Magewell has launched the 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 a flexible and affordable encoding solution for applications ranging from live streaming and remote contribution to IP-based production and AV-over-IP.
“While our Ultra Stream encoders continue to be popular for users with fairly straightforward live streaming needs, integrators and high-end production professionals may require advanced capabilities such as additional formats or protocols and higher bitrates,” said Nick Ma, CEO and CTO at Magewell. “Ultra Encode delivers these enhanced features in an exceptionally versatile platform that is ideal not only for live streaming, but also for other professional applications such as AV-over-IP and local or remote production workflows.”
Ultra Encode features H.264 and H.265 (HEVC) video compression for live streaming 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.
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.
For IP production workflows, Ultra Encode supports second-generation NDI|HX, the lower-bitrate mode in NewTek’s NDI IP media transport technology. The bandwidth-friendliness of NDI|HX enables it to be transmitted wirelessly over Ultra Encode’s built-in WiFi support, maximising 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 analogue, line-level audio input and output connections. In addition to WiFi, the encoder offers an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port for wired networking.
Ultra Encode’s compact, camera-mountable metal chassis measures 4.2in (106.7mm) square with a height of 1in (25.4mm). The encoder can be configured and controlled through an intuitive, browser-based web interface or programmatically via HTTP-based APIs, providing systems integrators with exceptional deployment flexibility and integration possibilities.