Magewell USB Capture SDI Gen 2

Magewell USB Capture SDI Gen 2
Magewell PN: 32070

One Channel SDI to USB Capture Device

  • Capture/Import SDI Signals to Computers
  • Compatible with Windows, Linux, Mac & Chrome OS
  • Connect Broadcast/Surveillance Equipment
  • Up to 2048 x 1080 Resolution Support
  • Ideal for Recording / Streaming
  • 1 x SD/HD/3G/2K SDI Input
  • USB 3.0 Interface

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The Magewell USB Capture SDI Gen 2 (SDI to USB Capture Device) is a slim and compact dongle that lets you easily import an SDI signal into your computer for recording or streaming. The USB Capture SDI Gen 2 a handy and efficient way of connecting cameras, decks, switchers, and other broadcast and surveillance equipment to your computer.


Magewell USB Capture SDI Gen 2  Plug & Play simply connect and capture, no drivers required, capture up to 1080p @60fps. The SDI to USB capture device is easy to carry, has a superior performance, superior compatibility, simple installation and many other features. The device can capture one SDI 1080p60 input and output signal; compatible with Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and USB 2.0 interface. The Magewell SDI video capture device meets UVC and UAC standard, without having to install drivers and settings, the real PnP, easy to use. The Magewell USB Capture SDI Gen 2 uses the USB 3.0 interface and no external power is needed. 

With a ruggedized metal housing, the sdi to usb capture device is suitable for all kinds of mobile video capturing settings and even for outdoors. The metal housing is quite appealing to the eye, and also helps to cool the device effectively. 

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Magewell USB Capture SDI Gen 2 – SDI capture solution for, viewing, recording or streaming

The Magewell USB Capture SDI is based on UVC (USB video class), UAC ( USB audio class ) STANDARD, without having to install drivers and settings. The Magewell SDI to USB capture device provides screen brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, and other options set by DirectShow “filters” dialogue box to set these options.

USB Capture SDI Gen 2 – Flexible & Friendly Features

      • Connect multiple Magewell USB Capture SDI or HDMI dongles to one machine
      • Enable the up/down conversion of video resolution, frame rate and audio sampling rate
      • Support brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, and other screen adjustment functions
      • The HDMI video capture meets UVC standard, support YUV 4:2:2 (YUY2) or RGB 4:4:4 (RGB24) video output
      • The HDMI video capture meets UAC standard and 48KHz PCM stereo audio output
      • The video processing engine can be updated via firmware without changing the hardware.
      • Automatically detect and de-interlace signals (sdi to usb capture device)

Short FAQs about USB Capture (Plus)

1. Which software can record 4K videos that are captured by USB Capture HDMI 4K Plus?
Magewell Capture Express, VMix, OBS, XSplit Broadcaster, Meridix Broadcast Producer, etc., support 4K video recording.

2. My computer does not have a USB 3.0 port. How can I use the USB Capture (Plus) device?
It is recommended that you purchase a USB type C to USB 3.0 adapter.

3. Is USB Capture (Plus) compatible with USB 2.0?
Yes. But the limited transmission bandwidth of USB 2.0 cannot guarantee the transmission of
high frame rate or high resolution signal.

4. Can multiple USB Capture (Plus) devices be connected on one computer?
Yes. To ensure that the bandwidth won’t be affected, make sure each USB capture device can be
connected to an independent USB 3.0 Extensible Host Controller. You can check whether your
computer has multiple independent USB 3.0 Host Controllers in Device Management.

5. Do USB Capture (Plus) devices support using a phone or tablet as a source?
Yes. Apple devices can use Lightning to HDMI cables to output screen signals. Android devices
can use MHL adapters to output screen signals.

USB Capture SDI Downloads
USB SDI Capture FaQs
Compatible Software

InterfaceVideo EngineSignal Detection & SupportSoftware Environment
Input Interface
• SD/HD/3G/2K SDI x1
• Support input resolution up to 2048×1080 pixels

Host Interface
• USB 3.0
8-bit video processing



Color Adjustment

Color Space Conversion

Up/down Conversion

Aspect Ratio Conversion

Mirror and Flip
Auto Detection of Input Signal Format
• Windows, Linux, Mac, Chrome OS

Driver and Firmware
• Driver Free, Updatable Firmware

Included Software
• USB Capture Utility, Capture Express

Compatible Software

USB Capture Utility V3

USB Capture Utility V3

Utility V3 is a free software for USB Capture and USB Capture Plus devices. Users can easily check and set the capture-related parameters, upgrade the firmware by themselves and export info needed for technical support with the help of the Utility.

Download the Utility for USB Capture Family and for USB Capture Plus Family.


Features Include;

• Capture Format Setting

• Audio Volumn Control

• Mirror and Flip

• EDID Editing and Importing

• Firmware Update

• Export Diagnose Report

For full description, visit the full page; USB Capture Utility V3 Utility V3 also provide functions such as cropping, deinterlacing, device name setting, aspect ratio conversion, timing adjustment, status image setting, etc. For detailed introduction of the settings and functions, please check the Utility V3 User Manual.



Supported OSWindows
• 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 (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
• OS X 10.9/10.10/10.11
• macOS 10.12/10.13
Chrome OS
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)
• Ubuntu 12.04/14.04/16.04 (x86 & x64)
• Ubuntu 17.04/17.10 (x64)
• CentOS 6.5/7.2 (x86 & x64)
• Fedora 25/26 (x64)
• Red hat 6.5 (x86 & x64)
• OS X 10.9.5/10.10/10.11.2/10.11.3/10.11.4
• macOS 10.12/10.13.2/10.13.3
Supported APIsWindows
• DirectShow
• Wave API/DirectSound/WASAPI
• V4L2
OS X/macOS
• QuickTime
• AV Foundation
Supported SoftwareVLC
Microsoft Media Encoder
Adobe Flash Media Encoder
Any other DirectShow, V4L2, QuickTime, AV Foundation based encoding or streaming software
Input InterfacesMCX
Host InterfaceUSB 3.0
• compatible with USB 2.0
• compatible with USB 3.1 Gen 1
Input featuresSupport for up to 2048x1080 input resolution
SDI Specific FeaturesIntegrated cable equalizer supporting cable lengths up to 140M for 3G-SDI signals
Support for SD/HD/3Ga/3Gb/3Ga-DL/3Gb-DS standards
Support for 2K (2048x1080) 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 2 (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 formatSupport for capture resolutions up to 2048x1080
Support for capture frame rates up to 120fps (Actual capture frame rate can be limited by the USB bandwidth and internal working frequency. Typical capture frame rates on the Intel USB 3.0 controller are as follows.)
• 1920x1080 YUY2 (up to 70fps)
• 1920x1080 RGB24 (up to 60fps)
Support for YUY2 & UYVY 4:2:2 8-bit
Support for RGB24 & RGB32 4:4:4 8-bit
The default capture format is YUY2. More capture formats can be set using USB Capture Utility.
Video Processing FeaturesVideo processing pipelines with 160 Mpixels/s processing bandwidth
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 color formats
• Support for Limited or Full quantization range
• Support for Limited, Full & ‘Extended gamut’ saturation range
Video frame rate conversion
Vertical flip and mirror
Multiple devices on one computerSupport for connecting multiple USB devices to one system
Support for setting the device serial number as the device name shown in the system using USB Capture Utility
The USB Capture SDK provide functions including signal status extraction, capture configuration, etc.
Firmware UpgradeMultiple devices in one system can be upgraded simultaneously
LED IndicatorStatus LEDs indicate the working state of each channel: idle, input signal locked, memory failed or FPGA configuration failed.
Form Factor
92.2mm (L) x 40.2mm (W) x 12.3mm (H)
USB 3.0 cable
MCX to SDI cable
Power Consumption5V max current: ~0.5 A
max power consumption: ~2.5 W
Working Environment
Operating temperature: 0 to 50 deg C
Storage temperature: –20 to 70 deg C
Relative Humidity: 5% to 90% non-condensing


USB 3.0 Cable

Part number: 90061

MCX to SDI cable

Part number: 90050


Download: User Manual USB Capture Utility

Download: Tech Specs USB Capture Family

Download: Product Catalogue

Download Software: USB Capture Utility V3

Magewell USB Capture SDI Gen 2

The Magewell USB Capture SDI Gen 2 is extensively used across different industries, catering to their specific requirements with its exceptional features. Its adaptability and seamless compatibility with a wide range of software make it an ideal solution for various activities such as streaming, web conferencing, lecture recording, live production, medical imaging, and more.


Plug-and-Play Simplicity and Compatibility

Our USB Capture dongles offer a hassle-free installation process and seamless input detection, ensuring a true plug-and-play experience. With support for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome software, they provide the simplest solution for capturing video and audio signals.

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USB 3.0 Connectivity for Data & Power

Our USB Capture devices, designed with a single-channel, allow seamless capturing of high-quality video and audio signals on various computer systems, including laptops. These devices utilize a standard USB 3.0 interface, eliminating the need for an external power source. They are perfectly suited for a wide range of applications such as streaming software, web conferencing, lecture capture, live production, medical imaging, and much more.

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Full Range of Interface Choices

USB Capture dongles have been specifically engineered to ensure compatibility with a diverse array of sources, encompassing professional video cameras, SLR cameras, and hardware switchers. These dongles provide comprehensive support for an assortment of signal types, even accommodating analog signals from older equipment. With their remarkable capabilities, they are capable of handling resolutions spanning from SD (720x480) to 1080p HD (1920x1080).


FPGA-based Video Processing

All USB Capture models come with Magewell's FPGA-based video processing technology, which ensures zero-CPU-usage. This advanced technology enables high-quality up/down conversion and image adjustments, while also optimizing CPU availability for third-party software applications.

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