Microsoft Teams is a great collaboration platform, but it’s often used for much one than that. One use case is recording podcasts/vodcasts or even professional TV production. Today what you can do is relatively limited. For example, I record my monthly UC Today podcast on Microsoft Teams, we use the native Teams experience, natively recorded in Stream. Then it is given a simple overlay in post-production.
But what if you want to do more than this? If you want to take each person’s video feed in and control the layout, do overlays etc.? Coming soon, NDI (Network Device Interface), for Microsoft Teams enable this. It will allow you to convert each participant’s video into a discrete video source that can be used in the production tool of your choice, OBS, Wirecast, Xsplit, StreamLabs and many more. These tools allow you to control layouts, levels etc.
This will be great for podcasts, YouTube and other content creators.
Skype TX Interoperability
In addition to NDI support, Microsoft is adding Skype TX Interoperability. Skype TX is a studio-grade hardware and software solution from Microsoft, which allows you to integrate Skype callers from anywhere in the world into a broadcast. Skype TX hardware is available from Newtek, Quicklink and Broadcast Bionics. Skype TX converts Skype consumer calls into professional HD-SDI feeds ready to be integrated into production workflows.
Soon Microsoft Teams interop will enable the connection of 1:1 calls for interviews and newscasts with professional capabilities, including caller queuing and connection quality management. I imagine this is working via Teams to Skype consumer interop.
No dates were given for either feature. They were mentioned in a recent Build Microsoft Teams Updates blog here. I will have a blog as soon as it’s available or we know more, to stay in the know, subscribe for my every other week email update here.