Avid Artist I/O interfaces are designed to offer Avid Media Composer users extensive format support to future-proof their production. For many content creators and broadcasters right now, choosing not so much whether, but when, to implement a video-over-IP workflow is a key consideration. To address this very hot topic, we have collaborated with AJA to create the latest in our family of hardware interfaces, the Avid Artist | DNxIP, announced this week at Inter BEE 2017 in Tokyo.
For even relatively small installations, the scalability that can be achieved using Ethernet and IP-based routing far outweighs what can be achieved by adding more SDI cables to the mix, and broadcasters are already beginning to turn to IP workflows to achieve much greater efficiency and flexibility. The Avid Artist | DNxIP enables the transfer of SMPTE standard HD video over 10 GigE IP networks, supports high frame rate, deep color and high dynamic range and offers high-quality local monitoring over 3G-SDI or HDMI 2.0.
The addition of this new interface punctuates a busy year for Avid, following on from the launches of the Avid Artist | DNxIQ and the Avid Artist | DNxIV at NAB and IBC respectively. The difference between the DNxIQ and DNxIV interfaces are covered in an earlier blog: Introducing the Avid Artist | DNxIV.
With the same smaller, more portable form factor as the Avid Artist | DNxIV, the Avid Artist | DNxIP is custom engineered to Avid’s specifications, incorporating XLR audio input on the front of the device for microphone or line level sources. It features dual Thunderbolt 3 ports for daisy chaining, and dual 10 GigE connectivity via two SFP+ cages for video and audio routing over IP networks. The lightweight, aluminum encased device also supports SMPTE 2022-6 uncompressed video, audio and VANC data over IP, as well as SMPTE 2022-7 for redundancy protection.
Whatever your production environment, whatever resolution you’re working in, there’s an Avid Artist interface that’s right for your needs. The Avid Artist | DNxIQ has extensive legacy format connectivity, built-in encoding to Avid DNxHR and hardware-accelerated Universal Mastering. The lightweight and portable Avid Artist | DNxIV, on the other hand, is more a product of the digital age than a bridge to the analog one. It offers quad SDI and 8-channel surround sound monitoring, giving you 5.1 or 7.1 sound directly out of the box. And now there’s the Avid Artist | DNxIP – enabling content creators and broadcasters to benefit from the increased agility and operational efficiency of IP workflows.
Avid Artist | DNxIP will be available through authorized Avid resellers in early 2018.