2-Minute Tutorial: How to Set Up NewTek™ Connect Pro for Media Playback
December 05, 2016 by Chuck Baker
NewTek™ Connect Pro is an NDI® application that allows you to add video sources available to a given PC to your projects as NDI sources over the network. This means any system with an Ethernet connection can become an input source and a content library available to any NDI-enabled video switcher or other production equipment on the same network.
NewTek Connect Pro launches as a single window. The view controls for the window are at the bottom right; you’ll see a Display button appear when you mouse over the area.
To load a video clip into NewTek Connect Pro, click on the Settings Gear on the bottom left. This opens the Configuration panel. In the upper section of the panel is the Video Sources pulldown. Any resource available to the system will be displayed in the pulldown.
In the video, we see that the system has access to several cameras – these may be directly attached to the system, or they may be NDI sources on the network. In the lower half of the panel, we see the inputs and content on another system, the Instructor 8000 TriCaster and the Student 02 TriCaster. Both of these are serving these resources via NDI. Back to the upper half of the resource window, the system we are running on is listed under the heading Local. Any cameras, media I/O cards and other resources on the system will be displayed here.
To use media content that is stored on the system, you click on the Add Media entry at the top of the panel.
This opens the Media Browser window; here you can choose from items already made available to NewTek Connect Pro, or, as shown in the video, click the Browse button to open a file requester and review the media stored on the system, and select the video clip that you wish to use in your production.
When the clip opens, you’ll see that you have playback controls at the bottom of the playback window. You’ll see the clip time just to the left of the controls, and you can Pause, Play, Loop and set to AutoPlay when the video is put on Program in a NewTek switcher.
To the right of the window you have a set of view controls that include overlays you may wish to use.
There is also a toggle for full-screen mode, visible under the mouse pointer in the image at left. You can turn off full-screen mode with the ESC key.
At bottom left of the window are audio controls. You have a selector that lets you monitor the audio on any of the four channels available in NewTek Connect Pro, and just right of that is the volume control.
In single viewport display mode, the Display controls popup panel lets you pick which channel to display.
You can also toggle into a 4-viewport display mode and the window will split into four smaller monitor viewports, and show all four channels. Playback controls are available for each viewport.
Another option is the NDI display mode, which shows any NDI source available from the network in a large monitor in the window, and the four NewTek Connect Pro Channels in a row below that large NDI monitor. This way the system can do double duty as a monitor and as server for additional inputs or content. In the video, the NDI source is the Program output of a TriCaster, and we can see that one of the NewTek Connect Pro sources is being keyed onto a virtual monitor in the virtual set the TriCaster is creating.
Below, you can see there is also a Scopes mode, which allows you to check any input, and if needed, apply proc amps to correct the video independently on all four channels.
Now, let’s move to a TriCaster and see how the outputs from NewTek Connect Pro are integrated into a production. The operator first clicks on an unconfigured input to open that input’s Configuration panel.
In the video we see that NewTek Connect Pro is running on the system listed as Student 03, and we simply click on one of the four sources shown on that system to assign it to an input on the TriCaster.
The operator continues by clicking on three more inputs in turn and assigning another one of the NewTek Connect Pro sources to each input. The end result is that when a given input, set for AutoPlay, is put onto Program Output by the TriCaster main switcher, that clip will play from the Student 03 system.
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