The Pro Converter AIO RX is the latest innovation of Magewell. It converts live NDI streams into SDI or HDMI outputs for connection to devices such as monitors and projectors at resolutions up to 1080p. It can also be used to integrate legacy devices as switchers into NDI-enabled production workflows. In addition, it can be combined with an NDI encoder to provide long-distance transport of audio, video and power (PoE) over a IP network cable.
It features DHCP-based automatic network configuration, while a browser-based interface provides access to status and advanced features. Two on-device buttons allow users to select source content and match the output format, so they can operate without a computer. According to the press release, “one is for choosing between all NDI streams available on the network, and a second for picking a preset output resolution and frame rate”. It will be available during the Q2.
Nick Ma, CEO and CTO at Magewell, explains the benefits of the Pro Convert AIO RX: “It helps customers maximize their investments in production, distribution and display equipment as they transition to IP, but we also designed it to be a catalyst for accelerating the adoption of NDI in the professional AV market. It affordably opens the door for using NDI in video-enhanced digital signage; large-scale video walls; multi-site video distribution; image magnification (IMAG) in churches and entertainment venues; and other presentation applications. We are also pleased to add these powerful decoding capabilities to our popular Pro Convert Plus encoders, giving customers exceptional conversion flexibility.”
Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO of NewTek, talks about how the device can manage NDI technology: “Magewell’s feature-rich Pro Convert encoders were among the first products to incorporate our NDI Embedded SDK for maximum compatibility, and have helped make the transition to IP-based production easy and affordable for content creators. Their new Pro Convert AIO RX is poised to bring similar benefits to the broader professional AV market, combining the high quality and low latency of our NDI technology to empower applications from video walls to immersive audience experiences.”
The FPGA-based NDI decoding capabilities have also been added to the Pro Convert Plus NDI encoders family through a free firmware upgrade. The update, along with the new devices of Magewell, will debut in the NAB Show (April 8-11, Las Vegas).