If you've wanted to capture the HDMI signal from set top boxes or your camcorder straight to you computer, the Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle is an inexpensive breakout box that can do just that...providing your computer has USB 3.0.
Priced at $200, the box accepts and captures HDMI signals as 10 bit, uncompressed signals. That's interesting for home entertainment purposes (from what we can tell, the device has at least some workaround measures for HDMI's copy protection), but if you have a camcorder with HDMI-out, it means you could likely record the image straight to your computer without being compressed into a pocket-friendly codec.
The Shuttle is also equipped with HDMI-out, so you edit to external monitors. Plus, it upscales any standard def content that comes its way. If you don't have USB 3.0 but you do have PCI Express, don't fret, there's another version of the device that works pretty much the same way. But it won't take up a big portion of your desk, so that's no fun. [Blackmagic via EverythingUSB via GizmoWatch via UberGizmo]