Grass Valley has released EDIUS X version 10.34 as a free update for all EDIUS X users. With this release, EDIUS X Workgroup users now benefit from full NDI output support within EDIUS X Workgroup.
It has taken some time, but in the meantime NDI seems to be gaining acceptance on an ever wider front and is likely to replace SDI more and more in the medium term.
NDI was developed by NewTek and stands for Network Device Interface and is a video-over-IP network technology that enables the (theoretically even worldwide) transport of video and audio signals via a standard network. In contrast to SDI, computers no longer need special additional hardware; a simple, fast network interface is sufficient. "Normal" routers and switches can be used as network hardware here, which can ultimately save a lot of costs for proprietary hardware.
EDIUS X now supports direct output via NDI
Many types of live video signals can be transmitted via NDI. These can then serve preview monitors as endpoints, but also live mixers with corresponding NDI inputs.
Grass Valley's new CEO Dr. Andrew Cross (probably not coincidentally a former developer of NDI) emphasises the advantages of the IP protocol: "Now users can send video to the network directly in EDIUS without the need for special interfaces. You can use EDIUS in the cloud and monitor the result locally. Or you can view it in different rooms in the building."
NDI also opens up many new possibilities for live video production and streaming. However, it's worth noting that for a stream with 4K60p transmission at 400 Mbits, NDI is already running a gigabit network at almost half its theoretical capacity. If you want to work smoothly with several streams, you usually have to use HD with NDI or you need relatively fast (and again expensive 10G network hardware).
The update to version 10.34 is free for all current EDIUS X Workgroup users.