NewTek release the world’s first native NDI PTZ camera – and it’s available now!

NewTek release the world’s first native NDI PTZ camera – and it’s available now!

NewTek have released the world’s very first native IP camera designed for Network Device Interface (NDI) video workflows in the form of the NDIHZ-PTZ1. Touted as an affordable, IP-based pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera, NewTek are calling it the best way to acquire live video for input into their revolutionary IP-based live production workflows. 

With Newtek’s NDI standard already pioneering the move from SDI to IP with their hybrid live production systems (such as the TriCaster TC1 that was announced earlier this year), it makes sense they’d follow suit by integrating their NDI standard into a camera.

They set out to produce a camera that can be placed on an ethernet network and work right away, and they’ve done just that. The PTZ1 is a broadcast-quality IP video camera that doesn’t require a capture card and a PC, USB dongle, or any other add-on or accessory to get up and running – it’s capable of sending video solely through ethernet. It transmits full native HD resolutions up to 1080p 60fps and 20x optical zoom to NDI-compatible receiving devices available on a network, and is perfectly suited for IP-based live productions and streams that require single or multi-camera setups, such as sports and events coverage, video conferencing, lecture capture, distance learning, media communications and surveillance.

The camera’s ethernet input delivers audio and power, and provides bidirectional communication that supports PTZ camera control and tally. If you’re still transitioning to an IP workflow, it also integrates with baseband equipment thanks to it’s industry standard 3G SDI and HDMI video connections. And thanks to the recently announced NewTek Spark HDMI and SDI converters, you can also incorporate your existing into video cameras into your IP workflow to work alongside the PTZ1.

Lastly, both the PTZ1 camera and NewTek Spark models are compatible with hundreds of production solutions, including NewTek live production systems and third-party video switchers, as well as software-based video tools such as Livestream Studio, OBS, Streamstar SW, Telestream, Gameshow, Wirecast, VidBlaster, vMix, XSplit, plus all other NDI-enabled products (NDI version 2.0 or higher).

The NDIHX-PTZ1 is also compatible with popular desktop video applications – such as Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, Skype, WebEx, Zoom and more – thanks to an NDI|HX driver.

Check out some of its key features:

– Native support for HD video formats up to 1080p 60fps.

– Integrated and automatic tally support via NDI.

– Motor-driven PTZ operation with preset positions.

– Remote control and monitoring via web-based user interface.

– Remote control over IP via NewTek Studio Monitor.

– Remote capture and recording via NewTek Studio Monitor.

– Power over ethernet via POE+ (802.3at) or included DC 12V 1A external power supply.

For more information about the world’s first native NDI PTZ camera, visit our online store here or get in touch on the details below.

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Soliton announces NewTek integration and improved live streaming ahead of IBC

Soliton announces NewTek integration and improved live streaming ahead of IBC

Ahead of Europe’s leading media, entertainment and technology show, Soliton have announced exciting new updates to their leading H.265 bonded solutions, ZAO and Zao-S.

For those of you who are already fans of the Soliton products, updated features to enhance their Smart telecaster range are below. If you’re new to the range and would like to know more, scroll down for more information on the ZAO and Zao-S, and why we’re so excited about the new updates.

Updates to the Soliton smart-telecaster range for IBC 2017 include:

Integration and support for software-driven IP workflows using NewTek NDI.

Addition of the new ‘BOOST’ feature, that allows the system to maintain extra bandwidth where mobile phone signals are in high demand.

Further improvements to their H.265 codec, aiming to improve small details in the picture, providing an even higher video quality.

Live streaming app ML-Cam for iPhone users and, coming soon, Android users.

You can catch Soliton at IBC, where they’ll be demoing all the new features live, and answering any questions you might have about the updates at stand B.11 in hall 2.

 

The ZAO and Zao-S

The ZAO is a broadcast-grade live video encoder, and was the world’s first H.265 HEVC hardware encoder. It enables full HD live video mobile transmission of live events from a remote location to anywhere in the world, with a simple unit that can be attached to any broadcast camera. The unit allows you to maintain HD quality in low 3G or 4G bandwidth environments, and minimal latency while covering live events – typically half a second, but as low as 240ms.

While the ZAO was the world’s first, the Zao-S is the world’s smallest, providing the same high reliability but in a much smaller form factor – however not quite the same high-bit encoding rate. It’s small size allows it to be easily held in a body strap or mounted directly to the camera.

 

NewTek NDI Integration

Soliton have announced they will integrate NDI into the ZAO and Zao-S. They will be joining the growing number of companies enabling IP-based customer workflows – and Jigsaw24 is particularly interested to see how the ZAO range will work with NDI Cloud, which would be groundbreaking for live production. NewTek’s NDI technology is royalty free and allows video and audio sources to be shared bidirectionally across an IP network.

“Mobile cameras for outside broadcast are not typically network attached and still rely on traditional baseband technology such as HDMI or HD-SDI,” says Mark Andrews, Head of Broadcast for Soliton Systems Europe. “By adopting NDI from NewTek on our receiving platform, we are allowing outside broadcasters to take advantage of IP workflows without the need to change their mobile camera infrastructure.”

Michael Kornet, Executive Vice President of Business Development for NewTek also comments: “Software-driven IP workflows are quickly becoming ubiquitous in video production. NDI-enabled devices like the Smart telecaster products for mobile live streaming, exponentially increase the video sources available for live production and thus create efficiencies and opportunities for customers that did not previously exist. NDI is the most widely adopted IP technology on the market, as shown by the millions of customers with access to it today.”

 

Enhanced live streaming functionality with BOOST and ML-Cam

The addition of the new ‘BOOST’ feature will allow the system to maintain extra bandwidth where the mobile phone signals are in high demand. This feature will maintain high connectivity and improved reliability for when you need your signal not to let you down.

“There is no guarantee of quality of service when using 4G,” stated Shinya Hyakutake, Head of the Broadcast Division for Soliton in Japan. “With our RASCOW protocol for combining multiple 3G and 4G networks on one device, and now with our added BOOST functionality, we see the Zao being able to mitigate against the issues of signal degradation of cellular phone operators. It just makes the whole user experience so much more reliable for live streaming video for bonded systems.”

Bandwidth that won’t cut out right in the middle of a live steam not enough for you? Soliton have more. They’ve further improved their H.265 codec, one that they already believed to be the most advanced on the mobile market. The new codec seeks to improve small details in the picture, especially moving ones, providing an even higher video quality.

 

Over in Amsterdam at IBC, Soliton will be demonstrating the benefits of NDI with NewTek’s Tricaster with live demos, alongside their own Smart telecaster and cloud solutions. IBC attendees can check out Soliton’s products, including live demos of the updated features, at stand B.11 in hall 2.

Want to know more about Soliton’s H.265 mobile products, or want to have a chat with us about IBC? Get in touch by calling 03332 409 306 or emailing broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and gossip, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 and like us on Facebook

Don’t miss BirdDog Studio NDI and more at IBC 2017

Don’t miss BirdDog Studio NDI and more at IBC 2017

BirdDog are bringing their new Studio NDI to IBC in Amsterdam this month. First demoed back at NAB to resounding success, this impressive bit of kit allows your existing cameras to be included in a new IP workflow for your live productions. 

Touted as the world’s best NDI encoder, Studio comes production-ready with Tally, PoE and video conversion. While still a few weeks away from shipping, punters will have the chance to get an up-close look at the device, which enables more flexible video inputs into live productions and access to video resources anywhere in your facility.

The BirdDog team will also be on hand to showcase real-world integration with NewTek TriCaster, vMix, Telestream Wirecast, and NewTek NDI Tools, and answer any questions you might have.

Features

NDI made simple

Studio allows users to convert baseband SDI and HDMI to take full advantage of IP networks. That means you can access live video in realtime from anywhere on your network, so there’s no need to run long SDI cables or purchase pricey video routers.

Dual colour Tally 

Studio can display Tally onboard and externally via Tally out, and provides both Program and Preview tally indicators.

Power from anywhere

Handily, the device can be powered from an ethernet cable thanks to PoE technology. Alternatively, users can power it up via DC power supply or optional V/Gold-mount battery plate accessories with power pass-through functionality (which are coming soon).

Central fleet control

Users get complete control and configuration capabilities for multiple Studio devices through the admin panel, which can be accessed on both desktop or on mobile devices.

Monitor loop-out/format converter

BirdDog Studio’s SDI and HDMI ports are always live, meaning users can convert from HDMI to SDI and vice versa. Users can also connect a monitor to the device.

Upgradable software

The BirdDog team are always hard at work creating new features for Studio, which will be made available free of charge via the site deployment wizard as soon as they’re ready. The wizard will also ensure all BirdDog Studio devices in your facility are updated and running on the most recent software version.

In other IBC news…

NewTek and Vizrt will be demoing the NVG1 – their IP Graphics Server – at IBC this year, with the system being made available in the UK soon after. As a realtime 4K-capable graphics system, the NVG1 is designed for deep integration with the NewTek IP Series and TriCaster TC1 video production systems, and streamlines graphic operations by utilising NewTek’s NDI IP video standard to bi-directionally transfer video, audio, key, control and metadata on a single network cable over existing GigE infrastructures. It also combines the NewTek 1RU server platform with NDI IP video connectivity and Viz Trio/Viz Engine software to deliver best-of-breed live graphics for NewTek’s end to end IP-native video workflows.

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