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Telestream Lightspeed Live Capture C3


Telestream Lightspeed Live Capture C3 | 8-Channel Video Capture and Processing

Standalone capture, multiple server capture farm or integrated directly into Vantage Media platform

Telestream Lightspeed Live Capture C3 model is a mid-range Live Capture server capturing SD/HD/UHD from up to eight SD/3G-HD SDI source inputs, up to two DCI 4K/UHD inputs, or Transport/RTMP IP source inputs. Live Capture C3 servers can operate as standalone capture devices, multiple server capture farms, or be seamlessly added to a Vantage domain of any size. Live Capture ingests into multiple video formats, creating high-resolution H.264/AVC proxy files, and storing them to a large local media RAID or to external shared storage such as a NAS/SAN.

System features:

  • Flexible codec and container support
  • Highly scalable solution – standalone or multi-server systems
  • Captures up to 4K (4096 x 2160) at 60p

Workflow features:

  • Seamlessly integrated with Vantage including Open Workflows
  • Output multiple resolutions files from any input
  • Capture to Local RAID or external shared storage
  • Direct support for Avid Interplay and ISIS/NEXIS shared storage
  • Wide range of delivery options – CIFS, FTP, S3, Aspera, others
  • Time Shift buffer – capture frames from up to 60 seconds in the past

Telestream Lightspeed Live Capture models comparison




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.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).
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.

SDI Input Sources:

  • 8 SD/HD/3G-SDI inputs – Supports up to 1080 50/60p (3G-SDI LEVEL A only)
  • Up to 2 Quad-Link Square Division/2 Sample Interleave input – Supports UHD/4K up to 2160 50/60p
  • Up to 16 channels embedded SDI audio 48Khz/16/24bit / Uncompressed
  • Configurable loop-through 3G-SDI outputs

IP Input Sources:

  • MPEG-2 Transport Stream (SPTS, MPTS) with MPEG-2 or AVC (h.264) Video
  • SMPTE 302M, MPEG Layer2, AAC, AC-3, EAC3 Audio
  • RTMP TCP protocol support for source input including support for Wirecast RTMP input VTR Machine Control for each SDI Input 1

VTR Machine Control for each SDI Input 1

  • RS-422, 9 pin Sony Protocol
  • Control up to 8 VTRs per Lightspeed Live Capture

External API Control

  • Web service
  • RS-422 (BVW/Sony 9-pin)1

Time code sources

  • Source SDI input (VITC/VBI)
  • RS-4221
  • Analogue LTC
  • Computer Clock
  • Free Run

Edit solutions

  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC
  • Apple Final Cut Pro 7 and X
  • Avid Media Composer 7 or later
  • Others

Primary output file formats

  • Apple ProRes – 422HQ, 422SQ, 422LT, 422 Proxy, 444
  • DNxHD – 444, HQX, HQ (220/185 Mbps), HQ TR (145/120 Mbps), SQ (145/120 Mbps), SQ TR (100 Mbps), LB (45/36 Mbps)
  • AVC Intra – 50 Mbps 4:2:0, 100 Mbps 4:2:2, 200 Mbps 4:2:2
  • AVC Baseline, Main, High. Bit Rate – 50 Mbps
  • XDCAM HD – 18 Mbps CBR, 25 Mbps CBR, 35 Mbps VBR
  • XDCAM HD422 – 50 Mbps CBR
  • XDCAM EX – 35 Mbps VBR
  • IMX – 30, 40, 50Mbps
  • HEVC (software encoding only) Bit Rate – 50 Mbps
  • XAVC – 100Mbps 4:2:2
  • DV – DV 25 Mbps, DVCPRO 25 Mbps, DVCPRO 50 Mbps, DVCPROHD
  • x264² Baseline, Main, High, High 10, High 4:2:2, max Bit Rate 50Mbps
  • x265² Main, Main 10, Main Intra, max Bit Rate 50Mbps
  • MPEG-2, max bit rate 50Mbps
  • Uncompressed 10-bit (SD/HD V210)
  • JPEG 2000 up to 1080p60

Browser based control UI

  • Manual Recording options
  • 24/7/365 Scheduling
  • Log and Capture with VTR control via RS-4221
  • Web Service API
  • Multichannel Gang recording
  • DAI (SCTE Trigger)

Container Wrappers

  • MXF OP1a including RDD9 and RDD25 variants
  • Avid MXF OPAtom
  • QuickTime
  • MP4 – complies with IEC-14496-14
  • MPEG Transport Stream (with MPEG2 essence) and Manzanita multiplexing (optional purchase)
  • Telestream TIFO

Proxy output files

  • AVC/H.264 – MXF OP1a – High@L3, container conforms to SMPTE RDD25, max Bit Rate 10Mbps
  • AVC – MP4 – High@L3, container conforms to IEC-14496-14, max Bit Rate 10Mbps
  • Apple ProRes Proxy and Avid DNxHD LB


  • 1 RU chassis
  • Dual hot swap Power Supplies
  • 4 x 10GBase-T Ethernet ports
  • Up to 8.8TB of local RAID storage

Hardware options

  • 8Gb and 16Gb FibreChannel HBA for SAN access
  • Myricom 10Gb Ethernet over Fibre for Avid ISIS/NEXIS connectivity
  • Additional 4.4TB (Four enterprise-class 1.2TB SATA 6Gb/s drives)
  • 4 channel RS422 Kit


  • Management console and system monitoring via SNMP
  • Size: H 1.7” (43mm) x W 17.2” (437mm) x L 27.8” (707mm)
  • Weight: 32 lbs
  • AC Input: 100-127Vac, 50-60Hz; 200-240Vac, 50-60Hz
  • Operating Temperature: 5°C to 40°C (41°F to 104°F)

1 Requires optional RS422 kit
2 4k?UHD capable