The USB Fusion device shown in the illustrations was introduced this week by Magewell. It is a USB video capture device with multiple inputs, switching, and video stream combining capabilities. It is designed for presentations, online lectures, webinars, live streaming, videoconferencing, news reporting, and other similar applications.
With two HDMI 1.4 inputs and one USB 3.0 input for a webcam, the USB Fusion allows users to switch between HD 1080p60 sources or combine two inputs into one HDMI 1.4 output (PiP or PbP) and transfer the result to popular software via the USB 3.0 Type-C port. In addition, there are two 3.5mm jacks, a line input and a headphone output.
USB Fusion offers users three ways to control it. Buttons on the device allow users to switch between full-screen sources or select a combined scene layout, while the browser-based web interface offers scene switching, volume adjustment, and device setup.
USB Fusion’s full capabilities are revealed through a third control option, the free USB Fusion app for iOS and Android tablets. The intuitive app provides advanced layout controls to combine any two of the three input sources and allows users to add images, video clips, background music and handwritten notes to presentations. Presenters can pre-create playlists that include live video and other media files, and record or take screenshots of the combined output into USB Fusion’s built-in memory. Annotations can also be exported to files for archiving or later sharing.
USB Fusion supports Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. Compliance with UVC and UAC specifications provides broad software compatibility and easy driverless installation. The device measures 186 x 101.2 x 30 mm. The company did not name a price, limiting itself to promising to start sales this quarter.