Softron M|44 Hardware and Software Bundle with MovieRecorder 4 and OnTheAir Video Express

Softron M|44 Hardware and Software Bundle with MovieRecorder 4 and OnTheAir Video Express

Softron M|44 Hardware and Software Bundle with MovieRecorder 4 and OnTheAir Video Express

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  • Thunderbolt 2 Chassis with SDI I/O Card
  • 4-Inputs / 4-Outputs
  • 4 x MovieRecorder Licences
  • 4 x OnTheAir Video Express Licenses
  • Dual-Link and Quad-Link HD-SDI Support
  • ProRes, DNxHD, and H.264 Encoded Formats
  • Dual Thunderbolt 2 Interfaces
  • 8 x BNC Female to DIN SDI Cables (1')
  • Black Thunderbolt Cable (5')
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4-Input / 4-Output 6-Input / 2-Output

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Softron M|44 and MovieRecorder 4 overview

  • 1Description

With the M|44 Bundle from Softron, you can enjoy all of the features of MovieRecorder 4 and OnTheAir Video Express in a certified hardware and software package designed for Mac Pro workstations. The bundle includes one Sonnet Echo Express SEL Thunderbolt 2 Expansion Chassis housed with a Deltacast HD-SDI video card (DELTA-hd-elp-d 44) with four inputs and four outputs. Four licenses of MovieRecorder (one for each input channel) and four licenses of OnTheAir Video Express (one for each output channel) are included on a single USB dongle. The video card uses DIN 1.0/2.3 connectors, so for interfacing with cameras and video equipment that use standard BNC connectors, eight 1' BNC female to DIN 1.0/2.3 SDI cables are included. For connecting the external chassis to your Mac Pro, one 5' black Thunderbolt cable is also included.

MovieRecorder 4 is a video ingest software that supports up to four streams of 1080p video in this M|44 Bundle configuration. It can be used for direct-to-edit capture or you can set it up for scheduled recordings or even 24/7 operation. It can also be configured for live streaming or direct upload to a remote FTP server. You can choose from a number of poplar codecs, including H.264, DNxHD, and ProRes for editing in virtually any NLE software, including Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Avid Media Composer. Thanks to the Deltacast DELTA-hd-elp-d 44, 6 x HD/SD, 3 x 2K, and 1 x 4K signals can be recorded. Additionally, a cloud-based backup can even be made while streaming.

In conjunction with the Deltacast video card, OnTheAir Video Express lets you playout 4 x HD/SD, 2 x 2K, and 1 x 4K signals. Softron uses its own playout engine called Smart Playout Engine, which allows mixing multiple codecs and resolutions in the same playlist without installing any additional software, and features an Automatic Resize tool that will efficiently scale frame sizes to Fill, Pan-and-Scan, or Letterbox. The standard playout file type is QuickTime (.mov), but you can also select Transport Stream (.ts), MXF (.MXF), and others. Supported video codecs include most i-frame and long-GOP codecs, including Apple ProRes, Avid NDxHD, AVC-Intra, and XDCAM.

Main Features
  • Record 4 HD video channels at once over a single Thunderbolt port
  • Playout 4 HD video channels
  • Compact Sonnet Echo Express SEL Thunderbolt 2 Expansion Chassis
  • Low-profile Deltacast DELTA-hd-elp-d 44 video card
  • Manual or scheduled recordings
  • Timer to automatically stop recording a manual recording after a given time
  • Direct link from OnTheAir Video or OnTheAir Node (no video input required to ingest from these applications playing on the same Mac)
  • Looped recording i.e. it records permanently on the same file and goes back to the beginning when it reaches the end of the file for TimeShifting playout for example
  • Encode to multiple destinations using different codecs using easy presets.
  • Support for 4K recording (quad-link HD-SDI)
  • MXF and QuickTime file support
  • H.264 support
  • Record Closed Captioning CEA-708 to a QuickTime CC track. (Requires the CC option; only with HD sources)
  • Frame-accurate file switch for 24/7 recording
  • Remote Control with a REST API
  • Using Classic (set a recording duration and the duration is updated at the end of the recording) or Segmented files (files just grow over time)
  • Compatible with most editing application (including Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere)
  • Schedule weekly recordings
  • Daily recordings
  • Each schedule item can have its own destination/file name
Streaming (with Optional MovieStreamer HLS)
  • Support for adaptive streaming; encodes to multiple bit-rates and formats
  • Automatic upload to FTP or Amazon S3
  • Integration with JWPlayer for Flash compatibility
In the Box
Softron M|44 Hardware and Software Bundle with MovieRecorder 4 and OnTheAir Video Express
  • USB Dongle with Four Licenses of Softron MovieRecorder 4 and Four Licenses of OnTheAir Video Express
  • Deltacast DELTA-hd-elp-d 44 SDI Video I/O Card
  • Echo Express SEL Thunderbolt 2 Expansion Chassis
  • Thunderbolt Cable (5', Black)
  • 8 x BNC Female to DIN SDI Cables (1')
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Softron M|44 and MovieRecorder 4 specs

    I/O Card
    Bus Interface PCIe Gen2 x4
    Form Factor Low-profile, half-length PCIe
    Connectors DIN 1.0/2.3
    Inputs 4 x HD/SD-SDI
    Outputs 4 x HD/SD-SDI
    Sync Input Blackburst or tri-level sync (genlock) reference input
    Video Signal Single-link 4:2:2 10-bit, dual-link 4:2:2 10-bit, quad-link 4:2:2 10-bit
    SDI Formats Supported SD-SDI
    Dual-Link HD-SDI
    Quad-Link HD-SDI
    Video Scaler No
    Resolutions & Frame Rates 4096 x 2160p 23.98/24/25/29.97/30 (quad-link)
    3840 x 2160p 23.98/24/25/29.97/30 (quad-link)
    2048 x 1080p 23.98/24/25/29.97/30
    2048 x 1080PsF 23.98/24/25/29.97/30
    1920 x 1080p 23.98/24/25/29.97/30
    1920 x 1080p 50/59.94/60 (dual-link)
    1920 x 1080PsF 23.98/24/25/29.97/30
    1920 x 1080i 50/59.94/60
    625i50 (PAL)
    525i59.94 (NTSC)
    Audio Formats Embedding or de-embedding of up to 16 digital audio channels per HD-SDI link (SMPTE 272M and SMPTE 299-x)
    Ancillary Data SMPTE 291, SMPTE 272/299 (Audio), SMPTE 12-2 (VITC), SMPTE 352 (payload ID), SMPTE 334 (closed captions)
    Supported Formats and Codecs
    Input Video Codecs:
    Apple ProRes 422 Family
    Apple ProRes 4444
    Avid DNxHD

    File Wrappers:
    QuickTime (.mov)
    Transport Stream (support coming in the future)

    Audio Codecs:
    Apple Lossless
    Linear PCM
    Output Video Codecs:
    Apple ProRes 422 Family
    Apple ProRes 4444
    AVC-Intra (50 & 100)
    Avid DNxHD
    DVCPro HD
    DVCPro 50
    MPEG IMX (30/40/50)
    MPEG-4 Video
    XDCAM HD422

    Video Wrappers:
    MXF OP1a
    QuickTime (MOV)
    Transport Stream (ts)

    Audio Codecs:
    Apple Lossless
    Linear PCM

    Still Image Formats:
    GIF (only the first image)
    JPEG 20000
    External Connectors 2 x Thunderbolt 2
    Power Supply 60 W, 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz
    System Requirements
    Operating system Mac OS X 10.9.5 and later
    RAM 16 GB minimum, 32 GB recommended
    Compatible Storage Any storage that can sustain the required constant write speed (depending on the number of channels, the codec and format). For network storage, make sure to enable Macro blocks, and disable cache flushing.
    Monitor Monitor needs to be connected for Preview (Open GL active)
    Hardware Acceleration Required for H.264 encoding with all Mac computers with i5 or i7 processors, running Mac OS 10.9.5 or later (hardware acceleration is available only for one channel)
    Computer Minimum recommended computer for 6 channels of ingest and 2 channels of playout in 720p (8-bit):

    Apple ProRes (Proxy): Mac Pro 2013 4-Core
    Apple ProRes (LT): Mac Pro 2013 8-Core
    Apple ProRes 422: Mac Pro 2013 8-Core
    Apple ProRes (HQ): Mac Pro 2013 12-Core
    AVC-Intra 50: Max 4 channels of ingest and 2 outputs with a Mac Pro 2013 12-Core
    AVC-Intra 100: Max 4 channels of ingest and 2 outputs with a Mac Pro 2013 12-Core
    DNxHD 145: Mac Pro 2013 12-Core
    DVCPRO HD: Mac Pro 2013 4-Core
    H.264 Baseline: Max 4 channels of ingest and 2 outputs with a Mac Pro 2013 12-Core
    H.264 Main: Max 3 channels of ingest and 2 outputs with a Mac Pro 2013 12-Core
    H.264 High: Max 3 channels of ingest and 2 outputs with a Mac Pro 2013 12-Core
    XDCAM EX: Mac Pro 2013 12-Core
    XDCAM HD: Mac Pro 2013 12-Core
    XDCAM HD422: Mac Pro 2013 12-Core
    Weight 2.2 lb / 1 kg
    Dimensions 2.82 x 4 x 8.42" / 7.16 x 10.16 x 21.39 cm

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