Vizrt advances software-driven IP workflows with NewTek NDI

Vizrt will integrate NDI into the real-time 3D graphics engine and video server, Viz Engine

Vizrt, the leading provider of story production tools for the digital media industry, today announced support for software-driven IP workflows using NewTek’s Network Device Interface (NDI™). Joining the industry’s largest IP ecosystem of products and the rapidly expanding number of companies enabling IP-based customer workflows, Vizrt will integrate NDI into the real-time 3D graphics engine and video server, Viz Engine, to be recognizable as a source by other NDI-enabled applications and devices connected to a standard Ethernet local area network.

At IBC 2016, NewTek and Vizrt will demonstrate IP interoperability between Viz Engine and NDI-enabled applications and devices located at NewTek’s booth 7.K11 and Vizrt’s booth 7.A20 using the RAI¹s standard Ethernet infrastructure. The latest version of Viz Engine natively integrates NDI. Multichannel setups from a single box are supported as well as autodetection of Viz Engine streams within an NDI ecosystem. Controlling Viz Engines from a NewTek TriCaster offers a complete IP production and playout solution for graphics and video.

NewTek¹s royalty free NDI technology allows video and audio sources to be shared bi-directionally across a network, eliminating the need for costly direct connections, expensive cable runs, and infrastructure upgrades while turning every source into a destination instantly available anywhere on the network.

“NDI offers our customers a highly efficient and flexible IP structure that is fully integrated with Viz Engine”, said Gerhard Lang, Chief Engineering Officer, Vizrt. “Controlling Viz Engines from the TriCaster are now even easier with NDI.”

“Software-driven IP workflows are quickly becoming ubiquitous in video production,” said Michael Kornet, executive vice president of Business Development for NewTek. “NDI-enabled devices like Viz Engine exponentially increase the video sources available for live production creating efficiencies and opportunities for customers that did not previously exist. NDI is the most widely adopted IP technology on the market, epitomized by the millions of customers with access to it today.”

Vizrt will also support additional features in NDI version 2 when the updated software development kit (SDK) becomes available in Q4 2016. The NDI SDK is royalty free for any company looking to establish IP workflows within their organization, or in commercial products and applications they deliver. Building on the widely adopted and ground-breaking Network Device Interface announced at IBC 2015, NewTek’s NDI version 2 adds higher performance, resolution independence, 16-bit per channel support for the highest precision color of any IP standard, 16 channels of floating point audio, improved cross subnet support, integrated fail-over support, network-based re-routing support, and more.

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About Vizrt

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics, studio automation, sports analysis and asset management tools for the media and entertainment industry. This includes interactive and virtual solutions, animations, maps, weather, video editing, compositing, and playout tools. Vizrt has customers in more than 100 countries worldwide including CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, BSkyB, Al Jazeera, NDR, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK and the list keeps growing. Vizrt has nearly 600 employees and operates in 40 offices worldwide. Vizrt is a privately owned company by Nordic Capital Fund VIII.

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