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Intensity Shuttle USB vs Thunderbolt

PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 8:02 pm
by mschubb
Thanks in advance for any advice!

Looking at the Shuttle to transfer legacy video (VHS, Betamax, etc.) and want the best possible output for use in documentary shot in 4K. Might also want to do HDMI capture in the future.

Is there any reason for me to get the Thunderbolt version of this card? Or will USB 3.O be just as good in actual use? Have a Windows 10 desktop (specs below) and a Thinkpad laptop (i7-8650U) w/SSD and both have USB 3.1 Gen 2, Type C inputs. Thinkpad has Thunderbolt 3.

Any other concerns about compatibility or installation? Or other devices I should consider?

Thanks again!


Desktop Specs:
MSI Z730M Gaming Pro Motherboard
7-8700K (not overclocked)
M.2 SSD drives

Re: Intensity Shuttle USB vs Thunderbolt

PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:21 pm
by Xtreemtec
The usb 3 is a bad choice. It has a few compatibility issues with current machines.

But if you want the best capture results I think you beter go for a bit more high end capture card instead of the cheapest option.

Would really look into a proper Decklink card.

Also keep in mind that you need a quality TBC TimeBaseCorrector when you are going to capture from tape.
Sticking svhs direct to the capture card won’t work in many cases as the sync on tape is really bad.

Re: Intensity Shuttle USB vs Thunderbolt

PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2019 4:46 am
by mschubb
Thanks for your suggestions.

Re: Intensity Shuttle USB vs Thunderbolt

PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:07 pm
by Massimiliano Celindano
USB 3.1 Gen 2 can transfer data at speeds up to 10 Gbps while Thunderbolt 3 up to 40 Gbps. As you can see, there's a huge difference. Therefore, putting a Thunderbolt 3 device into a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port is anything but useful.