Magewell Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2


Magewell Part Number: 11560 Single channel 4K capture card

  • Captures SD/HD/3G/6G/12G SDI + embedded audio
  • Loop-through SD/HD/3G/6G/12G SDI + embedded audio
  • Compatible with various operating systems, including Windows, Linux, and macOS


Magewell Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2: The Ultimate Single Channel 4K Capture Card

Magewell Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2

In the world of professional video production, high-quality capture cards are essential tools for capturing and recording high-resolution video signals. Magewell, a leading manufacturer of video capture devices, has developed an impressive lineup of capture cards, including the Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2. This single channel 4K capture card is designed to deliver exceptional performance and versatility for a wide range of applications. In this article, we will explore the features, specifications, and benefits of the Magewell Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2, as well as its compatibility with HDMI and SDI signals.



The Magewell Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2 is a cutting-edge capture card that offers unparalleled performance and flexibility. With support for SD/HD/3G/6G/12G SDI signals, this capture card is capable of capturing stunning 4K video at resolutions up to 4096×2160 pixels. The card features both input and loop-through interfaces, allowing you to connect your video source and pass the signal through to other devices simultaneously. The Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2 is equipped with an M.2 interface, providing a high-speed connection to your computer’s PCIe slot.


The Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2 supports a wide range of input signals, including SD, HD, 3G, 6G, and 12G SDI. This means that you can use the card to capture video from various sources, from standard definition to ultra-high-definition. The loop-through interface allows you to connect your video source to other devices, such as monitors or switchers, without the need for additional splitters or converters. The SDI interface ensures reliable and high-quality signal transmission, making it ideal for professional video production environments.

Video Engine

The video engine of the Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2 is designed to deliver exceptional performance and image quality. The card automatically detects the input signal format, ensuring accurate capture of the video source. The video engine also includes advanced color format conversion capabilities, allowing you to convert the color format of the captured video to match your specific requirements. The card operates in low latency mode, ensuring minimal delay between the video source and the captured output. Additionally, the SG-DMA transmission mode enables efficient and reliable data transfer between the capture card and your computer.


Magewell provides comprehensive software support for the Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2. The card is compatible with both Windows and Linux operating systems, and Magewell offers dedicated drivers and software development kits (SDKs) for each platform. The drivers and SDKs allow you to access the full capabilities of the capture card, including video capture, format conversion, and control settings. Magewell also offers firmware updates for the Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2, ensuring that you always have access to the latest features and improvements. The card is compatible with popular software applications such as Magewell’s own Capture Express, Magewell Bridge for NDI, and the Plugin for Premiere.


The Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2 is packed with additional features and benefits that enhance its usability and reliability. The card comes with a 2-year warranty, providing peace of mind and assurance of its quality. It is designed to operate continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, making it suitable for demanding professional environments. The LED status indicator provides visual feedback on the operational status of the capture card. The Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2 also supports multiple devices on a single host, allowing you to use multiple capture cards in the same system. The on-board dip switch allows you to set the card number easily, simplifying the installation and configuration process.


The Magewell Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2 is an exceptional single channel 4K capture card that offers outstanding performance and versatility. With support for a wide range of SDI signals, the card is suitable for capturing video from various sources, from standard definition to ultra-high-definition. The advanced video engine ensures accurate and high-quality capture, while the comprehensive software support allows you to utilize the full capabilities of the card. Whether you are a professional videographer, a live event producer, or a broadcast engineer, the Magewell Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2 is a reliable and powerful tool that will elevate your video production to new heights.


Eco Capture HDMI 4K Plus M.2 Acc


Magewell Eco Capture Dual SDI M.2
InterfaceVideo EngineSoftwareOthers
Input Interface

• SD/HD/3G/6G/12G SDI

• Support input resolution up to 4096×2160 pixels

Loop-through Interface

•SD/HD/3G/6G/12G SDI

Host Interface

• M.2 (PCIe Gen2 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 Dual SDI 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

  • 2x MMCX
    • SD/HD/3G/2K SDI

Host Interface

  • M.2 2280 Type M (PCIe Gen2 x2)

Input Features

  • Support for input video resolutions up to 2048×1080 pixels

SDI Specific Features

  • Integrated cable equalizer extending the cable length as follows:
    • up to 330m for SD-SDI signals
    • up to 190m for HD-SDI signals
    • up to 150m for 3G-SDI signals
  • Support for SD/HD/3Ga/3Gb/3Gb-DL/3Gb-DS standards
  • Support for 2K (2048×1080) mode
  • Support for RGB 4:4:4, YCbCr 4:4:4, YCbCr 4:2:2 color sampling
  • Support for 10/12-bit color depth
  • Support for extraction of SMPTE 352 payload identifier
  • Support for up to 8 (mono) audio channels at 48KHz
  • Support for extraction of audio formation information & channel status data
  • Limited support of 3Gb-DS: only the first stream can be captured
  • Limited support for capture of the first link of dual link interfaces:
    • YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit 1080p 50/59.94/60: captured as 1080i 50/59.94/60
    • YCbCr 4:4:4 10-bit: captured as 4:2:2
    • RGB 4:4:4: R/B sub-sampled
  • Support for Closed Caption via SDK

Video Capture Formats

  • Support for capture image resolutions up to 2048×1080 pixels
  • Support for capture frame rates up to 144fps (Actual capture frame rate can be limited by PCIe bandwidth. For the resolution of 1280×1024 and higher, the actual frame rate may be limited by the onboard video processing hardware pixel clock. For example, the maximum frame rate of 1920×1080 resolution can up to 80fps.)
  • 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 pipelines with ~180Mpixels/s processing bandwidth
  • 10-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 Dual SDI 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

  • ~400MB/s per channel DMA bandwidth in PCIe 2.x system
  • ~200MB/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


  • 2 X MMCX to BNC cables

Power Consumption

  • Max current at 3.3V: ~ 1.00 A
  • Max power consumption: ~ 3.38 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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