Magewell’s Pro Convert SDI 4K Plus hardware converter lets users reliably bring SDI video signals into live, IP-based media production infrastructures using NewTek’s popular NDI® technology.
While some new products such as cameras support NDI directly, many customers want to use their current equipment with NDI-compatible production software. The Pro Convert SDI 4K Plus offers an easy-to-use, cost-effective and reliable hardware solution to connect existing sources to NDI-enabled networks, systems and software.
The self-contained Pro Convert SDI 4K Plus encoder converts 6G-SDI signals up to 4Kp30 into full-bandwidth NDI streams with extremely low latency and is truly plug-and-play, with automatic input signal format detection and DHCP-based network configuration eliminating the need for manual setup. Source video is converted at its native resolution and frame rate by default, while a browser-based interface offers users control of FPGA-based up/down/cross-conversion, de-interlacing, image adjustments and other video processing. Performing these functions within the Pro Convert SDI 4K Plus hardware can reduce network bandwidth usage and processing requirements for subsequent tools in the production workflow.
The compact and energy-efficient device can be powered over its Ethernet connection (PoE) or the included power adapter, and offers value-added features for camera-mounted use including tally lights and NDI-based PTZ camera control.
NDI is a registered trademark of NewTek, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
Converts an SDI input signal to an NDI® stream with extremely low latency
Connects existing source equipment into NDI-enabled, IP-based media networks
Plug-and-play ease of use with automatic input format detection and DHCP network configuration
Supports inputs up to 4K at 30fps
Intuitive web-based UI for customizing parameters
FPGA-based up/down/cross-conversion, de-interlacing and image processing
Power via PoE or USB power supply
¼-20 mounting hole for attaching to tripod or camera
Remote PTZ camera control
Tally lights indicate when output NDI stream is being used
Support for up to 4096x2160 input resolution
USB2.0 Type B, 5V/2.1A power supply, USB RNDIS
SDI Specific Features:
Integrated cable equalizer supporting cable lengths up to 150M for 3G-SDI signals Support for SD/HD/3Ga/3Gb/3Ga-DL/3Gb-DS/6G (SMPTE 2081) standards Support for 2K (2048x1080) & 4K (4096x2160) mode Support for RGB 4:4:4, YCbCr 4:4:4, YCbCr 4:2:2 color sampling Support for 10/12-bit color depth Support for extraction of SMPTE 352 payload identifier Support for up to 16 (mono) audio channels Support for extraction of audio formation information & channel status data Limited support of 3Gb-DS (only the first stream can be captured) Limited support for capture of the first link of dual link interfaces (YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit 1080p 50/59.94/60: captured as 1080i 50/59.94/60; YCbCr 4:4:4 10-bit: captured as 4:2:2; RGB 4:4:4: R/B sub-sampled)
NDI® Output Format:
Support for 4:2:2 8-bit output up to 4096x2160 resolution Support for NDI 3.x
Video Processing Features:
Support for capture resolutions up to 4096x2160 Video brightness, contrast, saturation, hue adjustment Video de-interlacing (Top field only, Bottom field only) Video aspect ratio conversion (Auto or manual selection of output aspect ratio) Video color format conversion (auto or manual selection of input color format & quantization range; auto or manual selection of output color format, quantization range & saturation range; support for RGB, YUV BT.601, YUV BT.709, YUV BT.2020 input color formats; support for YUV BT.601, YUV BT.709, YUV BT.2020 output color formats; support for Limited or Full quantization range; support for Limited, Full & ‘Extended gamut’ saturation range) Video frame rate conversion Video mirror flip
NDI® Source Name:
Support for setting the device name shown in the system using Web UI (default device name is ‘Pro Convert’) Support for setting board-index, from 0 to F, through on-board rotary switch Support for setting the source name shown in the system using Web UI (default source name is ‘board-index + serial number’)
Support for manual update using Web UI
Status LEDs indicate: power supply state (on/off), Tally (preview/program), input signal state (locked/unlocked), loop-through signal state (connected; signal detected/undetected)
USB2.0 A to B Cable; 5V/2.1A power adapter; Mini-DIN–8 (PTZ + TALLY) to RS232 (PTZ) + Mini-DIN–8 (TALLY); L-bracket
Max current at 5V: ~1.5A Max power consumption: ~7W