Magewell Introduces New Models in Its Pro Convert Line of Encoders/Decoders

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Magewell has introduced three new models in its Pro Convert family of low-latency video-over-IP encoders and decoders. The Pro Convert 12G SDI Plus encoder converts 4K at 60 frames per second, 12G-SDI input signals into full-bandwidth NDI streams, while the Pro Convert for NDI to SDI and Pro Convert H.26x to SDI decoders transform NDI, H.264 or H.265 streams into SDI outputs for connection to monitors, projectors and legacy equipment.

Magewell’s Pro Convert encoders and decoders bridge traditional video signals with IP-based production, distribution and streaming workflows, enabling existing sources and displays to work seamlessly in next-generation media infrastructures. Leveraging NewTek’s popular NDI technology, Pro Convert encoders reliably bring traditional live video signals into IP-based production, remote contribution and distribution workflows. Meanwhile, Pro Convert decoders flexibly decode a wide range of live IP media formats for applications, including remote production, multi-site video distribution, digital signage, IMAG and surveillance monitoring.

The plug-and-play Pro Convert 12G SDI Plus ingests video up to 4K@60fps over a single-link, 12Gbps SDI interface and converts it to full NDI streams with low latency. The encoder supports up to 16 channels of embedded audio, while automatic input format detection and DHCP-based network configuration eliminate the need for manual setup. An SDI loop-through connection allows the input signal to be sent simultaneously to additional displays or equipment without external splitters or routers, enabling sources to be easily used in new IP workflows without disrupting existing traditional video infrastructure.

Value-added Pro Convert 12G SDI Plus features for live production applications include program and preview tally lights, protocol conversion for NDI control of non-NDI PTZ cameras and a standard 1/4” -20 thread for camera mounting. The new model is the seventh Pro Convert NDI encoder, joining earlier HD and 4K models with HDMI, 6G-SDI or 3G-SDI interfaces.

Magewell’s duo of new Pro Convert decoders each converts input streams up to 2048×1080 at 60fps for output via a 3Gbps SDI interface. The Pro Convert H.26x to SDI decodes H.264 or H.265 compressed video streams in a wide range of streaming protocols, including SRT, RTSP, RTMP, UDP, RTP and HLS, while the Pro Convert for NDI to SDI can decode all of those plus full-bandwidth NDI and high-efficiency, lower-bit rate NDI|HX streams.