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Pearl 4.18.0: NDI support, Microsoft Teams integration, and more

January 25, 2023

Pearl NDI Microsoft Teams

The Pearl family of all-in-one production systems continues to get better. We’re excited to announce Pearl firmware update 4.18.0 for Pearl-2, Pearl-Mini, and Pearl Nano will be releasing at the end of February 2023.

The upgraded firmware includes:

  • New NDI|HX support for Pearl Mini
  • Upgraded NDI support for Pearl-2
  • New Microsoft Teams integrations for all Pearl systems
  • New and augmented control system integrations
  • Enhancements to existing features and performance

NDI|HX support for Pearl Mini

Pearl Mini will now be able to connect to networked cameras in any space using the high-efficiency, low-latency NDI|HX.

  • Supports two NDI|HX inputs
  • Queries NDI Discovery server for available NDI sources

Expanded NDI support for Pearl-2

Pearl-2’s NDI performance has improved, allowing users to do more with Full NDI and NDI|HX.

  • Upgraded to NDI 5
  • Supports high-bandwidth NDI inputs, up to three
  • Supports NDI|HX inputs, up to six
  • Allows one Full NDI output in 4K30 or four 1080p30 outputs
  • Queries and registers with an NDI Discovery server

Epiphan Connect for Microsoft Teams direct integration

All Pearl systems get a direct Epiphan Connect integration, allowing users to bring Microsoft Teams participants and persistent screen share into their local productions in 1080p HD with isolated audio.

By connecting cloud-to-edge, Epiphan Connect maps video participants to paired Pearl inputs, delivering the industry’s first integrated hybrid solution, making it easy on creators, producers, and broadcasters alike.

New and enhanced control system integrations

A new Q-SYS plugin for Pearl will be made available to download towards the end of February through Q-SYS Designer Asset Manager, allowing Q-SYS customers to add Pearls to their automation ecosystems.

  • Automatically activate connected cameras, audio sources, and start recording and streaming with Pearl from any Q-SYS touch screen controller
  • Ability to customize the Pearl plugin for precise, streamlined recording and streaming support

An improved Crestron driver will also be available through the company’s Application Market for enhanced integration and customization when adding a Pearl into any Crestron-controlled space.

  • New video and audio previews on Crestron control touch screens

Additional updates

  • Easier SRT configuration
  • Improved discovery of Epiphan Live switcher
  • Enhancements to Panopto integration

Pearl firmware update 4.18.0 will be available at the end of February 2023 and we’re excited to see what Pearl helps you create!

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