In our live post show we answer your questions about the NewTek NDI with Will Waters from NewTek. Questions in the chatroom involved new NDI integrations with OBS, Wirecast, vMix, Livestream and xSplit. We talk about using $100 PC computers for an NDI monitor and what type of IP networks are being used.
In this live broadcast, Tes Protesto hosts a show ideal for beginners learning about the NewTek™ NDI™. Will Waters, Director of Product Marketing & Sales Enablement for NewTek™ shares insights about NDI and the future of video production in an IP world. He takes us into the new craze of NDI, what it’s all about, IP video production, the future of live streaming and more.
2017 Streaming Awards
Before Tess’s interview the Will Waters, PTZOptics announced the 2017 Streaming Awards which will start June 30th, 2017. The prizes and sponsors for this show include: PTZOptics, Osprety Video, MimoLive, xKeys and NewTek. Tess also updates us on some recent news regarding the PTZ Producer kits which now include direct NewTek NDI integration with the NewTek Connect Pro App.
Explaining the NewTek NDI
Will helps explain the NewTek NDI and IP based video production workflows to Tess who is just learning about live streaming. Will helps us step back and look at the history of television and broadcast technologies to explain the transitions we are seeing today in regards to the cloud and IP. As Will explains, NewTek has announced the NDI technology (Network Device Interface) in 2015 at the IBC (International Broadcast Convention) in Amsterdam. Now here we are in 2017, two full years later with thousands of case studies and developers working with the protocol to deliver low-latency high quality video for live broadcast.
Live Production IP Workflow
Will Waters shares with us the NewTek vision for IP based video production and the motto for the company. NewTek has always said that “in the future your favorite show will be produced by someone you actually know.” As you can learn in the video and live broadcast, Waters explains how accessing low-latency, video of a network connection allows for vastly improved use-case scenarios versus traditional point to point HD-SDI and HDMI video connections.
The TriCaster TC1
Of course, we had to mention the new TriCaster TC1 which is a 16 input video switcher with built-in NDI technology. For many, the TriCaster is a staple of video production quality and a standard in the industry. The TC1 represents one of the best quality integrations with the NDI allows video sources to be switched, mixed and produced for almost every variety of scenario. The video walks us through the TriCaster control surface and PTZOptics PTZ camera control integration options. You can control the PTZOptics cameras via the NewTek TriCaster TC1 via RS-232 or IP over the network using the static IP address.
NDI for Beginners – Live with Will Waters
Tess Protesto: Hello everyone, welcome to PTZ Optics live we are live from YouTube every Friday at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific, today is an exciting day we have Will Waters of NewTek joining us, let’s pop over to Will really quick so that he can say “hi”, thank you so much for joining us Will.
Will Waters: It’s great to be here, Tess.
Tess Protesto: Thank you. Alright we’re going to dive into NDI, NewTek, the tricaster all that cool jazz after a few quick housekeeping item, so here is our information about how we are live on YouTube every Friday, already gotten into that with you, go ahead and give this video a like because for every like, up to $250 we donate to charity, to the [01:20] Valley children’s and I’m saying it wrong. Alright, we donate to charity. Moving on, so on the schedule, this is already happening great, so on the schedule today we have NewTek and then next Friday is not on there, this is going very badly for me, alright moving on, streamcon, streamcon is now free but I believe I just got an email from Gerald that you have to make sure to book your room by May 30th to get the discounted room rate, so it’s awesome that it’s free now but make sure that you get that discounted room rate. NewTek NDI is now integrated with each and every one of our producer kits, so if you are getting a PTZ producer kit, you are getting the NewTek connect pro app fun little thing there. Alright, you probably been seeing the 02:25 around our streaming awards June 30th, we are having a live in-studio audience to view the streaming awards, head over to www.streamingawards.com to nominate your favorite live streamers, this is all about paying tribute to those who are really paving the way with live streaming and to highlight your favorite shows and we already have a number of prices that we know are going to be giving and the list is going to grow so you see the ones we have so far next to me including the grand price which is your choice of any of our camera’s. After this video, go ahead and join our Facebook user group: www.facebook.com/groups/ptzopticspals that’s it, alright, back to our guest. Will thank you for bearing with me there.
Tess Protesto: Alright, I think you might be the first person ever that has actually said “they’d rather go to the future”
Will Waters: Hey, I’m all about …I think we’re living in great fun time, you know, there is always things to worry about, but you know, the internet is a really cool thing and what we are doing right now, it’s the first time this kind of stuff has ever happened, where does this go from here?
Tess Protesto: Right, exactly, No, I think that things are just going to get crazier especially in the industry that we are in. There is one thing that I forgot to mention, I promised that I would share a couple of pictures with the audience of Paul’s baby. So here is Lauren and sweet baby Annabel she weighs 7 pounds 10 ounces, Lauren’s Paul’s beautiful wife and that’s where Paul is this week, this is William his son looking over his mommy’s shoulder at sweet Annabel, apparently he is super sweet with her, just kisses her all the time and there is Paul with her, couldn’t forget to share that. Now everyone in the chat is probably blowing up if I’m not paying attention to you in the chat, it’s not because I don’t love you, it’s because I’m busy today. So let’s bring up our agenda for today and dive into the interview. So first on our list we have introduction to NewTek, so for those in the Audience that might not be familiar with who
Brief Overview of NewTek as a Company
Will Waters: Certainly. NewTek is a company, let’s see, I believe we had our 31st anniversary so NewTek has actually be around for quite some time but NewTek goes back to this idea that video and professional video can be done utilizing computing hardware or that in the future your favorite show – and this is what our company founder said way back in the 80’s that “in the future, your favorite show would be made by you or someone you know” and the reason why he said that is that computing platforms and software driven production will be the future of video production and what the wonderful thing is, is today we are actually seeing that happen in reality so NewTek over that time has done a lot of different things as far as different products that we brought, most probably most familiar to people today would be our tricaster product which is an integrated production system, it brings together video sources, whether they are camera’s, it’s allows you to do overlays, you can include virtual sets but we call it tricaster because when it was first launched it had 3 main features and that was you could deliver to traditional broadcast, you could deliver to a presentation, say in a corporate or an event environment and simultaneously you could have a built in streaming encoder and this was first launched back in 2005 so it’s a product line now that has quite matured and really built, you know, arguably NewTek is responsible for what we call that portable live production or mid-level streaming market that, you know, so much of the content out there is developed on.
Tess Protesto: Yeah where you are able to have an all in one box that is separate from your PC that allows you to just create a professional like production. So for beginners like me when we get into NDI, we are talking about IP workflow with video production right?
Will Waters: Yeah
Tess Protesto: Okay, so I’d like to just have a little bit better of an understanding of IP in general, like what is this for beginners? How is this going to help us with NDI?
IP Video Production Basics
Will Waters: Let me take you way back for just a moment, kind of paint a historical picture if you will. I think one thing that we all know I mean, whether we are in the industry or not, in video and television has been around for quite some time, you know, we have all the classics of the TV we love to watch and broadcasting and you know, many people I’m sure can remember growing up, you know, sitting down in front of the TV and doing different things, you know whatever those events were, well, being that television and video started before personal computers, you know video itself is built on a technology that really ran parallel and proceeds things like computers and IP and networks, and Wi-Fi and browsers and software video players and all this things that frankly we are very, very used to today because this is just what we deal with just in our daily experience so when we talk about video over IP, one of the things about is that because of that history and because of the way that a lot of people think about how video Is done, you know, it hasn’t quite come-in …you don’t really think of a network as being the thing that you use as your infrastructure for your content creation or your production. This is where NewTek has seen it differently for quite a number of years now where we are to the place where the technology is that you can produce utilizing the networks around you and what is key to this whole discussion is that, you know, if you think about a TV studios and all the expense that goes into actually making a production studio, I’m sure many people that are watching us right now are in some ways working with that, there is a design there, there is infrastructure that goes into video, but if we think about every facility that’s being built, say in North America, I think it’s pretty reasonable to say there is a gigabyte network there that you are running data on, there is an infrastructure there that you can now take advantage of to not only use it for data but you can also start passing video around and that basically allows you to create more sources, allows you to tell stories from different angles, it really allows people to collaborate, it allows us right now to basically be geographically separated but in the same show and being able to do that affordably, so this is where /IP…
Tess Protesto: …Yeah, that’s key to this.
Will Waters: Yes, this is where IP is really …when we say IP – Internet protocol which, you know, whether that’s in your house, in the building that you are working with, or in somebody’s over their public internet, that allows for interaction and collaboration in a way that previously was held to a specific locations whether it was a TV studio or whether it was, you know, something that you put together in your office or maybe a church facility or in the school, there is this locations that are specifically tailored to video production and what IP does is that it allows us to break down that barrier and really start to utilize technology that’s out there today to be able to tell our stories and do it professionally and do it with lower cost.
Tess Protesto: Right, this sort of brings us into the discussion about NDI itself and I went preparing for the show, I asked Paul to take me into our IP network box switcher and I said “so what is this all mean? Is this like the cloud?” that was the best way for me to try and even understand what’s really happening when we are sending video clips, when I make a video or Paul makes a video and he wants to send it to me live because that’s what’s happening with NDI, is it like the cloud? Is it much simpler? Is it…
HD-SDI, HDMI, the Cloud and NDI
Will Waters: Yeah, I think it’s actually simpler than that, you know, think of it this way, you know, when we traditionally think about a camera and the camera is going to capture whatever it is that it’s looking at and then there is a particular cable whether that’s usually SDI for professional camera’s it could be HDMI, I mean, we have this names for all of this different cable types and that passes through whatever it is that receives that video, whether it’s to display it or to switch it or to manipulate it in some way. The thing about it is that is a closed environment even if it’s a major facility that, you know, has thousands of sources, it’s still a closed environment because every one of those video paths is individual, it’s one way, it goes from the camera to the router to the switcher or you know, in some aspect to that. What’s different about using IP is that once you take that video source, like say from the camera and you get it onto the network, the network becomes the matrix, it’s like a fabric where that video source it’s bi-directional, it can be used anywhere that, that network connects to, now, you know there is of course things that we think about as far as bandwidth and we can get into the technical things but think about this, I have this and I’m sure you have one there too, here is my cell phone, well that’s connected on to a network effectively that conceivably to every other device out there so instead of thinking about things in these collections of video paths, what the network allows for and this …you know we’re doing this via NDI, it allows you to effectively put that video source wherever you need it on that network. However big that network happens to be.
Tess Protesto: That’s crazy, this video actually did help me when trying to understand this a little bit so I want to play it, I don’t know if I’d be able to play it all because it’s almost 4 minutes, but I want to play some of this video for people to get a better understanding of how NDI works. Do you feel like that was enough to give a basic understanding?
Will Waters: I think it starts to get the idea, I mean, you know, of course there will be plenty of technical questions where it comes to how this is but yes, that’s the concept is that, you know, because we are connected and very importantly, it’s bi-directional, then a whole new opportunity for work flows and telling stories be a video, you know, really emerges. One of the things I think it’s important to really think about is that we tend to tell the stories and do things because of the technology that we have available to us so we think “well, 3 cameras? okay, I have 3 camera’s because I can get the cable’s from here to there, you know, I only have this distance to my control room” and all of this factors go into actually telling that story in that room that those cameras are looking at but if you can effectively start to add sources because they are just available because you are using the infrastructure that is there, well how does that enhance, like what producer out there says “well I don’t need another camera or I don’t need another source or I don’t need something else to help tell the story”
Tess Protesto: Yeah. What really stuck out there for me, I’m a visual learner but, you know, that images where it just takes you through those clips and it’s like “you want to use that video, go ahead, take it” that’s what really kind of started to put things into place. So I want talk about NAB a little bit because you guys were the talk of the town at NAB, let me make sure I get the right link up here. Paul had told me that something like 84 vendors where displaying or using NDI at NAB is that a number that’s familiar to you?
Will Waters: you know, to be honest, to be completely straight forward, it’s hard to keep count /anymore
Tess Protesto: Not even bragging, it’s just true…
NDI at the 2017 NAB Show
Will Waters: NDI and the adoption of NDI, yeah well NDI meaning Network Device Interface and that’s what we are talking here, we announced it in IBC at the Amsterdam Broadcast Show in September 2015 and since that time we’ve had …the download of that development kit has been in the thousands where we have over 400 products from various vendors coming either on the market or coming to market as well as internal workflows with so many different end users even so they may not even be using …they may be developing their own internal pipeline so at the show I couldn’t tell you the official number we had 42 vendors that were connected to the NewTek booth via the Los Vegas convention center network like the network that happened to be there and we were able to pass video around to all of those different vendors and doing live switching both in the NewTek booth and to other manufacturers booth as well as the NAB life show that was happening from like the fishbowl area right within the Los Vegas convention center, that was just the people who connected together, there was a tremendous more of that so actually 80 is probably pretty accurate.
Tess Protesto: Yeah, that’s just crazy to me, I want to get on to talking because I don’t want to miss any of these points and I have to roll the credits are 2:24. The tricaster, that’s next on my list for mastering or acquainting myself with because I’ve mastered none of this platforms but that’s definitely next on my list, can you tell us about your new tricaster because I believe the TC-1 is fairly new.
NewTek TriCaster TC1 PTZ Camera Control
Will Waters: Yes, we announced the TC-1 at the beginning of April, we showed it at the very first time at NAB in Los Vegas and what the tricaster TC-1 effectively at its core, I mean, there is so many things that it does but at the core it’s a 16 input true full IP based video switching system that also incorporates 4K production, if you’d like, the ability to take advantage of what we are talking about here with NDI on every one of those inputs as well as delivering outputs and of course being able to do things like integrated Skype /production…
Tess Protesto: I was just going to say, you can integrate social media with it right? Because that’s important to me.
Will Waters: Yes, well it really is, it comes both in and going out, I mean one of the things about the TC1 is you can take any of the clips and automate that so that it pops to your Facebook feed just as a clip if you are not doing live you can also take and tag elements that will hit your twitter feed, so you as the producer can help to move the conversation instead of necessarily relying on the just the 22:00 of the universe here but you can actually start and be involved in those conversations as well.
Tess Protesto: right, I just reminded myself to pull up our YouTube chat API as I just said, social media is important to me and I don’t even have my social media box up, thank you for that. Alright let me play this little clip I have from Paul about the tricaster to show everybody really what we are talking about here, there is no audio, it’s basically just a visual, you know, taste of the TC1 and basically what it looks like.
Will Waters: Yeah, well I can entreat you on …what we have here is one of our products specialist pointing out the user interfaces that you have up there, now there are different user interfaces depending on the complexity, the great thing about tricaster is that you can start at pretty much any level and you can grow to really the highest in the broadcast, here is what we call our TC1 LP control panel that can connect to some optional panel, we have a number of those that are available, you can also build in different web tools but it allows you to bring in all those different sources, you can mix them together in what we call Mix effect buses virtual set integration that is just right on board animated buffers being able to bring graphics, data-driven graphics are all directly in and effectively interface with now the world’s largest or most adopted IP standard being the NDI, what you are seeing here are some of the other products such as the connect Pro Pod which I think we are just about going to talk about and that can integrate with say the PTZOptics cameras and turn that into that source into the NDI source that is of course available anywhere on the network so it’s a really powerful live production system and used really across the board, arguably the standard for live production going to any type of streaming output.
Tess Protesto: Thank you for being our tour guide with that, that was nice to have you there for that, so yes, we will touch really quick on the NewTek connect pro app which is now coming with the PTZ producer kit so it’s really important to us, can you give us a little bit of insight of the benefits of having the app?
NewTek Connect Pro App
Will Waters: Yes, you know, we’ve been talking about IP and the NDI, you know, if you want to be able to take advantage of all these things we are talking about, well Connect Pro allows you to effectively take that video stream that is coming off that PTZ optics camera and turn it into the NDI work flow so you can then pass it across your network just like what we’ve been talking about with all these different sources.
Tess Protesto: Nice, perfect, thank you. And that was perfect timing, you know what you are doing here with me, you’ve done this before haven’t you.
Will Waters: Maybe once or twice.
Tess Protesto: Alright so we are going to roll the credit and then we are going to open it up for a live Q&A with you, sound good?
Will Waters: Sounds good.
Tess Protesto: As soon as I find my outro.
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