Magewell Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2


Magewell Part Number: 11520 Single channel 4k capture card

  • HDMI + embedded audio
  • Single channel 4k capture card
  • HDMI + embedded audio


Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2: The Ultimate Video Capture Solution


In today’s digital age, high-quality video content is in high demand. Whether you’re a content creator, live streamer, or professional broadcaster, having a reliable and efficient video capture solution is essential. That’s where the Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2 comes in. This cutting-edge device offers unparalleled video capture, streaming, and encoding capabilities, ensuring that your content looks its best. In this article, we’ll explore the features, specifications, and benefits of the Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2, and how it can revolutionize your video production workflow.



The Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2 is a single-channel 4K capture card that delivers exceptional performance and versatility. With its HDMI input interface, it can support input resolutions up to 4096×2160 pixels, ensuring that every detail of your video is captured with stunning clarity. The host interface is M.2 (PCIe Gen2 x4), providing a high-speed connection for seamless data transfer.


The Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2 features an HDMI input interface that allows you to connect a wide range of devices, such as cameras, gaming consoles, and media players. Its support for input resolutions up to 4096×2160 pixels ensures that you can capture ultra-high-definition video with ease. Additionally, the M.2 host interface provides a fast and reliable connection to your computer, ensuring smooth and efficient data transfer.

Video Engine

The Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2 is equipped with a powerful video engine that offers advanced features to enhance your video capture experience. It can automatically detect the input signal format, ensuring that you get the best possible results. The device also supports color format conversion, allowing you to capture video in different color spaces. Whether you’re working with RGB, YUV, or other color formats, the Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2 can handle it all.


To make the most of your Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2, Magewell provides comprehensive software support. The device is compatible with both Windows and Linux operating systems, and Magewell offers dedicated drivers and SDKs for seamless integration into your existing workflows. The firmware is also upgradable, ensuring that you can take advantage of the latest features and improvements.

One of the standout software offerings from Magewell is Capture Express, a powerful software application that allows you to control and manage your capture devices effortlessly. With its intuitive interface, you can easily adjust capture settings, monitor video signals, and perform real-time previewing. Capture Express is a valuable tool for both professionals and beginners, offering a user-friendly experience for all levels of expertise.


The Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2 is backed by a 2-year warranty, giving you peace of mind knowing that your investment is protected. Additionally, the device is designed to continuously work for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ensuring reliable performance even in demanding production environments. The LED status indicator provides a visual cue for the device’s operational status, making it easy to monitor at a glance. Furthermore, the Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2 supports multiple devices on one host, allowing you to expand your video capture capabilities as needed.


To ensure seamless compatibility and performance, Magewell provides dedicated drivers for the Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2. The drivers are available for both Windows and Linux operating systems, catering to a wide range of users. The Windows driver supports the Windows 10/11 series, while the Linux driver is available for x86, Jetson TX1, and Jetson TX2 systems.

The Windows driver for the Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2 is constantly updated to provide the best possible experience. The latest version, V1.3.0.4323, includes several important enhancements and bug fixes. For example, it addresses the issue of incorrect aspect ratio for certain SDI signals and adds support for the fronted chip of SDI/HDMI for new hardware versions. It also extends the duration of HDMI HPD, ensuring stable connectivity.

On the Linux side, the driver for the Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2 is equally impressive. The latest version, V1.4.187, adds support for Eco Capture AIO M.2 cards and fixes an issue with driver installation on Linux 6.1 or 6.2 kernel systems. These updates ensure that Linux users can enjoy the same level of performance and functionality as their Windows counterparts.


The firmware of the Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2 plays a crucial role in its overall performance and compatibility. Magewell provides firmware updates to address any issues and introduce new features. The firmware is available for both Windows and Linux users, ensuring that everyone can benefit from the latest improvements.

The initial release of the firmware for the Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2 supports the device as well as the Eco Capture Dual HDMI M.2 capture devices. The firmware version 1.5 introduces support for ANC (Ancillary) data in SDI signals, enabling the extraction of additional information embedded in the SDI stream. This feature is particularly useful for broadcasters and professionals who require access to ANC data for various purposes.


To enhance your video capture setup, Magewell offers a selection of optional accessories for the Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2. The Mini Repeater 4K HDMI is a compact device that extends HDMI signals up to 10 meters, ensuring reliable signal transmission over longer distances. The 1RU Rackmount Shelf & Mounting Kits provide a secure and organized solution for mounting multiple Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2 cards in a rack environment. These accessories offer flexibility and convenience, allowing you to customize your setup to suit your needs.


Magewell Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2

In conclusion, the Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2 is a game-changing video capture solution that offers unmatched performance, versatility, and reliability. With its advanced features, seamless compatibility, and comprehensive software support, it’s the perfect choice for professionals and enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re capturing video for live streaming, content creation, or broadcasting, the Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2 will ensure that your content looks its best. Upgrade your video capture capabilities today and experience the difference with the Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2.

User Manual for Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2


InterfaceVideo EngineSignal Detection & SupportSoftware EnvironmentOthers
Input Interface
• HDMI x1
• Support input resolution up to 4096×2160 pixels

Host Interface
• M.2(PCIe Gen2 x4)
8-bit video processing



Color Adjustment

Hardware Timestamp

Color Space Conversion

Up/down Conversion

Aspect Ratio Conversion

SG-DMA Transmission mode
Auto Detection of Input Signal Format


Time Code
• Windows, Linux, Mac

Driver and Firmware
• Universal Driver, Updatable Firmware

Included Software
• Pro Capture Utility, Capture Express

Compatible Software
Low Power Consumption

Multiple Replicated Capture Streams

Low Latency Mode

Multiple Devices on One Host

Mounting Hole

Continuously Work for 24hx7

Windows&Linux SDK

2-year Warranty

Dip Switch

LED Status Indicator


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






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