NewTek Connect Spark HDMI

NewTek Connect Spark HDMI

NewTek Connect Spark HDMI

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Product Highlights

  • NDI-Compatible for NewTek NDI Standard
  • Wi-Fi Capable IP Video Converter
  • Bring Video into Computer or IP Workflow
  • Appears as an Input for NDI Products
  • Supports up to 1080p60 Video with Audio
  • HDMI Input/Simultaneous Loop Out
  • Remote Recording to USB or microSD Media
  • Control via Web-Based User Interface
  • Integrated Tally Lights
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NewTek FG-001775-R001 overview

  • 1Description

The NewTek Connect Spark HDMI is a Wi-Fi-capable IP video converter designed for the NewTek open-source NDI standard. It supports up to 1080p59.94 video, and allows for remote recording to optional USB or microSD storage media. It can also be controlled via a web-based user interface for configuration and monitoring.

The NDI standard (Network Device Interface) allows all NDI-compatible video equipment to freely recognize and interact with one another, as long they're connected to the same network over Ethernet or Wi-Fi.

Connect Spark HDMI is designed to provide an ideal way to get HDMI video into a computer or IP-based video workflow. It allows you to convert any HDMI source for compatibility with hundreds of NDI-compatible systems, devices, and applications that can be connected on the same network, enabling you to efficiently incorporate that HDMI source into IP-based video capture and production workflows.

You won't need all the cables you normally would, but can rather send and receive video to/from your computer through the network. (Your computer would need to be NDI-enabled, and this is easily done with NDI software such as Connect Pro, sold separately.)

As soon as you plug the Connect Spark to a network, the HDMI source connected to it will instantly become available as an input for any NDI-compatible hardware and software on the network.

Key Features
  • HDMI video input with embedded audio
  • Simultaneous HDMI loop-through out with embedded audio
  • Support for 1080p and 720p video at up to 59.94 frames per second
  • Remote configuration and monitoring via web-based user interface
  • Remote recording onto microSD or USB storage media, with control via web-based interface
  • Integrated tally lights
  • Compatible with professional and prosumer production solutions, including NewTek live production systems and third-party video switchers, as well as software-based video tools like Livestream Studio, OBS, Streamstar SW, Telestream Gameshow and Wirecast, VidBlaster, vMix, XSplit, and all other NDI-compatible products (NDI version 2.0 or higher)
  • Compatible with popular desktop video applications via included software driver, including Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, Skype, Skype for Business, WebEx, Zoom, and more
In the Box
NewTek Connect Spark HDMI
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    NewTek FG-001775-R001 specs

    Input 1 x HDMI
    Loop Output 1 x HDMI
    Audio HDMI-embedded
    3.5 mm line Level
    Encoding NDI/HX
    Ethernet 1 x RJ-45 port for 10/100M Ethernet networking
    Wireless Functionality Built-in Wi-Fi radio
    2 x 5 dB 2.4 G / 5.8 G dual-band antennas
    IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
    Interface Web-based user interface for configuration and monitoring
    Tally Tally support via NDI, with built-in program/preview tally lights
    Formats 1080p at 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps
    720p at 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps
    Standards HDMI: 0.8 Vpp
    Recording Video: MPEG-TS
    Audio: AAC

    *USB or microSD storage media required (not included)
    USB 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
    1 x USB 2.0 mini-USB
    Power External 12 VDC, 1 A adapter included; 4 W power consumption (max)
    Operating Temperature -4 to 176°F (-20 to 80°C)
    Relative Humidity 20 to 90%
    Dimensions 5 x 3.5 x 1.1" (13 x 9 x 3 cm)
    Weight Approx. 8 oz (227 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.2 x 6.3 x 3.4"

    NewTek FG-001775-R001 reviews

    Connect Spark HDMI is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hoping a v2 is near.� This one isn't all that great I waited a long time for something like this and then BirdDog NDI device came out but never shipped in time and then NewTek came out with the spark.� All i can say is this was almost great but they either left a lot out to allow other manuafactures�to adopt NDI and create a better solution or their hopeing for the upsale. 1. The device is for remote broadcasting yet they say its not for remote cameras. Yet its small and built like it is with the exception of no mounting holes or plates for it. 2. The power adapater�is short (like really short) but hey it's for camera tops right?� No its a standard plug.� They want you to use the 1ft power cable.� I found a D-Tap that will work though. 3. They talk about removing the wires yet no PoE and although it has wifi they want you to use the ethernet.� If i was to use the ethernet i would want NDI not a watered down compressed version of it like NDI/HX.� Wifi is shaky at best although Peplink and some other unifi�systems work i found it just isn't stable and the antena�connectors are weak.� One already broke on me. 4. The ethernet is a 100Mb conenctor not a Gigabit (GE) connector.� I'm hoping that is a software limitation and they update the firmware because i have to manually go in and hard set the ports to 100 since most systems are set to GE or auto Gig.�� 5. No NDI option when using ethernet.� Why not?� NDI/HX for wifi and an option for ethernet.� firmware update maybe? 6. The recorder is buggy.� The options of record over old when the card�is full doesn't always work and sometime if the recorder stops so does the transmission! 7.� There is more but i'm done... Bottom line is its a great start and its basically a over priced encoder.� I can buy a HDLive Video Encoder for 190$ and get just as good quality via the ethernet cable.� In fact looking at both items it seems the device is a knock off.� But maybe not.� If your planning to use an existing ethernet�infastructure�and want something that converts to NDI/HX immediately to work in your workflow then its a good buy i guess.� I just wanted more from this device.� I bought 4 and i'm returning 2.� I'm hoping fopr a firmware update i guess :|
    Date published: 2018-01-14
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Can't get mine to work over WiFi to save my life. Cannot get my unit to connect via WiFi at all. Searched the NewTek forums and discovered that I am not the only one experiencing these problems. Might not be an issue if Newtek would actually stand behind their products and offer up some prompt technical support, but they simply don't. Known Wifi issues paired with NewTek's lack of customer support and you have yourself one full blown waste of time. Will be returning mine for a refund.
    Date published: 2018-03-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great over WiFi with SparkMount Battery Kit We have tested three Connect Sparks mounted on cameras with Mobile Studios new SparkMount battery kits. The kits include a 16 hour battery and DC power cable to power the Spark. These kits are really the missing link for the Connect Spark and truly unleash the power of NDI|HX to provide cable free WiFi operation from any portable camera. The Connect Sparks WiFi we tested at a local high school were successfully connected to an Access Point�and to a TriCaster TC1 over their local network to stream live football and basketball games. One or more Access Points can be easily set-up for coverage up to 600 feet using low cost Ubiquiti components. Checkout these video case studios on YouTube: https://youtu.be/rm4P66wLtNQ https://youtu.be/8OeUOlVUfxg
    Date published: 2018-02-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Also a great capture device for streaming. If you use a vmix for streaming, the spark capture via hdmi or sdi the output of a switcher or a camera, with a 5ghz ubiquiti antena system you transmit the video via NDI from kms away.
    Date published: 2017-10-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Just Works! I was concerned about a complicated setup, but this device worked straightforward pretty much out of the box. It works great over a wired connection. I have not tested wireless. I love the fact that it can record the camera's input signal, and that footage can be accessed remotely. I just wish that recording could be scheduled or automated. That would totally perfect my workflow. We will be getting more of these for other cameras. ***FYI this doesn't currently work with Wirecast on Mac.***
    Date published: 2017-11-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product Easy setup, good picture quality, works well wicht other NDI equipment. Downside: No mounting options, latency about 500 ms with ethernet connection.
    Date published: 2017-09-28
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Network limitations I envisioned basically plugging my camera into this device anywhere on campus and seeing it on my Tricaster. But, there is a significant network limitation you should be aware of: the NDI signal cannot pass between subnets on your network (at least without significant network restructuring by IT). The device works as advertised if it's on the same subnet as the Tricaster. However, in a large facility like ours there are multiple subnets. Our IT department now has to designate one port in each wing's telecom closet as the camera port, and I have to go into the closet and patch into that port to make the camera work. It works, but it's cumbersome. As for wifi, again that's a problem if the wifi is on a different subnet or vLAN from your Tricaster's Ethernet connection. The answer would be to create a separate SSID wifi just for the Sparks and put that on the same subnet as the Tricaster, but my IT department is too busy to tackle that project. So, this is strictly a wired connection device for us now.
    Date published: 2017-11-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Everything works great !
    Date published: 2018-01-04
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