NDI Touch Broadcast Switcher Screen

New Product! NDI Touch Broadcast Switcher

NDI Touch Broadcast Switcher - NEW PRODUCT!

The worlds first NDI Touch based Video Broadcast Switcher. Check out this video to see it in action.

Power with build in NDI Technology

This 8 Channel Broadcast Switcher will make a great tool for your content generation. It will integrate 8 sources with the ability to directly output an RTMP or NDI stream.

The flexibility of using an NDI output stream will allow the use of sub-producers where a master broadcast center can be used to select multiple inputs and select the final published content.

This unit is packed full of features, be sure to watch the video to see how slick and power this unit will be for your organization.

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How do I live stream

How do I live stream

What is live streaming?

Before we can talk about how to do a live stream, we need to cover what we mean by live streaming. When content or an event is broadcast over the internet (or over the airwaves incase of a TV Production) to viewers of that content in near real-time. It is not possible to stream in real-time as there is always a delay in the content being transmitted to the viewer. In general this delay may be 1 to 20 seconds depending upon your streaming service. The issue with live streaming is more about there being no editing of the content before the consumer sees it. Like a live football game, the actions is broadcast live. But on the other hand, a movie is usually highly edited before the content is available to the viewer (Pre-recorded, recorded, or published content).

How to live stream

First understand the content and needs for your stream. Are there multiple people that will be active in the live stream? Is it just one person speaking on camera or no speaking at all? How do you get the best camera shot of your active or content; webcam face shot, top down table shot, multiple cameras for different areas, PTZ Cameras to follow action or reduce the number of cameras you need. You should also considered if your content needs to be live streamed vs pre-recorded.

We have a few articles of specific recommendations for some applications which may help:

Once you have figured out your needs, you can purchase set up your cameras to cover the content you will provide. Certainly consider our Jimcom line of PTZ cameras if that is in your budget. You will need Audio as well as many cameras will provide the video portion. Some webcams have a built in Microphone but depending on your content or activity, this might not be the best solution for you. A separate USB Microphone or something similar might help improve your content.

The last critical part of live streaming is the software needed to connect your equipment together and broadcast it out to the internet for others to view. Generally, this software connects to a Content Delivery Network which is a geographically distributed network of computers to allow thousands of users to watch in real time. There are many big companies such as YouTube, Twitch, Vimeo, FaceBook, and many others that provide this service. Many of these services are free, but your views are subject to advertisements and possibly limit what you can broadcast. 

There are many commercial applications that can be used to link your content stream to these services. In our desire to help lower the barriers to entry and ongoing service costs, our recommendation is OBS Studio, an open-source community supported streaming/recording solution. This application does just about anything you can need for recording content as well as live streaming content. You can refer to our Get Started with OBS Studio article for help with that application.

As noted above, OBS Studio allows you to live stream to all the CDN, Content Delivery Networks, listed earlier in this article.  Some of those CDNs are free such as YouTube, but others such as Vimeo require an annual fee. There are many more free video hosting services which are much more cost effective solutions if you don’t need to stream your content live. 

Consider if your content is timely such as a news broadcast, worship service, or town meeting. If the content is just as relevant tomorrow as it is today, you might want to opt for recording your content rather than live streaming. Post processing/editing your content might increase its quality making it a better product. Many publishers of content will do either live stream or recorded content depending upon their topic. A timely news update might be live, where their other content is pre-recorded with improved quality.


The general steps in setting up your streaming:

  1. Determine your needs and if you need to Live Stream your content
  2. Setup your needed camera(s) and audio equipment for the production
  3. Find a CDN to stream your live content, or a service to upload your pre-recorded content
  4. Acquire broadcasting software such as OBS Studio to record and/or broadcast your content to the world

Watch for our articles we have planned in the future, the next article being Post Processing of recorded content. We will give tips & tricks on how to do this with little or no money invested.

What is the best camera for your Town Meeting, Council Meeting, Subcommittee Meeting, Public Access Cable TV Streaming, etc?

Best camera for your Town Meeting, Council Meeting, Subcommittee Meeting, Public Access Cable TV Streaming, etc.?

What is the best camera for your Town Meeting, Council Meeting, Subcommittee Meeting, Public Access Cable TV Streaming, etc?

What is the best camera for your Town Meeting, Council Meeting, Subcommittee Meeting, Public Access Cable TV Streaming, etc? The fact of the matter is, the answer isn’t that simple. It has a lot to do with the size and set up within your meeting space. So, the best camera for your application is going to depend upon several factors.

PTZ cameras are advised as with the power of PTZ (Pan, Tilt, and Zoom) you effectively get a lot of virtual cameras. That is the same camera can focus on many different aspects of your service within vision of the camera. Since the Jimcom PTZ cameras allow over 200 set points, with a single click of a mouse or push of a button, they camera focus moves to a new visual target.  These targets might include; elected officials, groups of elected officials, public address podium, seated guests, etc. Since this PTZ control is fully automatic, no one needs to sit near the camera and the camera doesn’t need to be physically located for someone to readjust its focus. A single administrative assistant or volunteer can control the cameras from a central location.

When producing a live broadcast have a minimum of two cameras available. Use one camera as the source for the live broadcast and the other camera can be moved through the PTZ mechanism or a PTZ joystick to find a new visual target for better broadcast. The same really goes for prerecorded services as this eases the production process. In some cases, it might be nice to have a third camera pointed back at the audience. If this is a PTZ camera as well, you will get the greatest flexibility as to be able to zoom in on certain individuals or to pan out to larger groups. Depending upon the size of your meeting area and the architectural considerations there may be fixed objects that may interfere with certain views from cameras which may require additional cameras to see around those objects.

Those are some of the considerations when choosing the amount and location of cameras but the next consideration is really around the technology of the camera.  There are numerous types of technologies for PTZ cameras; HDMI, NDI, SDI, USB, and standard IP-based cameras. To select the proper camera technology for your solution, you need to consider the equipment that is broadcasting or recording the service.

For new low-cost solutions, Jimcom USA recommends using an NDI based solution. Certainly, if SDI or HDMI cabling were already run to the camera mount locations at your site this would simplify installation. With new installations, NDI technology only needs CAT5/6 LAN cable run to the location the camera where it will be mounted. Most NDI cameras, such as the Jimcom NDI series, support Power-Over-Ethernet (PoE) meaning that the mount location of the camera does not need an AC power outlet. This reduces the cost of installation as an electrician is not required to run an outlet to where the camera will be mounted. Power can be provided over the low voltage LAN cabling directly to the cameras.

With the low latency for the NDI technology synchronization of audio and video will be easier at the broadcast location/platform. Jimcom USA recommends the use of a free broadcast platform OBS Studio. This tool supports the NDI protocol for very professional broadcasts at a very low cost. We recommend upgrading older technology to the newer NDI technology due to its cost benefits, quality, and ability to scale at a later time.

Synchronization of audio and video can be the most complicated aspect of setting up a broadcast or recording for your services. We recommend that you don’t use standard IP-based cameras (RTSP) because of the latency/delay inherent in the transmission of the video signal. If you have a single camera, this technology may suit your need at a very low cost, but once you add more than one camera to your production equipment, synchronization is almost impossible as timing drift will occur independent of each camera. Audio and video timing delays can be added with OBS but only if those timings are fixed.

So, to answer the question, “What is the best camera for my Town Meeting, etc?” Jimcom USA would recommend the NDI PTZ 20X or 30X Camera series for the most flexibility. These cameras offer the most flexibility and support older technologies such as the SDI and HDMI outputs. These cameras also support VISCA and ONVIF for remote control of the PTZ camera system.

Why NDI Summary

5 major reasons to use a NDI PTZ Camera | Why NDI | NDI PTZ Streaming Cameras

5 Major Reasons to use a NDI PTZ Camera

Why NDI? Why use NDI PTZ Streaming Cameras?

This video will help you understand why selection of #NDI capable PTZ Cameras are good for your facility/church. The cost of the NDI upgrade needs some explanation as to the value for your organization. Why should you consider choosing a PTZ camera that supports the NDI protocol?

There are 5 major reasons to consider using the NDI protocol within your facility:

1) NDI Cameras are discoverable to simplify installation.

2) They provide a Professional Broadcast Quality for both streaming and recording.

3) NDI is the newest video standard.

4) For new installs, NDI would use Cat-5 or Cat-6 cabling so the cameras don’t require any special cabling and they are easy to move to a new location.

5) They have a low latency and are easier to sync a separate audio channel with the cameras video feeds.