NDI Choices Grow

A new 4K PTZ camera with a Sony sensor, and new virtual routing switchers enhance NDI solutions.

NewTek, part of the Vizrt Group, has announced PTZUHD, the first pan-tilt-zoom camera that transmits full 4K p60 video directly to NDI-compatible receiving devices across a standard network. The NewTek PTZUHD camera allows content creators to capture and deliver superior quality UHD video with native support for resolutions up to 2160p 60 using a 30X optical zoom lens, and a high-quality Sony CMOS sensor.

The NewTek PTZUHD camera represents state-of-the-art NDI|HX implementation.

The NewTek PTZUHD camera represents state-of-the-art NDI|HX implementation.

“Right now, nothing is more important than the transmission of valuable information fast and effectively. With this 4K PTZ camera, one person with a TriCaster can produce an incredible live show,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president of R&D for the Vizrt Group. “This has never been more relevant than today, when both cutting costs, keeping fewer people on a set and getting a story out to the Internet is more important. PTZUHD is the first accessible broadcast quality PTZ camera that is ready for the future with IP that solves real problems and helps further our mission that matters more today than ever.”

The result of NDI|HX implementation is reduced latency output at low bandwidth which puts less strain on the network. NewTek PTZUHD is a perfect broadcast-quality camera solution for NDI-powered video production workflows. The 4K p60 camera is a clear choice to future-proof broadcast and sports workflows. Additionally, professional audio-visual producers will find it to be the best quality and easiest solution for delivering critical stories and content.

The camera pairs perfectly with the TriCaster Mini 4K and TriCaster TC1 for a configuration-free NDI experience with a better than broadcast feel.

Rascular Expands NDI Tools

Northampton, UK-based Rascular, announced the launch of three new versions of its RouteMaster Lite virtual routing for NewTek NDI application: RouteMaster Lite Solo; RouteMaster Lite One; and RouteMaster Lite Four. 

RouteMaster Lite screen displays the content and status of connections.

RouteMaster Lite screen displays the content and status of connections.

RouteMaster Lite is a Windows PC application that brings familiar video routing capabilities to NewTek’s NDI video. Based on Rascular’s proven RouteMaster system, typical switching times is just one or two frames, ready for live and on-air use. This ultra-fast switching makes it suitable for manual intervention and other applications where quick response is essential.

Roddy Pratt, Technical Director with Rascular, says, “Because of our strong commercial relationship with NewTek, we are very pleased to be able to provide ultra-fast switching, a uniquely powerful capability. RouteMaster Lite is ideal for OB and production environments, supporting up to 20 sources and 20 destinations. The built-in GUI is ideal for preset and take switching, showing resizable video previews and audio metering of the current video and the chosen source.”

No video streams are passed through the router system, instead traffic is redirected at the network level. This means only minimal bandwidth and processor requirements are needed, regardless of the number of video streams and resolution. There’s also no additional video delay through the system. Additionally, RouteMaster Lite does not become a central point of failure: if the router system fails for any reason, video continues to flow from sources to destinations uninterrupted.

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