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NDICam turns your iPhone into an NDI Powered IP Video Camera. NDICam is the original NDI iPhone camera built by broadcast infrastructure developers, mature and feature rich.
The NDI (Network Device Interface) protocol connects to professional vision mixers and other devices, and delivers a high quality, low latency connection. NDICam is compatible with VMC, TC1, TriCaster, VMix, Wirecast and dozens of other professional IP video systems which support NDI.
- Simple to use - nothing to configure on your iOS device
- Switch between front and rear cameras during broadcast
- Auto Focus, AF Lock and Tap to Focus
- Auto Exposure, AE Lock and Tap to Expose
- Illumination light on/off
- Audio Mute Control
- Manual Naming of NDI Stream source
- 3 quality / performance levels to suit your device and network.
- Pinch to zoom (where zoom is supported)
- On screen live / preview tally plus optional use of camera flash as talent tally (with red gel cover).
- Option to prevent iOS device sleep
Front and Rear cameras can be selected at the touch of a button and NDICam features a 4 position quality vs frame rate slider to deliver optimum video suited to the quality of your wifi connection and your iPhone's processing performance. Depending on your iOS device and Wifi network performance NDICam supports up to 1080 full HD resolution.
Control of flashlight, touch to focus, focus lock, pinch to zoom and audio enable are also included. You can even use the phone's torch as a Tally Light, by covering it with a red gel.
Note: Depending on the performance of your iOS device and your WIFI network, you may not see full frame rates when operating at maximum 1080 resolution with a full HD camera.
Note: NDI is a high bandwidth protocol designed for local area Gigabit networks. In order to see good results you will need a fast, uncontested wifi connection. If you see slow frame rates, try improving the wifi environment, with a better router, less interference, directional antenna or maybe switch to 5GHz if you are on 2.4GHz.
NDICam is also compatible with wired ethernet connections to iOS devices which can help deliver smooth video compared to a poor quality Wifi network. Good results have been seen with lightning to ethernet adaptors.
Support for 25 FPS as well as 29.97 FPS
New scaling modes to deliver 1920, 1280, 720 resolutions
Updated NDI library to 3.8
Ratings and Reviews
Works with OBS! (Only $10 instead of $20 for NewTek NDI Camera)
It's (currently) half the price of the app that everyone is telling OBS users to get if they want to use their iPhone as a webcam in OBS! The same plug-in works for this app as well.
Just a little heads up.
As for the actual app, I presume it is very similar to the other NDI app I mentioned. It is very network heavy and that can really increase the number of frames dropped. I did turn off the audio feed and the video improved quite a bit. If your 5GHz WiFi signal is strong on your computer and your phone, the video quality can be really good. I wouldn't say "crystal clear," but I was impressed, at least after I got the wifi sorted out.^^
Bad App+ Update
UPDATE: After getting in touch with Sienna (the company that makes this app) they quickly got in touch with Newtek and their app developer, and even CC me on the email! It turns out the “Newtek NDI Video monitor” is is not compatible with this app which runs NDI 1.x . They do have a newer version of the app that does work, and I was told they will try to schedule an update soon. 5 star customer service experience!
Begin original Review:
All NDI camera apps should be compatible with all other NDI apps because they use the same standard. This app works great with the Sienna monitor app, but fails to work with the Newtek NDI Video monitor app for Mac. Because it doesn’t work with the Newtek app, I’m not sure it would work with the Tricaster TC1 that I operate. I will update this review if anything changes and also try the other app by Newtek. But overall first impressions are not impressive.
Impressively smooth and simple
On my church non-commercial wifi network I have been running NDI cam on my iPhoneX, an iPhone 8 plus, and a iPhone 7 plus all at the same time while streaming through vMix without an issues. I might see a distortion or lag very briefly once or twice in an hour and this is with many people in the church connected to the wifi as well. I have been highly impressed and look forward to more NDI products.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.