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10-30-2017, 06:58 AM
Hi Folks

Many of you have probably used NDICam (http://www.sienna-tv.com/ndi/ndicam.html), the Full HD NDI app for iPhone which delivers great low-latency video to TriCaster and other NDI compatible devices.

The main challenge with running NDI off iPhone has been the quality of WIFI connection required to sustain high NDI data rates without dropping frames. Whilst some folks have got really solid networks which work great wirelessly, others have struggled to get smooth results at higher data rates.

Well....there is now a great, low cost solution to this problem - a variety of lightning to ethernet adaptors for iPhone and iPad.


Historically, it has been very tricky to wire an iPhone into a wired ethernet network, largely due to power requirements for the ethernet adaptors. However, more recently a new generation of very low power ethernet chips have enabled the creation of lighting to ethernet adaptors which are powered by the iPhone.

We tested one this morning using an iPhone 5S and iPhone 7plus with NDICam. The results were excellent - this appears to have eliminated the wifi bottleneck and connectivity issues, and the performance you end up with depends entirely on the performance of the iPhone.

Foinnex Adaptor (https://www.amazon.com/Lightning-Ethernet-Adapter-FOINNEX-Internet/dp/B0721784FC?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1)- Performance with iPhone NDICam (http://www.sienna-tv.com/ndi/ndicam.html) app
iPhone 7plus - [email protected]
iPhone 5S - [email protected]/1280x720 [email protected]

User reports suggest the iPhone 6 will also give full frame rate at full HD, and of course iPhone 8 and iPhone X should have no problems.

Using an iPhone as an NDI camera provides a unique perspective - either hand held as a close-up camera for desktop demonstrations, or as a point of view camera for natural, discrete coverage of things like backstage events where a camera phone is unobtrusive and does not get the same reaction from subjects as a full sized camera.

NDICam is on sale at the moment for the crazy low price of $9.99 (or international equivalent)
NDICam at the App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ndicam/id1074065391?ls=1&mt=8)


10-30-2017, 12:35 PM
Will this adaptor work with the iPad?

10-30-2017, 12:37 PM
Will this adaptor work with the iPad?

Yes, compatible with some iPads

Note that the adaptor is not compatible with iPad Mini according to the vendor. Not clear why might be related to max power draw.

From Amazon UK:

Note : Adapter is Not compatible with ipad mini series.iPhone/iPad to ethernet adaptor/converter with updated chipset for connecting the lightning bolt on ipad/iphone to Ethernet Internet .Support for iPhone 7plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus,iPhone 6 Plus,iPhone 6,iPhone 5s,iPhone 5c,iPhone 5,iPad Air2,iPad Air,iPad Pro with Lightning bolt to Ethernet internet .Update to IOS10.3.3 software version.