Magewell will launch a new model in its Eco Capture (think: entry-level) family of M.2 video capture cards at the upcoming ISE 2020 show in Amsterdam. The Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2 captures one channel of 4K video up to 4096×2160 at full 60 frames per second over a single-link, 12G-SDI interface. The new card will make its global debut in stand 8-G475 at the event, which will take place from Feb. 11-14, 2020.
Designed for use in small and embedded systems where full-sized PCIe slots are not available, the Eco Capture family offers systems integrators and OEM developers a robust capture solution with low power consumption for space-constrained applications. The low-latency Eco Capture devices feature a high-speed PCIe 2.0 bus interface with an M.2 connector and measure just 22x80mm (0.87×3.15in), matching the M.2 2280 size specification.
The new 4K 12G-SDI model joins four existing Eco Capture M.2 configurations: a single-channel model that captures 4K video at 30fps via an HDMI interface; dual-channel models that capture HD and 2K video over HDMI or SDI; and a quad-channel HD/2K model with SDI inputs. All five Eco Capture products also support up to eight channels of embedded audio per input.
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 access the full feature set of the cards directly.
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 color space conversion without tasking the host system CPU.
The Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2 is expected to ship in January.