EPIC ADVANCEMENTS FOR NDI
The anticipated SDK plug-in for Unreal Engine 5 from NDI has arrived, which promises to increase the system’s capabilities for extended and augmented reality. “As soon as Unreal Engine 5 was released by Epic, we were receiving requests for an NDI SDK plug-in, so more creatives can unite the powers of UE5 and NDI, to achieve more with video. NDI has a great relationship with Epic, and we’ve worked together for over five years
to bring our joint users more value. We are immensely excited to see how they harness the potential of our technologies together, to advance virtual storytelling,” comments president and GM of NDI, Tarif Sayed. Employing the NDI SDK, users will be able to find, send and receive video streams over IP, along with 16 channels of floating- point audio. It also includes tools to implement video access and
grouping, bidirectional metadata, IP commands, tally and more. Unreal Engine business director for broadcast at Epic Games, Bernt Johannessen, adds: “With NDI, teams have access to multiple live video sources and Unreal Engine tools all on a standard network. Unreal Engine is the world’s most advanced 3D-creation tool, and together with the most adopted video-over-IP technology, we’re giving storytellers more freedom.”
SWITCH THINGS UP
PROBING THE DETAILS
Leading supplier of radio broadcast solutions Worldcast Systems has unveiled the Audemat FM Probe – a solution for accurate monitoring, measurement and analysis of the FM signal. This will allow broadcasters and regulation authorities to perform remote monitoring of a set list of channels and verify the conformity of their FM network with both legislation and broadcasting needs. Contained in a compact 1U frame, the Audemat FM Probe has the unique capability to monitor up to eight programmes continuously and 50 sequentially. It also incorporates a selection of useful features and advanced software tools, including deep signal analysis, full RDS decoding, SNMP traps and Syslog, plus recording and scan monitoring. In a first for an Audemat monitoring product for FM, the FM Probe embeds Kantar watermarking technology to decode and monitor the Ink code of any station, allowing users to monitor whether the watermark for audience measure is being well broadcast at the correct time. As for audio, the probe’s recording and streaming feature will allow radio broadcasters to hear the sound rendering in real time. The product is also compatible with network management systems such as Kybio, and enhanced with ScriptEasy technology, which supports advanced telemetry, facility management and web page customisation.
Blackmagic Design has announced a new family of Atem SDI live production switchers. They have been designed with professional 3G-SDI connections and are extremely portable, quick to set up and easy to use. “The new Atem SDI live production switcher is perfect for broadcasters wanting advanced, professional features, while also looking for extreme portability,” says Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “There are three great models with 3G-SDI video connections and some really fantastic features, like DVEs for
picture-in-picture effects, graphics, transitions, advanced chroma key and Fairlight audio mixer.” The Atem SDI and Atem SDI Pro ISO models offer customers four SDI inputs, while the Atem SDI Extreme ISO model provides eight SDI inputs, allowing the connection of multiple cameras for different angles. The Pro and Extreme models include built-in streaming, and support direct recording of streaming data to USB flash disks. It is also possible for users to edit live events, as they can record multiple streams at the same time.
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