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    Registered User vdmc's Avatar
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    Nov 2009
    USA, Southeast

    MINI 4SDI AE and skype work

    I have been knocking myself out looking for a post about the 180323 version of AE and SKYPE. I have yet to find anyone describing how easy or not easy the set up is for Skype with NDI.

    I have a once a year client with a big web broadcast that I used a variety of hardware to get SKYPE into a live stream. (Thank you to LON.TV on YT for the great video about tricaster mini and Skype.)

    This year for the broadcast I am able to use the updated AE on my MINI 4SDI.

    I open SKPE on my MAC - click on my profile icon and it opens the a window
    Click on "Calling" at the bottom of the calling window find "Advanced" switch on the "Allow NDI usage" before making or receiving a call.
    This has to be switched on before connection to a Skype call.
    *Note that it will default off. Also note that the person on the other side of the Skype call will get a warning about the call being recorded.

    On the tricaster I am able to assign one of my inputs - click on the gear and drop down SOURCE and choose your Skype connection from the network inputs. Do the same for the audio to follow the input (this works for me) so I can make a mix minus for broadcast.

    Video and Audio from SKYPE get to the Tricaster MINI 4SDI AE like magic.
    This has been in test mode so far. I will update later in JUNE 2018.


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    Registered User vdmc's Avatar
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    The actual session was really easy and worked.
    Definitely need to have the newest version of Skype. We used Apple computers and the directions above worked great. Glad I posted this because on event day I had to review my post to remember the instructions.

    I tried a conference call with two people but it was not successful the day of the event. I didn't think to test conference call before event day. My work around - I had to have two computers with two different Skype accounts doing a call for the Two remote Skype-in to the broadcast.

    If anyone has done a conference call Skype on the broadcast please chime in. I'd like to do a multi call Skype into the broadcast in the futures. Cheers!

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    Chicago, IL
    Did you use the latest NDI tools or the earlier version?

    We've been using Skype with NDI for some time now and it works great. The new version (3.5) hopefully launching with Skype in two weeks.

    At NAB, Microsoft was showing Skype with NDI built in, too! Supposedly coming sometime this summer. And, it's will just be a regular update, supposedly not a special TX broadcast version or anything.

    Fritz Golman
    Museum of Broadcast Communications

    PS Next Chicago/Midwest TriCaster Users Group meeting on August 1. Contact me for details:

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    Registered User Stream's Avatar
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    With NDI Transmit, you can also use Zoom which has some cool options for doing conference calls
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