Ikan announces the release of the new Ottica NDI®|HX PTZ Video Camera, the first of its kind among Ikan's many product lines. Integrated into the Ottica is NDI's NDI|HX, a high efficiency IP video production streaming protocol for high quality video transmission over local area networks. NDI is part of the Vizrt Group alongside its sister brands Vizrt and NewTek, and a technology that allows video, audio, and metadata signals to be shared bi-directionally over a standard Ethernet network. With the connection of a single Ethernet cable, users can benefit from Power over Ethernet, Audio/Video transmission, tally, and PTZ controls.
The Ottica features a 1/2.8″ CMOS sensor and 5.5-110mm varifocal lens with 20x optical zoom to capture videos at a maximum resolution of 1080p at 60fps. It supports HDMI, SDI, Ethernet, RS-232, RS-485, and audio-in connectivity. The camera uses a step drive motor mechanism and motor drive controller for smooth and noiseless PTZ operation. In addition, it supports H.264/H.265 video compression and AAC, MP3, and G.711A audio compression formats.
The Ottica's integration of NDI|HX makes it convenient to stream live video from anywhere on your network. NDI|HX works on a much lower bandwidth, compromised with low latency of about 50 milliseconds, virtually undetectable by the human eye thanks to great technological advances in high efficiency coding from NDI.
"Software-driven IP workflows have become ubiquitous in video production," said Michael Kornet, vice president, NDI. "NDI-enabled devices like the Ottica NDI®|HX PTZ Video Camera exponentially increase the video sources available for live production creating efficiencies and opportunities for customers that did not previously exist. NDI is the most widely adopted IP technology on the market, epitomized by the millions of customers with access to it today."
Advanced ISP processing algorithms provide vivid images with a strong sense of depth, high resolution, and fantastic color rendition. The camera includes a 5.5-110mm f/1.6-3.5 varifocal lens with 20x optical zoom offering a viewing angle ranging from 3.3° to 54.7°. The Ottica employs an autofocus algorithm that ensures the lens's focusing performance is fast, accurate, and stable. The low noise CMOS effectively ensures the camera's high SNR. Advanced 2D/3D noise reduction technology is also used to further reduce the noise while ensuring image sharpness. By adopting a high accuracy step-driving motor mechanism, the Ottica performs smoothly and quietly even when moving quickly to any position. The Ottica supports a low-power sleep/wake up function consuming lower than 500mW while in sleep mode. The Ottica supports RS-232 cascade function which is convenient for installing. One cable is included in the box. You can program up to 255 preset camera positions (10 presets by IR remote). VISCA, PELCO-D, PELCO-P protocols are supported and can also be automatically recognized.
Ikan designs, manufactures, and distributes professional grade products used in video productions worldwide. The company continues to keep pace and get ahead of the ever-accelerating technology curve. Ikan's line of products include beam-splitter glass teleprompters, lighting equipment, tripods; pedestals, camera rigs, and video monitors for both studio broadcast and field production, sold through authorized dealers located in more than 50 countries around the world and at www.ikancorp.com.