Magewell is kicking off 2021 with the launch of its new Ultra Encode family of universal live media encoders. Supporting multiple encoding formats — including H.264, H.265, and NDI |HX — and a wide array of delivery protocols, the new hardware offers systems integrators, video professionals, and OEM partners a flexible and affordable encoding solution for applications ranging from livestreaming and remote contribution to IP-based production and AV-over-IP.
Ultra Encode features H.264 and H.265 (HEVC) video compression for livestreaming delivery, letting users choose their preferred balance between broader viewing device compatibility and higher quality/bitrate efficiency. The new encoder also supports a flexible range of streaming protocols including RTMP, RTMPS, RTSP, RTP, HLS and SRT (Secure Reliable Transport, developed and open-sourced by Haivision). Configurable presets enable easy streaming to YouTube Live, Facebook Live, Twitch or custom targets, with select protocols allowing simultaneous streaming to multiple destinations using independent encoding parameters for each stream.
Combinations such as H.265 compression and the SRT protocol are ideal for remote production and contribution, enabling reliable and secure delivery of high-quality, bandwidth-efficient livestreams even over unpredictable networks like the Internet.
For IP production workflows and AV-over-IP signal distribution architectures, Ultra Encode supports second-generation NDI|HX, the lower-bitrate mode in NewTek’s popular NDI IP media transport technology. The bandwidth-friendliness of NDI|HX enables it to be transmitted wirelessly over Ultra Encode’s built-in Wi-Fi support, maximizing flexibility in on-site production and monitoring workflows. Ultra Encode units can be combined with Magewell’s multi-format Pro Convert decoders for robust, end-to-end, live media transport in either NDI|HX or streaming formats.
Two initial Ultra Encode models — the Ultra Encode HDMI and Ultra Encode SDI — offer a choice of HDMI 1.4a or 3G-SDI input and loop-through interfaces. Both models can encode and stream content up to 1080p60 at bitrates up to 16Mbps, while the Ultra Encode HDMI also accepts 4K HDMI inputs, down-converting them automatically to HD. Embedded audio is complemented by analog, line-level audio input and output connections. In addition to Wi-Fi, the encoder offers an RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet port for wired networking.