NewTek Announces NDI – Open Protocol for IP Production Workflow

NewTek™ today announced Network Device Interface (NDI), a new open standard for live production IP workflows over Ethernet networks. NDI allows multiple video systems to identify and communicate with one another over IP, and to encode, transmit and receive many streams of high quality, low latency, frame-accurate video and audio in real-time. This new protocol can benefit any network-connected video device, including video mixers, graphics systems, capture cards, and many other production devices. NDI connectivity will be available in Q4 as a royalty free software developer kit (SDK) for anyone wanting to enable IP workflows in their facilities, or in production devices and systems they manufacture.
 
“The move to IP for professional video production will unquestionably be among the most revolutionary and transformative changes of the decade. We are very excited to be opening our network protocols so that the entire industry can benefit from them,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, NewTek’s president and CTO. “At launch, NDI will work with applications from almost every major vendor and virtually every I/O card on the market, meaning that it will be broadly available for real-world production use starting in Q4 this year.”
NDI’s superb performance over standard GigE networks makes it possible to transition facilities to an incredibly versatile IP video production pipeline without negating existing investments in SDI cameras and infrastructure, or costly new high-speed network infrastructures. Leveraging more than a decade of NewTek experience with IP in the context of computer-based live video production workflows, NDI support at launch extends to well over 100,000 compatible systems already deployed worldwide, making it by far the most prolific IP video transfer method in the production market.
 
NewTek worked closely with a large number of top manufacturers and developers to allow IP connectivity between devices. NDI’s backwards compatibility means that along with NewTek products and systems from Brainstorm, CasparCG, CharacterWorks, ChyronHego, ClassX, Compix, EasyWorship, Gnural Net, Graphics Outfitters, LiveXpert, Media 5, PlayBox Technology, Teradek, Vizrt, Wasp3D and many more will be NDI-enabled on the day of launch. NewTek has also collaborated with AJA, DELTACAST and Matrox to enable their capture cards to act as NDI senders or receivers; support for Blackmagic Design cards will also be provided. Boland, JVC, LiveU, NewsMaker, Panasonic, PESA, Sienna and Wowza are also working on providing NDI-based solutions.
 
"IP-based workflows are without a doubt the future of video production, and we are excited to work with NewTek on opening the standards to allow any company or customer to change their workflow,” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, chief technology officer of Vizrt.
"IP-based workflows represent a very important arm of the future of video production and the prospect of a unified IP video system as represented by NewTek’s open NDI protocol is very exciting," said Nick Rashby, president, AJA Video Systems. “We're pleased that NewTek will be supporting NDI on all our KONA, CORVID and Io product lines, opening up opportunities for their customers and ours to use existing infrastructure to rapidly engage in new workflow opportunities almost immediately.”
 
Typically, SDI systems and other IP workflows that utilize point-to-point network connections are heavily dependent on expensive high-speed infrastructures. In contrast, NDI is a bi-directional standard that can operate over a GigE local area network, with many video streams on a shared connection. Its encoding algorithm is resolution and frame-rate independent, supporting 4K (and beyond) along with 16 channels (and more) of floating-point audio. The protocol also includes tools that implement video access rights, grouping, bi-direction metadata and IP commands. 

AJA’s New RovoCam Integrated UltraHD/HD Camera with HDBaseT Delivers Single Cable Support for Video, Audio, Control, and Power

February 8, 2016

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, ISE Conference, Stand 8-R235 (February 9, 2016)— AJA Video Systems today announced RovoCam, the company’s first compact block camera for industrial, corporate, security, ProAV and broadcast applications. Gorgeous UltraHD and HD imagery is captured with superior Sony optics with built-in 12x optical and up to 20x zoom with Sony Super Resolution Zoom. What sets RovoCam apart from other cameras in its category is an integrated HDBaseT interface supporting uncompressed video, power, stereo audio and RS-232 control over a single CAT 5e/6 cable running at lengths of up to 100 meters. Delivering this much functionality and power with single cable connectivity dramatically simplifies installation, camera setup and footprint requirements.

 

RovoCam is built around Sony’s 4K FCB-ER8300 Functional Camera Block featuring the back illuminated CMOS sensor technology and Sony image processing for excellent performance. Reliable, practical and compactly encased in rugged and durable aluminum, RovoCam’s small and light form factor allows simple mounting in a wide range of scenarios. RovoRx-HDMI, the companion receiver unit, offers the simplest integration for RovoCam with an HDMI output, and all video/audio signals, power, and control over HDBaseT. RovoCam is also compatible with select third party receivers.  

 

“Sony is proud to have collaborated with AJA on their innovative new RovoCam system development using the 4K FCB-ER8300 Functional Camera Block. We anticipate RovoCam will find homes in many ancillary video capture applications within the broadcast, content creation, security, corporate campus, and remote learning vertical markets,” commented John Monti, Director, Sony Visual Imaging Solutions.

 

“AJA has always been known for supporting open standards with highly functional, flexible and reliable technologies, and the release of RovoCam continues this trend. Marrying our HDBaseT interface technology with Sony’s compact 4K camera delivers incredibly powerful camera acquisition with very simple single cable setup and operation,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “We’ve partnered closely with Sony for many years and RovoCam comes as the latest in a long line of collaborations with them.”

 

RovoCam Features:  

 

  • HDBaseT interface supporting uncompressed video, stereo audio, control and power over a single CAT 5e/6 cable
  • “4K” UltraHD and HD resolutions
  • 1/2.3 type 8.9 megapixel back illuminated CMOS sensor
  • Integrated zoom lens, 12x optical (20x with Super Resolution Zoom)
  • Integrated image processor with extensive automatic and/or manual control
  • Additional on-camera power and RS-232 connections for maximum flexibility
  • Supports Sony VISCA camera control
  • Stereo mic input supporting PiP power
  • Machined aluminum case with standard mounting options on each side
  • Compatible with Sony’s SNCUNIHB/1 outdoor housing

 

RovoRx-HDMI Features:

 

  • HDBaseT receiver supporting video, stereo audio, control and power over a single CAT 5e/6 cable
  • UltraHD and HD resolutions
  • 1 x “4K” UltraHD/HD HDMI output
  • 1 x RCA audio output
  • 1 x USB for firmware updates and additional control
  • 1 x RS-232 output 

 

 

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NewTek TriCaster live sports production: Increasing fan engagement and sponsor revenue

Charlton Athletic have found that two new pieces of live production equipment that they have installed at their football stadium can bring far better fan engagement and generate revenue opportunities without breaking the bank. 
 
For the past couple of months the big screen at The Valley has been brought to life by the club's new NewTek TriCaster and 3Play 440 system, a dynamic and flexible broadcast play out and display system which has decreased the workload of the match day operators and increased the branding opportunities for sponsors big and small.

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Now Accepting Orders for New AJA Products Announced at IBC

DigiBox are now accepting orders on the new AJA products released at IBC 2015.

New Mini-Converters


B-T-SDI, HB-R-SDI, ROI-HDMI, HD10MD4 Mini-Converters and Updated HA5-4K Firmware Introduced.

FS3 4K Upconverter

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openGear® Compatible Rack Cards and Frame

openGear compatible cards from AJA include the OG-1x9-SDI-DA, a 1x9 SDI re-clocking distribution amplifier; the OG-FIBER-2R, a 2-channel fiber to SDI converter; and the OG-FIBER-2T, a 2-channel SDI to fiber converter. The new OG-3-FR is a 2RU, 20-slot openGear frame that can support any openGear-compatible card.

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Timecode Systems Chooses DigiBox as Master Distributor in Europe

WORCESTER, UK — Nov. 17, 2015 — Timecode Systems Ltd., a pioneer in wireless technologies for sharing timecode and metadata, announced today a new master distribution agreement with European distributor DigiBox. Under the agreement, DigiBox will be the exclusive distributor of all Timecode Systems products within Europe, including the UK and Ireland. DigiBox will supply, manage, and develop a network of dealer channels within that territory.

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Staffordshire Uni: Meeting industry standards with an HD studio from Jigsaw24

Staffordshire University offer a range of courses centred around film, video and journalism. In order to bring their studio in line with industry standards and ensure that students were learning current practice, they upgraded their in-house news room to HD and replaced a cumbersome studio back end with NewTek’s TriCaster. As the new term got underway, we dropped in to see the results…

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Press Release: ZeeVee enters new markets



ZeeVee makes aggressive move into new market segments with Video Over IP Solutions. 

September 17, 2015 – ZeeVee, a global manufacturer of video and signal distribution technology, announced today the expansion into the IT space with its new Video over IP solutions, the ZvPro iSeries, and ZyPer4K™. The newly enhanced version of ZvPro, the ZvPro iSeries, now offers dual capability support for RF/Coax and/or CATx infrastructures and ZyPer4K, is the only solution today that switches and distributes uncompressed Ultra-HD (4K) video, audio and RS232/IR control signals leveraging off-the-shelf 10Gb Ethernet switching products.

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