Magewell showcases its new Ultra Stream SDI streaming encoder

Front view of the Magewell Ultra Stream SDI device

Following the success of its Ultra Stream HDMI standalone streaming encoder, Magewell has announced its new Ultra Stream SDI model, which is being showcased at InfoComm China (July 17-19 in Beijing) and will appear at IBC 2019.

Ultra Stream encoders allow users to record or stream high quality video using on-device buttons or a smartphone app. The signal can be delivered to services such as Youtube, Facebook Live or Twitch, or to a custom-specified RTMP server. Lastly, they can simultaneously record video as files to a USB drive or the associated smartphone.

Both devices have new features: support for 3G and 4G USB models, automated connectivity management for switching between mobile broadband, wired Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity if the network link is interrupted; and a new Access Point (AP) mode that enables Wi-Fi-based smartphone control of the encoders if there is not an exciting accessible Wi-Fi network. In addition, a web interface has been added with enhancements such as a multi-level user management.

There are differences between the HDMI and the SDI model: the latter captures, encodes and streams HD or 2K video at resolutions up to 2048×1080 over 3G-SDI connectivity, while the former features an HDMI input interface. Support for embedded SDI audio is improved by an analog microphone input and a headphone output for monitoring, while an SDI loop-through connection enables source signals to be simultaneously sent to a monitor or other production equipment. Both devices offer wireless and wired network connectivity, with built-in Wi-Fi as well as an RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet port, in addition to the optional mobile broadband modem support.

The aforementioned new features are now available as a firmware upgrade for existing Ultra Stream units. The web interface feature and the Ultra Stream SDI model will be released in August.

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