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NDI Scan Converter
Many tools for working with NDI are available, including NDI Scan Converter, which will allow you to display your computer screen or individual windows from your computer to your video switcher.

AVL Networking: 3 Reasons to Implement NDI

Using NDI uses less processing power on your switcher, and doesn’t take up any additional inputs on your capture cards.

If your church is currently using a software-based video switcher already, chances are that you’re not maximizing its capabilities, along with optimizing your workflow.

Basically, NDI is video over IP - inputs, outputs, ISO recorders, confidence monitors, etc. - all without a delay.

One way to do so, is by implementing Network Device Interface, or NDI, into your workflow as a means to save money, time and rack space. 

If you don’t know what NDI is, the IP standard was created by NewTek for connectivity, creativity, and control over IP — all while using the network infrastructure you already have in place.

Basically, NDI is video over IP - inputs, outputs, ISO recorders, confidence monitors, etc. - all without a delay. With that said, here are three reasons to begin using NDI. 

Most current facilities have some type of network already in place. Cat5/6 data drops are usually implemented backstage, as well as in tech booths, classrooms, foyers, offices and worship centers. These data locations allow you to bring in video over NDI to your software-based video switcher like a TriCaster, vMix, Livestream or Wirecast unit, to name a few.

Using NDI uses less processing power on your switcher, and doesn’t take up any additional inputs on your capture cards. You can download a free NewTek software, NDI Scan Converter, which will allow you to display your computer screen or individual windows from your computer to your video switcher.

ProPresenter also has an NDI module that can be purchased from Renewed Vision to output video using NDI. This eliminates the need for video converters, computer dongles, and cables to your switcher. All you need is the cat5/6 cable that is already connected. It’s truly amazing!

Another awesome free tool is NDI for Adobe Creative Cloud. This free plugin will allow Adobe’s creative tools enabling real-time, renderless playback, and preview over IP. With this tool, there will be no need to render or export your video timeline, only to then load it to a Flash drive, download to your computer, then import into your switching software and wait for the file to transcode. With this plugin, you can literally play the video from Adobe Premiere right into your switcher, using NDI.

If your director wants to see the edit you’re working on, a tool such as NDI Video Monitor will allow them to view your timeline playback. No need to export the file for the director to make changes again. This feature saves tons of time, which in return saves money.

A third reason to start using NDI is that there are thousands of companies that are currently developing software and hardware around NDI encoding or decoding. This means the technology is only going to get better and more widely used.

Manufacturers have been focusing on input devices for NDI since it first became available, but finally they’re thinking about how to send NDI and convert it back to SDI or HDMI. This is a game-changer for digital signage, overflow rooms, video venues, prayer rooms, coffee shops, among others.

Not to mention NDI over the internet. That’s right, sending multiple video signals at resolutions up to 4k, over the internet and all in sync.

There are endless ways to implement NDI in your facilities today. 

With any new technology, there comes a learning curve. With that said, start with these tips, and check with your IT administrator about your current network.

Make sure you have gigabit or better switches in place or set up your own network, just for your video gear.

Most of the NDI hardware is plug and play and very easy to use.

I’d love to hear from you if you have any questions regarding NDI or let me know how you’re currently using NDI already. 

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