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I want to let everyone know about a pretty kewl technology coming down the pike used currently in live camera switching environments.

It's called NDI (https://www.newtek.com/ndi/).  In a nutshell, it's basically what Daunte is to Audio, NDI is to Video.  It allows for IP based video to be driven over and routed from anywhere to anywhere over standard cheap routers, switches, and WiFi.  And the remarkable thing is that its open source, and a lot of hardware coming!

Why is this huge for Sound Mixers?  Because getting video from video village has been a huge cumbersome deal, and it gets even harder if you times this by three cameras!!

So, here's how it works.  You place a small device at video village that loops through 3g-SDI and turns that into NDI.  A single Ethernet plug then runs to your Mixer Cart where you view the video on a laptop, iPhone, iPad, Raspberry Pi, or any other computer.  So, three camera shots, convert ALL video signals over a single Ethernet cable.  Then converters run on PoE so no need for any power adapters at video village and at the video end, you can watch the video through a Mac mini, or your iPad.  And even split screen the video feeds to see three/four screens on one monitor.

The reason why this is so awesome?  Because less hardware the better.. by having only 1 encoder box at video village, and a software solution at your cart, connected with a cheap Ethernet cable. It makes this solution very inexpensive.

And, as a bonus, you can send a video feed to each boom op from the camera they are attached to.  This means that your boom op can 'see the shot' from his iPhone.

Here's an example of one of the converters.


There are some really attractive possibilities with this new open NDI standard coming.  We might even have WiFi based video feeds everywhere on set too.

Just thought I'd give you guys and girls a heads up on this new stuff.



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