That success starts with the Magewell devices' reliability, enabling 24/7 streams without disconnection or quality degradation. The external USB Capture family is particularly appealing for customers with non-permanent installations, minimizing effort and technical support requirements. "With Magewell's USB Capture products, users can simply have an external device and don't need to build their own custom ingest computer with internal cards," said Birrer. "Magewell's automatic input detection also makes it easy, taking the guess work and configuration effort out of having to know the frequency and interlace mode of the input signal.”
The combination of the Phenix platform with Magewell capture devices recently powered real-time streaming of the inaugural 2018 season of innovative, interactive sports experience Your Call Football (YCF), which provides fans with play-calling control of a live-streamed American football game. Fans using the YCF iOS or Android app control the action by voting on three coach-selected plays for each offensive down, then watch as the majority-voted play is executed live on the field by YCF professional players. Fans accumulate points based on their play-calling skills and compete with other fans for YCF cash prizes. Real-time content delivery is essential in ensuring a fluid fan experience.
For the YCF games, the program feed crafted by the events' production company was output over SDI, and brought into a computer running the Phenix encoder software using a Magewell USB Capture SDI device. The encoder software then published the resulting high-quality streams onto the Phenix delivery platform.
"Utilizing a Magewell capture device to ingest our production feed into the Phenix encoder onsite at YCF's firstever fan play-calling football games enabled us to deliver a real-time user experience that was second to none," said Julie Meringer, President of Your Call Football. "Our fans watched the first season of YCF games in real-time from our iOS and Android apps, as well as on yourcallfootball.com and barstoolsports.com.”
The Your Call Football project exemplifies how Magewell's capture devices help Phenix and their customers achieve their goals. "Magewell's solutions are complementary to our business," summarized Birrer. "Our customers' goal is to deliver the best quality and user experience with the simplest workflow, and Magewell fits those use cases perfectly.”