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Using NewTek Connect Pro to Monitor NDI Sources from Other Devices

January 19, 2017 by Chuck Baker

 

NewTek Connect Pro can serve a variety of video sources as NDI streams for a video production IP workflow, plus give you quality controls for the video streams it provides. The application’s capabilities go beyond the system on which it is installed, however. NewTek Connect Pro can also help you turn any available system or device in your production suite into a multiviewer on which you can monitor any of the available NDI streams present on the network.

Yes, you heard that right - you can leverage NewTek Connect Pro on one system from other systems or devices, to make them useful in your production workflow.  This is because the application includes NDI Connect Webserver, which can be accessed by other systems and devices on the network.  You can then use these to monitor NDI streams from any source on the network. This is not limited to the NDI streams that NewTek Connect Pro is serving.

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The information you need is the IP address of the system on which NewTek Connect Pro is running.  Then, from any system or device on the network, open a web browser, and enter the IP address on the address line. The NDI Connect Webserver page will open in your browser window.  Default is a single viewport.

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To select from a number of available multiviewer monitor setups, click on the Display control button on the top right. This opens a selection panel with a variety of layouts. In the video, our presenter opens up an 8 monitor multiviewer layout.

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You can click on a monitor to open the video source selection panel, and choose any NDI source available on your local network to display in that monitor.

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Depending on the processing power of the system or device and the traffic on the network, you may want to adjust the quality level of the multiviewer in order to keep up with the frame rate of the sources. This control is at top center of the NDI Connect page.  The choices available are Low, Medium, High and Ultra High.

So, as you can see, one installation of NewTek Connect Pro  not only engages the system it is installed on and any attached video devices into your workflow, but can also put a lot of your networked systems, devices and IP-capable video equipment to work. That’s some serious leverage.

We hope this video has been helpful to you, and if you have suggestions for other topics you would like covered in a two-minute tutorial, please send us a message.

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