NDI — Net­work Device Interface

NDI (Net­work Device Inter­face) is a pro­to­col deve­lo­ped by New­Tek for the trans­mis­si­on of high-qua­li­ty video and audio signals via an Ether­net network. 

Stream­box­stu­di­os uti­li­zes the advan­ta­ges of NDI, depen­ding on the task and local conditions:

  • High-qua­li­ty video: NDI sup­ports the trans­mis­si­on of high-qua­li­ty video signals up to a reso­lu­ti­on of 4K wit­hout loss of quality.
  • Low laten­cy: NDI was deve­lo­ped for real-time appli­ca­ti­ons. The pro­to­col is opti­mi­zed for low laten­cy so that it can be used for live events or real-time video productions.
  • Simp­le inte­gra­ti­on: NDI is an open pro­to­col. It enables the inte­gra­ti­on of a wide ran­ge of hard­ware and soft­ware pro­ducts. NDI can be used with your exis­ting pro­duc­tion tools — pro­vi­ded their firm­ware allows this.
  • Fle­xi­ble work­flow: With NDI, video and audio signals can be trans­mit­ted over a net­work to crea­te fle­xi­ble, dis­tri­bu­ted pro­duc­tion work­flows. For exam­p­le, video signals can be trans­mit­ted bet­ween dif­fe­rent loca­ti­ons via NDI or vide­os can be strea­med to seve­ral devices simultaneously.
  • Cost-effec­ti­ve: NDI enables the use of con­ven­tio­nal CAT cables (5e/6e).

Over­all, NDI offers a num­ber of bene­fits for video pro­duc­tion, inclu­ding high qua­li­ty video, low laten­cy, easy inte­gra­ti­on, fle­xi­ble work­flow and cost efficiency.

Using sui­ta­ble con­ver­ters, HDMI signals can also be con­ver­ted to NDI and thus trans­mit­ted via networks.