Magewell Adds Two AV-over-IP Additions to Ultra Encode Live Media Encoders
Magewell has introduced two new AV-over-IP products in its Ultra Encode family of live media encoders. Designed for applications ranging from livestreaming and remote contribution to IP-based production and distribution, the compact Ultra Encode HDMI Plus and Ultra Encode SDI Plus combine “exceptional encoding and delivery flexibility with simultaneous multi-protocol streaming, file-based recording, NDI HX3 support, 4K encoding at 30 frames per second, Power over Ethernet support and advanced features for live production.”
The Ultra Encode HDMI Plus can encode at resolutions up to 4096×2160 at 30 frames per second from its HDMI interface, while the Ultra Encode SDI Plus encodes up to 4K at 30fps from the device’s 6G-SDI input. Both models support multiple video encoding formats and technologies — including H.264, H.265 (HEVC), NDI HX2 and NDI HX3— and a wide array of streaming protocols including RTMP, RTMPS, SRT, RTSP, RTP, HLS, and TVU’s ISSP technology.
Video can be encoded at bit rates up to 32 Mbps (62 Mbps for NDI HX3), while up to eight channels of audio can be encoded in AAC format. Two concurrent encoding profiles with distinct combinations of resolution, frame rate and bit rate can be specified. Configurable presets enable streaming to YouTube Live (via RTMP or HLS), Facebook Live, Twitch, the Wowza Video platform (via RTMP or SRT) or custom targets. Ultra Encode Plus models can stream to up to six different target destinations simultaneously, including the ability to stream concurrently in multiple protocols. Inputs can also be recorded as files the device’s internal storage, an external USB-connected drive or networked storage.
Ultra Encode Plus’s compact, camera-mountable metal chassis measures 4.2 inches square (106.6 mm by 106.2 mm) with a height of one inch (25 mm). Integrated tally lights indicate program or preview usage of NDI HX outputs in live production environments. The devices offer loop-through connections as well as line-level analog audio input and output and can be powered via PoE (Power over Ethernet) or the included power adapter. The encoders feature both built-in Wi-Fi network connectivity and an RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet port.