Magewell has released a new upgrade for its Ultra Stream family of livestreaming encoder hardware. The update adds flexible new recording modes alongside expanded streaming protocol support and various minor improvements.
In addition to streaming live to popular services or a custom server, Ultra Stream encoders can record video as files to a directly connected USB drive, internal storage or an associated smartphone. The new update enables recording to the device’s built-in storage or attached USB drive with a choice of two modes.
The default method stops recording if storage becomes full, while a continuous, loop-like recording mode automatically deletes the oldest saved clip to make room when storage fills up. Ultra Stream encoders include 32GB of internal storage, which enables 16 hours of recording at a data rate of 4Mbps — often sufficient for content up to 1080@30Hz — or eight hours at 8Mbps for even higher-quality recording. Recording and livestreaming can be performed simultaneously with different encoding parameters.
The Ultra Stream 1.3 firmware upgrade also adds a user-selectable Auto-Recording option that automatically starts recording to internal storage, a USB drive, or both when a stable input signal is detected.
The new update also adds support for the RTSP streaming protocol — still used in many enterprises’ internal streaming servers and industrial applications — alongside Ultra Stream’s existing RTMP capabilities. Other enhancements include expanded controls in the web-based interface; new tools for downloading recorded clips; and image adjustments, including brightness, contrast, saturation and hue.
Ultra Stream encoders are available in HDMI or SDI models through Magewell’s global network of authorized resellers. Version 1.3 firmware is available immediately and existing users can update their devices through the Ultra Stream mobile app or web interface.