NEWTEK CONNECT SPARK : HDMI

R7 381.58
(R8 488.82 incl VAT)
Short description:

Wi-Fi-capable IP video converter designed for the NewTek open-source NDI standard

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The NewTek Connect Spark HDMI is a Wi-Fi-capable IP video converter designed for the NewTek open-source NDI standard. It supports up to 1080p59.94 video, and allows for remote recording to optional USB or microSD storage media. It can also be controlled via a web-based user interface for configuration and monitoring.

The NDI standard (Network Device Interface) allows all NDI-compatible video equipment to freely recognize and interact with one another, as long they're connected to the same network over Ethernet or Wi-Fi.

Connect Spark HDMI is designed to provide an ideal way to get HDMI video into a computer or IP-based video workflow. It allows you to convert any HDMI source for compatibility with hundreds of NDI-compatible systems, devices, and applications that can be connected on the same network, enabling you to efficiently incorporate that HDMI source into IP-based video capture and production workflows.

You won't need all the cables you normally would, but can rather send and receive video to/from your computer through the network. (Your computer would need to be NDI-enabled, and this is easily done with NDI software such as Connect Pro, sold separately.)

As soon as you plug the Connect Spark to a network, the HDMI source connected to it will instantly become available as an input for any NDI-compatible hardware and software on the network.

Key Features

  • HDMI video input with embedded audio
  • Simultaneous HDMI loop-through out with embedded audio
  • Support for 1080p and 720p video at up to 59.94 frames per second
  • Remote configuration and monitoring via web-based user interface
  • Remote recording onto microSD or USB storage media, with control via web-based interface
  • Integrated tally lights
  • Compatible with professional and prosumer production solutions, including NewTek live production systems and third-party video switchers, as well as software-based video tools like Livestream Studio, OBS, Streamstar SW, Telestream Gameshow and Wirecast, VidBlaster, vMix, XSplit, and all other NDI-compatible products (NDI version 2.0 or higher)
  • Compatible with popular desktop video applications via included software driver, including Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, Skype, Skype for Business, WebEx, Zoom, and more.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • NDI-Compatible for NewTek NDI Standard
  • Wi-Fi Capable IP Video Converter
  • Bring Video into Computer or IP Workflow
  • Appears as an Input for NDI Products
  • Supports up to 1080p60 Video with Audio
  • HDMI Input/Simultaneous Loop Out
  • Remote Recording to USB or microSD Media
  • Control via Web-Based User Interface
  • Integrated Tally Lights

Spark Your NDI Capabilities with New Spark HDMI and SDI Video Converters

By David Adler 

With the new Connect Spark IP video converters, NewTek expands the capabilities of their NDI ecosystem to include nearly any HDMI or SDI source. Two different models of the Connect Spark are available. The aptly named Spark SDI features BNC SDI connections while the Spark HDMI sports - you guessed it - HDMI terminals.

While capture interfaces have been around since the dawn of digital video, the Spark differentiates itself by being able to integrate seamlessly with NewTek’s open source NDI protocol. NDI utilizes existing IP infrastructure to rout uncompressed video signals that can be recorded, streamed, or broadcast. The advantages of NDI-compatibility on the Spark include being able to have a single Spark interface with multiple devices on the network simultaneously. For example, one Spark can connect to a switching desk, one computer for recording, and a second computer for streaming with no penalty on video quality. Conversely, multiple Sparks can exist on the same network, sending their video signals to a single destination for live switching, recording, or streaming.

Additional features of the Spark converters include Wi-Fi connectivity, enabling quick setups where access to hardwired Ethernet is not feasible, video loop outputs allowing the Spark to be placed in-line between a video device and a display, analog audio I/O, and integrated tally lights. All these connections and features exist in a box that is easily totable for changing video environments.

NewTek’s NDI device selection is expanding, and if you’re building an NDI-capable infrastructure, a Spark or two can go a long way in extending your input capabilities.

Input

1 x HDMI

Loop Output

1 x HDMI

Audio

HDMI-embedded
3.5 mm line Level

Encoding

NDI/HX

Ethernet

1 x RJ-45 port for 10/100M Ethernet networking

Wireless Functionality

Built-in Wi-Fi radio
2 x 5 dB 2.4 G / 5.8 G dual-band antennas
IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

Interface

Web-based user interface for configuration and monitoring

Tally

Tally support via NDI, with built-in program/preview tally lights

Formats

1080p at 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps 
720p at 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps

Standards

HDMI: 0.8 Vpp

Recording

Video: MPEG-TS
Audio: AAC

*USB or microSD storage media required (not included)

USB

2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
1 x USB 2.0 mini-USB

Power

External 12 VDC, 1 A adapter included; 4 W power consumption (max)

Operating Temperature

-4 to 176°F (-20 to 80°C)

Relative Humidity

20 to 90%

Dimensions

5 x 3.5 x 1.1" (13 x 9 x 3 cm)

Weight

Approx. 8 oz (227 g)

 

  • NewTek Connect Spark HDMI
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

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