Avid Artist I/O interfaces are designed to offer extensive format support to future-proof your production by allowing you to easily capture, monitor, and output SD, HD, 2K, UHD, and 4K content. At IBC 2017, we are proud to introduce a new family member: the Avid Artist | DNxIV.
Following on from the launch of the 2RU, rackmountable Avid Artist | DNxIQ at NAB earlier in the year, the Avid Artist | DNxIV offers much of the same connectivity, but in a smaller, more portable form factor.
Both Avid Artist I/O interfaces offer high-speed Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, providing up to 40 Gb/s of bandwidth to deliver the smoothest performance and operation. Both interfaces offer a wide range of analog and digital I/O to plug into today’s diverse media productions, including SDI, HDMI, XLR, RS-422 and timecode. While you can purchase Avid Media Composer to work with either interface, you can also use another creative application, as both Apple Final Cut X and Adobe Premiere Pro are supported.
So apart from being different sizes, what’s the difference between DNxIQ and DNxIV, and which applications are they best suited to?
|Avid Artist | DNxIQ||Avid Artist | DNxIV|
|I/O||3G, 6G, 12G SDI||3G, 6G, 12G SDI|
|SDI monitor output|
|HDMI 2.0a||HDMI 2.0b|
|LTC In/Out||LTC In/Out|
|Device Control (RS-422)||Device Control (RS-422)|
|Audio Punch-In||Audio Punch-In|
|Composite / Component Connectors||Audio Break-out Cable with 8 I/O|
|AES/EBU, XLR Audio||Reference Input/Internal Clock|
|Optical Fiber SDI (video & audio)|
|Host Connectivity||Thunderbolt 3||Thunderbolt 3|
|PCIe Gen 3|
|Format Support||SD, HD, UHD, 2K/4K DCI||HD, UHD, 2K/4K DCI|
|DNxHR Encoding||Hardware encode||Host CPU encode|
|Miscellaneous||Support for Davinci Resolve|
|LCD Panel on Front|
There’s a simple reason for the DNxIQ being a bigger box – it has more extensive legacy connectivity, boasting banks of component and XLR connectors. Built-in encoding to Avid DNxHR allows you to edit massive 4K files with ease and you get real-time format and frame-rate conversion on output and playback, thanks to hardware-accelerated Universal Mastering.
In short, if you work with a wide range of older and newer equipment from different manufacturers, and desk real-estate is no issue, then the Avid Artist | DNxIQ is the workhorse for you.
The Avid Artist | DNxIV, on the other hand, is more portable, and much more a product of the digital age than a bridge to the analog one. It offers quad SDI and 8-channel surround sound monitoring, so it gives you 5.1 or 7.1 directly out of the box, as opposed to having to split it out of the HDMI or SDI signal, as you would have to do with the Avid | DNxIQ.
Whatever your production environment, whatever resolution you’re working in, there’s an Avid Artist interface for you.