The Network Device Interface (NDI) technology enables the connection of systems and devices across workstations and locations, resulting in an interconnected ecosystem that allows media companies to implement flexible and scalable software-driven solutions
The emergence of IP is having a direct influence on control room design and implementation because more production technologies are becoming accessible simply by connecting to the network. This means control rooms are no longer required to accommodate all of the equipment and gear for a workflow, or even be in close proximity to it — they can be located in a different room, on a different floor, or even located inside a different building, suggested Jason Pruett, product marketing manager of NewTek.
He added: “Where the emergence of IP also impacts broadcasters is in the increased opportunities to move away from baseband hardware components to drive multiviewers in favour of software-driven solutions. This is of particular interest with 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) implementations, as the ability to access and monitor the higher-resolution signals over IP as opposed to using serial digital methods introduces considerable infrastructure efficiencies and cost savings.”
At IBC2018, NewTek will be showcasing how the NDI technology operates as the foundation of its advanced IP workflow. The implementation of NDI enables systems and devices to connect and communicate over IP networks, creating an IP-based production environment with shared access to video, audio and data.
For instance, users will be able to utilise NDI to create a combination of compatible technologies to design an interconnected workflow — video equipment, cameras, converters, playout devices, graphics systems, monitors, displays, video walls, and more.
NewTek will also be highlighting the VMC1 4K/UHD video mix engine. Integrated with quad-head multiviewer functionality, VMC1 is capable of mixing 64 source channels, each supporting key and fill, including 44 simultaneous external inputs. Furthermore, the solution features multi-destination delivery with 47 multi-format video outputs, including four produced outputs delivered over SDI and IP.
To find out more, visit NewTek at booth 7.C59 during IBC2018, which will take place at Amsterdam RAI exhibition and convention centre from September 14-18.