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Magewell’s new media encoders support more live streaming production needs

To support more applications ranging from live streaming and remote contribution to IP-based production and distribution, Magewell has added to its Ultra Encode family of advanced live media encoders.

The new Ultra Encode HDMI Plus and Ultra Encode SDI Plus combine 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.

James Liu, VP of Engineering at Magewell, said, “While our core Ultra Encode models and flagship Ultra Encode AIO continue to be immensely popular, some customers want the higher bitrates, expanded formats, recording capabilities and multi-protocol simultaneous streaming of Ultra Encode AIO but in a more compact, camera-mountable form factor. 

“The new Ultra Encode Plus models fit perfectly into the middle of the product line, meeting these needs and making the Ultra Encode family ideal for even more use cases.”

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 support multiple video encoding formats and technologies. Video can be encoded at bitrates of up to 32Mbps (62Mbps 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 bitrate can be specified.  

Ultra Encode Plus models can stream up to six different target destinations simultaneously, including the ability to stream concurrently in multiple protocols. Inputs can also be recorded as files in the device’s internal storage, an external USB-connected drive, or networked storage.

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