'NDI for VLC' allows you to present video content and other supported multimedia to the network as IP sources directly from VLC Media Player.

The NDI for VLC application is available for free at www.ndi.tv/tools within the NDI Tools pack (for Windows or Mac):

NDI Tools

In that example below, we will open an USB feed on VLC (as we could have opened an IP feed too) but this one will be available as an NDI source on the NDI Studio Monitor (or any other NDI enabled hardware/software on the network):

From the NDI Launcher interface (above pic), click on 'NDI for VLC' that will open VLC

* If VLC is not yet installed on your PC you will get that notice:


But our recommendation is to install first VLC (64-bit if possible) and then NDI.

Open the Preferences in the Tools tab:

VLC Preferences

In VIDEO tab, change the video output to NDI:


* If you cannot find any 'NDI video output', again our recommendation is to desintall both and re-install first VLC (64-bit if possible) and then NDI.

In AUDIO tab, change the audio output to NDI:


Now to open the USB feed of your camera, click on Menu > Open capture device

Open capture device

and select your camera (here an Avonic camera named "FHD camera") and click the Play button:

Open Media

(open the Advanced options if you wish to select a specific resolution and/or apply another other specific setting)

The VLC windows will be black (without any video) which is normal because you previously set the video and audio output to NDI. Therefore you need now to open the NDI Studio Monitor (or any other NDI enabled hardware/software) to display that feed. First select that connection with VLC:

NDI Studio Monitor

Now the VLC output (USB feed in that case) is available as a NDI stream! here on NDI Studio Manager:

NDI Studio Monitor 2

(In that mode, it is not possible to use the PTZ controls)

* Introduction about NDI: NDI - Network Device Interface

And much more NDI articles on our Knowledge Base!