Accessing Elgato Capture Card Secret DirectShow Driver Settings

Before getting started:

Modifying your capture card driver in any way is NOT supported by Elgato. You risk losing the functionality of the device or at worst, it not working at all. You’ve been warned.

Elgato’s capture device which uses DirectShow exposes a limited number of settings within the DirectShow driver panel. The reason is simple – for 99.9% of users, these are the only settings they will ever need to access. For those of you that want to tinker, there are some additional options.

Another warning: Not all settings work or directly do anything and I can’t give guidance on what settings to use/change.

Let’s begin.

This only works on devices that use DirectShow. This includes:

  • Game Capture HD60 S
  • Game Capture HD60 Pro
  • Game Capture 4K60 Pro MK.2 (And original)
  • Cam Link Pro

First, download and install the latest version of Elgato’s 4K Capture Utility software from elgato.com/download

Next, open the 4K Capture Utility

In the settings, make sure your DirectShow-based capture card is selected

Now close the settings

Back in the main window, press these four keys at the same time: SHIFT+CTRL+ALT+U

This opens the Advanced Settings and Units window. Do not TOUCH anything here. You can and will break stuff.

Expand the category EGAVPipelinePreview.

Next, expand EGAVSourceVideoCaptureDshow

You should see your device now. Since I have a 4K60 Pro MK2. selected, I see Device <Game Capture 4K60 Pro MK.2>

Select your device and the properties on the right side will populate.

Click on the Property column on the right side to alphabetically sort the properties.

Scroll down and look for the setting called Show Filter Properties (0-2). The default setting is 1.

Under the value column, you can click on the 1 to change the number.

  • 0 – No settings are shown.
  • 1 – Elgato optimized settings are shown.
  • 2- All available settings are shown.

Double click on the 1 and enter 2, then press enter.

Now close the Units window and close 4K Capture Utility

Open OBS Studio or your preferred software, and open the capture card properties.

You will see many more options available for you to configure.

And that’s it. Now you can change any settings you’d like. My original warnings of course apply. Happy tinkering!