VidBlasterX chosen for 100% NDI multicam HD production

Mästarnas Mästare (the master of masters) is a sailing competition between about 50 Swedish sailing champions of the year, organised annually since 2006. To broadcast the event, cameras were placed on board, in the air and on land. Newtek's innovative Network Device Interface technology was chosen to greatly reduce the amount of cables. After testing various hardware and software products, VidBlasterX was chosen as the main vision mixer, taking in 10 HD streams from cameras and scoring graphics (provided by CasparCG).

Camera-side encoding of SDI to NDI was done both with VidBlasterX on dedicated PCs as well as the BirdDog interface. Audio from all cameras was extracted from the NDI streams and fed to Dante (including Dante output directly from the commentators boxes) and the final mix was brought back into VidBlasterX.

Using remote control just two camera men were required for the entire production, making it very cost effective. Mästarnas Mästare is produced by hamnen.se for Svenska Seglarförbundet. Broadcast equipment supplied by Wilsson Brothers AB. VidBlasterX v5.35 was used on a Windows 10 PC with an AMD Threadripper 1950x CPU.

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