Magewell to debut multi-protocol live-stream decoder at ISE 2020

Magewill will unveil its Pro Convert H.26x to HDMI multi-protocol, SRT-compatible streaming media decoder at the show, capable of decoding a standard H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC) compressed video stream into HDMI output for connection to baseband monitors, projectors and switchers.

A range of protocols are supported, being designed for applications including multi-site video distribution between corporate, educational and church campuses, remote production, surveillance monitoring and digital signage.

The Pro Convert H.26x to HDMI supports the secure reliable transport (SRT) open source protocol, in addition to supporting RTSP, RTMP, UDP, RTP and HTTP streaming. 

The decoder streams up to 2160x1200 at 60 frames per second for output over its HDMI 2.0 interface, with FPGA-based video processing allowing the device to automatically up-convert HD or 2K source streams to 4K for viewing on UHD displays.  

DHCP-based network configuration can detect the video audio characteristics of the target display device with EDID metadata, automatically optimising output parameters or providing a range of compatible choices. 

The device can be powered via an external adapter or PoE, with users able to specify source stream URLS and control the decoder’s advanced settings through a browser-based interface, wired or wireless keyboard or mouse or by using two on-device buttons that overlay a menu on the HDMI output. 

Eight channels of AAC or MP3 audio are supported in the input stream with user control of audio gain, sample rate, channel selection and on-screen VU metering. 

An image flip function is also included for inverted projector installations alongside safe area controls and aspect ratio conversion. 

The decoder can be paired with Magewell’s Ultra Stream encoders or third-party hardware or software encoders.

Multi-protocol H.264 and H.265 decoding capabilities can be added to existing Pro Convert for NDI to HDMI decoders via a firmware upgrade for IP stream decoding versatility. 

The firmware update is available on the Magewell website, with the Pro Convert H.26x to HDMI hardware to be released in March 2020. 

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