Introduction to NDI

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02 Jul

Introduction to NDI

Network Device Interface (NDI) is a free to use, high performance standard that allows anyone to use real time, ultra low latency video on existing IP video networks.

Developed by NewTek - Now Vizrt, NDI makes video a standard part of every computer network, from common IT implementations to mobile environments and gives everyone access to easy-to-use, high-quality video using the equipment they have today.

 

Currently in some of the largest broadcast and ProAV installations in the world, millions of professional and amateur users leverage NDI-enabled devices and software to make the most of IP for audio and video connectivity.

NDI is bidirectional so every source is also a destination, and any NDI enabled system or device connected to the network is seen using standard IP transfer methods.

Capable of transmitting video up to 4K, NDI also enables control of devices such as PTZ cameras over long distances, so your production team no longer need to be in the same location - or even the same country -  as your guests.

The NDI |HX (high efficiency) is a lower bandwidth version of full NDI (full bandwidth also refered to as NDI HB) using an H. 264 video compression method to reduce the required network bandwidth.

 

NDI Tools

The team behind NDI recognise the importance of facilitating the operation of NDI workflows and setups, and provide a set of free NDI tools that work on most computers and are simple to install. A collection of simple yet powerful free software applications designed to introduce anyone, from end users to professional installers, to the world of NDI connectivity and video over IP, you can download NDI tools here.

DigiBox are experts in the field of AVoIP with a wide range of NDI products available across our portfolio of brands, from cameras, remote heads, encoders and converters through to switchers and full production systems.

Dive deeper into the world of NDI with this short film featuring DigiBox MD & CTO Marc Risby from the Broadtek AVoIPoE event.

Ready to try NDI for yourself? Discover some of our most popular NDI products:

VIZRT TRICASTER FAMILY

From the entry level TriCaster Mini Go all the way up to the head of the family, the TriCaster 2 Elite, the Vizrt TriCaster family are powerful and affordable systems that put an entire suite of media production capabilities at your fingertips. With a TriCaster you can make anything from keynote presentations and webcasts to online training and sporting events look amazing with quality, consistency and efficiency.

Whichever model you choose, with NDI®, all TriCasters connect to a wide variety of Vizrt and third-party systems over IP like cameras, converters and custom software applications.

 

All TriCasters in the Mini range are easy to use, portable and perfect for content producers looking to raise production values and deliver professional video content. Starting at 4 inputs with 1080/60p video discover the TriCaster Mini range here.

If you are looking for enhanced production tools with 16 or 32 inputs, it's time to look at the TriCaster TC1, TriCaster 1 Pro and the top of the range TriCaster 2 Elite.

AJA BRIDGE NDI

Features

  • 3G-SDI I/O supports up to 16-channels of HD or 4-channels of 4K/UltraHD up to 60p as standard 
  • Bidirectional encode/decode SDI to NDI, NDI to SDI, with a combination of HD or 4K/UltraHD video
  • Confidence monitoring
  • Video and Key support, 16-channel audio support
  • Remote WebUI or local GUI access for easy administration, control and operation
  • Dual 10GigE interface for control and transport
  • Dual power supplies for critical application redundancy

AJA's BRIDGE NDI 3G is a 1RU gateway offering high density conversion from 3G-SDI to NDI, and NDI to 3G-SDI for both multi-channel HD and 4K/UltraHD. Designed to drop into any existing NDI or SDI workflow as a plug and play appliance, it's easy to deploy and administer and comes with a three year warranty.

BRIDGE NDI 3G brings immense conversion power and flexibility, fully controllable remotely for AV use, security and surveillance, broadcast, eSports, entertainment venues - in fact any facility needing high quality, efficient NDI encode and decode. Set and forget, or use more dynamically as project needs dictate.

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AJA BRIDGE LIVE

AJA's BRIDGE LIVE is a broadcast-quality, low-latency turnkey system for Remote Production (also known as REMI), Multi-Channel Video Contribution, Remote Collaboration, Direct to Audience Streaming and Multi Bit Rate/Format Delivery.

Equipped with 12G-SDI I/O plus the power and flexibility to enable real-time bi-directional encoding, decoding and transcoding for critical UHD and HD workflows, BRIDGE LIVE is an essential part of any modern live video production toolkit. A compact and robust 1RU form factor with redundant power supplies and a three year warranty.

NDI CONVERTERS

If you’re looking for an NDI converter, the choice can be overwhelming. 

With so many options and variables and with a number of products on the market proving to be style over substance and not delivering on promises of reliability, how do you make sure you won’t be let down when it matters most?

Don’t worry. Our team of in house specialist engineers and our lovely technical sales people have your back. We understand how important it is for converters be reliable, dependable and to work consistently.

Whether you’re looking for entry level unit or something with a few more tricks up its sleeve here’s our at a glance guide to the world of NDI converters that won’t let you down.

Kiloview N3

Kiloview N3-S

Entry level - 3G SDI Full NDI Encoder/Decoder. POE. Tally. 1080P60

Kiloview N6

Compact NDI Encoder and Decoder (HDMI)

HDMI to Full NDI and NDI|HX2/3 Bi-Directional converter. LCD screen. POE. Tally.

 

Kiloview U40

4K P60 HDMI encoder, full bit rate NDI converter with Tally and PoE.

Kiloview NDI converter

Kiloview N40

4K P60 HDMI encoder/decoder, full bitrate NDI converter with Tally and PoE.

Kiloview NDI converter

Kiloview N60 

4Kp60 HDMI/USB to NDI  Encoder/Decoder,YCbCr 4:2:2 10bit, H.264/H.265, ultra-low latency. LCD panel and a scroll-wheel 

PoE, Tally, Voice Intercom supported.

Kiloview NDI converter

Kiloview N30 

12G SDI Full NDI Encoder or Decoder. POE. Tally.

PoE, Tally, Voice Intercom supported.

Looking for four channels of 12G SDI full NDI? We recommend 4 x Kiloview N30

Kiloview NDI converter

Kiloview N50 

12G-SDI/USB to NDI  Encoder/Decoder,YCbCr 4:2:2 10bit, H.264/H.265, ultra-low latency. LCD panel and a scroll-wheel,

PoE, Tally, Voice Intercom supported.

The Vizrt range of converters “Viz Connect Solo”, previously called “NewTek Connect Spark”, may have a new name but they are the tried and tested workhorse of the industry. The range has been on the market for a long time and they have a loyal following with many large scale systems integrators. There are three options in the range: Viz Connect Solo 4K, Viz Connect Solo 3G-SDI, Viz Connect Solo 12G-SDI.

3G-SDI

Viz Connect Solo 4K

Viz Connect Solo are portable, affordable UHD 60p NDI® - HDMI media converters. Capture media directly from connected cameras or devices and convert to high bitrate NDI®, or take NDI® streams from the network and convert them for display on screens, monitors, projectors, or video walls. A Spark Plus IO 4K device is the fastest, easiest, and most flexible way to integrate HDMI devices into your IP-based video production workflows from anywhere on the network and avoid the cable length limitations of HDMI.

3G-SDI

Viz Connect Solo 3G-SDI

Viz Connect Solo 3G-SDI are portable, affordable 3G 1080 60p NDI® SDI media converters. Capture media directly from connected cameras or devices and convert to high bitrate NDI®, or take NDI® streams from the network and convert them for display on screens, monitors, projectors, or video walls. A Spark Plus IO SDI device is the fastest, easiest, and most flexible way to integrate SDI devices into your IP-based video production workflows from anywhere on the network and avoid the cable hassles of SDI.

12G-SDI

Viz Connect Solo 12G-SDI

Viz Connect Solo 12G-SDI offers broadcast media production professionals a quick and easy solution to use up to UHD 60p video in IP based media production workflows. With Viz Connect Solo 12G-SDI anyone can easily connect 12G-SDI cameras or devices, convert the video signal to high bandwidth NDI®, and then share it with any compatible system, device, or application anywhere on the network. The same model takes signals from anywhere on the network and converts the video for sending to UHD screens, monitors, projectors, or video walls supporting up to 4K 60p 12G-SDI video inputs and outputs.

NDI PTZ CAMERAS & ACCESSORIES

Sharon 360

Swing - Swing function allows you to make camera move between 2 preset positions repeatedly.

Pattern - Pattern operation is a function that saves Pan, Tilt and Zoom operations performed for a certain period and executes them again.

Group - Group function is a function that repeatedly activates preset combinations of the preset, swing, and pattern functions.

Power Up Action - This function enables to resume the last action executed before power down.

Smart Flip - If the tilt angle exceeds 90° this function will automatically flip the image.

Home Position - To set the Home position, move to desired Pan / Tilt, Zoom position and press the SET button or the button on the Joystick to save.

Now in stock, the Salrayworks Sharon 360 range have minimal branding and silent operation making them ideal for use in corporate, education and house of worship settings.

Salrayworks Sharon proStick is a professional, intuitive control panel for the Sharon full NDI range of high performance video over IP cameras.

Capable of controlling up to 14 cameras including access to smart functions such as swing, pattern, group, smart flip and home position set up the proStick completes the Salrayworks studio portfolio.

The proStick also offers full control over the image parameters including white balance, exposure, shutter, iris and gain.

Sharon 360

For the first time, the Salrayworks NBot NDI Motorised head provides the flexibility and functionality of a PTZ camera to any compatible camera up to 3kg in weight.

With power (PoE+) and NDI streaming through one ethernet cable, the NBot allows users to remotely control the camera zoom, focus and iris remotely through the LANC input whilst also using the NBot pan and tilt functions.

Whether you're looking to extend the functionality of existing cameras or want to use specific lenses in a PTZ set up, the NBot is a game changer for remote production.  Simply attach the camera to the Nbot's base plate, plug in the LANC, HDMI and ethernet cables and locate the Nbot on the network. Compatible with a wide variety of NDI software and NDI controllers the Nbot is easy to set up and operate. When you want to use the camera in a different setting, unplug the cables, detach the base plate and you're ready to shoot.

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