Magewell launches 4K SDI-to-NDI converter

Magewell has introduced the Pro Convert SDI 4K Plus encoder, the second member in its Pro Convert family of standalone hardware devices.

The products are designed to bring traditional video signals into live, IP-based broadcast and AV infrastructures using NewTek's royalty-free NDI technology. The encoder converts SDI input signals up to 4K Ultra HD into full-bandwidth NDI streams with low latency.

Pro Convert SDI 4K Plus supports video up to 4K at 30 frames per second with embedded audio over a 6Gbps SDI interface. Automatic input format detection and DHCP-based network configuration are supported. When a device is connected, the encoder will convert source video automatically at its native resolution and frame rate. An SDI loop-through connection allows the input signal to be sent simultaneously to additional displays or equipment without external splitters or routers. 

A web browser interface offers greater control of the conversion process with access to status monitoring, advanced settings and FPGA-based video processing. Functions such as up/down/cross-conversion, de-interlacing and image adjustments are performed directly within the hardware, reducing unnecessary network bandwidth and CPU usage.

The Pro Convert SDI 4K Plus offers a range of features for live production use. The device features a 1/4"-20 thread for use with standard camera-mounting accessories, while preview and program tally lights provide visual indication when the output NDI stream is being used by another application. A PTZ camera can be connected to the converter and controlled via NDI, while power for the unit can be supplied via Power over Ethernet (PoE) or the included power adapter. 

Magewell’s 4K SDI model joins the recently-introduced Pro Convert HDMI 4K Plus in the Pro Convert product line. The Pro Convert HDMI 4K Plus, which can convert HDMI inputs up to 4K at 60fps. Additional Pro Convert models, including 1080p60 configurations for users not requiring 4K resolution, are also planned. 

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