Video Over IP Comes To Portable Production

The new vMix GO 4 builds on the amazing feature set of the GO line of mobile production switchers.

Included in every box is a live production powerhouse featuring the ability to do titles, transitions, replay, audio mixer, video playback, streaming, virtual sets, and ISO recording. The recently announced GO 4 brings a 4 input HD-SDI offering to the table at an appealing pricepoint for those looking to do smaller productions.

The vMix GO 4, like the Base and Plus, weighs about 20 pounds and comes with a roller case that fits in overhead luggage on an airplane. The unit's rigid construction means it holds up well to the daily abuses of production and comes with a faceplate to cover the 17” screen against scratches during travel. The unit is topped off by a sturdy foldable handle to lug the unit to and from events.

The GO is powered by version 16 of vMix which added higher bitrate replay options, remote desktop capture, MIDI Control, Tally Light support, X-Keys and ShuttlePROv2 support, and GO4CS 475scripting to the existing amazing feature set of 4K production, streaming to multiple platforms, clip playback, multiviewer, MultiCorder, enhanced Virtual Sets with virtual pan/zoom.

One of the most interesting features users comment about is the remote control ability to operate the GO via a laptop or tablet. This is particularly useful for situations where the talent wants to be able to control certain aspects of the production like titles or sound effects but can be useful for remote production where the operator isn't present.

In development in vMix 17 however is a feature that looks to turn the industry on it's ear. NDI is an open standard of IP video designed by NewTek in conjunction with a consortium of companies to pave a clear path for high quality video over network allowing manufacturers to connect their equipment together. NDI stands for Network Device Interface and ideally works using Gigabit ethernet. Video is sent in packets much like streaming video you watch on Netflix or Youtube but at a much high quality. More importantly the technology is bidirectional meaning that the video doesn't have to flow in one direction neccesarily.  For example a remote feed of an interview subject could be sending the audio and video of the interview subject, but could also be returning the audio of the host and a confidence monitor for the talent of the production output letting the guest hear the host and see when they are being cut to.

NDI isn't just useful for remote feeds, traditionally every device on a switcher takes up an input limiting the number of connected cameras, replay units, titling systems. While the GO features all these aspects inside the system making it a portable turnkey television studio in a box, it's also possible to break these features out to other systems without occupying a physical input on the system, as long as they are networked together.

vMix 17 is also slated to introduce camera control for all networked Sony, Panasonic, and PTZ Optics Pan, Tilt, Zoom cameras bringing control for the units right into the vMix interface. Pan, Tilt, Zoom cameras allow a single operator to have multiple camera positions with each camera, for example a wide and tight shot eliminating the need for either a camera operator or multiple cameras to handle the different camera positions. vMix 17 brings that functionality right into the switcher interface to even further optimize the production experience.

The vMix GO is ideal for live events, education, house of worship, corporate, broadcast, and sports production and with the advent of video over IP looks to more closely integrate with the industry as a whole.


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