NewTek NDI - Introduction to IP Video Production
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Step into the future of video production with this Video over IP course focusing on the Newtek™ NDI™
4.4 (39 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,322 students enrolled
Created by Mr Paul Richards
Last updated 7/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn how to produce video over IP
  • Learn about the NewTek NDI
  • Learn how to integrate IP video production into existing live streaming systems
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Requirements
  • You should be able to use a PC at a beginner/intermediate level
  • You should have a YouTube or Facebook account for live streaming
  • You should have the ability to install programs on your computer
Description

IP Video is a paradigm shift that will increase what is possible in all things live video. In this course, we will think outside the box about how to plan out live streaming and video production systems in the world of IP Video. Using standard networking infrastructure NDI will enable us to do more with less. We will uncover new possibilities for low budget streaming and high end video productions system alike as we move toward the future of broadcast video over IP.

We will capture low hanging fruit with the benefits of broadcast IP video and eliminate the need for capture cards in our next live streaming system design. Imagine an entire generation of video engineers who will never use expensive SDI cabling and capture devices. Using NDI we will have access to sources from all over our network and more. We no longer require all our sources to be directly connected to a single system. Capture cards are used for low latency video conversion from traditional HDMI or SDI video to USB or PCIe where we can use them with production software such as vMix, Wirecast, LiveStream and more. What if we could eliminate the need for capture cards altogether by providing the same quality, low latency video directly to Wirecast, vMix, Live Stream, OBS, or xSplit over the Ethernet connection we are already using.

In one fell swoop we have eliminated a point of failure from our video production workflow and reduced the cost of implementing a new system dramatically. At the end of the day we have opened up a whole new universe of possibilities where the network you already have has become the preferred method of video routing. Need another camera shot? Just run a single Cat-5 cable to the PTZOptics NDI camera and you will have high quality video, camera control and power solved in an instant.

This is where the rubber meets the road, in a world where every device can see every other device in a seamless video production workflow. Unlike SDI cabling, Ethernet can provide power for cameras using a PoE source, such as a switch, simplifying installation and eliminating the need for additional outlets. And unlike traditional RS-223 control cables, Ethernet can also be used to control our cameras within your favorite video production software or via one of our IP joysticks without requiring direct analog control cabling to each camera.

NDI will make your transition to IP video simple. Want to add your PTZOptics camera from the Studio into a GoToMeeting call with your Producer across the world? No problem. Access it from any computer on your network using NDI transmit or the output of your software based video switcher like Wirecast or vMix. One of the most powerful features of NDI|HX is the ability to visualize any camera into a Virtual USB Webcam on your network from any Windows or Mac computer. Your favorite video production software will become much more powerful with access to all NDI sources on your network. Want to live stream with your Main PC and setup a secondary machine for isolated recordings of each camera? No problem. Download the free NDI Isocorder app from NewTek and get started. **NDI|HX Virtual Input

As you can see, we can start to envision new IP workflows leveraging free and professional IP video tools available from Newtek and over 100 other partner developers. Do you work with a creative team? They will love the free Adobe Creative Cloud plugin for NDI. Are you working on a budget? Tryout the free Open Broadcaster Software plugin for NDI or start out with low cost vMix HD license. The move toward IP video production will make the answer to your next live streaming challenge "Sure, we can do that".

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in video production
  • Anyone interested in live streaming
  • Anyone interested in broadcasting
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
04:09:35
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Introduction to the course
1 Lecture 06:45

Welcome to our course on IP Video for professional live streaming and broadcasting. In this video, we will review this course and what you can learn. The professional video and broadcast industries are always changing. New formats, new approaches, new consumption patterns—no one can afford to stand still. Most recently, the new news in video and broadcast has centered around innovative developments in IP. The reality, of course, is that IP itself is nothing new.

NDI is a paradigm shift that will increase what is possible in all things live video. In this video, we will think outside the box about how to plan out live streaming and video production systems in the world of IP. Using standard networking infrastructure NDI will enable us to do more with less. We will uncover new possibilities for low budget streaming and high end video productions system alike as we move toward the future of broadcast video over IP.

Introduction
06:45
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NewTek NDI Deep Dive
5 Lectures 27:36

At the end of the day we have opened up a whole new universe of possibilities where the network you already have has become the preferred method of video routing. Need another camera shot? Just run a single Cat-5 cable to the PTZOptics NDI camera and you will have high quality video, camera control and power solved in an instant.

This is where the rubber meets the road, unlike SDI cabling, Ethernet can provide power for cameras using a PoE source, such as a switch, simplifying installation and eliminating the need for additional outlets. And unlike traditional RS-223 control cables, Ethernet can also be used to control our cameras within your favorite video production software or via one of our IP joysticks without requiring direct analog control cabling to each camera.

What is a Local Area Network
06:15

Let's test your knowledge of basic IP Video terms. 

IP Video Basics
3 questions

NDI will make your transition to IP video simple. Want to add your PTZOptics camera from the Studio into a GoToMeeting call with your Producer across the world? No problem. Access it from any computer on your network using NDI transmit or the output of your software based video switcher like Wirecast or vMix. Your favorite video production software will become much more powerful with access to all NDI sources on your network. Want to live stream with your Main PC and setup a secondary machine for isolated recordings of each camera? No problem. Download the free NDI Isocorder app from NewTek and get started.

As you can see, we can start to envision new IP workflows leveraging free and professional IP video tools available from NewTek and many 100’s of other NDI  developers. Do you work with a creative team? They will love the free Adobe Creative Cloud plugin for NDI. Are you working on a budget? Tryout the free Open Broadcaster Software plugin for NDI or start out with low cost vMix HD license. The move toward IP video production will make the answer to your next live streaming challenge "Sure, we can do that".

What is IP Video?
07:39

This video gives us a better understanding of IP Video and how it applies to live streaming and video production.

Understanding IP Video and how it affect Live Streaming
04:51

Let’s learn how to use an Ethernet switch to as a live video production router.

Using our Ethernet-based LAN for Live Video Production
04:10

Let's simplify our video production with IP Video. 

Simplifying our workflow
04:41
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Unpacking your NewTek NDI Tools
5 Lectures 34:06

Let's dig into the NDI tools in this video.

Downloading the NewTek NDI Tool Pack
05:01

Now time for the fun stuff

NDI Tool Pack Overview
04:59

Produce your live shows in a whole new way — workgroup production is now possible by using and sharing sources from your entire network. Now it's easier than ever to bring IP video sources into Wirecast over your local network. Wirecast will now automatically detect and receive any video or audio that is broadcast via Newtek’s high-quality, low-latency NDI protocol.

Using the Adobe Creative Cloud Plugin for NDI
03:56

Conduct meetings, training, conferences, or any online or interactive video communications with professional-grade video using the consumer-grade and business-grade applications you already use.

Using NDI Transmit App
03:06

In this video, we review the latest h.265 compatible with PTZOptics cameras and the popular VLC Media Player. The VLC Media Player has support for h.265 encoding which is roughly 20-30% more efficient than H.264. Using H.265 RTSP streaming can be a great way to stream video from PTZOptics cameras without requiring the large bandwidth pipelines that MJPEG streaming include. PTZOptics cameras do support MJPEG streaming which is completely un-compressed video with very low latency but we suggest using a dedicated network for this to work properly.

Now for the fun stuff. Since we can stream in H.265 to the VLC Media Player we can also use the NewTek NDI Tool Kit for making that video NDI ready. We can then use this to integrate H.265 video into other video production software such as: Wirecast, vMix, Livestream, TriCaster and Isorecorder. For our example, we use the free NewTek IsoRecorder and we use the vMix multicorder which only supports Camera sources and NDI sources.

To learn more about the NewTek NDI or the VLC Media Play visit their YouTube channels to the links below:

https://plus.google.com/+vlc

https://www.youtube.com/newtekinc

Using VLC with the NewTek NDI Plugin
17:04
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NewTek NDI Use Cases
4 Lectures 48:53

In this Video, Tim Vandenberg, COO of vMix takes us through the top 4 ways vMix users are using the NewTek NDI in their video productions.

Everyone welcome to today's video where we going to have a quick chat about NDI. It’s been about twelve months since NDI has been released so it's been a year since these guys were talking about the future of NDI and live video production. NDI stands for Network device Interface and it's a protocol that's been developed by NewTek  that allows you to send and receive high quality low latency video over a local network so instead of using an SDI or HDMI and a capture device you can now send and receive video over local network.

So that’s why vMix has supported it since day one with full implementation for sending and receiving sources so it's been really good now over the past 12 months. We've taken a look at how people have been using NDI in their video productions. So today we going to look at the 4 ways that people have been using it.

Desktop Capture:

So firstly people have been using it for desktop capture now that vmix has a built in desktop capture program that allows you to capture the desktop of any computer and send it to your live video production. And a free desktop capture program that you can use with any computer on your network and then send that over the local network via NDI into your vmix production. So this is ideal for someone who might be doing a presentation like a lecture and they want to share this screen with everybody. To do this you can just install that program and send it over the local network. It's also really good for video games so you can send a game from a computer to a live video production which is been really good.

NDI Output to another Computer

So that's the first main way that people have been using it. Secondly people have been using ndi to send their output to another computer or multiple computers. Now this is good for breaking up your production. Typically we recommend one PC you use to stream, produce, and record everything on the one PC. But sometimes that's just not possible a d people might have an older computer and they want adjuster the production on one computer and then do the streaming and the recording on a second or even third computer. So you can send out the video from vMix to another computer to do that and that's one of the things you can do by which is great. So when we did a live 4K show what we did is redo all the production on one computer. We did this because full 4K video was so processor intensive that we didn't want to do the recording and streaming on the same computer so what we did is use NDI to send the output to a second computer and do all the production of the streaming and recording on that second computer.

Graphics Generators

So that's another way to to use NDI. The third way people have been using vmix in NDI is with Graphics generators or live animated titling. There are plenty of programs that now support NDI so you can have somebody doing animated titling on a second computer and send it directly into your vMix Productions. I've used really cool graphics now things like Caspa CG NewBlue Titler broadcast character, Pro Presenter, Adobe Premiere and After Effects all support NDI. I'm sure that's probably more than I forgotten as well sir I'm going to share I really quickie sample of how to do that sir on this computer. Here I've got Adobe Premiere Pro and I can play out live while with so what a mainstream here and that's going to bring in live Graphics so that's really simple. It’s a really easy way to bring an awesome Graphics to your video production over the local network.

Mobile Phone App for NDI

There is an NDI app on your phone so you can bring in a mobile camera or a tablet camera into a live video production to vMix using NDI which has been really good.

Four ways to use NDI with Tim Vandenberg from vMix
09:04

In this video, we review how to add multiple camera sources to the NewTek Connect Pro App. This app allows users to connect IP sources, USB cameras, Capture Cards and NDI cameras into the NewTek Connect Pro App. The application is now included for Free with the PTZ Producer Kits from PTZOptics.

This application is perfect for viewing cameras and includes a web-server. The system integrates seamlessly with NDI compatible live streaming systems such as vMix, Wirecast, NewTek Tricasters, Livestream and more. The standard is also cross-compatible with ASPEN and SMPTE 2022.

Introduction to the Newtek Connect Pro
09:14

This week PTZOptics will host Jim Davis from DVS Direct on a YouTube Live exclusive talk show to discuss the latest NewTek NDI IP camera controls and camera color grading features. Jim Davis is the CEO and owner of DVS Direct a Platinum NewTek TriCaster dealer. Newtek is world-known as the leader in video production, live streaming and broadcast solutions. Viewers of the live stream can enter to win a NewTek Connect Pro license on the live show giveaway at http://ptzoptics.com/giveaway

This exclusive live talk show will be held February 17th, 2016 at 11AM PST, 2PM EST on YouTube Live. “The NewTek NDI has changed the industry for professional video production and live broadcast” says Jim Davis “...we are excited to review the latest NewTek NDI features, IP camera control for PTZOptics and color grading techniques live on YouTube.” Paul Richards the show host will be demonstrating the latest live streaming courses available from PTZOptics along with social media updates from Tess Protesto.

IP Camera Control & Color Grading via NewTek NDI with Jim Davis of DVS Direct
21:50

In this video, Paul Richards and Jonathan Vineyard demonstrate how to connect multiple vMix instances with the NewTek NDI. This new technology opens up endless possibilities for live production. Paul mentions some of the possibilities can be used for graphics, overlays, statistics and much more. Working with a producer during your live shows is now becoming a simple and affordable process in which multiple vMix users can easily connect and collaborate!

After contacting vMix they showed us how to keep a transparent background without the need of the chroma key.
If in vMix the background of the source is already transparent, then to retain the transparency do the following:
 
1. In vMix go to "Settings" then "Performance". Then check the box at the very bottom "Show Advanced Settings"
2. In the "Output Format" dropdown menu, change it to ARGB32. Click OK and accept restarting vMix
 
What this will do is change the color space to support the alpha channel and the transparency of the source will retain its transparent background when sent over NDI.
 
The thing to be mindful of is this will change the output format of the entire vMix project (that the setting has been changed under). So if that computer is doing any recording or streaming, that will be affected by that format and therefore create different results.

vMix Use Case - Connecting multiple computers with NDI
08:45
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Extra Tools, Tips and Tricks
4 Lectures 02:12:15
New NDI Tools - Plus - Wirecast, vMix, OBS, xSplit and NDI Studio Demos
50:47

In this live stream, we speak with Andrew Cross, CTO of NewTek, all about NDI 3.0. We have gathered questions from the most pertinent Facebook User Groups, Twitter and YouTube channels to prepare ourselves to get answers about NDI. NDI-HX is the newest high efficiency, low latency additional to NDI. We learn all about this new protocol from the lead engineer himself and through the following agenda uncover the power of Video Production over IP.

Agenda:

1. NDI 3.0
2. Multicast
3. NDI | HX
4. Wireless NDI
5. Bandwidth
6. PTZ Camera Control
7. New Tools – (Teasers? Any Screen Shot we can show)
8. The Future

NDI 3.0 Update

Since the release of NDI 2.0, NewTek has been working on a bunch of user request along with some large over-arching goals to broaden the effective reach and usability for the IP standard. Dr. Cross mentions in our interview that “NDI has been adopted far quicker than they had originally anticipated” confirming the large demand for IP video production from companies such as xSplit, vMix, Wirecast, LiveStream Studio, StreamStar and now PTZOptics and 10 other NDI-HX manufacturers which will touch on further in this blog post. “100’s of software applications are using NDI 1.0 or 2.0 yet, the hardware manufacturers have been largely left behind.”

One of the largest updates for NDI 3.0 is the multicast functionality allowing large number live video viewers to connect to NDI sources without adding additional bandwidth per stream like unicast. Not only with NDI 3.0 include efficiency improvements for IP video transmission in high 4k resolutions but it allows for overall video production bandwidths to be reduced an Ethernet based LAN (Local Area Network). Once multicast is enabled on your on your network Andrew mentions remembering to turn on “IGMP snooping on your router” when setting up your network. Dr. Cross explains how 200 MBps 4K video can crash your network on a Gigabit switch without multicast enabled. “A lot of routers treat multicast traffic as if it was broadcast traffic.”

Don’t forget to learn about IGMP

Here is a Wikipedia Snippeton IGMP:

The Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) is a communications protocol used by hosts and adjacent routers on IPv4 networks to establish multicast group memberships. IGMP is an integral part of IP multicast. IGMP can be used for one-to-many networking applications such as online streaming video and gaming, and allows more efficient use of resources when supporting these types of applications. IGMP is used on IPv4 networks. Multicast management on IPv6 networks is handled by Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD) which is a part of ICMPv6 in contrast to IGMP’s bare IP encapsulation.

The world at large is moving toward mobile devices using wireless networks. “We have worked hard to make NDI easy to use in the mobile world. You can use our iOS app with NDI but…” mentioned Dr. Cross, the NDI HX libraries we have available today would have made the experience even smoother on mobile devices. NDI HX allows us to use encoders inside devices which are often low power. The NDI Connect Spark firmware uses full multicast NDI even over a wireless network which means you can have as many connected devices as you want. With multicast, you can send NDI video sources to a huge number of people at once “even when you are using vMix as you are. It all works and it looks great.”

General the goal from NewTek is to make NDI HX work over any wireless WAP (Wireless Access Point). The “NewTek philosophy” is all about enabling everyone to join the live video over IP revolution. “Obviously some routers are going to do better than others” but in general Dr. Cross explains NewTek would like NDI to have options to run on almost any Gigabit router in existance and he would consider it a bug if it did not work properly.

NDI 3.0 & NDI HX
23:42

Let's step back and learn about NDI for beginners. 

NewTek NDI for Beginners - With Tess Protesto as our host
26:04

In the post show, we answer questions from our audience all about the NewTek NDI 3.0 and features that Dr. Cross is in the process of implementing. We cover Wireless NDI, NDI Bandwidth, HDR, Mobile Devices and much more. The conversation starts with bandwidth questions regarding NDI and leads into Linux based support. We also, run our Facebook Live reaction question which was: What network switch do you own? 10/100, Gigabit or greater than 5 Gigabits?

When will TriCaster users get the NDI HX update? 

The SDK for NDI 2.0 was released at the end of January of 2017. So as long as your software has been updated in 2017, you are running on the latest SDK and NDI HX will be able to run on your TriCaster.

What is the range of the NDI Spark Connect? 

This is a question that comes down to the range on your wireless router (WAN) WiFi strength. Essentially if your computer can talk to it via your network than NDI will work. Dr. Cross mentions various ways to extend the range of wireless in our show.

 

Live Q&A w/ NDI Engineer Dr. Andrew Cross
31:42
About the Instructor
Mr Paul Richards
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Chief Streaming Officer

I am a Live Streaming Expert and Chief Streaming Officer for PTZOptics. PTZOptics is an industry leader in affordable live streaming technology. We host a live show on YouTube Live every Friday and we hope to help the world better understand live streaming and technology it takes to produce amazing video content! 

I host a live show on YouTube Live called "PTZOptics Live" where we review the latest in the live streaming and video conferencing industry. This is the basis of our live streaming innovation where you can learn quite a lot of about the industry. 

I have been working in the audio visual industry for 10+ years employed at: Haverford Systems, Conference Room Systems and PTZOptics. Each of these companies have kept me involved in designing, building and operating live streaming and video conferencing systems. Throughout my career continue to help others in video communication projects.