1. You’ll need a fast network connection. As I said before, I used the phone app for a baptism. My wifi wasn’t fast enough to keep the latency from being noticeable, but it was fast enough to get a good picture on the projector screen. I recommend a hard-wired connection for NDI. If you are only running a couple of NDI feeds from EasyWorship a Gigabit network is fine. If you’re planning on running more than a couple of NDI connections, you’ll need a 10 Gigabit backbone with Gigabit connections to the backbone. Most churches will be able to plug into an existing network and go to work.
As a camera option, PTZOptics uses NDI HX, which compresses the video to provide a high quality, low latency 6 Mbps NDI feed, so you can run multiple cameras without bogging down your network. The uncompressed NDI feed at 100 Mbps can eat up a Gigabit backbone fairly quickly if you are running several NDI feeds. PTZOptics has a great video guide for bandwidth usage.
2. Besides having an adequate network, you’ll need computer hardware, camera hardware a video mixer and, of course, EasyWorship.
For other software providers, be sure to check the requirements for their software.
A good video mixer option is either a NewTek Tricaster or the vMix software.
Your set-up can be as simple as an NDI camera and EasyWorship. Or it can be as complex as sending multiple cameras and EasyWorship text to a mixer like vMix, all through NDI.
How do we do it different than competitors?
There is other presentation software that will work with NDI, but you will have to purchase the NDI module and it does not receive NDI connections, you can only send out. EasyWorship allows you to send AND receive NDI from and to any NDI compatible device or software on your network. NDI functionality is included with EasyWorship, so there is no extra cost to get access to this technology. EasyWorship is capable enough to fit in any environment; from the complex production room to the simple setup with one camera, a computer and a soundboard.
As you can see, NDI technology is a game changer for the video production industry and for houses of worship. It’s taken the complicated and made it as simple as plugging in a network cable. It’s made low latency IMAG and internet streaming a much easier task.
Couple that with the ease of use of EasyWorship and you have a great match for the church!