Meet the experts: Graham McGuinness

Meet the experts: Graham McGuinness

Graham was one of the founding members of root6, and is now our M&E Operations Director for the Jigsaw24 family, taking care of system builds and ensuring our support teams keep up their usual excellent standards of service. Before that, he worked as an editor, and subsequently as a product specialist at Avid, where he helped major features make the move to non-linear. He currently focuses on asset management, media systems and collaborative workflows. 

The reality is that editing is quite a technical creative environment, and I quickly learned that if you understand the technical side it really frees you as an editor. At the facility where I worked, we were working commercials and short films, and I was in charge of managing the technical side of things. From there, I joined Avid as a trainer and product specialist for Media Composer.”

The franchise king

“I did a lot of work developing non-linear workflows for feature films in the late 90s and 2000s – three Bond films, the Bourne series, Tomb Raider and many more. As Avid developed their collaborative environments and Interplay PAM and MAM systems, I gravitated toward that and worked quite closely with Avid on their Interplay system, but also on other collaborative platforms and environments. Workflow has always been a speciality of mine, well before they actually called it that.”

The democratisation of post

“What’s happened in the last ten years is that the post-production landscape has become pretty fundamentally democratised. 4K, 8K post with high end, realtime grading systems is still something that the larger players do and do very well, and there’s still a place for those larger players, because you need a certain amount of investment in networking and storage to do that kind of work. But equally, our industry is changing at a phenomenal rate, as virtualisation gives smaller facilities the ability to have a larger footprint than their physical premises would indicate. Remote workflows definitely give people that edge, and companies that are more flexible and agile in the way they approach these things are definitely going to benefit in the longer term.”

The Betamax problem

“It seems like virtualisation, remote editing, video over IP and HDR are all tracks or streams of technology that are coming of age now, and which will be with us for some time moving forward. It can be daunting to believe in it, because we see companies who are licking their wounds from investing in stereo 3D, but we don’t see any evidence for a drop-off like that. The main problem is that it’s still a bit of a wild west – HDR and video over IP still have a lot of competing standards, and then there is VR, which has very few at all. The more mature technologies are mostl standards-driven, so not having them ratified holds people back because, quite sensibly, they don’t want to invest until it’s settled down.”

Ambition v reality

“I’ve been working with virtual systems for around 12 years, and the areas that are interesting to me at the moment are virtualising production and post assets, remote editing, and managed services for our customers. All three are areas where we see people being able to innovate, but we are seeing challenges around really basic things – for example, some areas of the UK have really poor connectivity, so if you have a production in one of those areas you’re going to be frustrated.

“But I think the biggest challenge we have is negotiating the current IT infrastructure at customers’ sites and gently charting a course between what the IT department want to do and what production want to do. Our job it to find the sweet spot where you’re complying, quite rightly, with what IT are concerned about, but equally allowing the production to get on and people to do their jobs. And all parties have legitimate concerns and ambitions, but our job is setting reality between the two of them.”

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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: Announcing BirdDog Studio IP solution

IBC 2016: Announcing BirdDog Studio IP solution

Our first must-see of IBC is BirdDog Studio, a great solution that lets you include existing cameras in your new IP workflow. We highly recommend BirdDog Studio because a) it’s only £599 per unit and b) we really like their logo. 

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BirdDog Studio makes most cameras IP compatible by encoding their SDI/HDMI input into an NDI output, complete with tally cross-conversion and power over Ethernet.

While easy access to NDI is obviously the headline feature, BirdDog Studio does far more, including:

Dual colour tally. Display tally onboard or externally via tally out. You can receive Programme and Preview tally indicators over NDI, and just need to choose full or split screen tally to show one or both.

Power from anywhere. BirdDog Studio can accept power over Ethernet using PoE technology or, if you’re not set up with PoE infrastructure yet, DC power is fine, and there’s a V/Gold-mount battery plate with power pass-thorough due to be released soon.

Central fleet control. BirdDog’s control panel lets you control and configure multiple BirdDog Studio devices. It’s browser based, so is accessible anywhere you can get on the internet, and will work on desktops and mobile devices.

Monitor loop-out/format converter. With BirdDog, SDI and HDMI outputs are always live, so you switch from one to the other. You can either connect your monitor directly to BirdDog Studio, or just use it to loop out to other gear.

We’re told more features are on the way, and BirdDog’s policy so far has been to make these available as free software updates, which is very egalitarian of them. They even include a built-in deployment wizard that’ll check all your BirdDogs are updated and running the same software version, a strategy of which we approve.

You can buy BirdDog studio here. For more on the latest IBC releases, take a look at our roundup post, give us a call on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

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

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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: AJA Announces KONA IP at NAB 2016

NAB 2016: AJA Announces KONA IP at NAB 2016

AJA Video Systems today announced KONA IP, its first desktop video and audio I/O product for professional IP-based workflows. KONA IP is the next generation of AJA’s industry-leading KONA line of PCIe capture cards and works with AJA Control Room and Control Panel software and SDK tools along with leading third-party content creation applications.

KONA IP is designed as a flexible platform that supports today’s SMPTE 2022-6 IP-encapsulated uncompressed 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and SD-SDI video, audio and VANC data, and via future firmware updates and codec package offerings, will also support compressed codecs like J2K and advanced IP protocols including VSF TR-04, VSF TR-03 and more. KONA IP has already been adopted by many of the industry’s leading software and solutions companies.

KONA IP features:

– SMPTE 2022-6 support, offering uncompressed video and audio, with future support for other IP standards.
– HDMI output for local monitoring.
– Multi-channel input and/or output to read or send multiple IP-based encapsulated 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and SD-SDI video streams to and from software applications.
– Two 10GigE SFP cages for easy routing of video over IP and 10GigE networks.
– Support for major third-party NLE, compositing and streaming applications.
– Software compatibility with AJA Control Room and Control Panel software.
– Compatible with AJA’s widely adopted NTV2 SDK, for easy integration by AJA Developer Partners.
– 8-lane PCIe 2.0 video and audio desktop I/O card.

“Video pros using the latest Adobe tools have been able to count on AJA technology for years,” said Sue Skidmore, head of partner relations for professional video at Adobe. “With the KONA IP technology, AJA is pushing the industry forward today, and helping to build the platform for IP connected workflows in the future.”

“IP is a very exciting development for all of our customers, and offers an array of options for simplifying workflows,” said David Colantuoni, Sr. Director of Product Management at Avid. “AJA’s KONA capture cards have been a reliable solution for video and audio I/O for many years for Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools, and we look forward to continued support of KONA IP as those customers migrate to IP-based workflows.”

“We look forward to supporting KONA IP as an output card with our EDIUS nonlinear real-time editing system,” said Mike Cronk, Senior VP of Strategic Marketing, Grass Valley. “IP-based workflows promise some very interesting developments for the editing world, and we’re pleased to support AJA in their move into this space.”

AJA has joined Sony’s IP Live Alliance, and Nextera Video will be demonstrating their FPGA IP core at the Sony stand during NAB, showcasing playout of an UltraHD 59.94p Networked Media Interface stream of Sony IP Live Production System over KONA IP. “Our customers are increasingly looking to IP as an efficient, cost-effective way to achieve consistent, pristine video streams throughout the entire live production chain,” said Ryosuke Hayashi, Deputy Senior General Manager, Sony. “As the migration from SDI to IP continues to gain momentum, we welcome AJA into our IP Live Alliance and will work with them to make KONA IP support Sony IP Live.”

Ventuz will be demonstrating their real-time graphics, authoring and playout control software at the AJA booth during NAB. “Real-time 3D content for broadcast demands the highest bandwidth infrastructure available, and for that reason, many of our customers working in HD are looking towards migrating to IP-based ways of working,” said Erik Beaumont, CEO, Ventuz Technology. “We’re pleased to support KONA IP capture cards for clients who want to go the IP route, and need reliable hardware to help get them there.”

“With KONA IP we’re delivering a seamless and cost-effective transition path to IP-based workflows for people working in professional video. Our customers have relied on our KONA family of capture cards to deliver reliable and flexible video and audio I/O and now have a familiar interface to take them into the IP world,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “We are committed to supporting industry standards in the transition from SDI to IP-based workflows, and as such, we are a founding member of the AIMS Alliance. Also, as an Aspen Community member and member of Sony’s IP Live Alliance, we offer support for popular early adopter approaches to IP. We’re pleased to be announcing our next generation KONA for IP workflows.”

Pricing and Availability

KONA IP will be available next month through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $2495.00.

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NAB 2016: Sony showcases 4K IP Live and ASPEN Interoperability in collaboration with Evertz

NAB 2016: Sony showcases 4K IP Live and ASPEN Interoperability in collaboration with Evertz

At NAB 2016, Sony is showcasing IP interoperability through its continuing collaboration on Sony’s IP Live Production System and Evertz’ Software Defined Video Networking (SDVN) solution.

Networked Media Interface, a key technology of Sony’s IP Live Production System, packetizes, transmits and clean-switches, HD and Ultra HD (4K) video, audio, and metadata in real time over standard network infrastructures. With reference to SMPTE RDD34, Sony IP technologies use a low latency video codec (LLVC) to support the compression required for Ultra HD (4K) 60p transmission over 10Gbps network bandwidth.

Sony and Evertz will demonstrate the seamless integration of these technologies in each other’s booths at the show. Each demonstration will include Sony’s 4K IP Live Production System and the Evertz SDVN system.

Another advancement resulting from the collaboration is ASPEN-based interoperability. ASPEN allows for video, audio, and metadata to be individual IP multicast streams. Sony has been a member of the ASPEN Community since last September, at IBC 2015. At NAB 2016, Sony is showing working prototypes which output and receive ASPEN streams for interoperability with other ASPEN products at the ASPEN Community booth (located at #N1000MR). Sony plans to develop its cameras and production switchers for interoperability in the ASPEN workflow.

Sony and Evertz will continue the collaboration for interoperability among the IP based broadcast equipment of the two companies, based on the support of the Networked Media Interface as well as ASPEN. This collaboration will provide customers widespread and flexible IP-based solutions from production to broadcast infrastructures.

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NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design selects Tico lightweight compression to move to live video production over IP

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design selects Tico lightweight compression to move to live video production over IP

Blackmagic Design is now an adopter of the ultra low latency TICO compression technology developed by intoPIX, enabling high resolution video over IP networks.

intoPIX, an innovative technology provider of video compression solutions, welcomes Blackmagic Design, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of broadcast video equipment, amongst the adopters of TICO.

Submitted as SMPTE RDD35 to enable compatibility and interoperability between manufacturers and broadcasters, TICO is an advanced, visually lossless compression technology designed to be the standard for moving live content efficiently over IP networks.

Blackmagic Design will be launching video solutions that support live transmission over Ethernet networks. The TICO compatible products will include the TICO 4:1 visually lossless compression algorithms from intoPIX that make it possible to convert and transmit high-quality video streams with extremely low latency and allows them to transport HD or Ultra HD video streams over IP networks.

“Broadcasters have been asking us for video over IP solutions for quite some time” said Grant Petty, CEO Blackmagic Design. “The TICO codec delivers incredible image quality with extremely low latency and we believe it is the ideal codec for our IP video solutions. Our partnership with intoPIX means we will be able to offer our customers advanced HD and Ultra HD video over IP products that will integrate with other TICO compatible studios and broadcasters around the world.”

“Blackmagic Design’s decision to launch new products in the market embedding TICO compression, eases the way for broadcasters and audiovisual professionals to transition towards 4K/UHD and new video over IP workflows, by bringing more power, more flexibility and a significantly reduced complexity and cost of ownership to this process,” said Gael Rouvroy, intoPIX CTO and founder.

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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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