Capture Cards Enable Support-Free Video

Requiring a reliable capture card in a Mini PCIe form factor, West Pond Enterprises selected the Pro Capture Mini HDMI from Magewell to enable high-quality video ingest in its FlexStream MX-100 Channel Creator devices. Massachusetts-based West Pond Enterprises develops products that enhance or enable in-house cable TV, RF and IPTV networks for a variety of markets. The company’s headend transmission solutions create new channels – or add HTML5-based media and graphics to existing channels – by capturing, streaming, augmenting, encoding and transmitting content on customers' private TV networks.


The West Pond MX-100CC is an all-in-one channel creation and distribution device that combines multiple live and pre-recorded video sources into a single transport stream for delivery to commercial or consumer TVs or IPTV set-top boxes. The unit can also combine a live video stream with HTML5 media to create a custom channel.

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When designing the MX-100CC, West Pond required compact, Linux-compatible capture hardware that would enable very simple HDMI video connectivity. Having been satisfied with Magewell's Pro Capture full-sized PCIe cards in its rackmount MX-400 headend systems, West Pond found the Pro Capture Mini HDMI to be a fit for the MX-100CC. Users typically capture 1920x1080 or 1280x720 HD video from devices including cameras, media players and computers, and the automatic input signal detection capabilities of the Magewell cards enable plug-and-play ease of use. For more details, pay Magewell and West Pond a visit.

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