NewTek took a leap forward when it launched its NDI (Network Device Interface) open protocol, and history repeats itself again with the launch of the IP Series. The company has positioned itself in the focal point of innovation of new workflows for live production. This is why we wanted to interview Will Waters, Director of Product Marketing and Sales Enablement:
What is new about the NDI series in this new version?
We have many new harbingers related to NDI and its Version 2, many of which have something to do with capacities. We are now able to encode with a standard Intel i7 CPU: 4K at 780 fps, 8K at 210 fps and HD at 2200 fps. It is a very efficient codec that can be used in a live production environment without any problem at all. We are able to handle the video stream and distribute it through IP networks reliably. What the new version of the NDI does is provide a layer of tools that substantially improve the management of networks and subnetworks, as well as how we handle video and all the devices that are inside, sending and receiving information. Many developments are also being made through the SDK programme like an automatic failover, so when a stream has a problem, the system changes it so as to continue delivering its signal. This is as far as high-level performance goes. Thanks to SDK, several applications are being developed to work with mobile devices on Version 2 and we will soon be able to make more announcements.
What will happen to SDI?
SDI has been a fantastic technology, and I think it will still be present for many years to come. It has a lot of users and it is very firmly established within the industry. Major investments have been made in infrastructures that will still be used because they have not yet been amortised or fulfilled their life cycle. It is certainly the standard nowadays. At NewTek, however, we see that IP flows are offering much more advantages when working with video and this is why we have a firm commitment towards this technology. The key is to progress knowing that our clients have acquired much SDI equipment already, and they continue buying them now, too. We need to fit this setting into a near future where we will inevitably be working with video on some sort of Ethernet network, which uses much less equipment and infrastructure than SDI. As it is hard for the current SDI equipment to have their space on this network and it is likely that the company would like to recover their investment, these two technologies will coexist for some time yet. This is the reason behind us developing hybrid equipment that can benefit from the advantages of the IP technology with the connectivity of SDI. We will soon see hybrid installations as something commonplace within the sector.
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