[Guide] OBS Plugin – NDI

As you may know, OBS studio could be incredibly helpful & powerful when it is equipped with a variety of add-ons and plugins. We’ve introduced Spectralizer in our last article. And today, I’ll show you an amazing NDI integration plugin for OBS Studio. 

Top OBS plugins 2022 - NDI

obs-ndi – newtek ndi™ integration into obs studio

Setup difficulty: ★★

Recommendation level: ★★★★★

Recommendation level: ★★★★★

Plugin address: https://obsproject.com/forum/threads/obs-ndi-newtek-ndi%E2%84%A2-integration-into-obs-studio.69240/

Official documentation: https://github.com/Palakis/obs-ndi

Supported platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

What is ndi?

NDI is a free software which supports video compatible products to communicate over a computer network.

What’s the main function of ndi?

If you have two PCs, you can maximize the performance on your main (gaming) computer while have your streaming computer handles the encoding load via NDI. In that case, you don’t need a capture card any more. What’s more, your gaming experience and streaming quality could be ensured. NDI adds simple audio/video input and output over IP using NewTek’s NDI™ technology. Three integrations are currently available:

  • NDI Source: you could simpy add NDI Sources into OBS like any traditional source.
  • NDI Output: It transmits the main program view over NDI; It’s similar to Virtualcam except that it supports the local area network.
  • NDI Filter: A NDI filter that outputs its parent OBS source to NDI (audio works only with video capture sources, media sources, and VLC sources)

It looks like this:

OBS plugin - NDI looking
NDI output settings

How to set up ndi?

  • Complete the installation necessary to run NDI
  • Configure parameters

The first step is to complete the installation necessary to run ndi. You could refer below instructions from github. For easier reading, let’s quote it here.

Install instructions: https://github.com/Palakis/obs-ndi/releases

Install instructions
Windows
Using the installer (recommended): download it, launch it and follow the instructions.
Using the obs-ndi-4.9.0-Windows.zip archive:
Copy the contents of the archive to the root of your OBS Studio installation folder
Install the NDI 4.5 Windows runtime using the installer provided here: https://ndi.palakis.fr/runtime/ndi-runtime-4.5.1-Windows.exe
On Windows, you must reboot your computer to make a new or updated NDI Runtime installation effective
Ubuntu/Debian
Download libndi4_4.5.1-1_amd64.deb and obs-ndi_4.9.0-1_amd64.deb (both are provided below), and install them on your system.
macOS
Starting with obs-ndi 4.8.0, the NDI runtime is not installed automatically anymore.
Download and run obs-ndi-4.9.0-macOS.pkg (provided below)
Install the NDI 4.5.1 macOS runtime using the installer provided here: https://ndi.palakis.fr/runtime/ndi-runtime-4.5.1-macOS.pkg

The second step is to configure parameters.

  • NDI Source:
NDI source
Property for NDI source - one of the Top OBS plugins 2021
  • NDI Output: Tool → NDI Output; It supports two options – Main Output and Preview Output
OBS plugin NDI output setting
NDI output settings
NDI output settings
  • NDI Filter:
NDI filters
Dedicated NDI output

The NDI plugin can somewhat replace Virtual Cam in some cases. If you have more than one wireless NDI cameras, using NDI technology to do live streaming might be the best option.

  • Pros: Wireless, no need for SDI or HDMI, low latency
  • Cons: Extra cost of buying an NDI-enabled camera

All right, that’s all about one of the Top OBS plugins – NDI. See you in the next chapter. 

Ending

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