ClonerAlliance Flint 4KP Video Capture Device 2020 Latest Updated Review
The ClonerAlliance Flint 4KP Plus is a USB capture card. It takes your HDMI video signal – from a camera, game console, or secondary computer – and captures it to your PC for recording, streaming, video calling, and etc.
You can easily capture, record and broadcast 1080p@60fps HDMI videos from various game consoles, video discs, set-top-box, webcams, DSLRs, or camcorders to Windows, Mac, Linux or Android.
One cool thing about ClonerAlliance’s capture cards is that they attempt to support capture and streaming on mobile. No PC? No problem, record directly to your phone! Well, sorta.
In both the ClonerAlliance app and IP Webcam, the Flint 4KP Plus refused to detect on the Red Magic 5G, but it seemed to work fine on the Pixel 2 XL
Frame rate isn’t super stable, but I was able to capture gameplay to it!
The mobile app supports streaming, adding your camera, and changing colors of the video.
No driver is needed, just plug and play.
With universal and high performance USB Type-C port and Ultra Low Latency technology
Build & Design
In photographs, the 4KP is usually shot to look much larger than it actually is.
The 4KP is a terrifically small red box, which measures 3.63 x 3.63 x 0.67-inches.
It looks similar to a router, though clearly much smaller.
This exceptionally slim design lets you take it out of a drawer or pocket, and then share gameplay anywhere you happen to be.
HDMI can draw a lot of heat, and when you’re moving more data, that problem only heats up further.
This device uses a partially aluminum based design that’s intended to be exceptional at dissipating heat so you don’t encounter those kinds of issues.
Which is important because heat isn’t only an inconvenience, it can actually have a pretty dire impact on the performance and lifespan of your equipment
Interestingly, its size isn’t the only bit of misleading photography.
The 4KP is also made to look as though it uses a glossy surface, when the red material is actually a matte finish.
Maybe because the ClonerAlliance marketing department decided they wanted to help the unit look prettier.
Ease of Use
The Flint 4KP is based on UVC tech, which allows ClonerAlliance deliver plug-and-play functionality.
Basically any device with an HDMI port will automatically work for the 4KP.
You don’t need to install batteries or drivers, just plug the cord in, and you’re ready to go.
Enjoying almost universal compatibility means you can even capture videos to laptops or desktops because of support for Android, Linux, Mac, and Windows.
High compatibility between so many platforms isn’t a coincidence.
It’s largely the result of the USB 3.0 design, which allows you to connect anything from DSLR camera to a gaming console.
Moreover, USB 3.0 is ideal for handling the kind of bandwidth you see for 4K connections.
Of course, there are still places where you can make a mistake.
If you’re being careless, it’s easy to connect the HDMI-in cable in the HDMI-out port, or do the same with your audio ports.
Support for Third Party Software
Established streamers tend to have preferences.
Anyone who’s familiar with OBS or XSplit will probably want to continue to use the programs they know.
Especially after taking the time to create custom overlays or transitions which won’t necessarily work on another program.
The ClonerAlliance Flint 4KP provides native support for a wide variety of streaming software, including some of the most popular options used today.
For instance, it supports QuickTime, VLC, Wirecast, OBS, XSplit, Adobe Premiere Pro, and so forth.
Which means people who have favorites will be able to keep them.
Setting up the Flint was mostly painless simply requiring the installation of their first party software after plugging it in.
Emailing users an activation key on software included free with the hardware felt dated but isn’t unheard of either.
With it registered were ready to record using the HDML-Cloner PRO software.
The included software is basic but functional.
It offers ability to monitor, record and locally broadcast although minus some bells and whistles third party solutions offer.
The rather open nature of the hardware itself allows it to operate with Shotcut and OBS out of the box.
OBS is popular for streaming and offers extensive options for streaming and recording.
Shotcut is a popular open source video editor that is capable of recording directly from the Flint 4KP as well.
Passthrough on the Flint 4KP is nearly perfect. Latency wasn’t measureable and input lag was minimal to imperceptible.
Visual fidelity likewise is excellent at 4k and 1080P was also fantastic with the exception of a 60hz limit which will only be an issue for the most demanding of FPS gamers.
Using the uniengine sanctuary benchmark which you can run and compare yourself multiple passes were recorded.
One run in the final video is using the included HDML-Cloner software configured to recording an mp4 file.
The other run was done using OBS to record raw YUV data.
I anticipate the OBS raw YUV method to be the more popular due to the limited cpu impact and easier editing