Magewell Makes Transition to AV-over-IP Affordable with New NDI-Compatible Encoders

Signal conversion specialists Magewell Electronics has introduced two new NDI-compatible encoders that look to reduce the cost of migrating from SDI to IP-based production and AV workflows.

The new Magewell Pro Convert HDMI TX and Pro Convert SDI TX encoders provide clean and reliable conversion of HDMI or SDI video signals into and out of AV-over-IP workflows using NewTek's NDI networking technology. The Pro Convert HDMI TX supports inputs up to 2048x1200 via its HDMI 1.4 interface, while the Pro Convert SDI TX handles sources up to 1080p60 over 3G-SDI. Both configurations offer a lower-cost entry point for customers needing only a low-latency NDI encoder to transform baseband sources into high-quality NDI streams.

The new Pro Convert TX devices include: Power over Ethernet (PoE) support; program and preview tally lights; NDI-based PTZ camera control; and an industry standard thread for camera mounting. Also included is automatic input format detection and network configuration, which make the devices easy to deploy and use. A browser-based interface provides access to status monitoring and advanced conversion settings such as FPGA-based video processing.

With these latest additions, Magewell's Pro Convert product line now comprises seven models: four Pro Convert Plus encoder/decoders (4K and HD models with a choice of SDI or HDMI inputs); two Pro Convert TX encoders; and the recently introduced Pro Convert AIO RX NDI decoder.

Another product in the Pro Convert line, the Pro Convert AIO RX, allows AV industry users to convert live NDI streams into high-quality SDI or HDMI outputs for connection to baseband devices such as monitors and projectors. This simplifies and creates new opportunities for the use of NDI in presentation applications such as video-enhanced digital signage, large-scale video walls and image magnification.

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