Pro Capture Quad HD-SDI by Magewell


  • The Pro Capture Quad HD-SDI PCIe card by Magewell can capture 4 simultaneous 3D/HD SDI video signals.
  • This capture card is a perfect device for low-budget production where the output quality is not affected by budget.
  • This low form PCIe card inserts into most motherboards, and provides pass through astonishing video at up to 1920×1280 pixels per channel.
  • Recommended configuration: Windows 7 64-bit, x2 Quad CPU, 16 GB DDR-3 RAM.



Compatible with Windows & Linux

Multiple Streaming

One video source can be output as multiple streams to different software. The resolution, frame rate, deinterlacing mode, color adjustment, etc of each stream can be different. For example, users can live broadcast, record and preview a skiing contest simultaneously using Windows Media Encoder and Flash Media Live Encoder.

Magewell Video Engine

The hardware of Pro Capture Cards and the video engine support 4:4:4 10 bit RGB and YUV. The cards have rich video processing functions, such as up/down scaling, cropping, hue / brightness / contrast / saturation adjustment, deinterlacing, color space conversion, etc. Video Processing is done by hardware to achieve ZERO CPU usage.


4:4:4 10 bit, YUV or RGB

Hardware Timestamp

The accuracy of the timestamp is as high as 100 ns. Users can use this function to synchronise captured video and audio. They can synchronize multiple capture channels of audio and video on different systems with the help of network.

Support Time Code

The cards can analyze the time information (hour, minute, second and frame) in HDMI signal output by Sony / Canon DSLR. The time code format the card can get is SMPTE. This function can be used to synchronize different input signals.

 Support OSD of image, logo and caption

Software such as Flash Media Live Encoder and Windows Media Encoder do not have the function of OSD. With Pro Capture Family, users can save the investment in software but also overlap their logo on the video. If Magewell SDK is used, dynanmic video can also be overlaped on the captured video. Any form of OSD is done by hardware, causing 0 CPU usage.


Outstanding Performance

PCIe 2.0

By using PCIe 2.0 high speed interface, date transmission should be doubled compared to the first generation capture cards. The actual data transmission rate can be

  • 200 – 800MB/S – First Generation Capture Cards
  • 400 – 1600MB/S – Pro Capture Cards

Real Frame Rate

The real frame rate Magewell Pro Capture single channel cards can reach while capturing Full HD video is as below.

  • 86.85fps – 1080p 60Hz 16bit
  • 63.90fps = 1080p 60Hz 24bit

DMA Transmission Mode

Pro Capture cards supports NVIDIA GPUDirect and AMD DirectGMA technology. Captured data will be transfered directly from the video engine to the graphics memory. This process is completely done by FPGA, and CPU is not involved.

Auto-detection of Input Signal

When users plug in the cable, the card will automatically detect the input signal and link the audio input with the video input. The signal format can also be analyzed. Users do not need to manually choose the video and audio to capture, nor select the resolution, frame rate, etc.

Multiple Cards on One Computer

Multiple Magewell cards can be mounted in the same computer and work simultaneously. Users can set the number on the rotary switch on each card. The number will appear as part of the name of the cards in device manager and video capture software. This function is especially useful when multiple same cards are mounted and the user wants to locate a certain card quickly.

Universal Driver

A universal driver and a firmware upgrading software are provided for all the cards in Pro Capture Family so users do not need to look for the driver/firmware for a certain card. Driver installation and firmware upgrading are automatic.

Video Output Formats

  • Support for output image resolutions up to 2048×2048 pixels
  • Support for output frame rates up to 120fps. (Actual output frame rate can be limited by PCIe bandwidth, and at higher image resolutions – above 1280×1024 – by the pixel clock of the on-board video processing hardware. eg. Max frame rate at 1920×1080 = ~80fps. )
  • Support for 4:2:0 8-bit output formats: NV12, I420, YV12
  • Support for 4:2:2 8-bit output formats: YUY2, YUYV, UYVY
  • Support for 4:4:4 8-bit output formats: V308, IYU2, V408, BGR24, BGR32
  • Support for 4:4:4 10-bit output formats: V410, Y410
  • More output formats are supported via Pro Capture SDK for DirectKS

Support O/S

  • Windows 7/8/8.1/2008/2008 R2/2012 (x86 & x64)
  • Linux (V4L2 kernel driver source code under NDA, supports x86, x64 & arm architecture)

Multiple Cards per System

  • Support for multiple cards plugged to one system
  • On-board rotary switch to set card number, with 16 positions from 0 to F
  • System hardware device tree will display “01: Pro Capture AIO” when rotary switch is set to 1, and so on
  • The video and audio device names displayed in your software will include the card number (set by the rotary switch)

LED Indicator

  • Status LEDs indicate the working state of each channel: idle, input signal locked, memory failed or FPGA configuration failed.
Form Factor
  • Normal profile PCIe x4 Add-on Card
  • 112.15mm x 102.92mm (without PCI bracket)

Power Consumption

  • Max current at 12V ~1.1 A
  • Max current at 3.3V ~0.9 A
  • Max power consumption ~15.9 W

 Working Environment

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

Shipping Information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 5 in