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Three free software to facilitate 4K production

As more countries are heeding the calls to proliferate 4K/UHD content, Magewell — a China-based company specialising in video solutions — has chosen to provide three free software tools to help broadcasters integrate 4K into their workflow.

The company is offering Magewell Bridge to enable users to convert source video into NDI streams for live and IP-based production. The software supports all types of resolutions and frame rates, including 4K/UHD. Users are also able to generate NDI’s input source in its native format and specify the output resolution, frame rate and colour space.

Its free version 3.0 of Capture Express, an alternative preview tool, can empower broadcasters to capture 4K videos at up to 60fps. Other newly enhanced features include: GPU-accelerated H.264 encoding; single-click snapshots of one or multiple still frames; a ‘borderless’ mode for seamlessly previewing video spliced across multiple sources; audio level adjustments; and the ability to run up to nine concurrent instances of the software in support of multi-channel cards or multiple devices on one host system.

Nick Ma, CEO and CTO, Magewell, told APB: “Adopting IP enables the 4K signal to be transported over a single network cable and routed easily and flexibly while simplifying deployment and saving space.

“For customers already looking at upgrading their equipment to support 4K, it is natural to consider moving to IP at the same time.”

The third free offering is a plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro CC that allows editors to access Magewell devices directly from popular non-linear editing software.

Indeed, the dawn of 4K era will be an impetus to broadcasters to quickly adopt IP solutions and be more NDI-centric

James Liu, VP of Engineering, Magewell, said: “Our three new software releases provide exactly that for converting video to NDI streams, standalone video recording, or NLE capture.

“We’re pleased to offer these tools to our customers for free, so they can do even more with our hardware.”

Ma added: “And as Chinese audiences turn to consuming more content over the Internet, it makes sense to keep the entire content chain in the IP domain, from production to delivery.”

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