Magewell

Magewell logo In case youíve never heard of Magewell, they are a Chinese company from Nanjing specialising in video capture cards. Of course thereís lots of little-known companies in Asia that make video capture cards, often aimed at the CCTV market, many of which donít work with applications like VidBlaster or vMix, so you might wonder what makes Magewell different? Demo AvailableTheir primary market is AudioVisual and Streaming, so their products are designed to have DirectShow drivers for Windows and are tested for use with software like Adobe FMLE, making them a natural fit with Livecast, vMix, VidBlaster, Wirecast and many other applications too.

Available now - the Magewell USB Capture Plus range  -  DVI - HDMI - SDI

Magewell USB capture Plus HDMI DVI SDI

HDMI & SDI versions feature Loop Thru connections, plus there's a multi-format DVI model too (which can take VGA, HDMI and analogue/YUV via a breakout cable). The new devices are in addition to the standard 32060/70 capture dongles, now in Gen-2 form, rather than directly replacing them. USB3 Capture Plus 4K versions coming soon.


There's a wide range of PCIe cards and USB3 video capture devices available from Magewell, from single input to multi-input, SD to 4K resolutions, and with connections that include analogue composite or YUV component, VGA, DVI, HDMI and SDI/HDSDI. Many of the devices have analogue audio inputs, and in the case of HDMI & SDI connections, support embedded digital audio.

Magewell 4K Pro Capture video cards

The Pro Capture 4K cards (above) include SDI+HDMI (AIO) and HDMI-only versions, capable of capturing up to 4096x2160 at 60p via HDMI 2.0, or at 30fps via 6G SDI.

For HD productions, the range includes PCIe cards with up to 4x HDMI or HD-SDI inputs (Pro Capture single, Dual & Quad versions), as well as a dual input analogue/VGA/DVI/HDMI  (Pro Capture Dual DVI).

For SD-only production, there are both PCIe and USB3 devices with 6x video+audio inputs (XI006AE & XI006AUSB).

Magewell Pro Capture properties panel (4K)

All of these PCIe cards and standard-sized USB3 boxes employ Magewell drivers which include an enhanced DirectShow Properties panel (Pro Capture version pictured above). Itís here that you can select the input source on devices which have multiple connection options per channel, but you donít always have to do that because the driver software will try to auto-detect the input thatís being used (unlike Blackmagic cards). The other useful settings include some proc-amp controls for colour adjustment, de-interlacing and dealing with aspect ratio conversion.

The video above looks mainly at the XI204 hybrid PCIe card, and includes details of the settings available via the Properties panel. Towards the end it also shows the XI006AUSB external USB3 box with six SD inputs connected.



Magewell XI100DUSB HDMI video capture dongle

The Magewell USB3 Dongles

Demo AvailableIf you want a device that's highly portable, yet easy to use, the pocket-sized 32060/32070 USB3 Capture Dongles are available in two versions, one with HD-SDI and the other with an HDMI input. More than one dongle can be connected to the same PC, and there's no drivers to install, which is useful if you need to use them on multiple machines - especially when they belong to other people who don't allow additional driver software to be installed on their systems. They're compatible with a wide variety of USB3 host controllers, including those found on motherboards with the Intel Ivy Bridge & Haswell chipsets.

Magewell XI100DUSB as Imaging DeviceYou'll notice that the way the video input appears under Windows is as an Imaging Device, just like a webcam. This is unlike many video capture devices which appear as Sound, Video & Game Controllers. This is significant because some video software is primarily designed to accept input from webcams and may not accept video from other types of device. In the Device Manager Properties panel, you will see that the Magewell USB3 Dongle uses the default Microsoft driver. This means it will always work with any Windows application that expects the input to be from a webcam. That includes things like Skype, Google Plus Hangouts, Flash Media Live Encoder, and VidBlaster of course.

Magewell XI100DUSB-HDMI Audio Device in WindowsAs for the audio, the USB3 dongle shows up in the list of Windows Recording Devices, and will decode standard stereo audio that's embedded in the HDMI feed. In other words, simple uncompressed PCM stereo audio - it can't deal with things like Dolby stereo or surround sound encoding.

In VidBlaster, for example, in the list of video sources in a Camera module, it appears as a XI100DUSB-HDMI device and, if you look at the list of Video Resolution options, you'll see a selection of pixel sizes that go from 640 by 360 all the way up to full HD 1920 by 1080 and beyond. It will capture at a range of frame rates, up to 60 frames per second. At the electronic input, the video resolution is always detected automatically, so what you're seeing here, in the software, is what the dongle is actually passing over the USB bus, to the host application. Any scaling and frame-rate re-sampling is done in the dongle itself. If you don't want the video to be processed externally, set the resolution in the software to match that of the actual video source.

The Magewell dongle is capable of capturing computer video output. When it's connected to a graphics card output, it appears to Windows like a multi-standard monitor, offering a wide range of PC & broadcast video resolutions & frame rates. This makes it quite easy to duplicate most resolutions used by the main display, whenever this is required.

If you donít have a USB3 port available, it's worth mentioning that the Magewell dongle will work in a limited way when connected to a USB2 port. Of course you'll only get full resolution and frame rate if you use a USB3 port, because the reduced bandwidth that's available from a USB2 port is insufficient for full frame rate at higher resolutions. Sometimes that's less of a limitation than it may first appear. For example, you may want to capture the slides from a Powerpoint presentation, you want them in HD, but they don't actually change very quickly. In this case, capturing at a lower frame rate whilst still maintaining HD resolution is probably quite an acceptable compromise.

Alternatively, you might have a camera source that you need to stream, which only outputs full HD at 1080, and you need 30 frames per second to avoid jerky movement. Without compression, 1080 at 30frames per second generates more data than a USB2 bus can handle, but if you're only streaming at a much lower resolution, like 640 by 360, you can take advantage of the fact that the dongle will scale the video before it sends it over the USB bus, so setting the device output to 640x360, even though it has been scaled from a 1080 source, will actually work over a USB2 connection.

Gen-2 versions of the USB Capture devices are physically similar, with the same metal case but, inside, the circuitry resembles the Capture Plus models, with additional features over the Gen-1 which include control over cropping, image flip/mirror, aspect ratio conversion and extra de-interlacing options.

Magewell video capture dongles now have metal cases
Dongles now feature a robust metal case with a larger USB3 connector than in the original plastic-cased version


Common Applications

  • Web Video content production - ideal for use with VidBlaster or vMix software vision mixer & production systems
  • Internet Broadcasting
  • VIDBlaster software vision mixerMultimedia Presentations
  • Video Conferencing
  • News Delivery
  • Telemedicine
  • Video Email
  • Encoding Services
  • Business TV
  • Training

Magewell homepage - for further information and software downloads

All prices are subject to change at short notice

The UK's vote to leave the EU had a subsequent effect on currency exchange rates and, although rates have stabilised generally, no-one can really predict what may happen next...     * Martin - Jul-17 *

Note - all prices quoted on this site are UK pounds - ex VAT & delivery 2.5% surcharge on VISA/MasterCard payments

Magewell Video Capture Products           (updated Aug-2017)

List Price

Pro Capture family - Gen-2 PCIe cards

 
11040 Magewell Pro Capture - (single) HDMI input - Gen-2 PCIe card 193.00
11080 Magewell Pro Capture - Dual HDMI  inputs - 4x PCIe card 386.00
Magewell Pro Capture Quad HDMI video capture card11100 Magewell Pro Capture - Quad HDMI inputs
 - 4x lane PCIe card

Supports PC graphics & broadcast video resolutions up to 1080p60, with up to 8-Ch embedded audio

695.00

vMix video mixing softwareMagewell + vMix bundle

vMix HD switching/streaming/recording software for PC, together with a Magewell Pro Capture Quad HDMI input PCIe card (requires 4-lane slot)
Other bundles available - please enquire

910.00
11050 Magewell Pro Capture - (single) HD SDI input - PCIe card 193.00
11060 Magewell Pro Capture - Dual HD SDI inputs - 4x PCIe card 386.00
Magewell Pro Capture Quad SDI video capture card11090 Magewell Pro Capture - Quad HD SDI inputs
 - 4x lane PCIe card

Supports 3G HD-SDI (type A & B) with embedded audio

695.00
Magewell Pro Capture single DVI video capture card11030 Magewell Pro Capture DVI - DVI/VGA/HDMI and YUV analogue component video input

(plus stereo analogue audio)

257.00
11070 Magewell Pro Capture Dual DVI video capture cardMagewell Pro Capture - Dual DVI/VGA/HDMI and YUV analogue component video inputs
- 4x lane PCIe card

Plus embedded audio when using HDMI.

503.00
Magewell Pro Capture AIO All In One video capture card11020 Magewell Pro Capture - AIO (All In One) multi-connector single channel video capture card

Can accept SDI/HDMI/DVI/VGA plus analogue YUV component, Y/C and composite video
plus embedded SDI/HDMI and analogue audio

347.00
11110 Magewell Pro Capture - mini PCIe card - HDMI, with breakout cable 193.00
11130 Magewell Pro Capture - mini PCIe card - SDI, with breakout cable 193.00
Eco Capture M2 cards  (shipping soon)  
11510 Magewell Eco Capture - M2 card - Dual HDMI, with breakout cable 270.00
11520 Magewell Eco Capture - M2 card - Dual HDMI 4K, with breakout cable TBA
11530 Magewell Eco Capture - M2 card - Dual SDI, with breakout cable 270.00

Magewell 11140 4K AIO HDMI & SDI capture cardPro Capture 4K cards

 

As well as 4K & UHD, these cards can capture at 2560x1440 at up to 12bit colour depth and YUV 4:4:4 sampling (for game capture).

 
11120 Magewell Pro Capture - HDMI 4K - up to 30fps 386.00
11150 Magewell Pro Capture - HDMI 4K Plus - up to 60fps, HDMI 2.0 695.00
11140 Magewell Pro Capture - AIO 4K Plus - up to 60fps, HDMI 2.0 + 6G SDI 733.00
11160 Magewell Pro Capture - DVI 4K - up to 30fps, DVI/HDMI 386.00
11170 Magewell Pro Capture - AIO 4K  - up to 30fps, HDMI + 6G SDI 424.00

USB3 devices

 
32110 USB Capture AIO - Single channel, multi-input, inc HD-SDI, HDMI/DVI/VGA/YUV/composite + audio connections  - external USB3 box (This is the "Gen-2" replacement for the 20171 Magewell XI100XUSB-Pro/PNP) 400.00
* 20181 Magewell XI200XUSB - Dual HD via HDMI/DVI/VGA/YUV - ext USB3 box 509.00
20191 Magewell XI006AUSB - Six channel composite SD A/V - external USB3 box 363.00
* 20111 Magewell XI104XUSB - 1x HD multi-input,  HDMI/DVI/VGA/YUV/composite, 4x SD A/V connections  - external USB3 box 463.00
Magewell USB3 HDMI & SDI video capture dongle32060 & 70 Magewell USB3 Capture Dongle - single channel, HDMI or SDI version (aka XI100DUSB)

UVC driverless design, featuring hardware scaling, inputs up to 1080p60 and embedded audio
- read more above

229.00

also available from ZEN on Amazon.co.uk

Magewell USB3 Capture Plus SDI video capture device32040 & 50 Magewell USB Capture Plus - enhanced USB3 capture dongles with video loop-thru and audio I/O. Available in two versions, 32040-HDMI & 32050-SDI (pictured) 276.00

 

available from ZEN on Amazon.co.uk

Magewell USB3 Capture Plus DVI video capture device32080 Magewell USB Capture Plus DVI -  driverless USB3 capture dongle. Can capture DVI, HDMI, VGA or analogue video, plus analogue audio I/O. 323.00

and available on Amazon.co.uk

32090 & 100 Magewell USB Capture Plus 4K - enhanced USB3 capture dongles with video loop-thru and audio I/O. Available in two versions, 32090-HDMI & 32100 with 6G SDI   - Not yet available 361.00

Flex I/O cards

 
Flex I/O SDI 4i2o  Multi I/O card with 4x HD-SDI inputs & 2x outputs - available soon 1,004.00

Gen-1 cards

 
* Limited availability (with MOQ 25-off) on these Gen-1 items  
X1204XE six input capture card, 2xSD/HD & 4x SD video plus 4x audio* Magewell XI204XE multi-input capture card. Dual SD/HD which can take SD/HD video or PC graphics card output via HDMI/DVI/VGA/YUV/composite connections + Quad SD composite video + dual 2ch analogue audio + audio over HDMI - all in a 4-lane PCIe card (as reviewed in the video further up the page) 656.00
MOQ 25-off
Magewell XI006AE - Six channel composite SD video + audio - 1x PCIe card 331.00
Magewell X1006AUSB six channel audio & SD video capture via an external USB3 boxLead time for non stock items is typically 2-3 days.

 

Please enquire for quantity discounts

Free or reduced-cost shipping on Magewell items


Capture Express is a free download from Magewell which can capture H264 .mp4 files from all Magewell devices

Magewell Capture Express is a free download which can capture H264 .mp4 files from all Magewell devices

DONGLE HELPER is a support utility for the Magewell USB3 video capture dongles

What we're about . . .      ZEN is not a traditional Audio-Visual dealer who started selling computers, nor is it a computer shop that also sells video products. You won't get any salesmen giving you the "hard-sell" when you call, just straightforward advice and information - which for some callers is the knowledge that they don't need to buy whatever it is they thought they needed! Above all you'll be dealing with someone with a wide range of experience and knowledge of both PCs and video production. We're not the biggest, nor necessarily the cheapest, but we are one of the longest established computer/video specialists in the UK.

Company history . . .      ZEN was started in the 1980s by Martin Kay, then working for ITV at Granada's Manchester studios, who built his first 6502-based computer in 1979 from an Ohio Scientific kit, bought in the USA whilst working as a Sound Recordist on a film shoot for World In Action. With the advent of the Amiga, which could be gen-locked to a video source, Martin started writing a variety of video-related software. This included subtitling & tele-prompting, ident clocks, scoring software for sports & gameshows, and specialist software to mimic other computer displays for use in TV film dramas like Cracker, Prime Suspect and A Touch of Frost. Martin left Granada in 1993 to concentrate on his computer-video activities with ZEN, following a natural path into non-linear editing systems, for many years the main business activity, although he still maintains an active interest in video production.

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