Lightspeed Live Capture is a scalable, multi-channel on-premise capture solution for ingesting live, live linear or tape-based media directly into production, post-production and broadcast workflows— and perfect for Edit@Home real-time remote production

To discuss your needs or try all of the features of Lightspeed Live Capture: contact sales or find a reseller.







Our base server model, the C2 Live Capture server captures SD/HD from two 3G-SDI source inputs or IP source inputs.

It supports all Live Capture’s SD and HD codecs and containers.

In the middle of the Live Capture server family is the 8 channel Live C3 Capture server.

The Live Capture C3 server can capture 8 concurrent HD channels using Apple ProRes up to HQ 422/Avid DNxHD up to HQX/and others, 6 concurrent channels of AVC-I/ XAVC-I/Avid DNxHD 444 10-bit/Sony XDCAM HD.

The Live Capture C3 server can also concurrently capture 2 UHD/4K channels at 60p using Apple ProRes (up to HQ) or Avid DNxHR (up to HQX).

For exact performance capabilities refer to the latest Lightspeed Live Capture User Guide.

The Live Capture C4 server offers the highest performance option in the Live Capture server family.

The Live Capture C4 server supports 8 concurrent HD captures for most available HD codecs or 2 concurrent UHD/4K up to 60p with most UHD/4K codecs, including XAVC Class 300/480.

For exact performance capabilities refer to the latest Lightspeed Live Capture User Guide.


More Options

And more options to extend the system!

Beyond the myriad of base features, you add options that increase your capabilities to edit live and growing files, control playback of files and playlists — and even schedule the capture of live planned events:

  • Avid integration option - create Avid media for Media Composer or MediaCentral | Interplay Production
  • Live Edit sub-clipping option - multiple users can view and edit captured clips via a simple powerful web-based UI. Learn More.
  • Live Schedule option - browser based scheduling application for Live Capture event recordings. Learn More.
  • Live Play option – browser based SDI playback software option for Live Capture servers. Learn More.
Auto Capture Ingest

Enterprise-Class Automated Capture & Ingest

Scalable, automated, multichannel IP and SDI capture solution for ingesting live or tape-based media directly into production, post-production and broadcast workflows. Lightspeed Live Capture processes video in 16-bit space to preserve total source quality and it records in wide variety of mezzanine file formats for delivery to local shared storage, CIFS, FTP, S3, Aspera and more.

Easy To Use

Easy-to-Use Web Interface

Designed with a simple, intuitive web-based, HTML5 compatible user interface. Allows for complete control or remote management from any web portal and scales easily for large system deployment. Built-in scheduling, gang control, Recurring Segments, DAI (SCTE) and Web Services API make setting up ingestion and capture events extremely easy.

Wide Format Support

Wide Format Support & Delivery Options

Record into enterprise-class codecs and containers ready for any workflow. Programmatic content insertion allows you to add custom leaders, trailers or fills. Support for MPEG2 TS, DNxHD/HR, AVC Intra, Apple ProRes, XDCAM, HEVC, MXF OP1a, Avid MXF OPAtom, TIFO, and many more. Deliver files to open workflows via growing capture, write to onboard RAID or shared network storage, file-delivery services via Aspera, S3, FTP servers, or CIFS.

Avid Adobe Checkin

Support for Avid MediaCentral | Production (Interplay) Check-in

Lightspeed Live Capture allows you to check your captured assets (even if they’re still capturing) directly into Avid or Adobe-based NLE systems. Whether your editors are using Interplay or just Media Composer or Adobe CS, they can grab growing files captured by Lightspeed Live Capture and begin editing right away. No need to wait, no need to change your post-production workflow – your turnaround time just got faster.

Multi Channel IIP

Multi-Channel IP and SDI Capture

Capture and process of up to eight 3G-SDI inputs or a ganged UHD or 4K signal while also ingesting multiple MPEG-2 (SPTS, MPTS) and RTMP sources all within a single, compact 1RU server. Combine multiple units together to build a capture farm that can be run and managed remotely. Includes support for LTC time code, captions, timecode burn-in, override, audio channel mapping, and metadata labels and variables.

Growing File Record

Growing File Record for Open Workflows

Record any source into growing files for instant, ongoing delivery to any production or processing workflow. Record and share edit-ready formats with Avid MediaCentral | Production (Interplay), Adobe Premiere Pro, Switch, Apple Final Cut Pro and more. Lower turnaround times for clips, highlights or promo packages in live and post-production environments.

NEW! Compatibility with Aspera FASPStream file transfer service allows you to capture growing files on-site and work on them remotely over unmanaged networks in real-time. See Video

VTR Deck Control & Tape Logging

Automated RS422 VTR Deck Control & Tape Logging

Easily manage multiple SDI-connected VTR decks in the GUI or using hot-key based transport controls. Control decks and capture actions remotely via the Web Services API. Built-in scheduling, triggering and automation features allow for set-it and forget-it capture and ingest workflows. 60-second time-shift buffer means you won’t miss any critical footage, and error-resistant whole-tape ingest means you will capture the entire tape without interruption, even if it is damaged or missing information. Easily define and bind capture variables, populate labels for downstream actions.

16 Bit Video Processing

16-bit Video Processing

Never lose a bit. Superior, real-time video signal processing inherited directly from our industry-leading media processing platform, Vantage. Lightspeed Live Capture processes video in 16-bit space to preserve the highest quality assets and adhere to source material with complete accuracy. Future-ready for UHD, HDR, WCG, SMPTE 2022 processing requirements.

Live Capture To Vantage

Live Capture to Vantage

Create Live Capture and Tape Capture origin actions in the Vantage Workflow Designer to initiate smart, automated media processing workflows within a corresponding Vantage domain. Seamlessly and efficiently condition your media for contextualized viewing windows with correct branding, ads, captioning, ABR packaging, etc. from all from a single capture event.

Stream & Capture On The Same System

Stream + Capture on the Same System

Lightspeed Live Capture can be combined with Lightspeed Live Stream to encode and stream multiscreen ABR OTT content to multiple destinations on the web. Deliver live HLS, MPEG-DASH, and RTMP streams directly to CDNs or publish to social media platforms like Facebook Live and YouTube Live, while capturing mezzanine quality files into open workflows. Includes support for multichannel publishing, IDR frame insertion, SCTE-35/104 compatibility, programmatic control, and more.

Software Options

Live Schedule

Live Schedule

Live Schedule is a browser based application for scheduling Live Capture event recordings.

Live Edit

Live Edit is a Sub Clipping Option for Lightspeed Live Capture

Live Edit
Live Play

Live Play

Avid integration

Lightspeed Live capture has a deep Avid system integration option that enables significant gains in productivity for every type of Avid user, from small production houses to large broadcasters producing national news or live event programming. These productivity gains are made possible by allowing the system to directly create Avid media for Media Composer or MediaCentral | Interplay Production.