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CasparCG as NDI® Source

April 01, 2016 by Kane Peterson

NewTek workflow expert Kane Peterson takes you through the steps to set up a third party CG application to connect over the network to the TriCaster via NewTek NDI®. Using open source CasparCG, Kane takes you through installing and configuring the application, then acquiring, installing and configuring the NewTek NDI applications that will make this work. The techniques shown can be applied to a wide range of commercial and non-commercial production tools.

Once CasparCG or any other third party production tool is set up to serve output to the network as NDI this way, TriCaster and 3Play are able to connect using the network input menu controls. In addition, any third party products that have added support for NDI are also able to connect.

Note: This video tutorial is provided solely as an example implementation of NDI technology with a third party production tool, and is not intended as a recommendation or endorsement of any particular product or tool. 2016-03-31_16-13-59_mod001 This video acknowledges and expands on the information in the YouTube video: CasparCG as a NDI Source In that video, CasparCG is connected with vMIX 17 with integrated NDI support.

The links you’ll need:

** Install NewTek NDI Tools Pack and AirSend update ** http://newtek.com/ndi

CasparCG Client & Server http://www.casparcg.com/download

CasparCG Frontend http://forum.casparcg.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3643&p=24953

There is some information not covered in the CasparCG-to-vMix video that you will need to make things work. You can get that information in the NewTek video, or for your convenience, here it is in text form:

  1. Copy the ‘CasparCG_FrontEnd’ and ‘CasparCG_FrontEnd.config’ files into the same folder as CasparCG Server, then open the ‘CasparCG_FrontEnd.config’ file in Notepad.

  2. In the XML data, edit the ‘Value’ key under the ‘ServerPath’ and add the correct path to ‘casparcg.exe’. For example:

C:UsersWesleyCrusherDownloadsCasparCGCasparCG Server 2.0.7CasparCG ServerServercasparcg.exe

  1. Save the file and then run ‘CasparCG_FrontEnd’. It will correctly update the config file that CasparCG uses and everything will work correctly.

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