Magewell unveils the Eco Capture QL-SDI 4K M.2 capture card

Magewell's latest Eco Capture card: QL SDI 4K M.2

The developer of innovative video interface and IP workflow solutions Magewell has announced the sixth model in its Eco Capture family of  compact M.2 video capture cards. Providing input signal compatibility for older 4K source equipment, the Eco Capture QL-SDI 4K M.2 captures one channel of video — with embedded audio — up to 4096×2160 at 60 frames per second over quad-link, 3G-SDI connectivity.

Magewell’s Eco Capture cards offer “high-performance video capture with low power consumption in a space-efficient form factor”. The devices feature a high-speed PCIe 2.0 bus interface with an M.2 connector and measure 22x80mm (0.87×3.15in).

The new quad-link model joins five existing Eco Capture M.2 models, including two other 4K configurations: the Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2, which captures one 4K source at 60fps over single-link, 12G-SDI, and the Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2, which supports 4K video at 30fps via an HDMI interface. The Eco Capture family also includes dual-channel models that capture HD and 2K video over HDMI or SDI; and a quad-channel HD/2K model with SDI inputs. All six Eco Capture products also support up to eight channels of embedded audio per input.

Eco Capture cards are compatible with Windows and Linux operating systems and support OS-native APIs including DirectShow, DirectKS, V4L2 and ALSA. Stream replication enables each input channel to be used by multiple software applications simultaneously with identical capture parameters, while FPGA-based video processing provides up/down/cross-scaling, picture controls, and color space conversion without tasking the host system CPU. A comprehensive SDK is also available.

“Customers who were on the cutting edge of 4K adoption often have significant investments in quad-link equipment that they want to keep using,” said Amy Zhou, Sales Director at Magewell. “Meanwhile, in markets such as medical equipment where new products often undergo lengthy certification periods, we continue to see quad-link, 3G-SDI even on current offerings. The Eco Capture QL-SDI 4K M.2 complements our popular single-link, 12G-SDI model by seamlessly supporting quad-link 4K sources.”

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