Magewell - NDI Converters

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, OBS, vMix, VidBlaster, Wirecast, XSplit and many other applications too.


Prices for the Pro Convert range are on our main Magewell page

The Magewell Pro Convert range  -  HDMI & SDI,  HD & 4K versions

Magewell Pro Convert HDMI 4K Plus - NDI encoder

Available in HDMI & SDI versions, these stand-alone hardware NDI encoders feature Loop Thru connections, an 8-pin tally & PTZ (VISCA) control port (an 8 - 9 pin breakout cable is included) with powering via a USB2 socket (mains power adapter included) or via POE. There are both HD-only and 4K models in the range, all featuring low NDI latency and full-bandwidth video, along with up to 8 channels of embedded audio.

Magewell Pro Convert NDI encoder

These new devices can be thought of as being like the Magewell USB capture range, in terms of auto-detecting the input signal format and having some processing controls like deinterlacing and aspect ratio conversion (*as below), but directly connected to a FPGA-based hardware NDI encoder using NewTek's codec for embedded systems. This is a "full quality" NDI codec, not the low-bitrate NDI|HX (H264-based) variant found in the Connect Spark and a number of PTZ cameras.



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Prices for the Pro Convert range are on our main Magewell page

Magewell Pro Convert units can be connected via USB (using RNDIS), simulating a normal ethernet connection, thus allowing high-quality HD video to be sent over a USB2 link, whilst at the same time retaining the benefits of NDI by making the source available on the LAN (that the computer is connected to), just like any other NDI source.

Magewell Pro Convert can connect via USB RNDIS

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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