Magewell announced USB Fusion, a multi-input USB video capture device with integrated source switching and layout control that lets users combine camera and wired screen share sources into live presentations for online lectures, webinars, live streaming, video conferencing, news reporting and other applications. USB Fusion is slated to begin shipping later in Q2.
The USB Fusion features two HDMI inputs and one USB webcam input, allowing users to switch between 1080p60 HD sources or combine two inputs (picture-in-picture or side-by-side) into one output and bring the result into software via its USB 3.0 interface. USB Fusion offers three ways for users to compose and control their presentations. On-device buttons allow users to switch between full-screen sources or select a combined scene layout, while a browser-based web interface offers scene switching, volume adjustments and device configuration.
The presentation power of USB Fusion is unlocked through the third control option, the free USB Fusion companion app for iOS and Android tablets. The intuitive app provides expanded layout controls for combining any two of the three input sources, and lets users add pictures, video clips, background music and handwritten notes into their presentations. Presenters can set up playlists incorporating live video and other media in advance and record or take screenshots of the combined output onto the hardware’s built-in storage. Annotations also be exported to files for archiving or subsequent sharing.
USB Fusion devices support Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems and are compatible with standard UVC and UAC specifications, enabling extensive software interoperability and driver-free setup. The device’s HDMI output can loop through an input signal or send the combined scene to a connected display or projector, while an analog audio input lets presenters augment the sources’ embedded audio with narration or music.