How NDI® 5 Bridge lets you connect and control a PTZ camera from anywhere

In the past, if you wanted to conduct a remote production from anywhere, it would have required a huge infrastructure from capture to broadcast. It would take a huge team to implement and control and require a massive amount of coordination. Fast forward to 2022; all we need is an NDI camera and a network connection to broadcast video. NDI 5 Bridge allows us to control our NDI systems from anywhere at any distance. With this technology, a control room and its input controls can be anywhere and still broadcast to a mass audience.

NDI 5 Bridge allows productions to broadcast without the need for on-location camera control. Moreover, the inputs are more than just inputs. They also come with complete control over exposure, focus, pan, tilt and zoom. Productions can even use the system to operate cameras utilizing pre-set movement, adding more dynamics to every shot.

This article will discover what NDI 5 Bridge is and how it allows users to control PTZOptics cameras from anywhere in the world. 

What is NDI 5 Bridge?

NDI 5 Bridge allows productions to share NDI sources securely between local or remote sites, letting productions stay native in NDI from end to end. Ultimately, this lowers the complexity, cost and latency of broadcasts. It also encrypts the traffic for a secure transport from point to point. The setup requires a public static IP and port forwarding to reach other networks. It also supports multiple connections over a single port. This allows productions to place NDI sources in groups, which are then made available across NDI Bridge. It works with both high-efficiency, low-bandwidth NDI|HX, and high-bandwidth NDI. 

How NDI 5 Bridge empowers new production workflows

With NDI 5 Bridge, we can connect studios, not just devices. This technology allows access to remote sources over a secure WAN or public internet, offering better network connectivity with reliable UDP. With network connectivity and coexistence, you get a more secure connection and higher audio quality. This also allows IP-based synchronization with genlock for multi-camera setups, enabling remote and virtual set production. 

PTZ cameras with NDI 5 Bridge from PTZOptics

PTZOptics has a long list of PTZ cameras and has a line just for NDI. They share many functions, like simultaneous 1080p via HDMI, RS-485, SDI or USB and NDI/IP. PTZOptics NDI PTZ cameras also feature 0.5 lux minimum illumination. Each model has WDR and 2D/3D noise reduction, and SDI and NDI models have Power over Ethernet (PoE) support. They also have RS-232 and RS-485 serial control and audio line in for HDMI and NDI/IP. Lastly, they offer 10 IR Presets and 255 via Serial/IP control. The models only differ in their optical zoom range. For instance, the PT30X-NDI model has a 30x optical zoom, while the PT20X-NDI and PT12X-NDI models have a 20x and 12x optical zoom, respectively.

Controlling production from anywhere

PTZ cameras are a great option to lower operation costs while expanding production capabilities. With the power of NDI 5 Bridge, they are not limited to a single studio. They can broadcast live productions worldwide from anywhere. When it comes to an NDI-ready PTZ camera, PTZOptics has lots of options with loads of helpful resources on how to implement them and typical use cases. To learn more about PTZOptics and NDI, visit .

PTZOptics is a manufacturer of robotic pan, tilt, zoom camera solutions for a variety of broadcast applications, including both video production and live streaming.

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