Magewell Launches Centralized Device Management Software

Video interface and IP workflow vendor Magewell has launched multi-device management software available free of charge for on-premises server or cloud hosting platforms.

The Magewell Cloud software provides centralized configuration and control of multiple Magewell IP encoders and decoders, along with stream management features including protocol conversion and SRT gateway functionality.

“While Magewell streaming and IP conversion solutions all have their own intuitive user interfaces, customers with multiple Magewell devices or systems integrators supporting Magewell solutions across several end-user installations may wish to manage them all remotely from a single dashboard,” said James Liu, VP of Engineering at Magewell.

Magewell Cloud supports remote management of all the company’s current hardware systems for streaming and IP conversion. These include the Ultra Stream family of live streaming and recording appliances, the recently-introduced Ultra Encode series of universal live media encoders, and the Pro Convert portfolio of encoders and decoders for bridging traditional video and audio signals with IP media networks using NDI technology.

The platform simplifies one-to-many or many-to-many streaming with the Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) protocol by serving as an SRT gateway. SRT-capable Magewell devices, including Ultra Encode universal live media encoders and Pro Convert multi-format IP decoders, can connect to Magewell Cloud rather than directly to each other. This eliminates the need to allocate public, static IP addresses for each SRT device, as only the Magewell Cloud software installation needs to be accessible over the internet to enable SRT streaming between multiple endpoints.

While the SRT protocol enables secure, reliable, low-latency transmission even over unpredictable networks such as the public internet, many legacy encoders and decoders do not directly support SRT. The Magewell Cloud platform can convert streams bi-directionally between RTMP and SRT, allowing users to take advantage of the robustness of SRT within their workflows, while providing compatibility with a broader range of devices and software.

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