Magewell Upgrades Ultra Stream Encoders

Magewell has upgraded its Ultra Stream encoders to simplify live streaming and enable recording of high-quality video with one click using on-device buttons, a browser-based web interface or a smartphone app.

Designed for users who want to stream but have little technical knowledge, the compact devices are being promoted as meeting the growing demand for live streaming created by people currently locked down at home and observing social distancing restrictions. However, the upgrade was in the works in any case and addressed a growing demand for live streaming among non-professional operators that was in train before the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Many individuals and organizations are turning to live streaming for the first time to help them continue communicating with their followers, members, constituents or fans," said Nick Ma, CEO and CTO at Magewell, which is headquartered in Nanjing, China.  Ma also noted that Ultra Stream encoders can record video as files to a directly connected USB drive, internal storage, or an associated smartphone.

The device is set by default to stop recording if storage becomes full, while a continuous, loop-like recording mode automatically deletes the oldest saved clip to make room as it fills up. Ultra Stream encoders include 32GB of internal storage, which enables 16 hours of recording at a data rate of 4 Mbps, often sufficient for content up to 1080p30, that is 1080 x 1920 resolution at 30 fps. Recording and live streaming can be performed simultaneously with different encoding parameters.

The Ultra Stream 1.3 firmware upgrade also adds a user-selectable auto recording option that automatically starts recording to internal storage, a USB drive, or both when a stable input signal is detected. Another addition is support for the RTSP streaming protocol, which is still used in many enterprises' internal streaming servers and industrial applications, alongside existing RTMP capabilities. 

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