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Panasonic and NewTek Announce Integration of Panasonic AW-HE130 and AW-HE40 Series PTZ Cameras with NewTek's NDI Technology

NEWARK, NJ (31 May 2016)

Panasonic and NewTek have successfully integrated Panasonic AW-HE130 and AW-HE40 series PTZ cameras with NewTek’s open Network Device Interface (NDI) technology to stream H.264 video over IP to NDI-compatible systems and devices. When added and configured as production inputs using NewTek Connect Pro software, the AW-HE130 and AW-HE40 cameras become recognizable on the LAN as NDI video sources.

With a growing number of products from top manufacturers already utilizing NewTek’s bi-directional NDI technology enabling IP interoperability, the implementation of NDI and compatibility with NewTek Connect Pro allows AW-HE130 and AW-HE40 series PTZ cameras to be integrated seamlessly with new and existing SDI and IP-based technologies, including video mixers, graphics systems, capture cards and other production devices, as part of an interconnected production workflow.

At NAB 2015, Panasonic showed direct streaming connectivity and camera control with NewTek’s TriCaster multi-camera video production systems. During NAB 2016, work began to enhance these capabilities with the advantages of NDI and NewTek Connect Pro software. With this integration, Panasonic PTZ cameras will not only stream video to and receive control commands from TriCaster, they will be recognized by other compatible systems and devices as NDI nodes, enabling access to their video feeds across the network and throughout facilities for production use.

“Panasonic has been a leader, taking advantage of the flexibility of IP connectivity for years, and we have seen NewTek pushing the envelope during that time as well: our PTZ camera systems have been using IP for camera control, and now feature IP streaming out as well as PoE+ power, drastically simplifying installation,” says Michael Bergeron, Panasonic Senior Business Development Manager. “We were fortunate to begin work with NewTek last year, showing PTZ streaming directly to TriCaster, and this year IP innovation is a main theme for us. We’ve launched new streaming cameras, our new P2Cast Streaming Server, and at NAB 2016, we showed a broadcast VoIP gateway prototype streaming 4K across the Central Hall. We are thrilled that our IP streaming cameras could work with NewTek so quickly: we can use NDI right out of the gate by utilizing the NewTek Connect Pro as a bridge.”

"The use of IP video promises to fundamentally change the way that we interact and work with video throughout the entire process from acquisition to delivery,” said Michael Kornet, executive vice president of Business Development for NewTek. “Both Panasonic and NewTek are leaders in this space and by working together using NewTek NDI and NewTek Connect Pro software, we are truly excited to create an affordable broadcast camera IP solution immediately available for customers with multi-camera production workflows."

NewTek’s NDI is now available as a royalty free software developer kit (SDK) for any company looking to establish IP workflows within its organization, or in production tools and systems they manufacture.

For more information on NDI, visit ndi.newtek.com.

For more information about Panasonic professional video products, visit www.panasonic.com/broadcast or contact Panasonic at 877-803-8492.

About Panasonic Corporation of North America

Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and solutions for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. In Interbrand’s 2014 annual “Best Global Green Brands” report, Panasonic ranked number five overall and the top electronics brand in the report. As part of continuing sustainability efforts, Panasonic Corporation of North America relocated its headquarters to a new facility, adjacent to Newark Penn Station in Newark, NJ. It is the first newly constructed office tower in Newark to earn both LEED Platinum and Gold certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council.