Magewell has introduced three free software tools; Magewell Bridge for NDI enables users to convert source video into NDI streams for live, IP-based production, while version 3.0 of Capture Express records video to files at up to 4K resolution. The third tool, a plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro CC, provides direct access to Magewell capture devices through non-linear editing software.
Magewell Bridge for NDI allows video and audio from a Magewell capture device to appear as a live source to any other NDI-enabled software and systems on the network. Providing a software-based alternative to Magewell's Pro Convert NDI hardware converters, Magewell Bridge supports all resolutions and frame rates available through the associated capture device, including Ultra HD video with 4K models. When used with multi-channel capture cards or multiple Magewell capture devices in the same computer, it can simultaneously convert up to four channels of 1080p video into NDI streams on host systems with sufficient processing power.
Users can choose to generate NDI streams in the native format of the input source, or can specify the output resolution, frame rate, and coluor space, taking advantage of the capture hardware's FPGA-based video processing to perform functions such as up-and-down scaling without consuming valuable CPU cycles. In addition to encoding sources into NDI streams, Magewell Bridge can receive and decode NDI streams from the network for local preview or full-screen display.
While Magewell capture devices feature compatibility with third-party software for web conferencing, streaming, live production, lecture capture and more, the Capture Express software offers a lightweight, dedicated tool for recording or previewing input sources. Originally designed to let users easily verify their input signals and capture devices, Capture Express has evolved into a simple yet full-fledged capture application, supporting video up to 4K at 60 frames per second.
New features in Capture Express version 3.0 include a redesigned, more intuitive user interface; 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.
The third new software offering enables editors to capture video and audio through Magewell hardware directly from within the Adobe Premiere Pro CC user interface, expanding the live-production benefits of Magewell's products into the post-production domain. Utilising the same recording core as Capture Express 3.0, the new Premiere plug-in supports GPU-accelerated H.264 encoding as well as the FPGA-based video processing features of the capture devices.
"Our software releases provide a streamlined tool 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," said James Liu, VP of Engineering, Magewell.