This guide is a culmination of over a year’s exploration and experimentation, spurred by a support request to Blackmagic that, let’s just say, took its time reaching fruition. Nevertheless, let’s dive in and see if the DeckLink Quad HDMI Recorder plays nicely with Linux.

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DRIVERS

1. Download the latest version of Desktop Video from BlackMagic.


2. Install the required packages for compiling the Blackmagic kernel module. This example is for Debian / Ubuntu / PopOS.

sudo apt install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)

3. Decompress the Blackmagic driver.

tar -xf Blackmagic_Desktop_Video_Linux_12.1.tar

4. Navigate to /Blackmagic_Desktop_Video_Linux_12.1/deb/x86_64 and install the packages using apt.

sudo apt install ./*.deb


5. Reboot the system.

Note: If you perform update the firmware, you must power down the system completely.


OBS

Add the Decklink Quad to OBS by adding a Blackmagic Device to your OBS sources.


You can configure your device from the properties window.


AMD THREADRIPPER / EPYC FIX

You will need to add amd_iommu=off to your grub config. This prevents the card from dropping frames and generally spazzing the hell out.

Note: Don’t forget to update initramfs.

sudo update-initramfs -u

Verdict:

At the end of the day, the DeckLink Quad HDMI Recorder knows how to Linux. It’s taken a few years to hammer out the bugs, but now it does everything it claims on the tin. More importantly, it’s the only 4K quad in this price range.

Blackmagic DeckLink Quad HDMI

6.8 out of 10
$545

DeckLink Quad HDMI Recorder is a high performance PCIe card that lets you capture from 4 different HDMI sources.

Works out of the box
1 out of 10
Ease of setup
9 out of 10
Stability
10 out of 10
Features
8 out of 10

Pros

4X 1080p capture

4X 2160p capture

Low noise.

Relatively inexpensive.

Cons

Blackmagic support.

Runs hot.

DSLR compatibility can be iffy.

Can't be used as a webcam.

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