NDI® Makes IP Accessible for Live, Post-Production, Mobile Devices, and Delivery at IBC2019

NDI® Makes IP Accessible for Live, Post-Production, Mobile Devices, and Delivery at IBC2019


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13 September 2019

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— NDI® version 4 released for IBC2019 delivers enormous quality improvements, fundamentally game–changing recording capabilities and unprecedented power to visual storytellers across the globe, enabling anyone to build software–based IP workflows —

IBC Hall 7 Booth #C12, AMSTERDAM—September 13, 2019—NDI®, a brand of Vizrt Group, today released the 4th generation of NDI® technology to both developers and end users at IBC2019 in Amsterdam. Using software, computers and networks, NDI® is a crucial part of the organization’s mission of making software–defined visual storytelling (#SDVS) accessible to everyone via the universal power of IP–based video. NDI® is the dominant IP standard for digital media by using standard Ethernet networks and mobile environments. NDI® changes the picture by giving everyone access to easy–to–use, high–quality video and audio over IP. NDI® is royalty free to use software with hundreds of developers making thousands of NDI®–enabled products now in the hands of millions of customers around the world.

In the last 4 years, NDI® has become the way video producers work, from game streamers to tier one broadcasters, and is supported in products from the biggest brands in the industry such as Panasonic, Avid, Microsoft Skype, Magewell, Adobe, Grass Valley, EVS, Vizrt, ChyronHego, Atomos, Sony, Vaddio, NewTek, and many more.

NDI® 4 merges live video and post–production together with the revolutionary ability to record almost unlimited NDI® video channels, making IP–based multi–camera editing truly accessible for the first time. Continuous recordings are readily available for editing and instant replay without stopping video capture. Time–stamped recordings are seamlessly imported as synchronized files into Adobe® Creative Cloud® with full synchronization in any video or audio format, including 4K UHD and above.

“Our mission is to make video accessible to everyone and fun to use. It is clear that software–defined video is changing the way that video is produced. The fourth generation of NDI® technologies look to use IP video to bridge the gap between live and post–production and thus create new workflows that have been previously impossible,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president of R&D for Vizrt Group, parent brand of NDI®. “With billions of devices worldwide, it should be clear that the mobile devices which connect the world today will play a huge role in the future of video production, which is why we are pushing NDI® technology to seamlessly work on these devices making many already operate as wireless, high quality 4K cameras.”

With NDI® 4 is a new tool that utilizes high–bandwidth NDI® over a WiFi connection in resolutions up to 4K UHD, from an iOS–based mobile device. The aspect ratio, frame rate and resolution independent nature of NDI® not only enables the use of mobile devices as sources but permits other NDI®–enabled systems including production switchers to deliver content ready for viewing on mobile devices.

“At Kanal 75, we may be the largest deployer of NDI® in the world with several hundreds of video sources on our network at any given time that we can use in nearly any way we want. We can do things once thought impossible and it allows us to think in new creative ways of what is possible,” said Stefan Hammarlund, CTO at Kanal 75. “We’re very excited about NDI® 4 and its new features which are significant. We hope these latest features will take us to the next level.”

“NDI® has given us the opportunity to explore and utilize new, cost–effective production methods,” said Birger Henriksen, Solutions Architect for TV2 in Norway. “We are optimistic for the future of NDI® and expect that continuous development of the protocol will allow us to utilize NDI® in even more productions going forward.”

NDI® 4 boasts increased efficiencies across many areas that include improvements in video quality without an increase in bitrate. Other great additions impact discovery, transport, tools, and a major leap in media acquisition, capture, and recording.

    NDI® version 4 extends NDI® significantly to allow:
  • High quality video, with support for alpha channel and a full 16bit data path. Fully resolution and frame–rate independent, with full support for UHD and beyond
  • Full support for audio, with support for more than 64 channels of floating point audio, at all sample–rates
  • Support for extensible meta–data and time–stamps
  • Fully integrated high efficiency integrated audio and video codecs allowing use within remote and wireless environments
  • Support for plug–and–play device discovery or the use of a discovery server
  • Unicast and multicast support, allowing use on local networks or cloud environments. Multi–path modes allow bandwidth to be spread across parallel network connections
  • Record virtually unlimited numbers of channels of NDI® with negligible CPU usage, including full support for 16bpp support, alpha channel and unlimited audio channels. All recordings are full synchronized – even across machines – to allow easy multicamera editing
  • Full suite of tools, including video source monitoring, recording, desktop capture, full IP based KVM, test pattern generation, and many more
  • New iOS apps that transform these devices into full frame–rate, wireless UHD cameras
  • Downloadable free SDK that allows use within software applications. SDK for embedded devices that includes sample FPGA designs for encoding and decoding streams
  • Cross platform SDK

NDI 4 SDK

For more information about NDI® and to access the NDI® 4 SDK, please go to NDI.tv.


Über NDI

NDI is a brand of Vizrt Group. NDI software is in the hands of millions of customers worldwide and allows multiple video systems to identify and communicate with one another over IP. NDI can encode, transmit and receive many streams of high quality, low latency, frame-accurate video and audio in real time. This benefits any network-connected video device, including cameras, converters, video mixers, graphics systems, capture cards, and many other production devices. #SDVS #NDIcentral #NDI.tv

About NewTek

As the leader in IP video technology, NewTek is transforming the way people create network-style television content and share it with the world. From sporting events, Web-based talk shows, live entertainment, classrooms, and corporate communications, to virtually any place people want to capture and publish live video, we give our customers the power to grow their audiences, brands and businesses faster than ever before.

The NewTek brand joins those of Vizrt and NDI under the umbrella brand of Vizrt Group. The NewTek brand is 100% committed to its Channel Partners as its route to market.

Clients include: The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, New York Giants, NBA Development League, Fox News, BBC, NHL, Nickelodeon, CBS Radio, ESPN Radio, Fox Sports, MTV, TWiT.TV, USA TODAY, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Celebro Media, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Charles University in Prague, Pinsent Masons LLP, and more than 80% of the U.S. Fortune 100.

For more information on NewTek please visit: www.newtek.comTwitterYouTubeFlickr or connect with us on Facebook.

About Vizrt

Vizrt is a worldwide market leader in the areas of real-time 3D graphics, studio automation, sports analysis and asset management tools for the media and entertainment industry. This includes interactive and virtual solutions, animations, maps, weather, social media, video editing, compositing, and multiplatform VOD and live playout tools. Vizrt has customers in more than 100 countries worldwide including CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, BSkyB, Sky Sports, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, Al Jazeera, NDR, ITN, ZDF, VICE, The Washington Post, TF1, CCTV, NHK and the list keeps growing. Vizrt has nearly 600 employees and operates in 40 offices worldwide.

Vizrt is a privately-owned company by Nordic Capital Fund VIII. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com.

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