NewTek CaptureCast™ vs Epiphan Pearl Nexus

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NDI and physical inputs: The winning combination of flexible, high-quality video production

In colleges and universities worldwide, Network Device Interface (NDI) has become a favorite AV over IP solution for capturing video. NDI has proven to be a cost-effective, convenient means of scaling lecture capture and online instruction by eliminating the need for physical cables.

However, relying solely on NDI has its drawbacks. Network interruptions or fluctuations can lead to students failing to receive essential study assets. Versatile production systems supporting NDI, various AV over IP transmissions, and physical inputs ensure the most consistent, reliable lecture capture experience.

Pearl Nexus is a versatile, purpose-built lecture capture appliance, supporting NDI|HX and a wide range of professional video and audio inputs for maximum flexibility. Integrated with popular tools like Kaltura lecture capture, it continues to be a top choice for educators who want to capture, record, and live stream their video content intuitively and in the highest quality.

How does Pearl Nexus compare to CaptureCast?

Pearl MiniPearl Nexus
CaptureCast
CaptureCast
Video inputs (physical)2 × HDMI type A
1 × 3G-SDI
1 × USB 3.0 (UVC) video
Audio inputs2 × XLR/TRS, Stereo
1 × RCA, Stereo
1 × 3.5mm, Stereo
1 × SDI, Embedded Audio
2 × HDMI, Embedded Audio
1 × USB (UAC) audio
Networked AV inputs2 × NDI|HX
1 × RTSP
1 × SRT
6 × NDI|HX
8 × High Bandwidth NDI
Embedded audio over IP2 × NDI|HX
1 × RTSP
1 × SRT
6 × NDI|HX
8 × High Bandwidth NDI
Simultaneous video input useMaximum of threeMaximum of six
Storage1 TB internal SSD SATA storage2 TB Hard Drive
Encoding3 × 1080p@30 fps H.2648 × 1080p@60 fps H.264
Automatic file upload destinationsFTP
SFTP
CIFS
RSync
AWS S3
SCP
WebDAV
USB
FTP
SFTP
Dropbox
Google Drive
Content Management System integrationKaltura
Panopto
YuJa
Opencast
Kaltura
Panopto
Opencast
VimeoPro
YouTube
API integrationsOpen APIProprietary SDK
Remote device managementFree Epiphan EdgeCaptureCast Command center
(1-year subscription)
SchedulingThrough CMS integration and via Epiphan EdgeLocal scheduling
via CMS integration
Live switching
MultiViewer
(inputs and channels)
Enterprise-grade security802.1x
LDAP
CA certification
Brute-force PW protection
HTTPS for WebUI
Ad hoc events
Dimensions19 × 7.5 × 1.75″
(46.5 × 18.4 × 4.3 cm)
(with rackmount attachments)
18.97 × 22.73 × 1.88
(48.2 × 57.75 × 4.28 cm)
(with Bezel – Rack Rails Included)
Weight5.3 lb / 2.4 kg27.38 lb / 12.42 kg

The info in this table is current as of February 1st, 2023. All info related to the NewTek CaptureCast was sourced from the CaptureCast product page on the NewTek website and the CaptureCast page from the NewTek Knowledge Base.

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“Lecture Capture is everything right now… Faculty are saying ‘Hey, I want that in my classroom.’”

Frank Alaimo, Manager of Classroom Technology Services, UNLV

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