Magewell Releases Three New Members Of Pro Convert IP Encoder Family

Magewell has added three models to its Pro Convert family of low latency video-over-IP encoders and decoders.

The Pro Convert 12G SDI Plus encoder converts 4K/60fps, 12G-SDI input signals into full-bandwidth NDI (Network Device Interface) streams, while the Pro Convert for NDI to SDI and Pro Convert H.26x to SDI decoders transform NDI, H.264 or H.265 streams into high-quality SDI outputs for connection to monitors, projectors and legacy equipment. NDI is a royalty-free software standard developed by NewTek to enable video-compatible products to communicate, deliver, and receive high quality video over a computer network at low latency with frame accuracy suitable for switching in a live production environment.

Magewell’s Pro Convert encoders and decoders bridge traditional video signals with IP-based production, distribution and streaming workflows, enabling existing sources and displays to operate transparently in next-generation media infrastructures. Leveraging NewTek’s NDI technology, Pro Convert encoders bring traditional live video signals into IP-based production, remote contribution, and distribution workflows. Then Pro Convert decoders decode a wide range of live IP media formats for applications including remote production, multi-site video distribution, digital signage, IMAG and surveillance monitoring.

The plug-and-play Pro Convert 12G SDI Plus ingests video up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second over a single-link, 12Gbps SDI interface and converts it to full NDI streams at low latency. The encoder supports up to 16 channels of embedded audio, while automatic input format detection and DHCP-based network configuration eliminate the need for manual setup.

An SDI loop-through connection allows the input signal to be sent simultaneously to additional displays or equipment without external splitters or routers, enabling sources to be used in new IP workflows without disrupting existing traditional video infrastructure.

Magewell’s two new Pro Convert decoders each convert input streams up to 2048×1080 at 60fps for output via a 3 Gbps SDI interface. The Pro Convert H.26x to SDI decodes H.264 or H.265 compressed video streams in a wide range of streaming protocols including SRT (Secure Reliable Transport), RTSP, RTMP, UDP, RTP and HLS, while the Pro Convert for NDI to SDI can decode all of those plus full-bandwidth NDI and high-efficiency, lower-bitrate NDI(r)|HX streams.

The new additions also bring the Pro Convert decoder family to seven models. They join HD and 4K NDI and streaming-only models with HDMI interfaces, and the Pro Convert AIO RX NDI decoder with both HDMI and 3G-SDI outputs.

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