Taking home four awards across Vizrt Group’s three brands, NewTek, NDI, and Vizrt, the recognition from this year’s NAB Product of the Year Awards showcases the strength of the Group’s software-defined visual storytelling technology.
The awards program, in its third year, recognizes significant and promising new products and technologies that were set to be displayed for the first time at the canceled NAB Show 2021. Instead, the award ceremony was held virtually during NAB Amplify, a digital platform for the industry to continually connect, and is available to watch on-demand later this week.
“Millions of viewers are tuning in weekly to catch up with their favorite sports teams. These numbers have increased significantly due to the pandemic, especially as feeds stream across multiple platforms to reach home and mobile viewers. Because of these changes, there’s an urgent need for sports video storytellers of all sizes to produce high caliber, excellent quality content. Our solution is 3Play 3P2, as it brings 4k replay capabilities, for the first time, to any sports production no matter where it’s being broadcast, or how big it is, at a fraction of the cost of traditional replay systems,” says Barbara Spicek, president and GM, NewTek.
The awards won by NewTek, NDI, and Vizrt include:
NewTek’s unmatched sports replay solution, 3Play 3P2®, won for its unparalleled connectivity, efficiency, and enhanced operator-centric workflow that breaks the play down to immerse audiences deeper into the game in real-time and 4K resolution.
NDI 5 is a true revolution in video storytelling that turns the whole world into a studio. NDI 5 was awarded for its innovation by enabling creatives, for the first time in history, to connect to any device, in any location, anywhere in the world, and share live, high quality, low latency video.
Extended reality and virtual sets are an everyday occurrence in creative output. With the latest update to Vizrt’s XR Set, combining the power of Viz Engine and the creative freedom of Unreal Engine, creatives have more choice, with less effort and complexity without compromising quality to bring the most engaging graphics to audiences. This recognition demonstrates the exceptional standard of Vizrt graphics.
More so now than ever, content is coupled with the need for flexibility in deployment, production, and delivery. Vizrt’s Live Production in the Cloud Solution offers an unmatched end-to-end live production workflow from source to delivery to empower the modern storyteller. As it’s also NDI® 5 native, it’s the first production system built that leverages the transformative technology – both of which are now award-winning.
“As a company, our mission has always been to allow anyone with a story to be able to tell it. We strive not just to make the next versions of our products but more importantly how we can innovate and challenge the status quo as we do this. I am so proud to be part of the most amazing R&D team in the industry who are helping push the software-based future of live video,” adds Dr. Andrew Cross, president of product development, Vizrt Group.
For the full list of winners from the NAB 2021 Product of the Year Awards, visit here. For more information about Vizrt Group, visit the website here.
SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 14, 2021— The World Literacy Foundation recently announced the winners of its World Literacy Awards – honors given to those who proactively foster literacy skills among the 773 million people across the globe who, according to UNESCO research, still cannot read and write.
The Awards took place online as many locations around the world still struggle with the effects of the global pandemic. This required a creative and unique live stream that brought in participants across multiple time zones. Luckily, one of the World Literacy Foundation’s partners is Vizrt Group, the world’s leading provider of visual storytelling tools for media content creators seeking to provide more stories, better told.
“When we first partnered with World Literacy Foundation in 2020, just before the effects of the global pandemic set in, we saw a philosophical alignment where the Vizrt Group could harness its technology and expertise in order to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds access stories and learning resources,” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at the Vizrt Group.
Jakobsen continued: “The fact that we have spent the past 18 months working on ways to keep content in production during the challenges of the pandemic meant we were able to offer an innovative solution for the WLF Awards, a key awareness raising event for the organization. We felt honored to be in the position where we could assist in making that happen.”
Creating and operating an awards show on a global scale is no small challenge, but was made possible through just two NewTek products. The ground-breaking TriCaster 2 Elite and Talkshow VS4000 devices were connected through NDI(R) on the home network of Liam Hayter, Senior Solutions Architect at NewTek. From his home, Hayter brought a total of six Skype TX channels in for the host and guest presenter judges.
Through TriCaster 2 Elite’s Live Call Connect feature, Hayter brought 50 nominees for the awards into the production as “virtual awards attendees.” Through producers based in Luxembourg controlling Zoom, it was possible to spotlight the winners as they were brought on air.
“This kept the awards experience intact by offering the exciting element of surprise that is so often lacking with online ceremonies,” Hayter said. “As a single operator at home, the TriCaster was automated using a combination of our powerful Macro engine and LivePanel custom web GUI to sequentially run graphics, switching, and M/E layouts to run the show in a simple, repeatable manner for both rehearsals and the live event itself. It was a very exciting setup and a really thrilling outcome for all involved.”
The WLF Awards were live streamed to YouTube through the on-board streaming encoders available on every TriCaster.
“We were able to provide a professional and engaging broadcast to our global audience thanks to the Vizrt Group team, and we feel the charitable partnership has been made even stronger in the process,” said Caroline Burkie, COO at The World Literacy Foundation.
The event can be seen on-demand here. The focus of the 2021 Awards was on the need to bridge the digital literacy divide highlighted by the pandemic in the world’s poorest communities. Children from low socioeconomic backgrounds, with limited access to books, technology, and the internet, have been most seriously affected during this global education crisis.
Thus, the World Literacy Foundation continues to ask for support as it addresses this new challenge. For more information on donating, visit https://worldliteracyfoundation.org/donate/
SAN ANTONIO, August 19th, 2021— NewTek, the leader in IP-based video technology and part of the Vizrt Group, today announced the NewTek NC2 Studio Input/Output Module, delivering connectivity solutions for media production professionals and broadcasters alike.
Supporting 12G-SDI and 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections, theNC 2 Studio I/O Module breaks down barriers to visual storytelling by uniting traditional SDI equipment and infrastructure with the flexibility of IP networks. The turnkey design of the NC2 Studio I/O Module offers up to 8 channels of dynamic I/O including media file playback and recording in a 1 RU chassis - all underpinned by its connectivity with the revolutionary NDI 5.
The all-new module is far more than the conversion of source types, as it connects multiple video and audio formats including NDI®, SDI, and other IP formats. The NC2 Studio I/O Module also provides a unified interface including selectable multi-viewers, and professional video scopes. This offers users greater control of their signals through built-in precision color correction. The feature set makes the module a perfect drop-in solution for interconnecting video signal types with a complement of audio formats, creating adaptable workflows through Dante™, AES-67, and ASIO/WDM software audio drivers*. Management of each channel can be harnessed locally, through integrated NDI KVM technology, or a web-based API.
“Connectivity is a central function of any production and we’ve witnessed an increased demand from customers looking to use 12G-SDI based devices in combination with NDI based infrastructure,” said Will Waters, head of product management at NewTek. “To meet this need the NC2 Studio I/O Module gives producers and broadcasters tremendous power in managing their signals. The increased bandwidth capabilities of both SDI and network components combined with NDI makes the NC2 Studio I/O Module the perfect vehicle to integrate many source types to the flexibility of IP video production.”
This new edition offers a module optimized to work with all the latest features of NDI 5. NDI 5 makes it possible, for the first time in history, to connect to any device, in any location, anywhere in the world. Combined with the NC2 Studio I/O Module, it creates a game-changing future for producers seeking to expand their productions. The union removes the restrictions of productions bound to their physical location by offering efficient, secure, and reliable workflows on a global scale.
Availability & Pricing
NewTek NC2 Studio I/O Module is available now and is priced at $11,995 USMSRP - International pricing may vary.
*Compatible audio drivers and/or virtual sound card licenses may be required and sold separately.
For more information, please visit https://www.newtek.com/connect/nc2-io/
SAN ANTONIO, TX–June 23, 2021— For the past eleven years, the Pinecrest Gardens has been home to one of south Florida’s premier jazz concert series: JazzAid Live at the Banyan Bowl. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series was in serious danger of cancellation for the 2020-21 season. “I can’t describe the panic, the disappointment, the disillusionment, the sheer terror of living through a pandemic,” said Alana Perez, Director of Pinecrest Gardens, the botanical park that contains Miami’s famed Banyan Bowl. “I knew our concerts, our park, our recreation programs, our festivals; everything, was going to be affected.”
Thankfully, video producer and director Daniel Sell, also a musician who’s performed at the Banyan Bowl, had a solution.
“Daniel Sell, a long-time friend of Pinecrest Gardens who has performed many times on our stage, came to us and said, ‘I can help pull this together for you,” Perez said. Key to Sell’s solution: the NewTek TriCaster® and NDI®.
The NewTek TriCaster puts an entire suite of media production capabilities at a creator’s fingertips. The TriCaster Mini – which Sell initially used in his production – is also easy to transport wherever needed and powerful enough to handle even complex productions.
Meanwhile, NDI is a revolutionary software standard developed by NewTek that enables videocompatible products to communicate, deliver, and receive high-definition video and audio over standard IP networks in a high-quality manner suitable for switching in a live production environment.
The combination of TriCaster’s impressive price point with NDI’s free-to-use – and costly cable reducing – infrastructure allowed Sell to quote the venue a price that would enable them to test the waters on how many patrons would pay for remote viewing.
Further helping the cause was Jesse Miller, General Manager of Midtown Video in Miami, who offered a deal on the rental of PTZ cameras in return for a sponsorship. Midtown Video is one of the largest resellers of NewTek equipment in the southeast, and Miller is more than familiar with the advantages of NewTek products and TriCaster in particular. He agrees with Sell that it was the perfect tool to produce the concert series’ live streams. And, according to Miller, the decision to offer a sponsorship was an easy one.
“The Banyan Bowl is a cherished local monument,” Miller said. “TriCaster is the perfect tool to produce any streaming event. When you’re fitting your gear into a small footprint for a control space, TriCaster, in its do-everything role, is a solid choice.”
According to Miller, the fact that TriCaster allows users to switch multi-camera feeds, record, livestream, incorporate additional cameras, and external computers for graphics and monitors, all in one box is a huge advantage.
“If you need to get all those different components and functions into your productions and you’re working with a constrained budget, TriCaster really gets it done for much less than it costs to add all those components individually,” Miller said. “TriCaster is great for any production, but particularly multi-camera virtual events. That’s where it really shines.”
Meanwhile, NDI allows for seamless connection of all cameras over the local IP network. It also allows for video inputs of all types to be quickly brought into the production. In Sell’s case, this included a computer he uses to create graphics and titling using NewBlue FX Titler 4 software.
“I started the series using a TriCaster Mini with HDMI inputs, so I only had four hardwired inputs. The four manned cameras are all SDI, but I needed more,” Sell said. “So when I wanted to add some PTZ point-of-view cameras, those had to be incorporated into the TriCaster through NDI. When I look at all the things that are being done as livestream events in the era of COVID, the large-scale productions that are the most polished are all being done with NDI and TriCasters, they’re using different cameras and different streaming devices and software, but the guts of those systems all seem to be the same. They’re all built around NDI and TriCasters.”
The result, according to the venue, has been impressive – and it’s in no small part thanks to the professional grade quality offered by Sell and his skill with the TriCaster.
“We have a 500-seat theater and we used to fill those seats for every concert,” Perez said. “Our base is very loyal. But my litmus test for the success of the livestream was the additional single tickets that seem to be coming in. We’re getting more and more with every show. We have zip codes in California, in New England, in Canada. We’ve had viewers in Europe. We’ve had Italy, we’ve had Germany, we’ve had England, we’ve had Portugal. We’re down in Brazil. It’s the Banyan Bowl’s roll-out to the world. I can’t be more excited about anything than having people beyond our next-door neighbors knowing who we are. It’s been our coming-out party. I am just blown away by the quality of the production. It’s as good as any concert I’ve seen on television. It’s Broadway. It’s Hollywood.”
SAN ANTONIO, TX—June 4, 2021— NewTek, the leader in IP-based video technology and part of the Vizrt Group, announced today expanded distribution in central Europe by adding Exertis Pro AV as a distributor to strengthen NewTek’s position in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Exertis will be distributing the full portfolio of NewTek products. Exertis is a leader in the Pro AV space in the region. NewTek’s software-defined visual storytelling tools will be an excellent expansion of their portfolio of products to serve customers better in the region.
“The partnership with Exertis means NewTek and NDI® solutions will now be in the hands of more creators in the so-called DACH countries to enable more stories, better told,” said Barbara Spicek, President of NewTek.
“With NewTek, we have gained an established specialist for IP-based software in the video production segment. NewTek fits perfectly into our Media Solutions portfolio and amplifies our product range thanks to many features and possibilities. In addition, existing camera and signal management solutions perfectly align with the TriCaster workflow,” said Carsten Steinecker, Managing Director Business Development, Exertis Pro AV.
NewTek’s line of live production systems including the renowned TriCaster® family, will allow more individuals, businesses, sporting organizations, schools, houses of worship, streamers, and broadcasters to quickly expand their business with a complete solution for the video control room. Complementary solutions such as the 3Play® 3P2 video replay system, NewTek’s line of NDI-native PTZ cameras, NDI converter units, and other software-defined visual storytelling offerings will ensure a broadcast-grade quality is brought to every production.
Exertis Pro AV (formerly COMM-TEC) has been for more than 30 years one of the largest and most renowned value-add distributors for AV media technology in Europe and has been part of DCC Technology Trading/Exertis since 2019.
SAN ANTONIO, TX–May 25, 2021— In 2020, Latin American video production company LocalGames realized their traditional workflow for producing live broadcasts of eGaming tournaments was completely unworkable during COVID-19 restrictions. Gaming tournament broadcasts, which are the company’s lifeblood, would continue, but all competitions would be virtual. No spectator-packed venues, no competitors on-site, international borders closed. The company was given just over a week to adapt to that change.
“Because all our content is on network, we require a workflow that allows us to efficiently stream video to the network,” says Bernardo Pizurnia, CEO of LocalGames. “And that’s why we chose to go with NewTek. Their products are designed with livestreaming in mind.”
To accomplish their post-pandemic goals, LocalGames purchased a TriCaster® Mini 4K live production system. The TriCaster puts an entire suite of media production capabilities at a creator’s fingertips. The TriCaster Mini is easy to transport wherever needed and powerful enough to handle even complex productions. For LocalGames, purchasing their TriCaster was more than just a workflow efficiency decision. It also made financial sense.
“We are competing against traditional production companies with traditional workflows for these production jobs,” Pizurnia says. “With their old technology, their end-product is very expensive compared to ours, and ours is much more versatile because the workflow is already designed to stream. That’s one reason we’re as successful as we are.”
Many staff members at LocalGames came from that legacy world of broadcast production, but as Rodrigo Cotiart, broadcast engineer and Chief TriCaster Operator for LocalGames said, “I found the TriCaster to be very easy to learn. And I’m not the sort of person who likes to read manuals. I’m much more of a doer. That’s the way I learn. So, I just got in there, sat down at the TriCaster, and got my hands dirty. I found it to be very intuitive. That’s how I learned to record macros, create camera pre-sets, modify the Multiview, and build buffer animations. I can’t stress enough how important it is to get your hands dirty. I still haven’t read the manual.”
Just like any other sports broadcaster, replays are an important production tool in LocalGames’ production arsenal, and the company has made use of NewTek’s 3Play® to produce instant replays for their eGaming programs. The reliability and versatility of the 3Play was one of the reasons LocalGames felt so comfortable turning to NewTek when the pandemic hit.
“I was used to using EVS or K2 for replays back in my broadcast days,” Cotiart says. “The transition to using 3Play was extremely simple. The only thing that changed was the location of the buttons. And honestly, I find the 3Play to be much more versatile and dynamic than those other machines, and all at a much smaller price point. Our experience with the 3Play has been nothing but positive.”
LocalGames makes extensive use of NDI® (Network Device Interface), a revolutionary software standard developed by NewTek that enables video-compatible products to communicate, deliver, and receive high-definition video and audio over a computer network in a high-quality manner suitable for switching in a live production environment.
“Even before we bought our first piece of NewTek gear, we were using NDI under the free protocol,” Pizurnia said. “And since we knew the power of NDI, it made sense to go with NewTek products when it was time to make upgrades.”
The company also owns four NewTek Spark Plus units, which play a vital role in their redesigned productions. Spark Plus converters allow producers to capture video from digital cameras and other devices wirelessly or over an Ethernet network. The Spark unit converts HDMI or SDI video sources to NDI making it available as a video source.
While many Spark owners use their units to integrate remote cameras anywhere on their network into a TriCaster, LocalGames found a unique way to use the versatile devices. After purchasing their TriCaster Mini 4K, the company had legacy, non-NDI equipment they needed to continue to use. Plugging that legacy equipment into a Spark device allowed LocalGames to continue to use this old equipment and still utilize all the technological advantages their TriCaster offers.
Just a few short days after their world had been turned upside down, LocalGames’ first redesigned broadcast, powered by a new TriCaster Mini 4K, went on the air.
“That first broadcast was accomplished with video boxes over a graphic background,” Cotiart said. “Then we realized we could do more, and that’s when we started adding virtual sets using NewTek’s Virtual Set Editor.”
That capability was easily accomplished as it’s natively built into the TriCaster. The next week, the broadcast featured its hosts sitting on a freshly designed virtual set. The clients liked what they saw and pushed LocalGames to expand their productions even more.
“It seems strange to say this, but COVID actually made us a stronger company,” Pizurnia tells me. “It pushed us to find new tools, to use virtual sets, to incorporate Unreal Engine. It pushed us into the future and forced us to make the most of the latest technologies.”
“The growth of our company has been exponential. I don’t honestly know where we can get to in the future, but we are rolling at top speed and a whole new world of possibilities has opened up to us.”
SAN ANTONIO, TX–May 12, 2021–Damn Good Productions, an Australian-headquartered video production company known for its high-profile clients in the corporate and entertainment markets, was hired by American technology company Pitney Bowes to reimagine its 2021 annual live kick-off meeting as a live virtual event for its, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand region.
Because of Damn Good’s long experience with NewTek TriCaster® and NDI® -based products, the company was able to seamlessly pull together a live broadcast-quality virtual meeting that featured simultaneous English and Japanese program feeds together with real-time multi-lingual translations. The event included presenters in studio, multiple pre-recorded playouts, supers, graphics, a host in a green screen studio with a custom designed virtual set, and sessions with up to six Skype panelists.
“We had no idea how our first region-wide virtual event would work—and we were thrilled with the end result,” said Aye Verckens, Marketing Communications representative at Pitney Bowes. “Our event was like a television broadcast rather than a virtual meeting. We were impressed with how easy it was to join presenters from the US, Japan, and New Zealand with our hosts in Australia, and we also appreciated how seamless it was to produce simultaneous streams in English and Japanese. Most importantly, the audience was engaged throughout.”
Ben Alcott, Damn Good’s Managing Director agreed, “The event was a huge success with participants calling it ‘particularly engaging.’ Due to the complexity of the production components, it simply wouldn’t have been economically possible without NewTek products. This event has opened up production possibilities from Pitney Bowes businesses globally, at a tenth of what they were spending previously.”
Seamless Integration of Multiple Programming Streams NewTek technologies were critical to making the integration of live video and streaming work together seamlessly. The main program presented in English, was anchored by an MC in a green screen studio using TriCaster’s virtual set technology. Corporate presenters were in another studio covered by three NewTek NDI PTZ cameras. All inputs were fed to a TriCaster TC1 that switched and streamed the main program. NDI is a free-to-use software technology developed by NewTek that allows video, audio, and metadata signals to be shared bi-directionally over standard Ethernet IP networks. NDI was used extensively for the project.
SAN ANTONIO, TX–April 20, 2021—NewTek, the leader in IP-based video technology and part of the Vizrt Group, today announced the NewTek 3Play® 3P2 video replay and telestration system that delivers unmatched instant replays for sports productions. 3Play 3P2 ensures that broadcasters and venue operators never miss an angle or unforgettable sporting moment with unparalleled connectivity and efficiency across the entire production workflow at a fraction of the cost of traditional replay systems. New 3Play 3P2 features include increased inputs, sharable playlists, pan-and-scan areas of interest, built-in NewTek NDI® Telestrator capabilities, clip publishing and more, giving sports producers more capacity and opportunity to maximize the value and impact of live content as it plays out – in pristine 4K.
“3Play 3P2’s operator-centric workflow breaks the play down to bring your audience deeper into the game in real time and in stunning 4K,” said Barbara Spicek, president of NewTek. “3Play 3P2’s built-in features bring access to those vital plays within a game to fans faster, from more angles for unmatched viewing experiences.”
Zoom & Tracking – Areas of Interest
The built-in playback zoom and tracking feature allows operators to select multiple points of interest and zoom in and out to capture an all-important play. The key-frameable feature allows you to scrub clips, pinpointing desired timecodes of crucial plays.
Spicek continued, “Zoom and tracking is about getting those ‘areas of interest,’ like a toe touching out of bounds, by zooming and scanning. It is keyframe driven, giving you even more accuracy during fast action plays. With 4k60p recordings this can be very useful. Breaking it down in granular detail with keyframes will produce better results and better replay.”
The flexibility of software-driven, network-based replay system is unparalleled. This intuitive and feature-rich 10 channel replay solution offers 8 external inputs and 2 outputs. Inputs can be any combination of NDI sources with 4 convenient SDI connectors built directly into the chassis. The outputs can be independent or work together in a preview/program workflow including live animated, 3D-warped visual transitions delivered to both SDI and NDI destinations.
Operators also benefit from sharable playlists, allowing NewTek TriCaster® live production systems to work collaboratively. 3P2 and TriCaster operators can sync 3Play playlists over the network via NDI to create a unique collaborative experience for increased speed and flexibility in sports production workflows.
“We made the relationship between the 3P2 operator and the TriCaster operator feel seamless, as if they are working on the same system,” continued Spicek. “This is where collaboration between two different operators comes into play. It makes it much easier to get the best clips out to broadcast.”
Free Training for 3Play 3P2
Purchasers and resellers of 3Play 3P2 can take the NewTek University 3Play course for free. The offer for free 3Play training with the purchase of a 3Play 3P2 is good until September 30th, 2021.
Availability & Pricing
NewTek 3Play 3P2 is available now and is priced at $24,995 USMSRP including purpose-built control surface. International pricing may vary.
For more information about NewTek and these new products, please visit https://www.newtek.com.
SAN ANTONIO, TX–April 8, 2021—Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Chico, California has many digital offerings, including a mobile app and live video of its worship services available to all – offerings that went from impressive to critical during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
“About two years ago we looked to video to enhance what we’re already doing, and start being more relevant to younger generations and integrating our services with technology,” said Miykael Goodwin, Director of Technology at Bidwell Presbyterian Church. “When the pandemic started, we were in lockdown and it was a little bit of a growing pain like everyone else had. But we also knew we had this resource available to us that we could take advantage of.”
That resource is NewTek’s TriCaster®live production system.
Reducing the burden with NewTek
NewTek’s line of TriCaster live production systems offer powerful and affordable tools to help craft more stories, better told. TriCaster systems put an entire suite of media production capabilities at a creator’s fingertips. The systems offer native Skype integration – perfect for bringing remote callers into a video. TriCaster live production systems also offer many social media integrations, allowing live streaming to Facebook Live, Microsoft® Azure® , Periscope, Twitch, YouTube™ Live, and more.
Further, when combined with NDI® – the free–to–use, video–over–IP protocol that allows video signals to be made instantly available over the network – the TriCaster can make use of NDI PTZ cameras. These cameras require only a single Ethernet connection for setup, power, operation, and signal flow.
Remote production, fully flexible
The video control room sits in a building across the street from the church. This helps meet social distancing requirements, and as the two locations are on the same network, there is no issue with taking complete control of the production remotely thanks to NDI. “It’s been very convenient to where if we need to adjust cameras at the main campus, we don’t have to walk across the street or phone somebody to make those quick adjustments,” Goodwin said. “We can do it all on the fly. Or if we do see a problem, we’re able to address it quickly.”
NDI allows individuals and organizations to access the benefits of IP–based, software–defined visual storytelling for a fraction of the cost of other IP protocols or traditional video transport methods. Many manufacturers have adopted NDI, and many free–to–use NDI tools are available for download. With NDI, nearly any video source can be utilized for creative storytelling.
Easy to use, powerful connections
Goodwin praises the user–friendly layout of the TriCaster system and said the support offerings from NewTek have helped Bidwell Presbyterian with its broadcasts. Further, he says the system has been mission-critical for the church during COVID–19 restrictions.
“Using NewTek Technology, and using this equipment, allows you to reach more than just your immediate community,” he said. “It allows you to reach the hard–to–reach or the hurting…they can access it from their phone, they can access it from their computer.”
Goodwin said those results – coupled with the ease–of–use and flexibility of the system – make NewTek solutions easy to recommend.
“If you’re on the fence, or you’re looking for a solution to bring your house of worship into a digital world, then I highly recommend looking into the NewTek products and their offerings,” he said. “They have so many solutions that could help enhance what you’re already doing or help expand to people you are trying to reach.”
Read more and watch the video about Bidwell Presbyterian Church here.
SAN ANTONIO, TX—March 24, 2021—Wat Na Pa Pong is a Theravada Buddhist monastery located northeast of Bangkok in Thailand’s Pathum Thani Province. The venerable Ajarn Kukrit Sothipalo leads the monastery and believes in learning, practicing, and proclaiming exclusively from the words of the Buddha – a practice known as Buddhawajana. To assist with outreach, Wat Na Pa Pong uses many modern technologies.
Websites, mobile applications, and video content allow for followers – and those interested in the monastery and its teachings – to quickly connect online. That said, analog systems for recording and broadcasting video had the monastery struggling with image quality. To repair that situation, Wat Na Pa Pong turned to NewTek and NDI®
The Best Thing
The head of Wat Na Pa Pong said the NewTek system had a high standard to meet as the monastery refuses to settle for anything but the best medium to share its teachings.
“When we do something about the Buddha, we choose the best thing,” said Ajarn Kukrit. “When we print the book, we only use the best paper. These teachings will be passed down to people using advanced technology. We think NewTek has the best device with the best technology at this moment.”
“I am not an expert in IT and gadgets, but I can connect to the NewTek system easily,” Ajarn Kukrit said. “NewTek’s design makes it very convenient to broadcast from anywhere, any time. I can give a sermon from anywhere in the world.”
ICamplus Co., Ltd., NewTek’s partner in Thailand, worked collaboratively with the monastery to design a workflow based on the NewTek TriCaster® TC1 and NDI PTZ cameras. TriCaster TC1 live production systems enable creators to switch, stream, and record in HD and 4K UHD 60p while offering native Skype integration – perfect for bringing remote callers into a video. It also enables dual-channel live streaming to Facebook Live, Microsoft® Azure® , Periscope, Twitch, YouTube™ Live, and more.
The Shift to IP
Meanwhile, NDI PTZ cameras require only a single Ethernet connection for setup, power, operation, and signal flow. The camera pairs perfectly with TriCaster for a configuration-free NDI experience and a better than broadcast feel.
The NDI video–over–IP protocol ties the system together, with all video signals being sent between devices over the network. Free–to–use NDI allows individuals and organizations to access the benefits of IP–based, software–defined visual storytelling for a fraction of the cost of other IP protocols or traditional video transport methods.
The monastery also utilizes many free–to–use NDI Tools, which are downloadable from www.NDI.tv. Tools such as NDI Scan Converter, NDI Studio Monitor, and NDI Virtual Input allow for integration between the TriCaster and personal computers – allowing creators to quickly and easily add additional media content or external video to productions.
The monastery uses the NDI–HX Capture app – which is available for iOS or Android devices – to allow live screen capture screen from mobile devices and the NDI–HX Camera app to quickly add additional, high quality video sources to a production.
The full NDI setup allows Wat Na Pa Pong to stream content to three Facebook feeds, three YouTube channels, and one RTMP feed each day.
Read the full story about NewTek, NDI and Wat Na Pa Pong and watch the video here.
For more information about NewTek and these new products, please visit https://www.newtek.com.
SAN ANTONIO, TX–February 2, 2021—NewTek, the leader in IP-based video technology and part of the Vizrt Group, today announced the introduction of ProTek, an all-new tiered support program that allows customers to choose between 4 distinct levels of coverage, to include; Basic, Standard, High, and Ultra. Each tier incorporates support elements under Warranty, Software Maintenance, Technical Support, and Extended Services.
Key to this new program is the ability for customers to tailor their support package to their individual needs – ensuring their all-important live productions will receive the support they need from in-house NewTek subject matter experts.
“ProTek is our commitment to customers to ensure that their investment is supported in whichever way they feel is best,” said Barbara Spicek, President and General Manager for NewTek. “In the spirit of partnership, the higher tiers of our ProTek program also offer the ability to provide feedback and input into future product development. Few people, other than our customers, are in a better position to help us shape the future of our products than the people using them day in and day out.”
Pricing and Availability
ProTek is available to purchase with any NewTek product across 4 tiers, each of which carries a different price depending on the product being supported.
For more information about NewTek and these new products, please visit https://www.newtek.com.
SAN ANTONIO, TX––January 26, 2021—NDI®, NewTek, the leader in IP-based video technology and part of the Vizrt Group, today announced a new addition to their existing range of Spark Plus IO converters. The NewTek Spark™ Plus IO 12G-SDI encodes and decodes 12G-SDI sources to and from IP-friendly NDI® at up to 2160p ultra high-definition for greater resolution, frame rates, and color fidelity catering to the most demanding of media workflows.
“With Spark Plus IO 12G-SDI we are able to support the full spectrum of video production needs with the groundbreaking benefits of NDI® to save producers time and money while opening up new creative possibilities,” said Barbara Spicek, president of NewTek. “This new product serves to cement the NewTek and Vizrt Group commitment to build products that allow our customers to make more stories, better told.”
NewTek Spark Plus IO 12G-SDI offers video and media production professionals a quick and easy solution to convert 12G-SDI UHD video into an IP-based media production workflow. It easily connects to 12G-SDI cameras or devices, converts the video signal to NDI and shares it with any compatible system, device, or application anywhere on the network including UHD screens, monitors, projectors, or video walls. It can also turn any legacy 12G-SDI-enabled output device like a screen or monitor into an NDI signal on the network by using the decode functionality. Setup requires just one Ethernet cable. A web-based interface allows easy configuration and monitoring from a desktop or mobile browser as well as tally support via NDI and the option to mount onto cameras.
The Spark family of converters are compatible with hundreds of systems, devices, and applications that support NDI technology. Sparks pair perfectly with the TriCaster® Mini 4K and TriCaster TC1 for a configuration-free NDI experience and the flexibility to route NDI to screens.
Pricing and Availability
NewTek Spark Plus IO 12G-SDI converters are available now and are priced at $1,095 USMSRP. International pricing may vary.
For more information about NewTek and these new products, please visit https://www.newtek.com.
Bergen, Norway and San Antonio, Texas—December 15, 2020—NDI®, part of the Vizrt Group along with the NewTek and Vizrt brands, today announced the NDI® Screen Capture HX app for NVIDIA GPUs. NDI Screen Capture HX works in collaboration with NVIDIA GPU–based PCs to capture screens and make them available as an NDI source on the network, eliminating the need for expensive video capture cards when sharing or streaming content from another computer.
NDI Screen Capture HX is optimized for NVIDIA GPUs, thereby removing all reliance on a PC’s CPU when capturing a screen. This delivers pristine video over the network, at resolutions up to 4K and frame rates up to 120Hz without compromise.
“Our mission is to make IP video easy to use and fun for anyone to make a great show,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, Head of R&D for the Vizrt Group. “Offering full NVIDIA GPU-accelerated support for NDI allows gamers to use applications like OBS Studio, XSplit, TriCaster®, or any of the thousands of applications that support NDI.”
“NDI is helping gamers, creatives and enterprises tell stories online using the ground–breaking capabilities of NDI Screen Capture HX,” said Gerardo Delgado, Senior Product Manager at NVIDIA. “Using NVIDIA GPUs, Screen Capture HX delivers a real–time, no–compromise solution for network–driven content creation.”
NDI Screen Capture HX also allows users to run a PowerPoint presentation on one machine with embedded transitions, animation, audio, or movies included and use it on another machine as part of a live presentation, production, or web stream. The tool will also allow users to remotely control one machine using another on the network with full frame–rate video, even on 4K displays, with full support for moving keyboard, mouse, touch surface, clipboard, audio and video between machines.
The capabilities of NDI Screen Capture HX include:
NDI Screen Capture HX is provided as part of the free NDI Tools and is available as an installable option when the latest version of NDI Tools is installed on a machine utilizing an NVIDIA GPU.
NDI Tools can be downloaded from here: https://www.ndi.tv/tools/#download-tools
For more information, please visit http://www.ndi.tv
Bergen, Norway and San Antonio, Texas—October 1, 2020—NDI®, part of the Vizrt Group along with NewTek and Vizrt brands, today announced that NDI technology is integrated with Microsoft Teams, making it a key part of any video production workflow. With video dominating communication on a global scale, the addition of NDI to Teams allows for versatile video workflows through a Teams meeting. Broadcast engineers can access the video feed of the Teams meeting participants, the screensharing feed, and Together Mode. NDI and Teams offers the ultimate in production flexibility, allowing video content producers to move video – and move the world.
“Microsoft Teams is the forerunner of video conferencing technology globally. Integrating NDI into Teams dramatically expands the visual storytelling power of the platform,” commented Michael Namatinia, president of NDI for the Vizrt Group. “As we all seek to expand and refine our video capabilities, NDI combined with Teams gives storytellers a new frontier of creative possibilities waiting to be explored.”
NDI is the most widely adopted IP-based video delivery standard in the world. The integration of NDI into Teams offers a high quality, seamless transition from any video stream. Single or multiple Teams meeting attendees can easily be added into any production, each as unique a camera source.
SAN ANTONIO, TX––Sept. 8, 2020—NewTek, the leader in IP-based video technology and part of the Vizrt Group, is proud to announce that IBC is using the recently launched TriCaster® 2 Elite as its live production system of choice for an upcoming panel discussion on the cutting edge of broadcast technology.
Announced today as a special event during the live 5G Remote Production Accelerator panel – the ten project broadcaster ‘Champions,’ including the BBC, BT Sport, TV2, Yle, ViacomCBS, and Olympic Broadcasting Services, will rely on TriCaster 2 Elite’s unique remote production offerings and powerful, integrated live production capabilities to explore use cases for 5G-enabled remote broadcast.
NewTek will also participate on a panel with key vendors including AVI West, LiveU, Mobile Viewpoint, and Sony, followed by a live proof-of-concept showcase incorporating a series of key use case demonstrations from Amsterdam – back hauled and produced on the TriCaster 2 Elite from Viacom London. The event is being live streamed at 5 p.m. CET, on Sept. 10 with registration at www.ibc.org/ibcshowcase.
Creative Freedom Through Technical Responsiveness
The 5G Remote Production Accelerator team chose TriCaster 2 Elite for its ability to bring in a number of unique and dynamic live feeds from around the world. The TriCaster family has proven to be a resilient live production system thanks to its remote production offerings. When the global pandemic required social distancing, many pivoted to remote live video – including individual entertainers, schools, houses of worship, and corporations – and TriCaster live production systems lived up to the demand to provide high quality content wherever the sources may be.
The world-first 5G proof-of-concept IBC event will bring in a number of unique elements, including AI enabled cameras, drone shots, a live performance from a boat, and the RAI in Amsterdam. These will be transfered via IP to Viacom London for final mixing and delivery via TriCaster 2 Elite.
“TriCaster is designed to enable creativity through technical responsiveness,” said Liam Hayter, senior solutions architect at NewTek. “When people have a brilliant idea for live video, TriCaster is the enabling production hub device. TriCaster 2 Elite is the true definition of creative freedom, so when the IBC 5G Accelerator came to us with bold ideas for a production, we knew we had the solution that would enable those ideas to become reality!”
TriCaster 2 Elite
TriCaster 2 Elite sets a new standard for production in today’s multisource world, with a unique mix of core functionality unavailable in any other system. Nearly every web conferencing tool including Skype™, MS Teams™, Zoom Meetings™ and Discord™ is supported, as well as all IP video sources including NDI®, SRT, RTMP, RTP, HTTP, SRC, and smartphones. These, along with almost unlimited traditional SDI sources, can be accessed and used simultaneously, meaning show producers will be able to connect with in-studio guests and remote video callers without compromise or worrying about connectivity. To learn more about the storytellers already using TriCaster solutions today, visit www.newtek.tv
For more information about the TriCaster® 2 Elite and its comprehensive list of features, please visit www.newtek.com/tricaster/2-elite/.
SAN ANTONIO, TX––July 16, 2020—NewTek, the leader in IP-based video technology and part of the Vizrt Group, today announced exclusive learning and certification opportunities through NewTek University. Available to resellers and end users alike, NewTek University courses range from operating guides to classes on selling NewTek solutions.
All learning materials are available online and on-demand, connecting users with an unparalleled learning opportunity no matter their location or time zone. New team members can be brought right up to speed in no time with new content being added to the existing library throughout the rest of 2020.
"NewTek University provides our resellers and end user communities with comprehensive training available no where else in the market. Certification in using, demonstrating and selling products from the very people who make them is truly valuable," said David Paige, senior director of Professional Services for NewTek. "We recognize the unique challenges of the way people are having to work now and our online courses and certifications are designed to ensure users remain at the forefront of our newest technology without having to leave their home."
NewTek will continue to add more courses to the online learning area throughout 2020 and will resume in-person, onsite courses as soon as it is safe to do so.
NewTek University is also a fundamental part of the Global Channel Program that was launched in April this year. The program’s three tiers; Plus, Premier and Platinum are gained by NewTek’s valued resellers achieving levels of education and competency with NewTek University courses and certifications as well a range of other key requirements. This is a further demonstration of NewTek’s commitment to maintaining a high quality, well-trained reseller network.
Pricing and Availability
Class fees start at $895 and exams at $249. Free sample classes are avaliable. All courses are available 24/7 online on-demand. For more information visit: www.newtek.com/tricaster/2-elite/.
SAN ANTONIO, TX––July 7, 2020—NewTek, the leader in IP-based video technology and part of the Vizrt Group, today announced TriCaster® 2 Elite, the most powerful and complete live video production system on the planet. The new flagship TriCaster 2 Elite provides video producers, visual storytellers and system integrators with ‘better than broadcast’ functionality and uncompromised flexibility. In addition to cutting edge video production capabilities, TriCaster 2 Elite enables studios, broadcasters, large scale campuses and enterprise facilities to harness nearly every major video calling application in use today, delivering them a myriad of creative options. To further amplify the flexibility and scalability, both future-proofed video over IP and more traditional SDI are supported by the platform.
“Serving the needs well of those who make visual storytelling a key part of their business is made possible by combining IP networking, software-defined solutions and a focus on the customer experience. TriCaster 2 Elite currently has no equal in terms of capability and value and I believe that it is the best product we have ever made,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president of R&D for the Vizrt Group. “More than ever, businesses, governments, schools, houses of worship and other organizations tell us they are adopting broadcast techniques to communicate their message to their world more effectively as they seek to stay relevant in a rapidly changing environment.”
Setting New Standards
TriCaster 2 Elite sets a new standard for production in today’s multisource world, with new core functionality unavailable in any other system. Nearly every web conferencing tool including; Skype™, MS Teams™, Zoom Meetings™, Slack is supported, as well as all IP video sources including NDI®, SRT, RTMP, RTP, HTTP, SRC, and smartphones. These, along with almost unlimited traditional SDI sources, can be accessed and used simultaneously, meaning show producers will be able to connect with in-studio guests and remote video callers without compromise or worrying about connectivity.
At the heart of TriCaster 2 Elite is a high speed 60x45 video crosspoint that includes 32 external inputs that automatically determine video format and resolutions up to 4Kp60. Unlike conventional routing switchers, where creative limitations are the norm, each input includes proc amp tools, independent keying and cropping for crisper video, as well as triggers for automation. No tradeoffs are required with 8 configurable mix outputs in HD or 2 in 4Kp60, direct NDI outs of media players, multiple streaming encoders, continuous NDI conversion of all 8 SDI inputs, and 8 independently selectable recorders for immediate replay. The flexibility of the platform allows content creators to produce simultaneous mixes, deliver multiple 4K streams to different places at once, feed video walls and accommodate separate branding and language packages, record program and line cuts, and much more.
When it comes to integration, the TriCaster control API and automation tools deliver creative video production and IP workflow solutions that are highly interoperable with existing equipment, such as control room systems, video walls, multiviewers, media platforms and the like. Combining these capabilities into one simple and fully integrated platform makes TriCaster 2 Elite better than broadcast for everyone with a story to tell.
Better Than Broadcast Features
TriCaster 2 Elite, the most complete video processing system in the world, affords 8 mix/effects (M/Es) with 4 layers each to ensure unlimited creativity, enhanced by strong integration with Adobe® Creative Cloud® tools. Reducing risk and effort, visual storytelling automation tools with simplified teleprompter-based scripting with Microsoft Word® document files are included. Virtual and augmented reality scenes can be rendered in real time from Adobe® Photoshop® files while non-standard framerate and aspect ratios such as 9:16 make it easy to deliver engaging content to a plethora of modern media screens. Other features include frame sync on every input, animated GIF support in buffers, social media publishing, audio mixing and routing, including support for DANTE™ and AES-67, among others.
Pricing and Availability
TriCaster 2 Elite is now available at $27,995 USMSRP. International pricing may vary. Please consult your NewTek Reseller for packages and pricing details.
For more information about the TriCaster® 2 Elite and comprehensive list of features, please visit www.newtek.com/tricaster/2-elite/.
SAN ANTONIO, TX—May 5, 2020—NewTek, the leader in IP-based video technology and part of the Vizrt Group, today announced the top channel partners for 2020. These awards recognize the leaders in sales performance, year-on-year growth and overall standard of performance. The NewTek channel delivers on the promise of fully integrated live production and workflow over IP using NDI®. These product experts sell, install, support and service the NewTek product line including TriCaster®, 3Play®, TalkShow®, and the full range of NDI cameras and converters.
“We deeply value our channel partners and the expertise they provide to the NewTek customer community. That is why our sales focus and go to market is 100% in support of our channel,” said Barbara Spicek, president and general manager for NewTek. “Our partners do an outstanding job of representing, designing and deploying NewTek solutions globally, and we want to honor and highlight those who deliver a standard of excellence beyond the norm. Congratulations to all of these outstanding NewTek partners for a job well done.”
The 2020 NewTek Channel Award Winners by region are:
Resellers interested in becoming a NewTek channel partner may submit the application at
For more information please visit
SAN ANTONIO, TX––April 21, 2020—NewTek, the leader in IP-based video technology and part of the Vizrt Group, today announced the latest version of the TriCaster® Mini 4K. Already the most complete, compact live multicamera video production system on the market, the newly enhanced TriCaster Mini 4K adds groundbreaking features like Live Story Creator and LivePanel designed to make the production of network-quality shows even easier for lone producers or small teams whether they are novice beginners or seasoned video professionals.
The enhanced TriCaster Mini 4K offers easy setup with extensive live production capabilities including broadcast-quality, fully customizable virtual sets to turn any living room, garage, or basement into a professional studio reflecting the identity or brand of any business, house of worship, school or agency. Stunning broadcast graphics, media playback, one touch automated control, multi-channel remote Skype video calling, integrated replay, social media integration and more are all delivered at up to full UHD p60 resolution.
“NewTek’s mission has always been to make it possible for a single person or a small team to deliver a show that looks like real television. There has never been a time when this has been more relevant,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president of R&D for the Vizrt Group. “The new TriCaster Mini 4K allows anyone from CEOs to ministers to teachers to create amazing shows and get them online from virtually anywhere.”
Live Story Creator allows an individual to run an entire production from a Microsoft Word® document. A script built in Microsoft Word® includes triggers actions when loaded into the TriCaster Mini 4K, allowing the storyteller to concentrate solely on delivery of the message rather than on technical setup and production.
LivePanel introduces customizable, browser-based remote control of the TriCaster Mini 4K from anywhere on the same local area network, letting anyone including the presenter control live switching, compositing, mix/effects, media playback, audio, automation and more, from devices including tablets, smartphones and laptops. Configurable macros are now also supported, allowing routine but complex tasks and sequences to be executed at the push of a button
Two channels of Skype input allows simultaneous guest contributors to participate from their studios, laptops or phones across the globe, all presented with broadcast graphics for titles, double box effects and more. TriCaster Mini 4K will also ship with two recently announced Spark Plus IO 4K p60 encode/decode converters, enabling IP-based, NDI®-first workflows using existing inputs and outputs.
For more information about the TriCaster Mini 4K and comprehensive list of features, please visit https://www.newtek.com/tricaster/mini/.
Pricing and Availability
TriCaster Mini 4K is now available at $7,995 USMSRP. International pricing may vary.
For more information about NewTek, please visit https://www.newtek.com.
SAN ANTONIO, TX—April 7, 2020—NewTek, the leader in IP-based video technology and part of the Vizrt Group, today announced a new channel program for resellers across the globe. The NewTek line of products, most notably TriCaster®, 3Play® and NDI®-based camera and encoder technology products will be sold exclusively through the reseller channel.
“We place a premium on a customer’s experience with NewTek solutions, and we realize the best way to assure that end users have full support and service close at hand is through a robust and well-trained reseller channel,” said Barbara Spicek, senior vice president of NewTek. “We are 100% committed to our channel, and to support our valuable and critical partnerships across the globe, we have designed a program with a focus on high-quality product and implementation education, as well as additional benefits ranging from increased margins to robust marketing support.”
The program offers three tiers of partnerships with benefits and requirements tailored to assure NewTek customers are near a channel partner who can provide sales, service and support that meet their needs. The NewTek Channel Program features a series of benefits from Demand Generation and Marketing support elements, to a compelling discount and rebate structure.
Additionally, the program provides an extensive training program through NewTek University. Certification classes offered both in person and online provide expertise in selling NewTek solutions, live video production, NDI and IT network infrastructure for video, sports production and instant replay, production graphics and system automation. Certification will be awarded for completion and demonstrated competency in each of the NewTek University courses. Resellers gain status in the program based upon achieving levels of qualification. Platinum status provides the highest level of benefits, other channel levels include Premier and Plus, with corresponding levels of education, competency and benefits. Further, Platinum resellers will have the exclusive opportunity to offer NewTek hardware product service and repair, as well as product training.
Resellers interested in becoming a NewTek channel partner may contact NewTek at firstname.lastname@example.org. All NewTek channel partners will have until December 31, 2020 to become compliant at the level appropriate to their business objectives.
For more information please visit https://www.newtek.com.
SAN ANTONIO, TX–April 2, 2020—NewTek, the leader in IP-based video technology and part of the Vizrt Group, today 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.
“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 NewTek PTZUHD camera represents state-of-the-art NDI®|HX implementation. The result 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.
Requiring only a single Ethernet connection for setup, power, operation and signal flow, digital media producers and content creators can explore new ways to evolve their productions into 4K. The camera pairs perfectly with the TriCaster® Mini 4K and TriCaster TC1 for a configuration-free NDI experience with a better than broadcast feel.
Pricing and Availability
NewTek PTZUHD cameras are available now and are priced at $4,995 USMSRP. International pricing may vary.
For more information about NewTek and these new products, please visit https://www.newtek.com.
Bergen, Norway and San Antonio, Texas—2nd April 2020—Keeping in touch with friends, family and workmates remotely just got a whole lot better with specialized video software from NDI®, part of the Vizrt Group. With many countries in lockdown, never has demand for live video streaming been higher. However, this requires certain essential tools, one being a high-quality webcam.
Now, in a move that typifies the ‘we’re all in this together, and we will beat this virus’ mindset, NDI has today announced that it will immediately make available its new NDI®|HX Capture for iOS and its existing NDI®|HX Camera for iOS applications free of charge for the next 60 days. Both apps are available for download from the Apple iOS App Store and normally retail at $10 and $20 respectively.
A High-Quality Webcam in Your Pocket: NDI®|HX Camera
For professionals working from home, NDI®|HX Camera turns an iPhone into a 4K, high quality camera system – ideal for taking part in conference calls and presenting remotely into a webinar. For everybody else, the app turns their iPhones into webcams that will work with popular applications like MS Teams, Skype, Zoom and many more. With quality webcams in extremely short supply right now, this app will allow everybody with an iPhone to take part in the ‘new normal’ of remote working and look good while doing it. To activate the NDI®|HX Camera app, please follow the instructions in this video tutorial.
“In the short term, we can’t socialize with friends and colleagues in the office or in our favorite restaurants, but with our software-defined visual storytelling tools, we can maintain face time and help each other through the challenges that life is currently throwing our way,” commented Michael Hallén, CEO of the Vizrt Group. “By making NDI®|HX Camera available to all iPhone users, we are greatly improving the flexibility and quality of video meetings, enhancing the ability of anyone to work more efficiently while working remotely during these trying times. Our app makes that simpler by using the high-quality camera many people already have in their pocket.
Broadcast Content From Your Phone: NDI®|HX Capture
In addition, NDI are also making NDI®|HX Capture, a brand-new addition to their software-based, real time content creation tools, available for free for the same period. NDI®|HX Capture enables anyone
SAN ANTONIO, TX––March 31, 2020—NewTek, the leader in IP-based video technology and part of the Vizrt Group, today announced two new Spark Plus IO converters to the lineup. The new Spark Plus IO converters simplify the encoding or decoding of video for use in an IP-based workflow through the power of NDI®.
“NewTek and the Vizrt Group make it our mission to help people tell their stories, faster and easier, without compromise. The new Spark Plus IO devices continue to fulfill that promise,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president of R&D for the Vizrt Group. “The move to video production over IP is well underway and products like the new Spark Plus IO help bridge the gap between the old and the new.”
The new Spark Plus IO 4K delivers high bandwidth NDI at full 60p for the lowest latency and highest quality in and out over IP. Easily route NDI signals to TV screens or deliver a 4K signal into an NDI workflow. The Spark Plus IO SDI encodes or decodes at rates up 1080p 60 NDI for 3G-SDI environments without disrupting the existing traditional SDI video infrastructure. Both Sparks come with PoE, simple auto discovery, and tally light with NDI support, all packaged in a new compact design that is durable and easy to mount.
Spark Plus IO converters bypass the need for a capture card solution. These converters are designed to be in service quickly with the entire setup over one Ethernet cable. A web-based interface allows easy configuration and monitoring from a desktop or mobile browser. Corporate video, esports, education and training, along with other advanced AV scenarios benefit greatly from the versatility of an NDI-based IP workflow.
The Spark family of converters are compatible with hundreds of systems, devices, and applications that support NDI technology. Sparks pair perfectly with the TriCaster Mini 4K and TriCaster TC1 for a configuration-free NDI experience and the flexibility to route NDI to screens.
Pricing and Availability
NewTek Spark Plus IO converters are available now and are priced at $895 USMSRP. NewTek Spark Plus IO SDI converters are available now and priced at $995 USMSRP. International pricing may vary.
For more information about NewTek and these new products, please visit https://www.newtek.com.
SAN ANTONIO, TX—March 26, 2020—NDI®, a Vizrt Group brand and the world’s most widely adopted video over IP technology, today unveiled NDI version 4.5 providing the most significant release update since NDI was introduced in 2015. Advancements in NDI’s already unmatched capabilities for transferring video, audio and metadata in real time across standard and wireless Ethernet networks include breakthroughs in mobile phone connectivity, wireless networking, augmented and virtual reality environments and more. These advancements come at a time when making video accessible over IP matters more than ever.
As social distancing is being widely practiced around the globe, the only way content creators can work together is through IP networks and software-defined visual storytelling (#SDVS) – the mission that has always driven NDI. NDI has the widest support of any IP video technology with thousands of companies implementing the NDI SDK, putting the technology in the hands of millions of users globally.
Mobile Support – For Esports and Wireless 4K iOS Cameras and Capture
As growth in esports accelerates and more than 50% of online gamers are now using mobile devices, the ability to bring the game from a smart phone into streaming software favored by gamers is crucial. NDI 4.5 adds support in iOS for real-time, full frame-rate, and resolution capture of the display on wireless with NDI®|HX Capture for iOS. In addition, the NDI®|HX Camera for iOS app turns any iPhone into a full 4K wireless camera, giving it the same capabilities as a high-end video camera.
“No other IP technology for video production can translate to mobile phones because NDI is software-defined, not hardware-constrained. The NDI|HX mode for high-efficiency low bandwidth data transfer gives anyone with an iOS phone the ability to screen capture games and deliver it to any NDI-enabled multi camera live production system,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president of Research and Development for the Vizrt Group.
Internet and Wireless – Simplifies Live Camera Feeds
Built into NDI 4.5 are extended capabilities for Internet use and use on wireless networks. This version shows massive improvements to NDI|HX, with lower latency, full support for (multi) GPU decoding acceleration, and support for the most advanced compression formats available today.
“We chose to integrate NDI|HX for the newest Mevo camera because of its low latency, quality and the ecosystem of integrated video switchers which can now use Mevo Start as a wired or wireless source,” said Max Hato, CEO, Mevo.
Augmented and Virtual Reality – Unlocking Tomorrow’s Potential Today
Working with Epic Games, the NDI SDK for Unreal Engine adds full support for video inputs and outputs over IP enabling a new generation of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) video products for integration into games and more. The NDI SDK for Unreal Engine is free to download and the source code is available so that developers can customize their content creations.
“The market innovation provided by the NDI SDK for Unreal Engine is unlocking new potential for Unreal Engine developers and how they will work with video from now on,” said Andy Blondin, senior product designer for Broadcast at Epic Games.
Unlimited IP Recording – Saving Time and Precious Resources
NDI 4.5 offers unlimited IP recording, with Adobe Premiere plugins both for real-time NDI and working with time-locked ISO recording across multiple streams. This takes NDI streams from the network and stores them on disk with no CPU usage, allowing users to record any number of streams to disk and extend this to multiple machines for almost infinite recording capabilities.
Embedded Decoding and Encoding – A Game Changer for Broadcast Quality Monitoring
For use in embedded systems, NDI 4.5 now includes the latest version of the embedded NDI SDK that offers full FPGA support for both NDI encoding and decoding. In addition, there is support across almost all platforms for access to the compressed data streams, instant routing and more. For advanced development, embedded platforms and custom hardware needs, NDI fully provides the ability for developers to create amazing products.
“SWIT is about to release the world’s first Studio Monitor with NDI built-in. Broadcast quality 4K content is delivered to the screen with a single Ethernet cable thanks to the new decoding functionality in NDI 4.5. SWIT is excited to provide a way for customers to update their computer monitor to a broadcast level video reference in their NDI system,” said Neal Ni, senior marketing director for SWIT.
With version 4.5, NDI has gotten dramatically better in almost every way while maintaining the same bitrate. Massively improved video quality, significantly faster decoding, faster discovery of sources, support for many more streams on a single PC than ever before, better discovery server, and new example code are some highlights of the many new improvements.
Bergen, Norway and San Antonio, Texas—5th March, 2020—The Vizrt Group, parent company of the Vizrt, NewTek and NDI® brands, today announced the launch of VizrTV and NewTekTV. These two “digital-first” communications platforms are designed to deliver key product awareness, innovation, and support messages to help customers and partners better adapt to changing market environments. The new online channels will be operational for CABSAT in Dubai and NAB 2020 in Las Vegas and will be available for viewers around the world who may not attend in person due to COVID-19.
CABSAT attendees will find Vizrt at Booth C3-10 from 31st March - 2nd April. At NAB 2020, attendees can visit Vizrt at booth #SL4516, NewTek at booth #SL4511, and NDI at booth #SL4711 from 19th-22nd April.
Vizrt Group is a globally scaled company that operates locally. The new digital-first platforms will enable the Group’s three brands to communicate their key product innovation messages by utilizing the power and flexibility of IP-based, software-defined visual storytelling (#SDVS) on a global basis.
For the tradeshows, the group will be exercising its local teams from Vizrt, NewTek and NDI who will be ready to welcome any customers in attendance, to discuss how software-defined visual storytelling tools and solutions can help them enhance their live content production capabilities.
“Our customers play a vital role in keeping their audiences informed during these dynamic and rapidly changing times,” said Michael Hallén, CEO of the Vizrt Group. “Because we are leading the industry with adaptive and software-defined visual storytelling products, we are uniquely positioned to use VizrTV (www.vizr.tv) and NewTekTV (www.newtek.tv) to deliver our message, using our own tools in a very tailored way, to a screen that is convenient to our customers.”
Vizrt Group’s primary concern is for the health of its people, be they customers, partners, colleagues, or family. As such, Vizrt Group is actively monitoring local and global health authority advice and guidelines, and these will be rigorously followed. As the public health situation continues to develop, Vizrt Group is committed to supporting our customers and partners as they adapt, and IP-based software-defined visual storytelling is our primary communication platform. This will be supported with locally focused tradeshow and exhibition participation.
SAN ANTONIO, TX––January 9, 2020—NewTek, the leader in IP-based video technology and part of the Vizrt Group, today announced two new key personnel moves as part of an overall growth strategy focused on deepening relationships with channel partners in order to delight and serve more customers with accessible professional quality video tools.
NewTek today named Barbara Spicek as senior vice president of Global Sales. With more than 20 years of experience working with channel sales in the software/technology industry, Barbara is a dynamic leader with an innate ability to inspire excellence from her teams while motivating everyone around her to perform their best. Barbara’s expansive industry experience along with her ability to create and elevate trusted partnerships at the highest levels will play a key role in deepening channel partner engagements as NewTek remains 100% channel focused. Barbara will be based at NewTek headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, when she is not on the road visiting channel partners.
“I am very excited to join the NewTek team. Video production is growing at an exponential rate across all segments and markets, and NewTek’s breakthrough technologies represent an outstanding revenue opportunity for our channel partners world-wide. I look forward to strengthening and expanding our eco-system,” said Barbara Spicek, senior vice president of Global Sales for NewTek.
Paul Dobbs also joins NewTek as Asia-Pacific sales director and will be leading the growth for NewTek in that part of the world. An exceptionally gifted sales executive with an enormous business acumen and razor-sharp wit, Paul generates huge respect from customers, partners and colleagues alike and will be working closely with new and existing channel partners in the region. Paul’s home office will be in Bangkok, Thailand.
“2020 is upon us and we enter the new year in a position of strength in the market,” said Daniel Nergård, president for Vizrt Americas / NewTek. “NewTek has strong growth ambitions, and as part of Vizrt Group we have a clear vision of how to succeed even further, investing in and strengthening our product lines, partnerships and organization.”
For more information about the NewTek, please visit https://www.newtek.com.
SAN ANTONIO, TX—November 7, 2019—Today NewTek introduced the next generation TriCaster® Mini, the newest addition to the TriCaster product line and the world’s most complete and compact video production system.
The plug-and-play setup of TriCaster Mini allows new video producers to get started quickly, and easily work their way up to creating more sophisticated programs, in resolutions up to 4K, for delivery to all of today’s screens. Its small size and light weight allows storytellers to take it anywhere, set up and get started in minutes. Also included are hundreds of entry-level and advanced production tools like built-in virtual sets, amazing animated transition effects, replay for sporting events, streaming, recording, projecting, one-touch social media publishing, and much more.
“Everyone has amazing stories to tell, and video is the most powerful way to deliver your message. That’s why we strive to make it fun and exciting to create,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president of R&D for Vizrt Group, parent brand of NewTek and NDI®. “Whether you’re a student, a corporate communications manager, or a seasoned video professional, TriCaster Mini has everything to get you going and make broadcast quality shows you can stream to all your favorite social media outlets.”
TriCaster Mini’s 8 external video inputs will support any combination of compatible sources in resolutions up to 4K UHD, giving storytellers more options, more angles, more points of view than any other device in its class. TriCaster Mini’s four plug-and-play NDI connections with power-over-Ethernet (PoE) makes video, audio, tally, power and control as easy as plugging in an Ethernet cable, saving precious time, money and effort. Two included input modules with PoE directly connect your existing HDMI devices, instantly upgrading them to NDI-compatible sources.
Exclusive to the new TriCaster Mini is the NDIHX Camera Application for Mobile Devices available as a download from the Apple store. This allows video, up to 4K UHD from an iOS device, to transmit over Wi-Fi as an NDI source and connect with TriCaster Mini systems on the network, so now you can pull shots in from your teams iPhones, seamlessly.
For more information about the new TriCaster Mini, please visit https://www.newtek.com
Pricing and Availability
NewTek TriCaster Mini will be available this month with packages starting from $8,995 USMSRP. International pricing will vary.
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.
For more information about NDI® and to access the NDI® 4 SDK, please go to NDI.tv.
SAN ANTONIO, TX—September 4, 2019 —Expanding upon its position as the leader in software defined visual storytelling (#SDVS) and IP video production, NewTek will demonstrate the universal power of IP video at IBC2019, giving customers breakthrough capabilities and unprecedented options that seek to transform the way video is made.
“It is clearer than ever that IP is not only the standard for video production, it is the future of video,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president of R&D for Vizrt Group, the parent brand for NewTek. “Our mission is to empower video storytellers and expand their reach, making it fun and exciting to create shows and get your message out. Our newest products like Live Story Creator, TriCaster 410 Plus and NewTek Spark Plus 4K offer something extraordinarily powerful for any level user.”
NewTek will demonstrate these themes, new products and more at IBC2019, Hall 7 Booth #C12 at the RAI in Amsterdam from September 13-17:
NewTek Premium Access software allows storytellers to optimize their total cost of ownership of NewTek production systems with the latest cutting-edge features. Leading the pack is Live Story Creator, a groundbreaking approach to program automation using Microsoft® Word®. Using the world’s leading word processing program, simply build a script in Microsoft Word with triggers for actions, and easily execute a show once loaded into TriCaster® or VMC1. Premium Access also includes scalable NDI® recording and replay with full synchronization for easy multi-camera production, digital media aspect ratios and frame rates for delivery to digital screens as well as LiveGraphics, NDI KVM, LivePanel, Advance Audio, Virtual PTZ, and more.
The latest line-up of TriCaster systems equip digital media professionals with an entire suite of media production capabilities putting quality, consistency and efficiency at your fingertips. The newest addition is TriCaster 410 Plus, a rack mountable system with 8 external inputs, 4 M/Es, 4 mix outputs, real-time social media publishing, live streaming, multi-channel recording, video playback, integrated multiviewers, graphics, compositing, virtual sets, audio mixing along with NDI integration for video, audio and data transmission over IP. Powered by innovative software defined technology, these tools unleash your inner artist and turn every frame of video into an artistic masterpiece.
NewTek Spark converters capture video directly from connected cameras or devices for transport over the network as visually lossless. Newest to the line is Spark Plus™, a high-bandwidth NDI device supporting resolutions up to 4K from HDMI-to-NDI, with virtually no latency. Spark Plus devices are the smallest, fastest and easiest way to acquire a 4K video source from anywhere on the network. Future proof legacy capture devices by augmenting your hardware investment with NewTek Spark converters to unlock the possibilities of IP-based software defined visual storytelling. #SDVS For more information about NewTek at IBC 2019, please click here.
SAN ANTONIO, TX – June 3, 2019 – At Booth #1925 InfoComm 2019 in Orlando, FL from June 12-14, NewTek will demonstrate its revolutionary approach for system integrators, designers, and installers looking to modernize their capabilities using AV over IP. The NewTek booth will be a living example of its groundbreaking AV solution where every asset is available and controllable from anywhere on the network using NDI®, NewTek’s royalty-free and resolution independent AV over IP standard.
The booth will feature a single vertical cabinet containing 16 NewTek hardware devices and an array of cutting-edge advanced software tools designed to create, stream, publish, convert, and monitor AV content and more. Connected only to electricity and a 1Gb Ethernet local area network, these assets are controllable from any of the networked demonstration pods at the booth allowing users to access and utilize any capability or feature from any device. The end result is the ultimate in networked systems for AV over IP that saves time, money, space and other precious resources while creating new possibilities for customers that previously did not exist.
“NDI allows anyone integrating AV over IP solutions to be far more dynamic than ever before with our own InfoComm booth demo being a great example. Every device and application we’re showing can be controlled at any touch point,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO of NewTek. “Compare it to other IP-based AV solutions that send a single signal from point-to-point at a high cost and you realize you are looking at the future and it is here now.”
For a personalized demonstration, system integrators, designers, and installers are encouraged to make a booth appointment. Please click here for more information.
NewTek Booth #1925 will also showcase an array of third party NDI products to include:
For more information please visit https://www.newtek.com.