PCIe, HDMI/DVI/VGA capture card




    • Single channel DVI/VGA capture card (PCI-Express)  
    • Four Lane PCIe bus with a maximum data rate of  650MB/sec 
    • Maximum analog RGB capture resolution of 2048 x 1536 x 24bit 
    • Maximum DVI capture resolution of 1920 x 1080 x 24bit (1920x1200 with reduced blanking)   
    • On card processor for real time mode and sync detection 
    • Support for multiple cards allowing up to 32 capture channels. (32 cards) 
    • Direct DMA driver software and Streaming driver 
    • High quality down scaling 
    • Support for YUV 4:2:2, RGB 5:5:5, 5:6:5 and 8:8:8 video formats 
    • High performance DMA to system memory or direct to graphics memory with scatter gather 
    • Support for separate H/V sync, Composite sync or Sync on Green  
    • 16 cropping windows per capture channel 
    • Includes WDM streaming drivers and the EMS XtremeRGB application software. 
    • Fully integrated with the EMS Wall Control software for video wall applications.     
    • XtremeRGB-Ex1 is also optimized for operation with the EMS range of graphics cards. 
    • Windows® XP Professional, Windows® Server 2003, Windows Vista®, Windows® Server 2008 and Windows® 7 (x86 and x64 Operating Systems), & Linux
    • EMS SDK & Directshow samples are also included for software developers.

    chipHardware Overview

    Number of inputs: 1
    Capture sources: Direct DVI, or HDMI, VGA, Component via supplied adapters.
    Max resolution: DVI/HDMI up to 1920x1200 24bit at 60Hz, VGA/RGB: 2048 x 1536 x 24bit 
    Multi-Card support: Yes

    The XtremeRGB-Ex1, a standalone PCIe x4 plug in card, delivers extreme performance with 650MB/s transfer bus bandwidth. This high industrial performance makes the XtremeRGB series ideal for a wide range of applications. The XtremeRGB-Ex1 has one capture channel supporting up to 1920x1080 DVI (1920x1200 with reduced blanking) or 2048x1536 VGA resolutions.  The XtremeRGB-Ex1 captures the Analog/DVI data and triple buffers it into onboard storage.  This data is then copied using Direct Memory Access (DMA) to the host system for display, storage or streaming.  The included application includes option to either transfer video data direct to the graphics card thereby increasing performance or to transfer video data to the graphics card via system memory.

    cd XtremeRGB Software
    The XtremeRGB is supplied with a stand-alone software application, s
    imply connect your external DVI or Analog source into the card, run the XtremeRGB application to automatically detect the video source format and display the captured video in a window on your desktop. For multiple inputs the application can be executed multiple times, each capture is displayed in its own independent desktop window. The captured video data is displayed in a desktop window with/without menu/borders, can be resized up/down, overlapped and/or maximized to full screen display.
    The EMS application also enables you to configure the timing and format of the input sources as well as brightness, contrast, hue etc ...  

    filmstrip XtremeRGB Streaming
    For streaming applications EMS include WDM drivers, hence any Directshow compatible software can be used such as, Windows Media Encoder/Expression, VLC, Vidblaster, HDwave, Watchout, Adobe Connect etc ...
    The XtemeRGB-Ex1 is an ideal solution for applications that require the capture of DVI/HDMI/VGA or Component sources in real-time.

    softwareSoftware Development Kit (SDK) for developers/integrators
    The XtremeRGB is supplied with a powerful SDK for own application development, many source code examples are included to help reduce the development time.
    Also included are Directshow source code examples.

  • The XtremeRGB-Ex1 captures the display output (component HD, HDMI, analog RGB or single link DVI) from one source and then displays it as an independent application on your display screen.  This is done in real time, enabling you to view data from PCs, MACs, industrial/medical equipment, cameras and other video equipment. 

    Typical applications include:  

    • Viewing Analog or DVI sources from PCs, MACs,
    • Industrial & Medical equipment
    • Cameras and other video equipment. 
    • Recording Analog or DVI video sources. 
    • Streaming video applications. 
    • Video/Data Wall Controllers.

    Video Walls

    The Xtreme-Ex1 is fully integrated with the EMS family of video wall display products providing high resolution digital video support.

    RGB-Ex1 diagram

    The following is a list of applications that are compatible with our Xtreme range of video capture cards.
    Please note, these are applications as used by our clients, for more details please google the appropriate application. Many software applications have not been listed, please feel free to email us of any software or application that you have used and we will add this to the following.

    Windows Media Encoder Adobe flash adobe connect hdwave broadcast
    vlc amcap microsoft expression vidblaster
      virtualdub watchout streampix

  • XtremeRGB-Ex1 Specifications
    Board format
    PCI Express x4 low profile card, 68.9mm x 167.6mm
    PCI Express bus master with scatter gather DMA providing
    Maximum data rate of 650MB/s 
    Connectors One DVI-I type connector
    Maximum sample rate
    170Mpixels per second analog RGB or 165 MHz DVI
    Analog modes up to 340MHz pixel clock can be captured using dual-pass sampling
    Video sampling RGB: 24bits per pixel/ 8-8-8 format
    Video capture memory 32MB, triple buffered
    Analog RGB mode support 640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536, custom modes
    DVI single link mode support 640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 1920 x 1200, custom modes
    HD modes 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p and 480i using a Component-DVI connector (HDCP not supported)
    Input mode detection Automatic detection of input modes in hardware, enabling the tracking of mode changes in the source signal
    Pixel transfer formats
    RGB: 5-5-5, 5-6-5 or 8-8-8 (24bit/32bit) pixels
    YUV: 4:2:2
    MONO: 8bits
    Update rate
    User defined, captured frame rate will match the source. Providing max data rate (650MB/s) is not exceeded
    Multi-buffered to eliminate tearing artifacts
    Video format options
    Analog RGB plus HSync and VSync (5 wire)
    Analog RGB with Composite Sync (4 wire)
    Analog RGB with Sync on Green/ YPbPr (3 wire)
    DVI Single Link
    Operating system support Windows® XP, Windows® Vista, Windows® Server 2003, Windows® Server 2008 and Windows® 7 & Linux
    Power requirements
    Max current at +3.3V - 0.25A
    Max current at +12V - 0.5A
    Max power - 6.8 Watts
    Operating temperature 0 to 35 deg C/ 32 to 96 deg F
    Storage temperature -20 to 70 deg C/ -4 to 158 deg F
    Relative humidity 5% to 90% non-condensing
    Warranty 3 years



    Please note: We are continuously developing and updating the technology used within our product range delivering outstanding innovative solutions, therefore the specification may change from time to time.

  • Listed below are all the items included when you order the XtremeRGB-Ex1 video capture card. 

    ex1   dvi-vga  component dvi
    Video Capture Card 1x VGA to DVI adapters 1x Component to DVI adapter
    hdmi dvi adapter   user guide  ems cd
    1x HDMI to DVI adapter  User Guide EMS Installation


  • Here you can download our Datasheets, Manuals, Application and Drivers 




    XtremeRGB-Ex1 Video Capture  Card Datasheet



    XtremeRGB User Manual

    This manual covers the entire Xtreme range of video capture cards 



    Xtreme range of video capture Application and Install Drivers.

     This applies to the XtremeRGB range and the XtremeSDI-2, XtremeDVI-DL1


     click here to download the Linux driver.




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