Magewell Expands Eco Capture Family of Video Capture Cards

Published: February 27, 2023

Nanjing, China-based Magewell just unveiled a new model in its Eco Capture family of ultra-compact, power-efficient M.2 video capture cards. The new single-channel Eco Capture AIO M.2 provides both HDMI and SDI interfaces with embedded audio support for flexible input connectivity.

According to Magewell, it will highlight the Eco Capture AIO M.2, along with other innovations, at the 2023 NAB Show in Las Vegas. The show will take place from April 16 through April 19.

Magewell’s Eco Capture cards offer systems integrators and OEM developers a high-performance video-capture solution. They also come with low power consumption in a space-efficient form factor. The cost-effective, low-latency devices thus feature a high-speed PCIe 2.0 bus interface with an M.2 connector. They also measure just 22x80mm. Thus, they are suitable for incorporation into small, portable or embedded systems where full-sized PCIe slots are not available.

Main Features

The new Eco Capture AIO M.2 can capture one channel of video up to 2048×1080 at 60fps. It can do so over either its HDMI input or its 3G-SDI interface, with up to eight channels of embedded audio. The SDI interface’s BNC connection can also be configured to accept a standard-definition composite analog video signal for compatibility with legacy-source equipment.

The new offering joins five existing Eco Capture M.2 cards. These include single-input (HDMI or SDI) 4K models; dual-channel models that capture HD and 2K video over HDMI or SDI; and a quad-channel HD/2K model with SDI inputs.

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“Our Eco Capture family continues to be extremely popular for enabling robust, reliable video capture in space-constrained applications,” James Liu, vice president of engineering at Magewell, says. “We expect the new Eco Capture AIO M.2 to be particularly interesting to OEM partners and third-party solution developers who need a compact, power-efficient capture card; and want to offer end customers a flexible choice of input connectivity.”

Eco Capture cards are compatible with Windows and Linux operating systems and support OS-native APIs. These include DirectShow, DirectKS, V4L2 and ALSA. FPGA-based video processing provides high-quality up/down/cross-scaling, picture controls, and color space conversion. Moreover, it does so without tasking the host system CPU. A comprehensive SDK is also available, enabling developers to directly access the full feature set of the cards.

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