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.