LiveU Adopts NewTek NDI for IP Production Workflow

LiveU Adopts NewTek NDI for IP Production Workflow

NDI standard creates a more efficient and lower cost workflow for LiveU customers

LiveU, the industry leader for live video acquisition, management and distribution over IP, today announced its adoption of NewTek’s open Network Device Interface (NDI™) standard for its LU2000 bonded video transceiver. The NDI-enabled LU2000 will be recognizable as a source by other NDI-enabled devices and systems connected to a standard Ethernet local area network, exponentially increasing the number of video sources available for live production.

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LiveU NDI integration enables broadcasters to receive their feeds over IP networks directly from the LiveU LU2000 bonded video transceiver, including automatic discovery of available feeds. This capability enables many new options that have not been possible with standard SDI connections without adding expensive additional hardware and complex routing.

With NDI, broadcasters can now implement a remote production setup with multiple cameras equipped with LiveU field units that communicate back to the studio for true at-home production. This reduces the amount of equipment staff has to transport and eliminates expensive onsite production costs. Back at home base, all NDI integrated equipment, such as the NewTek TriCaster multi-camera video production system, monitors, and graphic overlays all automatically recognize the available NDI channels and can consume the feeds without the challenge of having to include a matrix router, configuring that router, and all the analog SDI cables that would be needed.

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This new standard for live production IP workflow is bi-directional and compatible with a large number of products from top manufacturers already utilizing NewTek’s open standard allowing IP connectivity between devices and applications.

“IP workflow is the next revolution for the broadcasting industry and organizations need to be able to transition affordably and with partners that are here to stay. By incorporating the NDI-enabled LU2000 into their workflow, organizations can produce, integrate, and manage their video content more efficiently and cost-effectively,” said LiveU Co-founder & COO, Avi Cohen. “NewTek is a long-standing partner and we wholeheartedly support NDI as the IP standard. In fact, at NAB, we’ll be partnering with NewTek, Panasonic, and TWiT.tv to demonstrate the amazing capabilities of NDI-enabled devices in an exclusive live studio in our booth.”

“We are confident that IP workflows will revolutionize video production,” said Michael Kornet, Executive Vice President of Business Development for NewTek. “LiveU is highly respected both at NewTek and within the industry. LiveU’s enthusiastic embrace of NDI best-of-breed products like the LU2000 will help make NDI the most widely adopted IP standard on the market that’s working and in the hands of customers today.”

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LiveU is part of the NewTek Developer Network, the industry’s largest ecosystem of IP-enabled products using the same standard. NDI is now available as a royalty-free software developer kit (SDK) for any company looking to establish IP workflows within its organization, or in production tools and systems it manufactures.

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