Magewell ships capture card ahead of Eco Capture launch

Magewell is shipping the first model from its Eco Capture video capture cards: the Dual HDMI M.2.

The company also announced a fourth configuration, designed to provide quad-channel capture density within the Eco Capture series' form factor. All four Eco Capture models will make their European debut on stand 8.A84 at the IBC2017 exhibition, September 15 to 19 in Amsterdam.

The cards are suited to use in small and embedded systems where full-sized PCIe slots are not available.

The first four Eco Capture models feature a PCIe 2.0 bus interface with an M.2 connector and measure 22x80mm. Power consumption is 30% to 70% lower than Magewell's Pro Capture cards. 

Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2 was first introduced at InfoComm 2017. It captures one channel of 4K video up to 4096x2160 at 30 frames per second via HDMI, while the dual-channel Eco Capture Dual HDMI M.2 and Eco Capture Dual SDI M.2 capture HD or 2K video up to 1080p60 over HDMI or SDI interfaces, respectively. The newest addition to the product line, the Eco Capture Quad SDI M.2, doubles the latter offering's channel density, capturing four concurrent HD or 2K SDI source signals. 

The M.2 Eco Capture models are available with drivers for Windows and Linux operating systems. OS-native capture APIs including DirectShow, DirectKS, V4L2 and ALSA are supported, and an SDK enables developers to directly access the full feature set of the cards. 

Stream replication enables each input channel to be delivered to multiple software applications simultaneously with identical capture parameters. FPGA-based video processing provides high-quality up/down/cross-scaling, picture controls and colour space conversion without tasking the host system CPU, while additional processes are performed by software. All four models also support up to eight channels of embedded audio per input. 

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