SAN ANTONIO — January 16, 2018—NewTek today announced new features for NewTek Connect Spark converters and the NewTek NDI PTZ camera, revolutionary devices designed to deliver video to a computer and/or an IP network using NDI. Existing customers can take advantage of the new features through software upgrades free of charge. Connect Spark converts either SDI or HDMI signals into NDI sources to be shared over a standard Ethernet networks either wired or wirelessly. The NewTek PTZ NDI camera is the world’s first PTZ camera to deliver video, audio, tally, PTZ control, and power over a single Ethernet cable. Both devices work with millions of existing software applications that support NDI, including: CombiTech VidBlaster, Livestream Studio, OBS, Splitmedia Labs XSplit, Streamstar®, StudioCoast vMix, Telestream Gameshow, Telestream Wirecast, NewTek TriCaster®, and many more. Additionally, NewTek Connect Spark delivers video to popular desktop video applications including Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting™, Skype™, Skype for Business, WebEx, Zoom, and others.
The latest version of Connect Spark includes multi-camera virtual PTZ capability, multicast support, ability to connect across networks, LTC time code support, and improved audio. Virtual PTZ capability allows users to determine areas of interest within the entire video frame, zoom in, save those areas as presets, and then transition between them smoothly like a PTZ camera. Ideal for live video game streamers, corporate, educational and individual content creators, users can also assign the same source to multiple switcher inputs with different views to switch between virtual cameras without even using extra network bandwidth for each view. This functionality works with all NDI applications that support PTZ without any change. The revolutionary NewTek PTZ NDI camera is updated with multicast support and vastly enhanced picture quality.
“NewTek’s software-based approach to hardware development has always allowed for flexible and game-changing workflows and capabilities,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO for NewTek. “Even though they are hardware devices, with Spark and our PTZ camera, our philosophy remains the same, which means an update to the firmware and drivers of these products delivers major improvements,” Existing and new NewTek Connect Spark and NewTek NDI PTZ camera users can download the latest NDI|HX driver and firmware upgrade to take advantage of all the new features and enhancements for both products.
Other features include multicast mode to allow one Connect Spark NDI source to be viewed by many destinations without setting up multiple point-to-point connections, preserving expensive network bandwidth. Users can easily turn on multicast mode via the Connect Spark’s configuration web page. It is also now possible to find Connect Spark devices on other networks via IP address and add them to the list of visible sources using NDI Access Manager, a free application available from NewTek. Additionally, Connect Spark now supports time code stamps on the video frames via LTC time code connected to Connect Spark’s audio input with automatic detection of all settings. Any NDI-enabled application can then access the time code information to enable precision syncing of multiple NDI streams.
Connect Spark is also a wireless video recorder. It supports either a Micro SD card or will record to any USB drive connected to one of the USB ports. This gives users the ability to ISO-record all of their cameras in a production for fixes in post or to provide backups for other recordings.
For more information please visit https://www.newtek.com
SAN ANTONIO — March 13, 2018—Fourteen leading NDI® developers will join together at the NDI Central Pavilion at NAB 2018 to exhibit groundbreaking NDI-enabled solutions for innovative and flexible IP video production. NewTek is also excited to announce the return of NDI Central Live for NAB 2018. The live webcast will showcase developers and creators using NDI who are pioneering the transition to all IP video production.
Since its introduction in 2015, NDI has become the de facto industry standard for sharing video on a standard Ethernet network, now in use by thousands of products and over 10 million users worldwide; making it by far the widest adopted and used IP standard.
“These fourteen companies represent some of the best innovators among the roughly 1,000 companies incorporating NDI into their products. NAB attendees will be able to explore the NDI ecosystem and discover the amazing devices and applications powered by NDI,” said Michael Kornet, executive vice president and general manager of NDI for NewTek. “These developers share our vision of the end-to-end all IP workflow that is a reality today and we’re excited to bring them together at the NDI Central Pavilion.”
Located at booth #SL5516, the NDI Central Pavilion will be home to:
For more information, visit NDI Central Pavilion.
The NDI Central Live for NAB 2018 webcast will showcase developers and creators using NDI to create and innovate. The webcast will feature exhibitor guest segments, NewTek developer partners, and interviews with broadcasters and creators. The industry’s continued move toward IP workflows will be highlighted and innovative approaches to video that are made possible with NDI will be explored.
The NDI Central Live webcast streams from the show floor at the NewTek booth #SL5016, at www.ndicentral.com, and on TwitchTV at http://www.twitch.tv/newtek from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST on Monday, April 9; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST on Tuesday, April 10 and Wednesday, April 11.
SAN ANTONIO — March 22, 2018—Leading into NAB 2018, NewTek continues to innovate and extend the now dominant position of NDI® as the de facto standard in the industry for sharing video between software applications and hardware devices on standard Ethernet networks. Implemented in thousands of products and used by more than 10 million people worldwide, NDI is by far the most widely adopted and used IP standard. At NAB, announcements of major new adoptions by leading companies will further solidify this position. In addition, NewTek will show the next versions of TriCaster® and IP Series, introduce next-generation, fully virtualized control rooms, announce unprecedented graphics technology that promises to revolutionize graphics workflows for live production, and make several other new product and technology announcements.
NewTek will host an event to preview these new developments and will be joined by major new NDI partners at the SLS Hotel in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 8, beginning with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. followed by a presentation from 6:30 to 7:30. Click here to register.
“It is clear that IP video is changing the industry and we are truly seeing the second generation of video production come to reality. Our introduction of NDI is impacting not only how professional video is produced, but also other industries like gaming, A/V, digital signage, live events, and many more,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO for NewTek. “We’re excited to be showing the latest capabilities in software and IP-centric video production techniques combining our capabilities with those of the larger ecosystem around them, all of which are growing at an unprecedented rate. We believe that it will be a software and IP-based approach that will drive the growth of video content, allowing more people to produce more content for more viewers. We are proud to be a provider of the innovation and products that are helping fuel this revolution.”
NewTek will also be demonstrating TriCaster TC1 and NewTek IP Series VMC1, still the only production switchers in the market capable of true IP, 4K, 60fps for 16- and 44-channel video switching respectively. TriCaster TC1 and VMC1 sit at the heart of any all-IP end-to-end live video production workflow from acquisition to live production and distribution. The entire all-IP workflow will be on display at the NewTek booth #SL5016 at NAB.
NewTek is also introducing new NDI® technology and a new version of the SDK and free tools, providing numerous performance improvements and features to NewTek’s royalty-free IP video technology while maintaining full forward and backward compatibility.
For more information please visit https://www.newtek.com
SAN ANTONIO — March 28, 2018—NewTek today announced the NewTek NC1 Studio I/O IP Module, adding SMPTE ST 2110 support to NewTek IP Series and TriCaster® TC1 – 44- and 16-input, IP-native, 4K, 60P, software-driven live production systems. The NC1 I/O IP is designed for broadcasters seeking to simplify their infrastructure by using high-speed networks to move video and audio throughout their facilities, while providing access to existing Ethernet networks and a clear pathway to fully virtualized production.
The NC1 IP will be on display as part of the IP Showcase of SMPTE ST 2110 interoperability at NAB Central Hall Booth C12634 from April 9-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
“Since our inception, NewTek has always believed the future of broadcast production is software and IP networks,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO for NewTek. “Now that SMPTE ST 2110 is realized, the NC1 Studio I/O IP Module serves as a critical gateway to fully expanded software-driven production and one giant step closer to the promise of virtualized control rooms. We are very excited to have the NC1 I/O IP working alongside the other SMPTE ST 2110 devices in the IP Showcase at NAB.”
The NC1 Studio I/O IP Module has 4 channels that can be set to input or output SMPTE ST 2110 video sources. Each channel can be independently configured for resolutions up to 1080p at 60 frames per second. NC1 I/O IP will interoperate with systems and devices across a network for switching, streaming, display, and delivery. Modules can be stacked in a single location or stragetically deployed in multiple locations to meet the demands of any production.
Availability & Pricing
The NewTek NC1 Studio I/O IP Module is priced at $14,995 US MSRP and will begin shipping in Q3 2018. International pricing will vary.
For more information please visit https://www.newtek.com
SAN ANTONIO — March 29, 2018—A state-of-the-art, all-NDI® IP workflow featuring NewTek live production tools will serve as the backbone for NAB Show LIVE streaming broadcast from the Las Vegas Convention Center Central Hall Lobby at NAB from April 7-12, 2018. Produced in partnership with Broadcast Beat, NAB Show LIVE will feature 40 hours of live content to capture the scope and influence of NAB while presenting buzz-worthy moments and hot topics as they happen.
The main M.E.T. 360 Studio will feature NewTek NDI PTZ1 cameras feeding a NewTek IP Series Video Mix Engine VMC1 and 4-stripe control panel. Connected via NDI will be the NewTek-Vizrt NVG1 IP Graphics Server, a NewTek 3Play® 3P1 instant replay server, and the NewTek-Wowza MediaDS MDS1 media distribution system. NAB Show LIVE can be seen on the front page of NABShow.com and BroadcastBeat.com.
“We’re amazed at the simplicity of connecting cameras and devices via NDI and the creative flexibility it provides us. A great visual is the noticeable lack of SDI cables running everywhere to everything all of which are replaced with single CAT5 cables now that we use NDI,” said Ryan Salazar, CEO of Broadcast Beat. “We had such intense interest in our workflow last year from NAB attendees, that we decided to offer guided tours this year.”
New to NAB Show LIVE this year is an additional Podcast studio that will feature more NDI PTZ1 cameras feeding a TriCaster® TC1 multi-camera live production system. Also new will be tours of the main M.E.T. 360 studio control room. NAB Show attendees can register for a Behind-The-Scenes Tour of the Control Room and Podcast Studio here.
Every camera and NewTek production tool are interconnected via single CAT5 Ethernet cables, eliminating the cost and time it takes to connect each device one channel at a time using SDI cables. Additionally, the PTZ1 cameras receive audio, video, tally, PTZ control, and power over Ethernet with one cable.
“NewTek is honored to be part of NAB Show LIVE,” said Scott Carroll, director of Communications for NewTek. “IP workflows are a growing and unstoppable force in the industry and we’re proud to demonstrate our all-IP end-to-end technology at such a highly visible and influential venue like NAB Show LIVE.”
SAN ANTONIO — April 2, 2018—NewTek today announced integration of Viz Mosart, Vizrt’s studio automation solution, with TriCaster® TC1 and NewTek IP Series live production systems. The product of a tight relationship between two industry-leading companies, the integration will streamline workflows for broadcasters, digital content publishers, and corporate video producers, bringing a new level of ease-of-use, consistency, and quality to their productions. The integration provides access to cost-effective production with full automation using NewTek’s NDI® industry-standard IP transport mechanism.
“Automation is a key part of today’s live production landscape, and when paired with an end-to-end NewTek IP workflow that can be virtualized, the possibilities are almost endless,” said Brian Olson, vice president of Product Management for NewTek. “Broadcasters today are looking for cost-effective, small footprint, automated production systems to be part of their digital migration while still meeting the needs of linear production. TriCaster TC1 and NewTek IP Series under Viz Mosart control fit that bill perfectly.”
NewTek will be showing Viz Mosart controlling the NewTek IP Series live production system, including video switching, internal DDR clip playback, and the NVG1 NewTek-Vizrt IP Graphics Server in the appointment suites at the NewTek booth #SL5016 during NAB 2018. Rundown creation will be provided by Vizrt’s Showmaker, which now has multi-user support. Full MOS workflows are also available with the industry’s most popular newsroom computer systems – iNews, ENPS, Octopus, OpenMedia and Dalet.
“We are excited about continuing our partnership with NewTek, starting with NVG1, running the world’s number one real-time graphics software – Viz Trio and Viz Engine, and now integrating the world’s number one studio automation system – Viz Mosart.” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, Vizrt CTO. “NewTek’s leadership in IP video with NDI solves a lot of problems, but automation is just as critical in today’s fast-paced and evolving environments. Viz Mosart has an intuitive interface that combines both a rundown-based approach and a timeline model to give users the best of both worlds.”
NewTek integration with Viz Mosart will be available in Viz Mosart version 4.1, scheduled for release in Q3 2018.
SAN ANTONIO — April 5, 2018—NewTek, Vizrt and Cisco will conduct a joint demonstration of virtualized live IP video production and control room automation at NAB 2018 from the Cisco booth #SU8502CM. The demonstration will include NewTek’s NVP, a virtualized IP Series, 44-input, IP, 4K, 60P live production system, and Vizrt’s Viz Opus compact control room automation system. Both products will be running as virtual machines in Cisco’s VMware vSphere with Hypervisor management on Cisco hardware with Horizon View desktop virtualization. NewTek NDI® IP video streams interconnect the two products, running across a network using a Cisco Nexus 5000 and 9000 series switches.
“Virtualization and control room automation over IP are the future of live production,” said Roger Sherwood, director of business development, Media Segment, Service Provider Business, Cisco. “Featuring this first-of-its-kind virtualized control room along with NewTek and Vizrt is sure to be a draw for many of our customers this year at the show.”
“NewTek have long believed that the future of broadcast production is based on software, computers and networks; and have based the last 15 years of our R&D on building products to this vision. It is clear that this vision aligns with that of Cisco and Vizrt. Together we have worked on providing a demo of an entirely virtualized production system and are showing it actually working at NAB,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, NewTek president and CTO. “Because we are completely software-based, NewTek is the only major live production solution capable of being virtualized today. Combine that with our leadership position in IP video, including NDI and SMPTE ST 2110 support, you have an incredibly cutting-edge solution for broadcasters looking to streamline their operations.”
“The Vizrt world is all about now and the future – and everything in between. What we are showing with our partners, Cisco and Newtek, is so close to “now” that one can touch it,” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, Vizrt CTO. “This proof of concept shows how software-based tools make live productions ever more flexible so that industry can be prepared for now and the future at the same time.”
The virtualized IP video production and automation demonstration will be running during NAB show hours at the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall-Upper in the Cisco booth #SU8502CM. Vizrt will also show the output from the virtualized IP demonstration with thier automation workflow in the Vizrt booth #SL2416
NAB BOOTH #SL5016, LAS VEGAS — April 8, 2018—NewTek today announced LiveGraphics™, an entirely new approach to the creation of real-time motion graphics that does not require a proprietary hardware graphics engine. With NewTek LiveGraphics, content authored in Adobe® Photoshop® CC and Adobe After Effects® CC is available for live output from TriCaster® TC1 and NewTek IP Series with fully replaceable text and images that can be driven by live data and web content. The result of extensive development, LiveGraphics™ delivers on the promise of Adobe Creative Cloud® in real-time.
“Dynamic graphics are key to elevating your show—to take it from looking good to outstanding. For years, you’ve been able to choose good, which typically meant faster and cheaper, or great, which meant expensive and complex,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO for NewTek. “We looked at the tools people are using and realized that the challenge wasn’t in creating the next traditional broadcast graphics system, but in developing an entirely new workflow for the most popular, most widely used graphics applications on the planet, Adobe Photoshop CC and After Effects CC. The end result is fully animated titling accessible to millions of artists.”
The process begins with LiveGraphics Creator, a plug-in used within Adobe After Effects that allows users to create advanced real-time graphics quickly and easily using complex layer preset and text effects that can be applied across multiple layers simultaneously with offsets. Simply import a layered Photoshop file with the LiveGraphics Creator plug-in and a composition is created automatically. After animating and previewing in After Effects, a single button-push exports the content and instructions into a package file for import into a TriCaster TC1 or IP Series media buffer; with 10 channels of real-time graphics and preset states for layer compositions and data elements.
Once loaded into a NewTek live production system, text and image fields are manually replaceable or can be connected to any data source using the native Datalink™ functionality including database updates, watch folders, remote updates from web pages, scoreboard controllers, macros and LivePanel™ web based scoring. Macros can be used to fire graphics or custom LivePanel user interfaces can provide content editing and triggering capabilities at one or more separate operator positions. In addition, LiveGraphics ships with over 100 customizable templates that are ready-to-use, giving users high-quality real-time graphics from the start.
LiveGraphics will be available in Q3 as part of the NewTek Premium Access subscription program.
For more information please visit https://www.newtek.com/npa/livegraphics/
NAB BOOTH #SL5016, LAS VEGAS — April 8, 2018—NewTek continues to offer customers a clear pathway to end-to-end, all-IP video production with an unprecedented array of exciting new products, technology updates, virtualized control room software, affordable yet uncompromising 4K workflows, and more at NAB 2018. NewTek’s leadership position in IP video makes it the only provider that can offer the depth and breadth of solutions for producers of every size along the entire workflow path from ingest to production, enhancement, and delivery.
“NewTek have long believed that the future of video production is based on software, computers, and networks, and we’ve based the last 15 years of our R&D on building products to this vision,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO of NewTek. “These announcements, new products, and the leap towards virtualized control rooms were nearly unthinkable a short time ago. Because we are completely software-based, NewTek is the only major live production solution capable of being virtualized today. Combine that with our leadership position in IP video, including NDI® and SMPTE ST 2110 support and these announcements we are making at NAB 2018, you have the most cutting-edge solutions for broadcasters looking to streamline their operations and for new users looking to becoming broadcasters.”
A new paradigm in video graphics – create in Adobe® Photoshop® and animate in After Effects®, then output in 10 channels of UHD graphics in real-time on TriCaster® TC1 and NewTek IP Series live production systems
High-capacity, high-performance, best-of-breed systems with 4 channels of direct NDI® streaming & integrated MAM; 3 varieties of desktop and rack-mounted models available
4-channel SMPTE ST 2110 connectivity for TriCaster TC1 and NewTek IP Series
World’s first 4K UHD portable NDI converter with near-zero latency and HD/SD support
Introducing live production in a virtualized IP environment
See the NewTek IP Series - NVP demo at Cisco Booth #SU8502CM
Includes access to: LiveGraphics, LivePanel™, Advanced Audio I/O, NDI KVM, Virtual PTZ, Virtual Set Library, and more
A vast array of new features and enhancements
NewTek Premium Access will be available beginning in Q3 for the limited time special introductory subscription price of $99 per month, or $1,149 per year. NewTek LiveGraphics will be available as part of the Premium Access subscription plan in Q3. NewTek NC1 Studio I/O IP Module will be available in Q3 at $14,995 U.S. MSRP. NewTek Connect Spark Pro will be available in Q3 at $995 U.S. MSRP. NewTek Remote Storage – Powered by SNS will be available in Q3 with prices starting at $7,995 U.S. MSRP. International pricing will vary.
NewTek integration with Viz Mosart will be available in Viz Mosart version 4.1, scheduled for release in Q3 2018. Contact Vizrt for appropriate Mosart pricing.
For more information please visit www.newtek.com.
INFOCOMM BOOTH #C1206, LAS VEGAS — June 6, 2018—At InfoComm 2018, NewTek unveiled an NDI® signage demonstration designed to direct any video and audio source to any monitor on a standard gigabit network. Combining the power of NewTek’s NDI Studio Monitor software with industry standard signage allows the addition of another stream as a separate overlay. Monitors and sources can be managed with a web application from any networked laptop, tablet or phone. This demonstration shows the capability to direct any AV source and any overlay to any monitor with ease and efficiency over IP while spotlighting creative possibilities and cost-saving opportunities for AV customers.
“Panasonic professional displays are utilized throughout AV signage installations and we are pleased to showcase a Panasonic signage display in conjunction with NewTek Studio Monitor software at InfoComm in the NewTek booth accepting IP Video sources including content and overlays all on a standard Ethernet network with NewTek’s NDI,” said Delix Joseph T. Alex, product manager of Camera Systems for Panasonic. “This is a great compliment to our other NDI products including our PTZ camera lines and our AV-HLC100 production system.”
“We are excited to demonstrate with Panasonic how multiple content sources can be delivered and managed to signage displays through standard Ethernet,” says Michael Kornet, executive vice president and general manager for NDI at NewTek. “IP video is the right distribution method for AV customers and NewTek NDI is the leading video over IP technology.”
Leading into InfoComm 2018, NewTek continues to innovate and extend NDI as the leading technology for sharing video between software applications and hardware devices on standard Ethernet networks. NDI is royalty free and implemented in thousands of products and used by more than 10 million people worldwide making it the most widely adopted and used IP video standard. Recent announcements of major new NDI integrations by leading companies like Microsoft Skype further solidify this position.
In addition, NewTek will show at InfoComm 2018:
For more information please visit https://www.newtek.com
SAN ANTONIO – June 14, 2018 – Announced at NAB 2018 by NewTek, the NDI® version 3.5 SDK is now available for download at ndi.newtek.com. Since its introduction in 2015, NDI has become the de facto industry standard for sharing video across a standard Ethernet network. Implemented in nearly 1,000 products, and with the announcement of Microsoft Skype integration, NDI now has a user base of more than 300 million people worldwide – by far the most widely adopted IP standard.
NDI 3.5 provides numerous performance improvements and features to NewTek’s royalty-free IP video technology while maintaining full forward and backward compatibility. Among dozens of other enhancements, NDI 3.5 now supports unicast UDP transfer; new color formats; significant discovery, scalability, and performance improvements; numerous new and improved tools, and much more.
“NewTek have long believed that the future of video production is based on software, computers, and networks, and we’ve based the last 15 years of our R&D on building products to this vision,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO of NewTek. “NDI is the key ingredient of our vision; free to use, easy to implement, enabling developers and storytellers large and small – anyone with an idea – to push the IP revolution forward and leave an indelible mark on the industry.”
Significant changes to the NDI SDK include the use of unicast UDP with forwards error correction as the default mode to provide better performance on networks with high packet latency, such as long-distance transfers, while still supporting unicast TCP and multicast UDP for maximum flexibility. NDI 3.5 also boasts scalability and performance improvements with a 200% improvement in the number of 4K streams supported in a single process.
Important advancements to NDI Tools in version 3.5 provide huge benefits to users and IP video workflows. A new version of NDI Scan Converter shows vastly improved screen capture performance with full region of interest support at full-raster frame rates that is ideal for game streamers. The Virtual Input Driver now makes NDI sources available as standard Windows® video capture or audio card sources for availability in Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, Zoom, and more.
On an even bigger scale, NDI Studio Monitor gets a major uplift with enhancements to quality, performance and feature set. Web-based remote control over any number of Studio Monitor instances allows a mobile device with QR code access and password support to control configuration, source selection, and P2P communication between devices. Multi-monitor support with computer pairing and locking of instances that are self-launching, multi-window, and include the ability for picture-in-picture or an entire alpha channel overlay make NDI an ideal solution for large-scale signage installations.
The NewTek NDI version 3.5 SDK is available for download now at ndi.newtek.com.
For more information please visit https://www.newtek.com.
SAN ANTONIO — September 6, 2018—NewTek, the worldwide leader of software-driven professional video products, today announced the appointment of Will Waters as Vice President of Worldwide Customer Success. Waters’ appointment reflects NewTek’s continued investment in the quality of customer experience as they increasingly move to IP-based video workflows and software driven production.
In his new role, Waters will oversee Customer Support, Professional Services, IP Workflow Development, and Sales Enablement activities for NewTek. This role includes responsibility for customer success-focused activities including customer on-boarding, support, services, adoption, advocacy, retention, and outcomes.
“Will has a deep understanding of NewTek’s industry-leading advanced IP technology and the wide variety of issues our customers face in the field which makes him uniquely qualified for this vitally important role,” said Chuck Silber, chief operating officer for NewTek. “He is well known and valued inside and outside of NewTek and has worn so many hats so successfully, he is a natural choice to lead this effort.”
Waters is a professional engineer specializing in broadcast production workflow planning, product configuration, marketing direction, and strategic messaging. He has served in many positions at NewTek including most recently as Senior Director of IP Workflow. He has held sales engineering and top-level support positions at NewTek as well, prior to which he was a systems designer and integrator, designing large-scale production video systems and streaming solutions.
“The production technology that our customers, regardless of size, implement for creating compelling stories with video is evolving at an unprecedented rate. With these breakthroughs, customers look to maximize the true value of their production systems,” said Waters. “Our goal is to help them unlock real business and competitive benefits with new ways of working faster and smarter, so they can ultimately provide the most compelling story to their viewers. Open, ongoing dialogue is key to making that happen, and combining customer experience with commercial sense is more important than ever.”
AMSTERDAM, IBC BOOTH 7.C59 – September 15, 2018 – NewTek today announced the availability of NDI® 3.7 which includes an embedded software development kit (SDK) for manufacturers of video devices including cameras, monitors, converters, game consoles, video conferencing solutions, projectors, smart boards, and more. Since its introduction at IBC 2015, NDI implementation has focused around software applications running on computer devices and has received massive traction, bringing IP video to millions of users in thousands of products. With the NDI Embedded SDK, manufacturers of hardware devices are now able to natively implement NDI into their products to work alongside the thousands of video products that automatically detect each other and share video, audio, metadata, and more, bi-directionally across a standard Ethernet network with near zero latency. The NDI Embedded SDK extends the IP video revolution to content creators in multiple industries including broadcasting, A/V, enterprise, media, gaming, and more.
New enhancements in NDI 3.7 for end users include free tools to analyse NDI network streams and provide information about bit-rates, timing, video and audio formats and more. New developers capabilities include integrated frame-synchronization and automatic audio dynamic resampling, significant performance improvements, significantly improved network performance, next generation error correction to avoid packet loss, improved network discovery of sources, improvements to free tools, and much more.
“We believe the future of video is software, computers, and networks. This belief drives our vision of the future where all video devices are linked and able to share content in real time across a network,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO for NewTek. “NDI is the realization of this vision and the NDI Embedded SDK extends its reach into new areas allowing all manufacturers to participate and provide the significant benefits of NDI for customers who want IP video.”
“NDI is one of the key enabling technologies driving the industry’s transition to live, IP-based production workflows. Using the NDI Embedded SDK in our new Pro Convert family of converters allows us to bring the exceptional ease of use, performance and reliability of our renowned capture devices to the world of NDI,” said Nick Ma, CEO and CTO at Magewell. “The robust tools in the SDK and the support provided by NewTek combined to enable a smooth development experience for us and another outstanding Magewell product for our customers. With Pro Convert, producers can easily connect their existing equipment into NDI-enhanced production networks, helping them leverage the benefits of NDI while protecting their prior investments.”
The NDI Embedded SDK is based on technology developed for the recently launched NewTek Connect Spark Pro device that converts 4K video signals from HDMI to NDI for use over a standard gigabit network. NewTek is making this technology available to other companies who wish to have this capability.
The NDI 3.7 SDK and Embedded SDK are free to download for all embedded device manufacturers for design at ndi.newtek.com.
For more information please visit https://www.newtek.com.
SAN ANTONIO — October 22, 2018 – NewTek today announced the availability of LiveGraphics™ as part of the Premium Access monthly subscription service. LiveGraphics allows users to go directly to air with 10 channels of real-time animated graphics authored in Adobe® Photoshop® CC and Adobe After Effects® CC for live output from TriCaster® TC1 and NewTek IP Series. In addition to the revolutionary LiveGraphics™, Premium Access gives subscribers, five additional highly innovative applications including LivePanel™, NDI® KVM, Advanced Audio I/O, Virtual PTZ, and NewTek’s entire Virtual Set Library. Premium Access is the gateway to new advanced software features; subscribers will receive automatic updates as new capabilities are implemented.
First demonstrated at NAB 2018, LiveGraphics innovative approach to graphics creation allows users to replace text, images, and create links to live data, and then play those graphics back in real time. The result of extensive development, LiveGraphics™ does not require a proprietary hardware graphics engine and delivers on the promise of Adobe Creative Cloud® in real-time.
“Our software-centric approach to innovating tools for live video production allows us to develop at a fast and relentless pace,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO of NewTek. “Premium Access is an affordable and highly convenient way to make our current and future software innovations accessible and available to customers. We are proud to initiate this service with truly revolutionary features like LiveGraphics and a robust selection of other ground breaking advancements.”
Premium Access requires the latest version of TriCaster TC1 and NewTek IP Series software now available to all users. This free software upgrade includes more than 20 new features. Premium Access initially includes LiveGraphics along with these additional advanced software applications:
LivePanel allows users to create custom controls from a compatible desktop or mobile device anywhere on a network. Easily accessible through any Web browser or operating system, LivePanel includes production-ready control panels for remote video mixing, media playback, audio mixing, and macro automation. The LivePanel Builder tool enables custom panels geared toward automating and simplifying unique productions and workflows.
NDI KVM is another groundbreaking tool allowing users to access TriCaster TC1 or NewTek IP Series systems from anywhere on a network. With NDI KVM, any workspace is simultaneously output as an interactive NDI video source. Simply launch NDI Studio Monitor, (a free NDI tool from NewTek), select the source from among the available inputs and outputs, then view or run a production remotely from a compatible computer or device.
Advanced Audio I/O
Advanced Audio I/O achieves unprecedented integration with modern audio environments. Provides comprehensive support for 64+ channels of Dante™ and AES67 audio while extracting all incoming and outgoing audio channels, including embedded SDI and NDI audio channels, to allow for more sophisticated configuration and complex handling. Interface seamlessly with external routing, networking, and mixing workflows, incorporating compatible audio boards, consoles, and USB sound devices and more.
Virtual PTZ expands shot selection and storytelling opportunities without increasing source count by creating and accessing multiple shots from any individual video signal. Virtual PTZ starts with a full-resolution camera angle or video source, allows user-defined distinct areas of interest, then stores as full-frame presets that can be switched to or transitioned from seamlessly. Virtual PTZ includes live virtual zoom and real-time pan and scan effects.
Virtual Set Library
Full access to the premium library of NewTek LiveSet™ virtual sets is included with Premium Access. Choose from an extended variety of simulated environments to suit any style or brand, while providing an instant professional touch that enhances the look and feel of any production.
Pricing & Availability
NewTek Premium Access is available now for the limited time special introductory subscription price of $99USD per month, or $1,149USD per year. International pricing will vary.
For more information about NewTek Premium Access please visit http://www.newtek.com/npa.
SAN ANTONIO – October 24, 2018 - NewTek today announced the availability of the NewTek Connect Spark™ Pro video converter, the easiest, fastest and most flexible way to acquire beautiful looking 4K UHD video for IP-based productions. Connect Spark Pro instantly translates 4K UHD video at up to 60 frames per second directly from a source into an NDI® signal for use with any compatible device or software with near zero latency and without any complex configuration or excessive cabling required. Its portable, and camera-mountable design, HDMI connection, built-in tally lights, support for Power over Ethernet (PoE), and many other features allow Connect Spark Pro to integrate seamlessly into any production.
“The quality of the picture we’re getting with Connect Spark Pro is simply mind blowing,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO for NewTek. “What’s even better is that almost every 4K device has an HDMI connector, making Connect Spark Pro ideal for getting 4K signals onto the network quickly. This helps tremendously with cabling, distance, and cost limitations allowing content producers small and large to benefit from the advantages of 4K. Even if you are producing and distributing in HD, being able to leverage 4K cameras gives you better quality and lets you do virtual PTZ pan and scan moves simply and easily.”
Combined with NewTek VMC1 or TriCaster® TC1 multi-camera production systems with up to 44 and 16 channels respectively of true 4K/60fps video, Connect Spark Pro enables the most affordable, end-to-end 4K-production IP workflow on the planet.
Features of the Connect Spark Pro include:
The NewTek Connect Spark Pro is available immediately for $995 USMSRP from the NewTek store or your local reseller. International pricing will vary.
For more information please visit https://www.newtek.com.
SAN ANTONIO – January 22, 2019 — NewTek today announced the release of LightWave 3D® 2019, a new edition of the production-proven graphics and animation package that refines the artist’s workflow to make creation of complex, photo-real animation and imagery faster and more efficient. Leading the list of improvements are the revolutionary new integration tools with Unreal Engine for real time data transfer to the world’s leading game engine. The system performs automatic discovery to make the workflow entirely seamless.
“Game engines have become the predominant real-time rendering and visualization tools for 3D, far beyond their use in video game development,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO for NewTek. “We recognize the importance of this trend, which offers so many advantages including the increase in productivity for 3D artists, vast savings of time and resources, and limitless new ways to create and visualize. Imagine everything from video games to virtual sets, animated TV series to feature film pre-vis, interactive architectural visualization and more all in real-time.”
Another major advance for the 3D artist is the new Metamorphic system, which brings multipurpose animatable mesh sculpting and painting to Layout. Fully multi-threaded for fast operation, Metamorphic includes a wide range of brush options and controls, multiple animation modes, nonlinear interpolation, motion blur support and much more.
LightWave 2019 includes additional enhancements for animators. Among these is a new ‘Limited Bones’ mode for the character animation system. This provides the ability to match the number of bones able to affect a given point to the game engine in use. The new mode also has real-time optimizations to more closely match the performance that game engines expect from a bone system. Modeler’s enhancements for game development include new UV and UDIM tools, as well as support for smoothing groups, which allow for fine-tuned control of the contouring of models.
LightWave 3D 2019 for Windows and Mac OS is available now for USMSRP $995. Registered owners of any previous version of LightWave 3D can upgrade to LightWave 2019 for US$395, through March 31, 2019. International pricing may vary.
Educational pricing is also available. Visit www.lightwave3d.com/buy-lightwave/ to purchase or to locate an authorized LightWave reseller.
LightWave 3D combines a state-of-the-art renderer with powerful and intuitive modeling and animation tools. LightWave includes hundreds of cross-platform render nodes for near limitless rendering, support for Windows and Mac UB 64 operating systems, free technical support and more. From film and broadcast visual effects production, to motion graphics, design, architectural visualization, print, and game design, LightWave 2019 provides Award-Winning, Intuitive, Feature-Packed 3D Modeling, Animation, and Rendering Tools for Everyone. LightWave is enjoyed worldwide as a complete 3D production solution for feature film and television visual effects, broadcast design, print graphics, architectural visualization, game development, and more. LightWave is responsible for more artists winning Emmy® Awards than any other 3D application.
LightWave has been used in the creation of CG and visual effects for leading feature films and television shows, including “The Orville,” “The Walking Dead,” “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Maleficent,“ “NCIS: Los Angeles,“ “Muppets: Most Wanted,“ “Skyfall,” “The Hunger Games,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Adventures of Tintin,” “Avatar,” “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome,” “Fringe,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” and more.
AMSTERDAM, ISE Stand 10-K160 — January 28, 2019 — At the Integrated Systems Europe 2019 tradeshow next week, NewTek will demonstrate the most efficient video streaming solution available for centralized video capture through a collaboration with Sonic Foundry, Inc., the trusted global leader for video creation and management solutions and maker of Mediasite Video Platform.
The demonstration integrates NewTek’s NDI® technology and NewTek’s NDI PTZ Camera with a Mediasite appliance allowing for a more flexible video transmission to any centrally-connected location. NDI-enabled video products, like the NewTek NDI PTZ camera, are automatically detected and able to bi-directionally communicate with Mediasite over a 1GB network in real time. By removing distance limitations and the hassle of setting up equipment, this convergence of technologies provides unprecedented flexibility to acquire and record video on campuses, within enterprises, and at events.
“The Mediasite and NDI integration will help us to capture educational content and campus events more efficiently from anywhere without the need for a complicated setup, extensive equipment and bandwidth concerns,” said Trond Sørli, multimedia manager at the Oslo, Norway Kristiania University College. “We’re installing two NDI PTZ cameras from NewTek along with two Connect Sparks providing a presenter the slides and integrating with our mobile Mediasite Recorder. The best part: I can control the camera over NDI with a joystick from my desk, and our students and viewers can watch the stream in real-time.”
“The future of video lecture capture is computers, software, and networks. It is here and available now,” said Michael Kornet, executive vice president and general manager of NDI for NewTek. “Our collaboration with Sonic Foundry creates a powerful option that was not previously possible. The NDI and Mediasite integration lets customers plug in our NDI-enabled camera into a standard network port and capture by Mediasite without having to tether, move or connect any other equipment.
“Increasingly boardrooms, training rooms and classrooms are equipped with video technology to help employees, faculty and students learn and communicate. As these spaces continue to become more collaborative, the technologies, like Mediasite, must be able to scale up as usage grows. We’re excited about Mediasite’s new integration with NewTek’s NDI, because it gives our customers a new way to flexibly capture and deliver videos like never before,” said Rob Lipps, EVP, Sonic Foundry.
NewTek will demo the integration at ISE 2016, February 5-8 at stand 10-K160. Sonic Foundry will also be demonstrating the integration at ISE stand 11-F140.
For more information about NDI, go to www.ndicentral.com.
Sonic Foundry (OTCQB:SOFO) is the global leader for video capture, management and streaming solutions. Trusted by more than 4,900 educational institutions, corporations, health organizations and government entities in over 65 countries, its Mediasite Video Platform quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of live and on-demand streaming videos. Learn more at www.mediasite.com and @mediasite.
AMSTERDAM, ISE Stand 10-K160 — January 30, 2019 — At the Integrated Systems Europe 2019 tradeshow next week, NewTek will display more than a dozen selections from the world’s largest ecosystem of AV over IP products. The common factor among the products on display is NDI®, NewTek’s royalty-free video over IP standard allowing these and thousands of other NDI-enabled products to autodetect each other over a standard 1GB Ethernet network. More than a thousand NDI-enabled solutions are in the hands of millions of customers today, making NDI the world’s largest IP video ecosystem.
“The AV world is moving now to IP video which means computers, software and networks. The good news for system integrators and customers is that NDI is software centric, developed from the minds of software engineers, it’s free, and it’s already in the hands of millions of people,” said Michael Kornet, executive vice president and general manager of NDI for NewTek.
Among the products on display at the NewTek booth will also be shown at each manufacturer’s stand where listed below including:
|BirdDog||Encoder/Decoder and PTZ Camera||10-N60|
|Switchblade Systems||Splyce X Encoder/Switcher||–|
|Teracue||ICUE GRID Video Wall Controller||12-F80|
In addition, NewTek will be demonstrating NDI-based lecture capture and display signage at ISE, February 5-8 at stand 10-K160.
For more information about NDI, go to https://www.ndicentral.com/.
SAN ANTONIO, USA and BERGEN, NORWAY — April 1, 2019 — Vizrt, the world’s leading provider of visual storytelling tools for media content creators, has acquired NewTek, world leader in IP-based, software-driven live video production solutions. The acquisition creates the largest company in the broadcast space that is dedicated to enabling IT based video production. The goal is to make it possible for people to tell their story using video, whether they are a kid in a classroom or a tier-1 broadcaster.
The combined companies emerge as the driving force in the transition to IP video for live production with NDI® and SMPTE 2110, with each serving different needs. The company will deliver flexible end-to-end workflows for all levels of production and software-based products and services for media, sports, entertainment, education, enterprise, and esports.
“Combining our organizations allow us to pursue our joint vision of software-based video production, leveraging the power and flexibility of computing and IT-based systems, said Michael Hallén, Vizrt CEO. “ The combined business will be very well positioned to deliver turnkey systems that give creative power to any organization that has ambitions of producing content for any output platform.”
The combination is a perfect match.
“Taking advantage of computational, software, and network technology to make video more accessible, and fun to create has always been NewTek’s mission. These changes have revolutionized the way stories are told worldwide, allowing anyone to create and share a show,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president & CTO of NewTek. “The tools from our two companies have fueled the video revolution—from kids in classrooms, little league games, and web shows, to the highest levels of broadcasting, news and sports. The combined company represents one of the most disruptive changes for the video industry in decades, however the goal remains the same—to build a new world of IT-based video technology to grow the reach and impact for anyone with a story to share.”
With a mission to unleash the power of storytelling through video for everyone, the combined company is committed to the creation of accessible video production tools for all markets, while ensuring a smooth transition from traditional broadband to the flexibility of IP video.
Michael Hallén, current President & CEO of Vizrt, will lead the business. Dr. Andrew Cross, current President & CTO of NewTek, will assume the role as President of Research & Development of the combined company.
Both companies will be presenting to customers, partners and press at NAB on Sunday 7th April in the Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall. The NewTek customer and partner event will commence at 5:30 p.m. and include a panel session, talk with NewTek’s Dr. Andrew Cross and welcome drinks.
Vizrt is the world’s leading provider of visual storytelling tools for media content creators in the broadcast, sports, digital and esports industries. Vizrt offers market-defining software-based solutions for real-time 3D graphics, video playout, studio automation, sports analysis, media asset management, and journalist story tools.
More than three billion people watch stories told by Vizrt customers everyday including from media companies such as CNN, CBS, NBC, Fox, BBC, BSkyB, Sky Sports, Al Jazeera, NDR, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, Tencent, and many more. Vizrt is a global and diverse company with over 500 employees, operating in 30 offices worldwide.
Vizrt is a privately-owned company by Nordic Capital Fund VIII. Vizrt is creative power made easy.
NAB BOOTH #SL5016, LAS VEGAS—April 7, 2019 — Building on its position as the leader in Software and IP video at NAB 2019, NewTek announced today major new software-driven products utilizing the universal power of IP video, giving customers breakthrough capabilities and unprecedented options that seek to transform the video industry. From truly cutting-edge show automation, to full live production software designed to run on today’s powerful workstations and servers, to 4K baseband-to-NDI conversion, NewTek’s NAB 2019 product announcements include: Live Story Creator, unlimited recording, multiple simultaneous aspect ratio production, and major advances in Premium Access capabilities, VMC™ Software, TriCaster® 410 Plus and new Spark Plus™ converter products including a 4K model that offers customers unprecedented power and ease of use.
“I think it’s clear that IP is the last standard for video production, and the future of video is one based on software and computers” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO of NewTek. “Our mission is to empower video storytellers and expand their reach, making it fun to create a show and get your message out. If you are a novice or a very seasoned video producer, these new products - Live Story Creator, VMC software, and Spark Plus 4K - offer something extraordinarily powerful.”
Premium Access with Live Story Creator
Premium Access is now available to every TriCaster owner delivering incredible power and new tools for TriCaster TC1, the new TriCaster 410 Plus, and VMC, as well as older models in the TriCaster line. Leading the pack of new capabilities is Live Story Creator, a revolutionary approach to program automation using Microsoft Word. It is as simple as building a script in Microsoft Word with triggers for actions, once loaded into TriCaster or VMC the show is easily executed. The latest version of Premium Access also includes unlimited recording and replay with full synchronization for easy multi-cam editing, digital media aspect ratios and frame rates for delivery to digital screens, and much more. The upgrade is free to current subscribers of Premium Access.
The full power of NewTek’s VMC1 integrated production system will soon be available as a software-only subscription. As with turnkey VMC systems, the software-only version includes integrated graphics, automation, media playback, recording, streaming, transcoding, and virtual sets, along with all of the benefits of Premium Access. These versatile 4K production software options run on standard workstations, and provide the flexibility for system upgrades of CPUs and GPUs as they become available, without the need to repurchase cost-prohibitive proprietary new systems. VMC software will be offered in configurations up to 44-input, 8 M/E, allowing users to build an all IP UHD production system.
TriCaster® 410 Plus
The latest in the line-up of TriCaster integrated production systems, TriCaster 410 Plus provides 8 external inputs, 4 M/Es, 4 mix outputs, along with NDI integration for video, audio and data transmission over IP. The rack mountable system also includes real-time social media publishing, live streaming, multi-channel recording, video playback, integrated multiviewers, graphics, compositing, virtual sets, audio mixing and much more.
NewTek Spark Plus™ and NewTek Spark Plus™ 4K
Adding to the popular line of portable, and affordable NewTek Spark converter products are two new Spark Plus models including 4K UHD, and 1080p HDMI-to-NDI versions. Spark Plus captures video directly from connected cameras or devices and allows it to be transported over the network as visually lossless, full bandwidth NDI with virtually no latency. Spark Plus devices are the smallest, fastest and easiest way to acquire a 4K UHD or 1080p video source from anywhere on the network and integrate it into your IP-based video production. By combining these products with the announced new NDI recording capabilities, these become the worlds easiest multi-cam capture devices.
Live Story Creator, along with many other new capabilities will be included in the NewTek Premium Access software subscription at USMSRP $99/month, available Q2 2019. The upgrade is is free to current subscribers.
VMC Software will be available as a software service starting at $795/month.
TriCaster 410 Plus will be available in Q2 2019 at a USMRP of $9,995.
NewTek Spark Plus 4K will be offered at USMSRP $599. The NewTek Spark Plus 1080p will be USMSRP $499. Both models are expected to become available in Q2 2019.
International pricing will vary.
For more information about these and other NewTek products, go to https://www.newtek.com.
For more information about NDI, go to https://www.ndicentral.com/
NAB BOOTH #SL5016, LAS VEGAS, NV—April 7, 2019 — NewTek announced today it is collaborating with Sony to bring the BRC-X400, Sony’s latest 4K Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) Camera to market with support for NDI®|HX, the key technology behind the world’s largest and fastest growing community of IP video products. Sony is a clear leader in the global transition to IP-based technologies with decades of experience building revolutionary broadcast systems. Customer demand for NDI led to a close cooperation between Sony and NewTek to add NDI|HX capability to its latest BRC-X400, Sony’s first IP 4K PTZ camera delivering 4K30p high picture quality, powerful 80x zoom in FHD with Clear Image Zoom, Tele Convert Mode and support vast range of camera control protocols including 700 Protocol, CGI as well as VISCA/VISCA over IP. The model comes with broadcast-friendly features such as tally lamps and genlock supports and ensure efficient live production set-up by power supply, image output, camera controls, all over a single Ethernet cable.
The true power of NDI is that it operates on standard gigabit networks and can be received and processed by software on computer systems, making this technology usable in almost any network environment today. Driven by the explosive growth of channels and online video distribution, this historic transition to IP-based video production led by NDI brings broadcast level quality to millions of users while helping broadcast networks and TV stations produce more content of higher quality in less time.
“With the industry clearly moving towards IP and computing-based technologies in practical, cost-effective broadcast applications, we see new and exciting opportunities for our customers. Sony support of NDI|HX in the new BRC-X400 4K PTZ camera was driven largely by customer demand for NDI,” said Hiroshi Kawano, president of Professional Products & Solutions Group, Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc. “We look forward to working closely with NewTek to extend the benefits to customers with our addition of NDI|HX.”
“This collaboration with Sony symbolizes a significant step for the industry,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO for NewTek. “Sony is a clear leader in the global transition to IP-based technologies with a long history of building revolutionary broadcast systems. The world has moved to IP video and we are proud to be working with Sony to make their latest PTZ camera BRC-X400 connect with the millions of NDI systems around the world. We believe that Sony can empower users to build more agile, flexible and affordable systems that provide live productions with more freedom with its simpler connectivity and hassle-free operation.”
Sony will be introducing the BRC-X400 with built-in NDI during NAB 2019 at Exhibit C11001 in Las Vegas, NV from April 6-11.
For more information about NDI, go to www.ndicentral.com
NAB BOOTH SL5016, LAS VEGAS, NV—April 7, 2019 — NewTek and Vizrt today unveiled NDI® 4 with a vast array of new capabilities that make video production over IP faster and more efficient, merging the fields of live video and post production by including the ability to record unlimited NDI video channels for true multi-camera editing with full synchronization. NDI has the widest support of any IP video technology with thousands of companies implementing the SDK, putting the technology in the hands of millions of users globally. In the last 3 years, NDI has become the way video producers (from game streamers to tier one broadcasters) work, and it is supported in products from the biggest brands in the industry such as Panasonic, Avid, Microsoft Skype, Epic Games, Magewell, Adobe, Grass Valley, EVS, Vizrt, ChyronHego, Ross, Atomos, Sony, and many more.
NDI 4 offers the revolutionary capability to record an unlimited number of NDI video channels with full synchronization, in any video or audio format, including 4K and above. NDI video sources are recorded without recompression providing the ability to ISO-record any number of channels, limited only by disk and network performance. With recordings time-stamped and time-base corrected, any number of channels on any number of machines are fully synchronized, making video editing from multiple sources of the same event fundamentally easier, and making multi-cam editing truly accessible for the first time. NDI recording fully supports alpha channel, any number of audio channels, and works with 16bpp sources at full precision. The free NDI SDK will include all recording tools.
“The last video standard will be IP, and it’s our mission to make sure that we leverage every opportunity to bring the power of computers, software and networks with NDI to increase the speed and efficiency of video storytelling,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO of NewTek. “NDI and computer networks give you infinitely more flexibility than you could have ever had in an SDI world. All NDI devices are connected and automatically discovered with every other, and our software-centric focus lets us develop revolutionary new approaches to things like NDI recording, where true multi-cam editing is now a reality.”
NDI 4 boasts increased efficiencies across many areas that include improvements in video quality without an increase in bit-rate, support for a 16 bit video path, and many more input and output colors formats. NDI 4 provides support for a discovery server allowing for the use of a server or the cloud to coordinate and connect all sources. Also included is NDI|HX which is now fully integrated into the NDI Embedded SDK. Additionally, support for Epic Games Unreal Engine in NDI 4 makes it possible for apps created in Unreal to appear as NDI sources.
“As one of the very first companies to adopt NDI, we have always been enthusiastic advocates of the technology,” said Michael Hallén, CEO for Vizrt. “As the two companies join forces we will combine our efforts to develop and innovate NDI with the goal of making a fully IP-based world of video production available to everyone.”
The NDI 4 SDK and NDI Tools are free downloads that will be available in Q2 2019 at www.ndicentral.com.
For more information please visit https://www.newtek.com.
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.
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.
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—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.
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.
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—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.
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.