Magewell Unveils NDI Hardware Decoder

Magewell today unveiled the new Pro Convert AIO RX hardware-based NDI(r) decoder. Converting live NDI streams into high-quality SDI or HDMI outputs for connection to baseband devices such as monitors and projectors, the low-latency decoder simplifies the use of NewTek’s popular media-over-IP technology in applications such as digital signage and video walls.

Magewell’s FPGA-based NDI decoding capabilities are also being added to its four recently-released Pro Convert Plus NDI encoders, with the new functionality available to current owners as a free firmware upgrade.

Just as Magewell’s Pro Convert encoders enable users to connect SDI or HDMI-based video sources such as cameras into IP-based production infrastructures, the Pro Convert AIO RX lets integrators and end-users convert any NDI stream for output to baseband presentation or distribution equipment such as displays, projectors and routers. It can also be used to integrate legacy equipment such as switchers into NDI-enabled production workflows, or simply paired with an NDI encoder to enable long-distance transport of audio, video and power (PoE) over a single IP network cable.

The Pro Convert AIO RX features DHCP-based automatic network configuration, while a browser-based interface provides access to status monitoring and advanced features such as FPGA-based up/down/cross-conversion. Two on-device buttons also enable users to select source content and match the output format to their target display without requiring a computer: one for choosing between all NDI streams available on the network and a second for picking a preset output resolution and frame rate.

Slated for release in Q2, the Pro Convert AIO RX decodes NDI streams and outputs them over HDMI or SDI interfaces at resolutions up to 1080p HD. Users wishing to decode and output 4K NDI streams can do so with the newly-upgraded Pro Convert HDMI 4K Plus or Pro Convert SDI 4K Plus encoder/decoder models. All the specs are here.