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Tech news round up

There's a surge in PTZ camera-related news in today's tech round up, with VDH and Lumens Digital Optics both releasing new UHD/NDI tech enabled models, while Martin Audio goes on tour in a van...

UHD PTZ cameras launched with Vizrt tech 

AV integration and conference solutions supplier VHD has launched two high performance pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras incorporating NDI®|HX.

The company said that the VX710N (pictured) integrates functions such as multi-channel video NDI®, NDI®|HX, SRT, RTMP, RTSP, and HDMI, while the V6xCL-N series, including the new V60CL-N model, also provides multi-view output and streaming. Both models provide different optical lens angles including: 12X, 20X, and 30X.

The NDI functionality in both PTZ cameras “allows for IP-based connectivity that transfers video, audio, tally, PTZ control, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) via a single Ethernet cable.” The NDI technology itself allows video and audio sources to be shared bi-directionally across a network.

“Software-driven IP workflows have become ubiquitous in video production,” said Michael Kornet, vice president of NDI, a brand of the Vizrt Group. “NDI-enabled devices like the VX710N and V60CL-N PTZ cameras from VHD exponentially increase the video sources available for live production creating efficiencies and opportunities for customers that did not previously exist. NDI® is the most widely adopted IP technology on the market, epitomized by the millions of customers with access to it today.”

More NDI-enabled PTZ cameras from Lumens 

In more UHD-PTZ-cameras-with-NDI-technology news, Lumens Digital Optics has also released a new pan-tilt-zoom camera containing all of the aforementioned features. The VC-A71PN Ultra HD PTZ camera transmits 4K 60fps video directly to NDI (technology developed by NewTek, which is owned by Vizrt). The company says that the camera is suitable for multiple applications in areas such as live streaming, broadcasting, live events, and houses of worship.

The NDI® |HX video standard allows the camera to deliver and receive high video quality with ultra-low latency, which utilises NDI-based video production workflows without additional configuration, reducing cost and shortens installation time frames. NDI® |HX is also suitable for switching in a live production environment which simplify live streaming process. 

The camera has a 1/1.8 type progressive CMOS sensor with 8-megapixel output resolution, and has “near-silent PTZ operations” with 30x optical zoom capability in 4K accommodating wide-angle scenes and tightly framed close-ups. 

Pop-up live music gigs get Martin Audio treatment 

You’ll be disappointed to hear that we haven’t stumbled upon a hat-trick of PTZ-camera-with-UHD-and-NDI-capability news items, but we do have some quirky news from Martin Audio, which has released details of a rather unique installation of one of its sounds systems… inside a Luton van.

London-based singer-songwriter Olivia Dean has been using the van conversion, or the ‘From me to you’ truck, to tour her local area during lockdown conditions, enabling outdoor performances in a variety of locations.

Wales-based sound hire company CS Audio Ltd supplied the Martin Audio rig after a meeting between the company’s MD Paul Hatt and Dean’s tour manager Andrew Wilkinson on the Clean Bandit tour, for whom the latter had been handling monitors and providing the audio control package.

“We bought MLA Mini and grew the stock from there because I was so impressed. We do a lot of package control and monitor systems so we added 12 XE500 and 12 LE100s,” said Hatt.

“For a long time we were just doing small PA hire, but the time came when we needed bigger boxes. Having had a good experience with the MLA Mini we purchased [Martin Audio] WPM and an iK42 amplifier infrastructure which would give us more flexibility of deployment. We then purchased WPS for a series of theatre shows—but almost overnight they were cancelled because of Covid.”