Here’s why you need NewTek’s IP Series Studio Input Module

Here’s why you need NewTek’s IP Series Studio Input Module

If you’re already on board with NewTek or are looking to streamline your live production workflow, the IP Series Studio Input Module is one bit of tech you don’t want to go without. 

The Studio Input Module offers up seamless expansion of your current TriCaster production capabilities. Whether you’re sticking with SDI or you’re taking those IP workflow baby steps, you’ll be pleased to hear that it adds four SDI inputs, four NDI inputs or a combination of the two to your existing TriCaster setup, as well as a single return feed/output.

Combining SDI compatibility with IP flexibility, the NewTek IP Series integrates into your current infrastructure, while priming your facility for the future. 

You’ll get four extra 3G, HD-SDI and SD SDI video sources, in any combination of supported formats, resolutions and frame rates. This allows four realtime input conversions and transmission of common IP video stream formats with virtually zero latency. That means you can expand your current workflow by adding any cameras or other SDI-based products to your TriCaster setup without having to upgrade your hardware.

The beauty of this camera input module is because it’s IP, it can be located anywhere on your network. Cameras will connect straight into your TriCaster, without any installation or any extra cabling.

Simply put, instead of a single direction dedicated video cable for each video signal (e.g. SDI) an IP-based workflow means you can plug your production kit into ethernet ports instead of installing expensive video cabling. This revolutionises the connectivity between your control room or across your facility, connecting systems, users, and departments.

The Studio Input Module also provides flexible audio integration, supporting the input and delivery of digital and analogue audio sources, and native and embedded audio support for input and output over NDI.

If you’re still undecided on an NDI-based IP workflow and want to know what all the fuss is about, check out our article covering all the big IP announcements at IBC 2016.

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NewTek’s new education pricing structure explained

NewTek’s new education pricing structure explained

If you’ve been eyeing up a TriCaster or 3Play system for your gallery, it might interest you to know that NewTek have rejigged their education discounts. Instead of getting education-specific pricing, you now get free extras as standard with your hardware. 

TrIcaster setup at Staffordshire uni

Rather than getting a chunk off the cost of your initial hardware, you’ll now get a choice of two complimentary education software add-ons, that allow you to extend the functionality of your kit at no extra cost.

Option one gives you two coupon codes for any virtual sets of your choice, so you can drop journalism students into a TV studio complete with background effects and picture in picture display.

Option two gives you a free download of NewTek NDI Telestrator, an on-screen annotation app that allows you to add graphics to and draw on live video, instant replays, still images or clips. NewTek’s addition to the screen annotation app canon is touchscreen-friendly and IP-ready. It gives you the ability to add standard graphics to an image, plus the ability to draw freehand over the top of your video stills. NDI Telestrator includes configurable paint and shape tools, colour and highlight options, and other standard visual elements.

The free versions of these add-ons are only available to accredited educational institutions, and you will need to provide qualifying educational institute documentation. You can claim one or the other add-on whenever you a buy a new TriCaster or 3Play unit.

Advanced Edition: The exception that proves the rule

While you may not be getting special pricing on your hardware anymore, you still get a massive discount on NewTek’s Advanced Edition software bundle, which is £999 for education customers as opposed to the usual £3800 sell (not a typo).

This is a fairly fantastic deal, as Advanced Edition offers many unique and additional features to TriCaster, with just a few of the highlights being:

– Enhanced streaming engine; enabling multiple streams to multiple platforms, simultaneously.

– Augmented reality keys/graphics, within virtual sets, making them appear as a 3D, integral part of the set.

– Undo/Redo functionality added.

– Support for Dante Audio networking.

– Audio output configuration.

– Data Link Integration to allow real time updating or graphics information.

– Control Surface button lock selection.

– Improved social media integration.

– Higher quality LiveSet rendering.

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The view from the floor: IP at IBC

The view from the floor: IP at IBC

IP workflow solutions got their first major airing at NAB and have continued gaining traction ever since, with NewTek continuing to expand their NDI lineup, Sony partnering with manufacturers and standards bodies to develop their own solutions portfolio, and production kit manufacturers releasing IP ready kit.

We knew IP was going to be a big deal at IBC, but we had no idea just how IP based the show was. As we’re primarily an IT reseller, this was right up our street.

Some of our team attended the IP Interoperability talk with the likes of AIMS/Grass Valley and SMPTE, and the theme was very much how the industry is working together to advance IP workflows, although the standards are still yet to be ratified.

One thing we gathered was that there are still a lot of questions about how IP workflow is going to affect the industry – for example, how do manufacturers differentiate themselves if the industry has agreed everyone will do the same thing with so many IP standards?

Sony demo live IP workflows

Despite these questions, it’s clear that IP-ready technology has taken a massive leap forward since NAB. We went to the Sony hall to look at their highly impressive range of IP-ready mixers and switchers, and learned that the signals can be sent to a mixer the other side of the Netherlands with only a two frame delay.

Sony has been pushing the IP discussion since 2012, starting from the Joint Taskforce for Networked Media (JT-NM), later joining the ASPEN and AIMS alliance groups, and more recently the AMWA NMI incubator project, driving the development of the NMI (Networked Media Interface) framework.

As well as providing us with exciting new acronyms in an industry that definitely doesn’t have enough of them, this has allowed Sony to develop a series of really interesting Networked Media Interface-based products, many of which were on show at IBC. They included:

NXLK-IP45F, a new AV Multiplexer/DeMultiplexer board enables you to multiplex and de-multiplex video and audio over IP signals, with an SDI signal output that includes embedded audio.

NXL-IP4F, an SDI-IP Converter Unit ideal for 4K/HD standalone source or destination to integrate with an IP-based Production System.

HKCU-IP43F, an NMI board for HDCU-4300 camera control system enables easy connection to the IP Live System network.

XKS-Q8111 and XKS-Q8166, an NMI supported QSFP+ I/O board (output) for XVS switchers that allows the direct connection to the core switch of an IP Live System network using 40Gbps fiber link.

PWA-MV1N, Multi-viewer Software enables a very efficient monitoring solution into an IP Live Production Infrastructure, reducing drastically the video matrix resources used for monitoring.

NewTek extend NDI range

NewTek’s new IP series range is a massive push forward for NDI and the interoperability between IP, hardware and software. At the heart of their IP workflow is the IP Series Video Mix Engine, which lets you mix up to 44 input sources then output 35 output signals over IP, all of which you can configure independently using NewTek’s software. Significantly, it is compatible with other IP standards including ASPEN and SMPTE 2022, so if you decide to move away from a purely NDI workflow further down the line, it won’t turn into a very expensive brick.

Like all the best NewTek products, it comes with its own control panel, this time a four-stripe model with 72 crosspoints per stripe, so you can make the most of all those input channels. It works exactly the same way every other NewTek control panel does, so if you’ve already spent time with TriCaster, making the move over to working with the Video Mix Engine won’t be hard.

Bridging the gap between your existing workflow and an IP-based one are the Input Module and Output Module, both of which sit on your LAN. The Input Module accepts SDI/HDMI inputs and outputs, and converts them into NDI signals, while the Output Module takes your NDI signal and converts it into something that can be understood by traditional video infrastructure, so you can enjoy the benefits of an NDI workflow in-house, even if your final delivery system isn’t capable of handling the end result.

NewTek also announced they’d be collaborating with Wowza to create a the Media Distribution System, which is a fantastic tool for editing audio and video in realtime, and then live streaming this over four independent, simultaneous streaming channels. Better still, it has integrated NDI technology supporting input and output over IP.

BirdDog Studio

And lastly, BirdDog Studio. I’ve gone on about this a lot, but that’s because it’s a super affordable way to start your transition to an IP workflow. For £560 ex VAT, you get a box that can convert your existing camera’s SDI/HDMI input into an NDI output, rendering it IP-compatible.

BirdDog Studio can also act as a format convertor for monitor loop out, and display tally onboard or externally. And it accepts power of Ethernet, so you don’t need to worry about lugging round an extra set of batteries and chargers. You can only use one BirdDog with one camera at a time, so you’ll need one for each camera you plan to shoot with simultaneously. However, there is a central, browser-based control panel for configuring and controlling all your BirdDogs in one place, so it shouldn’t be too much of a hassle.

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IBC 2016: NewTek and Wowza deliver the first ever global and local media distribution platform

IBC 2016: NewTek and Wowza deliver the first ever global and local media distribution platform

NewTek and Wowza Media Systems today launched the MDS, a revolutionary real-time media encoding and live streaming video delivery platform.

The MDS is a fully integrated hardware and software solution merging NewTek’s industry-leading live production technology with the powerful, proven Wowza streaming software in a 1RU footprint. The result is the industry’s first integrated production system establishing a direct link between the producers who create the content and the viewers that consume it. Attendees of IBC 2016 can see the MDS at NewTek’s booth 7.K11, or the Wowza Media Systems booth 5.C42.

Fully equipped for existing and emerging SDI, IP, and hybrid workflows, the MDS, delivers flawless processing of up to 4 channels of video. Streaming sources are acquired through direct, physical input using 3G/HD/SD-SDI hardware connections, over IP via NDI, NewTek’s innovative Network Device Interface technology, and from other sources, including TCP/IP, webcams, and USB capture devices. Local input sources are also automatically translated to NDI within the system; enabling streaming sources to be delivered and deployed through multiple MDS to maximize resources, performance, and delivery potential.

The MDS enables any production, presentation, or live event to be seen by anyone, anywhere on a mobile device, desktop or OTT device, by supporting delivery to Wowza Cloud, Wowza CDN and Wowza Player, or alternative workflows, allowing users to launch their own multi-channel content networks. Support for all common CDNs is provided with out-of-the-box support for Facebook, Microsoft Azure, Wowza, YouTube, custom RTMP, and many more.

“The MDS, is designed to bring video encoding and streaming to more users and use cases,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and chief technology officer for NewTek. “Born out of a relationship between NewTek and Wowza Media Systems, we integrated everything needed to deliver video from the production either to the viewer directly or through the cloud. The result is an industry first, allowing users to launch their own multi-channel content networks. Productions, presentations and live events can be seen by anyone, anywhere on any device – directly from the control room, studio, or production site.”

“The MDS democratizes video encoding and streaming for producers of live and linear programming, introducing a myriad of new opportunities for distribution, expansion, and content monetization,” said Dave Stubenvoll, chief executive officer for Wowza Media Systems. “With support for multi-bitrate delivery to the Wowza Streaming Engine, Wowza Streaming Cloud, Wowza CDN, and all common streaming services and websites, organizations can reach all intended audiences, wherever they watch.”

Producers can easily deliver content between locations by connecting two MDS together – either through a local area network, or remotely crossing wide geographic boundaries. Video production to content delivery over IP makes enterprise deployments effortless.

Signature online experience

The MDS also allows organizations to extend their brand and exposure beyond actual video content. Each streaming channel includes its own independently customizable web page for audience viewing, with support for HTML and CSS editing to ensure that the on-screen experience adheres to organizational brand guidelines. Embed codes are also available to insert the hosted Wowza Player into existing webpages to complement your current web presence.

Extensive channel configuration

The MDS ensures the optimal audio-visual experience for viewing audiences right from the system by introducing another layer of quality control into any signal flow. With support for dedicated multiviewer monitoring, a local operator can observe all video streams in real time or focus on a specific channel full-screen, and manage image and sound quality with integrated waveform and vectorscope displays, independent color correction tools, and multi-channel audio level control available for every stream.

MDS highlights

– Built-in Wowza streaming media server software.
– Integrated NDI™ technology supporting input and output over IP.
– 4 multi-format SDI inputs supporting up to 3G 1080p.
– 4 streaming channels.
– NewTek’s real-time video and audio production tools.
– Support for LAN, WAN, Wowza CDN, and Wowza Streaming Cloud and alternative streaming workflows including to Facebook, Microsoft Azure, Wowza, YouTube, custom RTMP, and more.

Pricing and Availability

The MDS will be available in Q4 2016 for $11,995 USMSRP. International pricing may vary.

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Pre-IBC: NewTek strengthens its leadership in software-driven IP workflows with NDI version 2

Pre-IBC: NewTek strengthens its leadership in software-driven IP workflows with NDI version 2

NewTek announced today a second-generation Network Device Interface (NDI) technology with a host of new advanced features, performance improvements, and full compatibility with all existing versions of NDI.

Among the enhancements in NDI version 2, available in Q4 2016, is support for all modern operating systems (Windows, Linux, macOS) and mobile devices, the latter making NDI the first software IP video production standard to fully embrace the mobile market. NDI uses about 1/15th of the bandwidth of other IP standards, allowing it to run on existing network infrastructure.

NDI-enabled devices and applications are already in the hands of millions of customers, and continue to generate tremendous industry momentum since its introduction at IBC last year. The NDI software development kit (SDK) has been downloaded more than 1,000 times with hundreds of companies integrating NDI into their commercial products, with full interoperability between all products guaranteed.

“Broad adoption across the industry has greatly exceeded our expectations since we introduced NDI as a royalty-free SDK one year ago,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and chief technology officer for NewTek. “The advanced features we’re introducing with NDI version 2 continue our march towards software-driven IP-based workflows that we believe are the future of live production. By making sure that this works on existing infrastructures and on mobile devices, we assure the technology is immediately relevant to users.”

NDI provides an end-to-end solution that includes both an SDK for developers and tools for end users. In this spirit, NewTek is releasing Android and iOS camera applications for all mobile devices allowing the billions of mobile devices to act as wireless video cameras for live production systems. Other NDI-enabled applications include NewTek IsoCorder for recording any NDI stream available on the network, NewTek Connect for converting NDI to and from other video formats including SDI and HDMI, and many more. NewTek is adding Adobe Creative Cloud compatibility to the suite of tools provided for monitoring feeds, mirroring desktops, controlling video groups and access.

NDI version 2 will include a high performance codec that is resolution independent and supports alpha channel and bit-depths up to 16 bits per pixel. NDI version 2 is generationally lossless meaning that loss only occurs in the first generation of video and all subsequent re-compression steps are lossless. On an Intel i7 CPU, NDI version 2 delivers the highest quality and best performance in any IP standard and will encode 1080p at 2200 frames per second (fps), 4k at 780fps, and 8k at 210fps.

It will also include 16 or more channels of floating point audio at any sample rate, bi-directional communication with up-stream and down-stream meta-data support, and support for mobile devices in addition to shipping an SDK for iOS. NDI version 2 will also have cross subnet support to address large installation routing and security concerns, integrated fail-over support, and network-based video routing support.

Plus, all NDI developers can now have their software applications and tools available for download in the NDI IP Production Software store so users can easily locate the growing number of NDI-enabled products in one central location.

Availability
NewTek NDI version 2 will be available in Q4 2106.

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NewTek TalkShow VS 4000 now shipping

NewTek TalkShow VS 4000 now shipping

NewTek began shipping NewTek TalkShow VS 4000, the professional, multi-channel video calling production system for both SDI and IP workflows, on 22nd August.

NewTek VS 4000 is designed exclusively for conducting multiple live, production-ready Skype video calls simultaneously. It integrates multi-channel video calling to enable instant connection and live interaction online via Skype between multiple remote guests in real time regardless of location.

Skype TX 4

TalkShow VS 4000 takes advantage of Skype TX 4 from Microsoft, making it more flexible and scalable than its predecessor. Skype TX 4 offers broadcasters and media partners the ability to integrate multiple studio-grade Skype video calls into a broadcast workflow.

“NewTek TalkShow VS 4000 can handle up to four remote video guests simultaneously or in sequence using SDI or IP workflows,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO for NewTek. “This allows broadcasters and media organisations to integrate Skype video calls with any combination of contacts they can reach online, for live conversation, expert analysis, and real time commentary in distraction-free, broadcast-quality HD.”

The spec

TalkShow VS 4000 is a facility-class, 1RU rack mountable hardware unit with four-in, four-out industry-standard I/O for integration into SDI workflows and IP video workflows via NDITM, NewTek’s groundbreaking Network Device Interface technology. It features standalone call control and production control interfaces for independent call management and technical configuration. Comprehensive, behind-the-scenes video, audio, communication and monitoring capabilities are included.

Skype TX 4 is optimised to minimise distractions so producers can focus on great interviews with clean, full-resolution HD video and TalkShow VS 4000 adds functionality comparable to what professional broadcasters are familiar and comfortable with. This includes cool additions like proc amp, white balance, advanced colour configuration, automatic colour correction, gain, graphic equaliser, compressor/limiter and noise gate controls.

You can find TalkShow VS 4000 in our online store here.

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What are NDI Transit and Telestrator?

What are NDI Transit and Telestrator?

NewTek’s NDI IP protocol was one of the big talking points at this year’s NAB, and two of the key apps they released to work within it were NDI Transit and NDI Telestrator. Which begs the question, what are they? 

NDI Telestrator

newtek_ndi_telestrator

Well, this one’s fairly self-explanatory. Telestrator apps allow you to annotate and add graphics to any video clip or still image, and they’ve long been a staple of the post-match analysis circuit, corporate communications and training.

NewTek’s version is touchscreen-friendly and IP-ready, giving you the ability to add standard graphics to an image, plus the ability to draw freehand over the top of your video stills. NDI Telestrator includes configurable paint and shape tools, colour and highlight options, and other standard visual elements, so you can either use it to add annotations or throw in sponsors’ logos to unlock new revenue opportunities.

NewTek Transit

NewTek NDI Transmit is production software that makes NDI sources from anywhere on the network available for use with compatible 3rd party software applications that support a webcam input, NewTek tell us. This will allow you to get a professional level video feed from inexpensive consumer solutions such as Skype, Google Hangouts and common conferencing software like WebEX and GoToMeeting.

According to NewTek, “organisations and enterprises don’t have to compromise on quality or flexibility with their video communications — with NewTek NDI Transmit, they can conduct professional-grade video communications with the consumer-grade and business-grade applications they use everyday. NewTek NDI Transmit is production software that allows you to replace low-quality webcam video with broadcast-quality NDI video signals by making any video source on the network available for selection as the webcam input for compatible third party software applications and streaming encoders.”

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GB Labs adopts NewTek NDI for IP production workflow

GB Labs adopts NewTek NDI for IP production workflow

GB Labs, the world’s leading manufacturer of Network Attached Storage (NAS), today announced its adoption of NewTek’s open Network Device Interface (NDI) standard for IP-based production workflows for its range of high speed, media specific storage.

With NDI enabled, their Space product range will be recognisable as a source by other NDI-enabled devices and systems connected to a standard Ethernet local area network, exponentially increasing the number of video sources available for live production.

GB Labs’s Space storage range with NDI integrates seamlessly with NewTek’s TriCaster multi-camera video production systems. This allows production directors to pull from multiple data sources at speeds of up to 9,000MB/sec making this the world’s fastest NAS on the market. GB Labs’ storage has feature rich workflow tools built in to its core operating system making for a compelling workflow.

This new standard for live production IP workflow is bi-directional and backwards compatible with a large number of devices from top manufacturers already utilising NewTek’s open protocol allowing IP connectivity between devices. GB Labs’s Space storage range will be part of the NewTek Developer Network, the industry’s largest ecosystem of IP-enabled products using the same standard.

“The broadcast industry has been shouting out for an IP workflow solution” said Ben Pearce, Vice President of GB Labs. “GB Labs are delighted to be involved with NewTek’s NDI Developer Network as they lead the way in IP workflow solutions.”

“IP workflows look to revolutionise video production,” said Michael Kornet, executive vice president of Business Development for NewTek. “GB Labs is highly respected both at NewTek and within the industry. By GB Labs enthusiastically embracing NDI, best-of-breed products like Space will help make NDI the most widely adopted IP standard on the market that’s working and in the hands of customers today.”

NDI is now available as a royalty free software developer kit (SDK) for any company looking to establish IP workflows within their organization, or in production tools and systems they manufacture.

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NAB 2016: NewTek’s NDI For Adobe Creative Cloud applications

NAB 2016: NewTek’s NDI For Adobe Creative Cloud applications

At NAB 2016, NewTek today announced NDI for Adobe Creative Cloud, a software plug-in with NewTek’s groundbreaking Network Device Interface (NDI) technology. The NDI integration enables users of Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC and other Adobe Creative Cloud applications to send real-time video and audio to any NDI-enabled receiving product, such as production switchers or capture cards, across a standard Ethernet network.

With NDI for Adobe Creative Cloud, creators and producers can significantly accelerate their pre- and post- production pipelines, bypassing rendering and uploading of creative elements for a faster, more efficient delivery for content review and approval. It also allows teams in different locations to work together in one interface in real-time, making creative decisions collaboratively—and saving valuable time in the process.

The NDI integration for products in Adobe Creative Cloud also enables just-in-time editing workflows over IP for live production environments, such as news programs and live sporting events. Producers will be able to deliver edited content, including key and fill, directly from the Adobe Premiere Pro CC timeline into their production switcher for use on-air, without needing to render and push to playout servers.

“NDI for Adobe Creative Cloud transforms the workflows for Adobe Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC users by making creative elements visible on virtually any screen or any output on their local area network in full resolution,” said Michael Kornet, executive vice president of Business Development for NewTek. “The creative efficiencies plus time and cost savings to be gained is tremendous and represents a breakthrough across the board in all traditional pre-, live-, and post-production workflows. We are so excited to see how Adobe Creative Cloud customers will utilize the NDI integration to achieve things in ways that until now were unimaginable.”

“Adobe Creative Cloud users appreciate our advanced tools which help them be their most creative,” Sue Skidmore, head of partner relations, Adobe Pro Video. “NewTek NDI for the Adobe Creative Cloud plug in delivers the efficiency that content creators need to help them do great work in today’s fast-paced production environments. It also opens the door for editors and producers who want to bring the streamlined power of Adobe Premiere Pro CC into their live production workflows.”

NDI, the new standard for live production IP workflow, is bi-directional and backwards compatible with a large number of devices from top manufacturers already utilizing NewTek’s open standard allowing IP connectivity between devices. NDI is now available as a royalty free software developer kit (SDK) for any company looking to establish IP workflows within their organization, or in production tools and systems they manufacture.

Pricing and Availability

NewTek’s NDI plugin for Adobe Creative Cloud is available now as a download from NewTek’s site as a one-time purchase for $99 USMSRP.

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NAB 2016: NewTek Connect Pro tool bridges IP and SDI workflows

NAB 2016: NewTek Connect Pro tool bridges IP and SDI workflows

NewTek today announced NewTek Connect Pro, a multi-purpose software tool designed to seamlessly connect IP video formats of new and existing video production hardware and software to work together.

NewTek Connect Pro provides a simple, affordable bridge for producers and facilities transitioning to IP-based video production workflows that both minimizes expenses, and maximizes opportunities. Bringing together IP video standards including NDI and support for streaming IP formats found in cameras from JVC, Panasonic, PTZ Optics, Sony, and Vaddio, users can take advantage of a true end-to-end IP live production workflow.

Further, combining these IP video sources with SDI capture cards, customers can expand production capabilities as needs develop and grow. With announced support of ASPEN and SMPTE 2022, users can build production workflows with confidence regardless of format. NewTek Connect Pro transforms a host computer into a multi-channel video converter for stored media playback, local webcams, or video signals from compatible sources.

NewTek Connect Pro also includes NDI Connect Webserver. This additional application distributes video sources to the web browser of any suitable device on the network. Remote viewers can each select up to 16 different video sources, displaying them in a web browser in a variety of convenient layouts.

“IP-based workflows promise to connect all devices together on a single IP fabric to allow the best technologies to be used together. Competing standards, different devices, and different formats potentially make fulfilling the promise of IP interoperability very difficult,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO for NewTek. “NewTek Connect Pro solves the problem of IP interoperability by being the glue that ties devices together and allows people to work with the best tools for a particular situation. It also provides a bridge from tools that they have today to the IP technologies of tomorrow.”

Once installed, NewTek Connect Pro provides any production workflow up to four video sources as inputs or outputs. Access the I/O of any cameras, decks, and devices connected via compatible capture cards, serve up stored media files for live playback, or increase camera count with local webcams. Tally and AutoPlay functions are also supported via NDI.

NDI Connect Pro Highlights

– Up to four input or output channels, independently configurable with built-in standards conversion.

– Support for a range of capture devices from vendors that include AJA, Blackmagic Design, Bluefish444, DELTACAST, Magewell, Matrox, Teradek and others; DirectShow devices, webcams, desktop computer capture, and more.

– Support for Key + Fill pairing on input and output.

– Support for common IP cameras including models from Panasonic, JVC, Vaddio, PTZ Optics, and Sony.

– Links common IP standards including NDI, ASPEN and other SMPTE 2022 integrations.

– Built-in media playback for video files and still images (including alpha channel) provided.

– Support for common computer system audio and sound sources, including professional audio cards, AES67, and Dante.

– 8-channel audio, with per-channel level control and headphone monitoring.

– Integration between hundreds of software solutions, including those from NewTek, VizRT, Chyron, BrainStorm, Broadcast Pix, and hundreds more.

– High-quality still image grab from any source, with motion adaptive deinterlacing.

– NDI Connect Webserver for remote viewing of NDI sources from the web browser of any networked device, including iOS and Android devices.

– Fully configurable color correction settings, including white balance, proc amp controls and automatic colour correction.

– Integrated Waveform and Vectorscope for real-time signal monitoring and adjustment.

– Full field-rate multi-view monitoring, with supplemental NDI program return monitor, selectable layouts, support for dual-monitor workspaces, and configurable graticule overlays, including VU meters, title safe, 4:3 safe, alpha channel checkerboard and center cross.

– Frame-rate and resolution cross conversion, frame sync and audio reclocking on all inputs.

Pricing and Availability

NewTek Connect Pro is available now as a one-time purchase for $995 US, or as a subscription for $49 per month. International pricing to be confirmed (we’ll let you know). A free version called NDI Connect, allowing for 2-channels, is also available.

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