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Using Skype & NDI for Virtual Productions

Who would have ever thought I'd be writing about how Skype might be a great option as a tool in our industry? Honestly, not me! But it happened. Microsoft added a pretty incredible feature to Skype that changes the game as far as I'm concerned. That feature is native NDI outputs of every single member of a Skype call. Yup, you read that right. Every single person on a Skype call on your computer will have an individual NDI stream created from their camera and audio feed. You can also get a shared screen as a separate NDI stream. All of these can be captured in your favourite compositing app like TouchDesigner or OBS to prepare a really nice looking and professional virtual production without too much extra gear. In this post, I'll walk you through the basics of getting this setup.

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