NewTek have been busy, having just announced three huge releases: NewTek NDI 3.0, NewTek NDI PTZ-1 Camera and the NewTek Connect Spark (finally, a video into NDI mini-converter!). The new releases are available from August, and NewTek reckons these products will be a significant turning point for the industry.
The price points of the Connect Spark look set to open up the world of IP video production to a whole new category of users, while the NDI PTZ Camera can make true end-to-end IP workflow a reality. Here’s more on the new releases from the official press release…
NewTek NDI 3.0
NewTek are proud to introduce NDI 3.0 – the third generation of NewTek’s NDI (Network Device Interface) technology. Already the most broadly adopted IP standard in the video industry, NDI 3.0 completes the next big step for IP video production by enabling, among other things, affordable and powerful HDMI and SDI signal converters and native NDI cameras. Among the dozens of other improvements included in NDI 3.0 are support for unicast and multicast, wireless capability, PTZ camera control, improved encoding performance and much more.
“We believe that the future is one in which video is transferred easily and efficiently over IP and that this vision will largely replace current SDI and HDMI connection methods,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO for NewTek. “NDI 3.0 makes this vision a reality today. With the broad adoption of NDI by nearly every major vendor in the industry, producers and creators are already beginning to realise the endless creative possibilities and benefits. With NDI 3.0 we fully expect adoption to accelerate at a rate many people may find surprising.”
NDI 3.0 represents the largest incremental change to the NDI SDK since its launch at IBC 2015. Included among the dozens of changes, additions, and improvements are these highlights:
Multicast and unicast support. Allows for a single NDI source to serve to one or any number of destinations, limited only by network infrastructure
High-efficiency mode – NDI | HX. Allows for full resolution, full frame-rate video over wireless networks, and full resolution, full frame rate video over limited bandwidth networks.
Pan/tilt/zoom camera support. Assimilates video, audio, tally and camera control, removes need for separate control device and eliminates complexity of signal flow and protocols.
Remote recording control. Adds capability to remotely trigger recording of supported devices, enables USB-device recording from signal conversion hardware and local drive recording for select devices.
Improved encoding performance. Encodes on a modern i7-based machine at rates similar to 8K at 320fps, 4K at 1000fps, 1080p at 2500fps.
NewTek NDI 3.0 will be available later in 2017.
NewTek NDI PTZ Camera
A world first, NewTek introduce an NDI and standard video output PTZ camera, the NewTek NDI PTZ – it’s truly plug and play! With built-in NDI functionality, this IP video camera transmits full 3G 1080p 60 video directly to NDI-compatible products across a standard network. The NewTek NDI camera connects to the network and delivers pristine video and audio, as well as tally, PTZ control, and power all over a single Ethernet cable.
Once connected to the network, the camera is visible to all compatible systems running the latest version of NDI, including NewTek TriCaster, LiveStream Studio, SplitmediaLabs, XSplit, Streamstar, OBS Studio, StudioCoast vMix, Telestream Wirecast, and hundreds more. More sources become available immediately with the simple addition of NDI cameras to the network. Once available on the network, the NewTek NDI PTZ camera is also automatically recognized by applications such as GoToMeeting, Skype, Skype for Business, Zoom Media and many others.
“There have been a few inflection points in the broadcast industry that have delivered profound benefits, such as the transition to non-linear editing from cutting tape. The move to IP-based production is one of those unique moments in our industry,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO for NewTek. “The transition is happening fast because it is being driven by customer demand. Producers recognize this technology simplifies their work, while expanding their opportunity to create more and better shows. With the availability of NDI cameras, from NewTek and others that are sure to follow, IP-based production is truly here.”
The NewTek NDI PTZ Camera is priced at $2799 US MSRP (UK pricing not yet available, but coming soon) and will begin shipping August 2017.
NewTek Connect Spark
The NewTek Connect Spark is a portable device designed to deliver SDI or HDMI video to a computer and an IP network, wirelessly. NewTek Connect Spark products are IP video converters, with NDI native functionality. The units deliver video as an IP source to any standard network via WiFi or standard Ethernet cable. Connect Spark also records directly on the unit to SD cards or USB drive, and is controllable from a web interface.
NewTek Connect Spark works with all NDI compatible devices and applications in use by millions of customers NDI computer-based live production systems including NewTek TriCaster, CombiTech VidBlaster, Livestream Studio, OBS, Splitmedia Labs Xsplit, Streamstar, StudioCoast vMix, Telestream Gameshow, Telestream Wirecast, and many more. Additionally, NewTek Connect Spark delivers video to popular desktop video applications including Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, Skype, Skype for Business, WebEx, Zoom, and others.
NewTek Connect Spark devices provide 3G SDI or HDMI conversion up to 1080p 60 with loop through. In addition to video conversion to IP, the devices remotely record MP4 to an SD card or USB drive. Recording is controlled through a web interface available for devices including mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. It also includes tally support.
The NewTek Connect Spark is available in two models; the NCS (HDMI version) for $499 US MSRP, and the NCS-S (SDI version) for $799 US MSRP (UK pricing not yet available, but coming soon). Both models will begin shipping August 2017.
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