Magewell Eco Capture 12G SDI 4K Plus M.2


Magewell Part Number: 11561 Single channel 4k capture card

  • Captures 1-channel single-link 12G SDI or quad-link 3G SDI + embedded audio
  • High throughout for capture and supports higher frame rates
  • M.2 2280 standard size for small or portable system



The Magewell Eco Capture 12G SDI 4K Plus M.2 is a powerful single-channel 4Kp60 capture card that offers unparalleled input flexibility for various 4K SDI connectivity standards. This innovative device provides high-quality video capture capabilities and is a versatile solution for a wide range of applications.



The Eco Capture 12G SDI 4K Plus M.2 features a comprehensive input interface that supports SD/HD/3G/6G/12G SDI. This allows users to connect a variety of devices and capture high-resolution video content. With support for input resolutions up to 4096×2160 at 60fps, this capture card is capable of capturing stunning visuals with exceptional clarity.

The host interface of the Eco Capture 12G SDI 4K Plus M.2 is an M.2 2280 Type M (PCIe Gen3 x4) slot. This compact form factor makes it ideal for small or portable systems, providing flexibility in terms of installation and usage.

Video Engine

The video engine of the Eco Capture 12G SDI 4K Plus M.2 is packed with advanced features that enhance the capture experience. It automatically detects the input signal format, ensuring seamless compatibility with various video sources. Additionally, it supports color format conversion, allowing users to capture video in their preferred color space.

To minimize latency, the Eco Capture 12G SDI 4K Plus M.2 offers a low latency mode. This is particularly important for applications that require real-time video processing or live streaming. The device also supports SG-DMA transmission mode, which enables efficient and reliable data transfer between the capture card and the host system.

The Eco Capture 12G SDI 4K Plus M.2 is capable of generating multiple replicated capture streams, making it suitable for multi-channel recording or streaming applications. Moreover, it supports closed captioning when used with the relevant software development kit (SDK).


Magewell provides comprehensive software support for the Eco Capture 12G SDI 4K Plus M.2. The capture card is compatible with both Windows and Linux operating systems, ensuring broad compatibility for different user environments. Magewell offers dedicated drivers and software development kits (SDKs) for easy integration and optimal performance.

Users can upgrade the firmware of the Eco Capture 12G SDI 4K Plus M.2 to access new features and enhancements. This allows for future-proofing and ensures that the capture card remains up-to-date with the latest technologies and industry standards.

Magewell’s Capture Express software is fully compatible with the Eco Capture 12G SDI 4K Plus M.2, providing a user-friendly interface for capturing and managing video streams. The software offers a range of advanced features, including video preview, recording, and streaming options.

For users who require NDI (Network Device Interface) support, Magewell offers the Magewell Bridge for NDI software. This enables seamless integration with NDI-based workflows and allows for easy video streaming over IP networks.

Additionally, Magewell provides a plugin for Adobe Premiere®, enabling direct capture and import of video footage into the popular video editing software. This streamlines the post-production workflow and enhances efficiency for video professionals.


Magewell stands behind the quality and reliability of the Eco Capture 12G SDI 4K Plus M.2 by offering a 2-year warranty. This provides users with peace of mind knowing that they are covered against any potential manufacturing defects or malfunctions.

The Eco Capture 12G SDI 4K Plus M.2 is designed for 24/7 continuous operation, making it suitable for applications that require round-the-clock video capture, such as surveillance or broadcast production. The device is equipped with an LED status indicator, allowing users to easily monitor its operational status.

Multiple Eco Capture 12G SDI 4K Plus M.2 devices can be installed on a single host system, enabling users to expand their capture capabilities. The capture card is accompanied by an on-board dip switch that allows users to set the card number, facilitating easy identification and configuration in multi-device setups.

Specifications and Features

The Eco Capture 12G SDI 4K Plus M.2 boasts a range of specifications and features that enhance its performance and versatility:

  • Input Interface: SD/HD/3G/6G/12G SDI
  • Input Resolution: Supports resolutions up to 4096×2160 at 60fps
  • Host Interface: M.2 2280 Type M (PCIe Gen3 x4)
  • Video Engine: Auto detection of input signal format, color format conversion, low latency mode, SG-DMA transmission, multiple replicated capture streams, closed caption support (SDK required)
  • Software: Windows and Linux drivers and SDK, firmware upgradeability, compatibility with Capture Express, Magewell Bridge for NDI, Plugin for Adobe Premiere®
  • Other Features: 2-year warranty, 24/7 continuous operation, LED status indicator, support for multiple devices on one host, on-board dip switch for card number configuration


To enhance the functionality and usability of the Eco Capture 12G SDI 4K Plus M.2, Magewell offers a range of accessories:

  • 2 x 3G BNC: These BNC connectors provide reliable and secure connections for 3G SDI signals. They are essential for ensuring high-quality video transmission and capturing.
  • 2 x 3G SDI Cable: The 3G SDI cables enable easy and convenient connectivity between the Eco Capture 12G SDI 4K Plus M.2 and other SDI devices. They come in various lengths to accommodate different installation setups.
  • 2 x 12G SDI Cable: Designed for higher bandwidth requirements, the 12G SDI cables offer enhanced performance when capturing 12G SDI signals. They are ideal for demanding applications that require ultra-high-resolution video capture.
  • 2 x 12G BNC: These BNC connectors are specifically designed for 12G SDI signals. They ensure reliable and stable connections, enabling seamless transmission of high-quality video content.


Magewell Eco Capture 12G SDI 4K Plus M.2



The Magewell Eco Capture 12G SDI 4K Plus M.2 is a cutting-edge capture card that delivers exceptional performance and versatility. With its comprehensive input interface, advanced video engine, and extensive software support, it offers a complete solution for capturing high-quality 4K video content.

Whether used in broadcast production, live event streaming, surveillance, or other applications, the Eco Capture 12G SDI 4K Plus M.2 provides the flexibility and reliability required to meet the demands of professional users. Its compact form factor and extensive feature set make it an excellent choice for a wide range of video capture needs.

With Magewell’s commitment to quality, a 2-year warranty, and comprehensive support, users can have confidence in the Eco Capture 12G SDI 4K Plus M.2 as a reliable and high-performance capture solution.


User Manual for Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2


InterfaceVideo EngineSoftwareOthers
Input Interface
• SD/HD/3G/6G/12G SDI

• Supports input resolution up to 4096x2160 60fps

Host Interface
• M.2 2280 Type M (PCIe Gen3 x4)
• Auto detection of input signal format

• Color formats conversion

• Low latency mode

• SG-DMA transmission mode

• Multiple replicated capture streams

• Closed caption (SDK required)
• Window & Linux driver and SDK

• Upgradable firmware

• Compatible with Capture Express, Magewell Bridge for NDI®, Plugin for Premiere®
• 2-year warranty

• Continuously work for 24hx7

• LED status indicator

• Multiple devices on one host

• On-board dip switch to set card number


Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2 Specifications

Supported OS

  • Windows
    • Windows 7/8/8.1/10/Server 2008/Server 2008 R2/Server 2012/Server 2016 (x86 & x64)
  • Linux (support x86, x64 & ARM architecture)
    • Ubuntu 12.04/14.04/16.04/17.04/17.10/18.04 (x86 & x64)
    • CentOS 6.5/7 (x86 & x64)
    • Fedora 25/26/27 (x86 & x64)
    • Red hat 6.5 and above (x86 & x64)
    • Other Linux OS with kernel version 2.6.35 and above

Recommended OS (tested)

  • Windows
    • Windows 7 Ultimate/8.1 Enterprise/10 Enterprise/Server 2008 R2 DataCenter/Server 2012 R2 DataCenter/Server 2016 R2 DataCenter (x86 & x64)
  • Linux
    • Ubuntu 12.04/14.04/16.04 (x86 & x64)
    • Ubuntu 17.04/17.10/18.04 (x64)
    • CentOS 6.5/7.2 (x86 & x64)
    • Fedora 25/26 (x64)
    • Red hat 6.5 (x86 & x64)

Supported APIs

  • Windows
    • DirectShow
    • DirectKS
    • Wave API/DirectSound/WASAPI
  • Linux
    • V4L2
    • ALSA

Supported Software

  • VLC
  • VirtualDub
  • OBS
  • XSplit
  • vMix
  • VidBlaster
  • Wirecast
  • Microsoft Media Encoder
  • Adobe Flash Media Encoder
  • Any other DirectShow/V4L2 encoding/streaming software

Input Interfaces

  • JST SHD 20-Pin socket (Part number: 11520)
    • DVI-D 1.0
    • HDMI 1.4
  • FPC 20-Pin socket (Part number: 11524)
    • DVI-D 1.0
    • HDMI 1.4

Host Interfaces

  • M.2 2280 Type M (PCIe Gen2 x4)

Input features

  • Support for input video resolutions up to 4096×2160 pixels

HDMI Specific Features

  • 297MHz HDMI receiver
  • Adaptive HDMI equalizer
  • Support for customized EDID
  • Support for extraction of AVI/Audio/SPD/MS/VS/ACP/ISRC1/ISRC2/Gamut InfoFrames
  • Full colorimetry support
  • Support for RGB/YUV 4: 4: 4 8-bit format signals with a pixel frequency of no more than 297MHz
  • Support for YUV 4:2:2 12-bit format signals with a pixel frequency of no more than 297MHz
  • Support for RGB/YUV 4:4:4 10/12-bit format signals with a pixel frequency of no more than 170MHz
  • Support for up to 8-channel IEC60958/IEC61937 audio streams via SDK
  • Support for extraction of audio formation information & channel status data
  • Support for extraction of video timing information
  • Support for extraction of 3D format information
  • Support for extraction of Sony/Canon DSLR time code
  • Support for Side-by-Side Half, Top-and-Bottom, Frame Packing 3D mode

Video Capture Formats

  • Support for capture image resolutions up to 4096×2160 pixels
  • Support for capture frame rates up to 144fps (Actual capture frame rate can be limited by PCIe bandwidth & image resolution)
  • Support for 4:2:0 8-bit capture formats: NV12, I420, YV12
  • Support for 4:2:2 8-bit capture formats: YUY2, YUYV, UYVY
  • Support for 4:4:4 8-bit capture formats: V308, IYU2, V408, BGR24, BGR32
  • More capture formats are supported via SDK

Video Processing Features

  • video processing pipeline with ~360Mpixels/s processing bandwidth
  • 8-bit 4:4:4 video processing
  • Video scaling
  • Video de-interlacing
    • Weave
    • Blend top & bottom field
  • Video color format conversion
    • Auto or manual selection of input color format & quantization range
    • Auto or manual selection of capture color format, quantization range & saturation range
    • Support for RGB, YCbCr 601, YCbCr 709, YCbCr 2020 color formats
    • Support for Limited or Full quantization range
    • Support for Limited, Full & ‘Extended gamut’ saturation range
  • Video frame rate conversion

Multiple Cards per System

  • Support for multiple cards plugged to one system
  • On-board dip switch to set card number with 16 positions
  • System hardware device tree will display “01: Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2” when dip switch is set to 0001, and so on
  • The video and audio device names displayed in your software will include the card number (set by the dip switch)

Multiple Replicated Capture Streams

  • Unlimited capture streams for any one input channel, but the capture streams should be in the same capture format.

Timestamp & A/V Synchronization

  • Hardware based 100ns high resolution clock
  • Audio frames (192 audio samples) & video frames are stamped with hardware clock
  • Hardware clock can be synchronized across cards (via SDK)

Video Capture SG-DMA

  • ~1200MB/s per channel DMA bandwidth in PCIe 2.x system
  • ~800MB/s per channel DMA bandwidth in PCIe 1.x system
  • Support for auto detection of Intel tiled GPU surface
  • Support for DirectGMA for AMD video adapter chipsets
  • Support for GPUDirect for Nvidia video adapter chipsets


  • Magewell Capture SDK for DirectShow (Windows) or V4L2 (Linux) for easy integration
  • Magewell Capture SDK for DirectKS (Windows) or ioctl (Linux) for maximum flexibility & performance

Windows Driver Tweaks

  • All options can be controlled by three levels of registry key: global level, product level and device level
  • Video, Audio, Crossbar filter names can be customized via registry keys

Firmware Upgrade

  • Multiple cards in one system can be upgraded simultaneously
  • Cards can be upgraded without a system power shutdown (In most cases, even a reboot is not needed)
  • Safe upgrade. If power off or system break down occur when the firmware is being upgraded, it will automatically restore to the initial version. This function is only available for firmware version 1.21 and above.

LED Indicator

  • Status LEDs indicate the working state of each channel:
    • Pulsing slowly: idle
    • On: input signal locked
    • Off: input signal unlocked
    • Double blinks: memory failed or FPGA configuration failed

Form Factor

  • M.2 2280 standard size


  • SHD to HDMI type A cables (Part number: 11520)
  • FPC ribbon cable (Part number: 11524)
  • FPC to HDMI type A adapter (Part number: 11524)

Power Consumption

  • Max current at 3.3V: ~ 1.12 A
  • Max power consumption: ~ 3.75 W

Working Environment

  • Operating temperature: 0 to 40 deg C
  • Storage temperature: –20 to 70 deg C
  • Relative Humidity: 5% to 90% non-condensing