Magewell Updates Select Pro Convert IP Decoders to Support Newtek’s NDI Media-over-IP Technology

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Magewell announced new updates Tuesday for the company’s Pro Convert for NDI to HDMI and Pro Convert for NDI to HDMI 4K stand-alone IP decoders that further expand the devices’ support for Newtek’s NDI media-over-IP technology. The free upgrades add compatibility with the lower bit rate NDI|HX mode in NDI 4, complementing the decoders’ existing support for full-bandwidth NDI streams.

Magewell’s Pro Convert NDI encoders and decoders let users bring traditional video signals into and out of IP-based production and distribution workflows, enabling existing sources and displays to work seamlessly in next-generation media infrastructures. The Pro Convert for NDI to HDMI and Pro Convert for NDI to HDMI 4K decode NDI input streams for output to HDMI monitors, projectors, production or distribution equipment. In addition to NDI technology, the decoders also support SRT, RTSP, RTMP, UDP, RTP and HTTP (HLS) streams with H.264 or H.265 compression.

While full-bandwidth NDI offers the highest quality and lowest latency, the NDI|HX mode supports full-resolution, full frame-rate video delivery over wireless and limited-bandwidth networks. In addition to supporting the NDI|HX technology in version 4 of NewTek’s NDI Embedded SDK, the Pro Convert decoders can be configured for compatibility with earlier NDI|HX variants implemented in some of the first NDI-compatible PTZ cameras and accessories. The update also incorporates other new NDI 4 features, including Discovery Server support, enabling the use of NDI devices across multiple network segments.

Pro Convert NDI decoders are designed for applications including multisite video distribution, monitoring, image magnification (IMAG), digital signage, remote production, or bridging legacy and next-generation media infrastructures. The Pro Convert for NDI(r) to HDMI 4K supports NDI inputs up to 4096×2160 at full 60 frames per second, while the Pro Convert for NDI(r) to HDMI decodes 1080p60 and 2K sources. Both models automatically optimize output parameters to match the connected HDMI display’s capabilities, using FPGA-based video processing to perform up/down-conversion between HD and 4K.

NDI|HX support is available in new Pro Convert NDI decoder units and as a free firmware upgrade for existing customers. Here are the details: