Magewell announced the general availability of its Magewell Cloud multi-device management software. The new software is flexibly deployable on an on-premises server or cloud hosting platform. It also provides centralized configuration and control of multiple Magewell streaming and IP conversion solutions. Two additional, premium Magewell Cloud versions also offer streaming management features. These include SRT relay and protocol conversion.
Magewell will showcase the new software in booth C8508 at the 2022 NAB Show, taking place April 24-27 in Las Vegas.
Magewell Cloud Features
Per a statement, Magewell Cloud software makes it easy for integrators, administrators, and IT staff to manage multiple Magewell IP encoders and decoders across multiple sites. This is possible through an intuitive, browser-based interface. Additionally, its rich feature set can also be controlled programmatically via HTTP-based APIs. Thus, it provides systems integrators and third-party developers with advanced deployment flexibility and integration possibilities. Beyond the efficiency and convenience of centralized management, Magewell Cloud is ideal for enabling technical personnel to remotely manage devices on behalf of less-experienced users.
The software supports all current Magewell streaming and IP conversion hardware. These include Ultra Stream live streaming and recording appliances; Ultra Encode universal live media encoders; and Pro Convert encoders and decoders for bridging traditional video signals with IP media networks using NDI technology and other popular protocols. Users can thus remotely configure device parameters, monitor device status, trigger operational functions and perform batch firmware upgrades across multiple units of the same model.
The core Magewell Cloud software is available free of charge for managing up to 20 Magewell hardware devices. The two additional versions of Magewell Cloud —supporting up to 50 or 150 devices, respectively — will be available for purchase as perpetual licenses. They also add SRT relay and protocol conversion functionality for the corresponding number of streams.
Features of SRT Relay
The SRT Relay feature simplifies one-to-many or many-to-many streaming with the SRT protocol. It does so by letting Magewell and third-party SRT solutions connect via Magewell Cloud rather than directly to each other. Thus, it eliminates the need for public, static IP addresses at every endpoint. Bi-directional protocol conversion between SRT and RTMP also lets users take advantage of the benefits of SRT in their streaming workflows while providing compatibility with non-SRT hardware and software.
“Our solutions are often used in large-scale production and distribution workflows that span multiple rooms or locations,” says James Liu, VP of Engineering at Magewell. “The Magewell Cloud software makes it easier for integrators and users to configure and manage our hardware in these deployments. [Meanwhile,] its stream management capabilities simplify the use of SRT technology in multi-site and multi-protocol workflows.”
Magewell Cloud delivers as a Docker container and can be deployed on customers’ own private server or public cloud infrastructure such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure. Magewell recommends Linux as the operating system for Magewell Cloud installations. However, it is also compatible with Windows and MacOS.
Additionally, Magewell channel partners may also offer optional, fee-based support services to assist customers with deploying the software or managing their devices.