Magewell® Eco Capture Dual SDI M.2


Magewell® Eco Capture Dual SDI M.2


Two channel 2K capture card
Captures SD/HD/3G/2K SDI x 2 + embedded audio

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Tech Specs

Tech Documents

Supported OS

Windows 7/8/8.1/10/2008/2008 R2/2012 (x86 & x64)
Linux (based on V4L2,support x86,x64 & ARM architecture)

Supported APIs


  • DirectShow
  • DirectKS
  • Wave API/DirectSound/WASAPI


  • V4L2
  • ALSA

Supported Software

Microsoft Media Encoder
Adobe Flash Media Encoder
Any other DirectShow/V4L2 encoding/streaming software

Input Interfaces


  • SD/HD/3G SDI

Host Interface

M.2 2280 Type M (PCIe Gen2 x4)

Input Features

Support for input video resolutions up to 2048×1080 pixels

SDI Specific Features

Integrated cable equalizer supporting cable lengths up to 230M for HD signals
Support for SD/HD/3Ga/3Gb/3Ga-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

Video Capture Formats

Support for output 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 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
More output formats are supported via Magewell Capture SDK for DirectKS

Video Processing Features

Video processing pipelines with ~180Mpixels/s processing bandwidth
8-bit 4:4:4 video processing
Video cropping
Video scaling

Video de-interlacing 

  • Weave
  • Blend top & bottom field
  • Top field only
  • Bottom field only

Video aspect ratio conversion

  • Auto or manual selection of input aspect ratio
  • Auto or manual selection of capture aspect ratio
  • Three aspect ratio conversion modes: Ignore (Anamorphic), Cropping or Padding (Letterbox or Pillarbox)

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 for easy integration (Windows)
    Magewell Capture SDK for DirectKS for maximum flexibility & performance (Windows)

    Windows Driver Tweaks

    All options can be controled 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: idle, input signal locked, 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