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PTZOptics 20X-NDI Broadcast and Conference Camera (Gray)

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Key Features
  • Simultaneous 1080p via HDMI, SDI, NDI/IP
  • Composite Output (576i/480i)
  • 20x Optical Zoom
  • 0.5 Lux Minimum Illumination
The 20X-NDI Broadcast and Conference Camera, in gray, from PTZOptics, allows you to output up to a 1080p60 signal simultaneously via HDMI, SDI, and NDI or IP outputs (NDI and IP share the same RJ45 port). The NDI protocol, NewTek's innovative IP technology, gives you low-latency access to audio and video devices anywhere on your network for various A/V applications. You won't be restricted to sources connected directly to a single system. The 20X-NDI comes with a NewTek NDI license, so you're set to go right out of the box. The camera also has a composite output that can be used on its own (without any of the other outputs at the same time) to deliver 576i/480i resolution.
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PTZOptics PT20X-NDI Overview

The 20X-NDI Broadcast and Conference Camera, in gray, from PTZOptics, allows you to output up to a 1080p60 signal simultaneously via HDMI, SDI, and NDI or IP outputs (NDI and IP share the same RJ45 port). The NDI protocol, NewTek's innovative IP technology, gives you low-latency access to audio and video devices anywhere on your network for various A/V applications. You won't be restricted to sources connected directly to a single system. The 20X-NDI comes with a NewTek NDI license, so you're set to go right out of the box. The camera also has a composite output that can be used on its own (without any of the other outputs at the same time) to deliver 576i/480i resolution.

The 20X-NDI has a 4.4 - 88.5mm lens providing a 20x zoom range which is best used in midsize settings. The NDI versions of the PTZOptics 20x cameras are ideal for streaming applications, houses of worship, sports streaming, live productions and events, and when cable runs might be an issue (when you'd rather run Ethernet cables instead of coax). The camera does well in low-light conditions owing to a fast f/1.8 - 2.8 lens aperture and minimum illumination requirement of only 0.5 lux. On top of this, built-in wide dynamic range and 2D and 3D noise reduction further enhance the broadcast experience. The camera is completely open-source so developers can customize everything as they prefer using simple HTML.

The 20X-NDI can be powered over PoE or using the included power supply. It offers RS-232 and RS-485 serial control, an audio line-in for HDMI and NDI/IP streams, and 10 presets via the included IR remote control or 255 via serial or IP control.

Key Features

  • Simultaneous 1080p60 output via HDMI, SDI, and NDI/IP
  • Low-latency NDI video
  • Composite output (576i/480i)
  • 20x zoom
  • Minimum illumination requirement of only 0.5 lux, for better low-light performance
  • Built-in wide dynamic range and 2D/3D noise reduction
  • PoE support
  • RS-232 and RS-485 serial control
  • Audio line-in for HDMI and NDI/IP streams
  • 10 presets via the included IR remote control or 255 via serial or IP control
  • H.264, H.265, and MJPEG streaming over RJ45 port
  • Open-source design
UPC: 737993160465

PTZOptics PT20X-NDI Specs

Image Sensor2.1 MP, 1/2.7" CMOS
OutputNDI: NDI|HX (over IP interface)
IP Interface: 1 x RJ45
3G-SDI: 1 x BNC (75 Ohms)
HDMI: 1 x HDMI type A
Composite: 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm
Audio Line InAnalog Audio: 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm (NDI/IP, HDMI)
ResolutionNDI/IP/SDI/HDMI:
1080p: 60/50/30/25
1080i: 60/50
720p: 60/50/30/25

Composite:
576i: 30
480i: 30

Note: All the outputs can stream up to 1080p60 simultaneously except for composite. When you use composite, the other outputs turn off.
Lens4.42 - 88.5mm, f/1.8 - 2.8
Zoom20x optical
Field of ViewHorizontal: 3.36° (tele) to 60.7° (wide)
Vertical: 1.89° (tele) to 34.1° (wide)
Minimum Illumination0.5 lux at f/1.8, AGC on
Shutter Speed1/30 - 1/10000 sec
SNR≥55 dB
Flip / MirrorVertical
Working EnvironmentIndoor
Pan±170°
TiltUp: 90°
Down: 30°
Presets10 via IR (255 via serial or IP)
CommunicationRS-232: 1 x 8-pin mini DIN input, 1 x 8-pin mini DIN output
RS-485: 1 x 2-pin
PELCO-D/P
NDI
CompressionH.264, H.265, and MJPEG streaming over RJ45 LAN port
Baud Rate2400 / 4800 / 9600 bits
Input Voltage12 VDC (10.8 - 13 VDC) or PoE 802.3af
Power SupplyJEITA-type power adapter (12 VDC in) included
Power Consumption12 W (max)
USBUSB 2.0 (future manufacturer use only)
Dimensions5.6 x 6.5 x 6.7" / 14 x 16 x 17 cm
5.6 x 7.8 x 6.7" / 14 x 20 x 17 cm (with tilt)
Weight3 lb / 1.4 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.27 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.35 x 9.35 x 9.25"

PTZOptics PT20X-NDI Reviews

Smoooooth

By Walter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-19

This camera has a very smooth Zoom, Pan and Tilt mechanism. It is compatible with NDI (one interesting note is you can control the camera using NDI Studio Monitor). The NDI Studio Monitor gives you controls as part of the feed from the camera. You just use your mouse to control all the functions. It even had preset buttons as part of the control from NDI. I also hooked up this camera to a POE switch and it works like a champ.

Won't recommend purchasing to any church

By Gladys
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-12

I read the reviews, spoke with numerous churches that have purchased one 20x-NDI and the 30x with disappointing results. We have Cat6e cabling, no longer than a 50ft run to either camera and the picture quality is not HD quality as advertised. we have the correct cabling, POe, software technologies and the results week after week are the same frustrations with poor quality video streaming with high speed internet to Facebook 720p HD.

An amazing solution for streaming

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-29

The new covid reality required the installation of streaming gear in our sanctuary. This camera has by far exceeded my expectations and made my job SO much easier... The pre-sets that can be operated from remote control were super easy to set/adjust/operate and created a much more professional feel to our stream, as I was able to pan and zoom to different parts of the sanctuary with ease.

Fantastic Camera!

By Kenneth
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-18

Installed 2 of these at our church for our live streaming webcast. The color is so beautiful and they were so easy to set-up. They make the old camera that we still have in use look poor. Looks like I will be installing a third camera before much longer. Thanks B&H for the great response in acquiring these for us.

Okay, 4.5 starts

By Roy
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-17

Beautiful picture. Easy setup, except for the instruction Manual discussed nest. Easy to use. I can see why this is in such high demand. But the instructions for getting a network IP address were just wrong. Wrong title, had to guess at what the download link was. The examples were hard to follow and ultimately we had to get our tech expert in to set things up. But once set up, what a dream machine.

Fantastic Camera - But Know What You're Getting Into

By John
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-19

I like everything about this camera, with the possible exception of the software. If you have a Crestron controller, or similar, and understand how to write the control code, this is a fantastic camera. The included software, while functional, is really lacking. Getting the NDI working was fairly straightforward, and it's very nice to finally have a PoE camera! But this is not a consumer camera, this is a professional camera, and the software tool kit supplied reflects that.

Works as advertised, some caveats

By Jan
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-14

We use this camera as an upgrade from a Webcam for executive conference calls. It provided the improved picture quality and works as advertised. And we specifically picked this one since we're relaying on NDI HX for the feed, not video connection. But the setup took quite a while to work out network settings, etc. Not a plug and play camera. You'll need a SDI or HDMI monitor during setup to see settings before you can connect. The other concern is the color rendition of the camera. It took a lot of time to find a pleasing skin tone and avoid color casts. And that is with proper video lighting in place. It has a lot of settings for color and image settings, but they're quirky and not as useful as you might think. For our next camera we might opt for a real video camera primary because of the color issues.

Almost perfect

By Tiju
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-18

We have been using the 30x via cat6 for live stream at church and video quality is amazing. It does take some time to setup at first if you have unifi Network system running at church. The only issue I have is that when you zoom in full , you can see the the edges blur out just a bit, other than that seems to be good, I'll be buying the 20x and a z-cam soon.

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If connecting to a production switcher through HDMI or SDI, this will matter if the switcher requires Drop Frame Time Code, which is what 59.94 is compared to 60 fps. But for NDI and streaming on OBS, this should not matter.
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Asked by: SEOK HUI
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Answered by: Dean
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Asked by: Daniel
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Does this works with Wirecast? How do we control the PTZ, does it comes with a software? and controllable all in one Ethernet Cable (Control PTZ and Video Feed)
Asked by: JONATHAN GEORGE
Yes, the latest version of Wirecast does support NDI. Once you connect this camera to your network through an Ethernet Cable it will send the video feed and allow you to control the camera through IP. You will be able to also connect the PTZOptics IP Joystick GEN2 to your network, once you have this you will be able to control the camera. There are also software and app options available from PTZ Optics directly.https://bhpho.to/2kvzdfO
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Asked by: Daniel
If you were using HDMI or the SDI as your video signal, yes, you would need an encoder. However, if used as an IP camera there is no need for the encoder. Both video and audio will be carried over the Ethernet network.
Answered by: Dennis A
Date published: 2022-03-25
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