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QStart adopts NDI for IP-based prompting

NewTek’s open Network Device Interface (NDI) standard for IP-based production workflows has been adopted by Autocue for its QStart prompting software. It means that with NDI enabled QStart will be recognisable as a source by other NDI-enabled devices and systems connected to a standard Ethernet local area network. This should significantly increase the number of video sources available for live production without the need for a physical input or output.

Using NDI, Autocue can send prompter text through NewTek’s TriCaster multi-camera video production system directly from the QStart application so that it can be viewed on multiviewer or distributed to other devices such as on-camera teleprompters.

This removes the need to use a physical input/output connection on TriCaster, making teleprompters a viable option for all productions.

Autocue is also providing its language-independent QStart software free of charge to TriCaster users who download the software from NewTek’s NDI website. This should make it easier for TriCaster users to implement teleprompting and improve their workflow.

NDI is claimed to be the industry’s largest ecosystem of IP-enabled products using the same standard. According to NewTek, more than one million NDI-compatible devices are already in use, and QStart should be able to communicate with all of them.