NDI is the leading technology for video over IP

NDI (Network Device Interface) is a technology developed by NewTek that enables the transmission of high-quality video and audio over IP networks in real-time. It has gained popularity in the AV (audio-visual) industry as a way to simplify and streamline the production and distribution of video content.

According to the analysis by RH Consulting, NDI is the leading technology in the emerging market for networked video products. Not only does NDI have the highest number of products available, but it also has the highest percentage of products with the technology embedded inside, rather than just using encoders and decoders.

The report by RH Consulting is the 11th edition of their research into networked AV products. The research began with a focus on networked audio products in 2013 before adding video and control protocols last year. This is the first year in which the research considers NDI and IPMX-ready products, highlighting the growing importance of networked video technology in the AV industry.


The RH Consulting report also notes that while SDVoE (Software Defined Video over Ethernet) has a significant number of products available in the networked video market, this can be misleading due to the large number of encoders and decoders available with minor variations. The report emphasizes the importance of considering the percentage of devices with integrated technology when evaluating the maturity of a networked video protocol.

The report highlights the dominance of Dante in the networked audio market, with significant growth in Dante products compared to all other protocols combined. Ravenna is in second place but has shown steady growth. The number of products for all other protocols is considered to be inconsequential.

Overall, the RH Consulting research found a total of 5,219 networked AV products currently shipping from 552 brands, reflecting the growing importance of networked AV technology in the industry.

"Video over IP has taken longer to adopt than audio for a number of reasons. On a 1Gbit network we effectively have unlimited audio channels. For video, this bandwidth only allows very few or even just one video channel to pass. Furthermore, audio reached ‘perfect’ quality quite a few years ago, whilst video quality is still on a journey from HD to 4K to 8K with increasing bandwidth demands that most current IP infrastructure can’t handle." 
RHC consultant Roland Hemming

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