the PiCapture board
Software PiVideo control software Used to manage the PiCapture video processor

Additional Information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 2.25 x 3 x 1.25 in


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