Introducing the Avid Artist | DNxIV at IBC 2017

By in IBC 2017, Video Editing

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 | DNxIQAvid Artist | DNxIV
I/O3G, 6G, 12G SDI3G, 6G, 12G SDI
SDI monitor output
HDMI 2.0aHDMI 2.0b
LTC In/OutLTC In/Out
Device Control (RS-422)Device Control (RS-422)
Audio Punch-InAudio Punch-In
Composite / Component ConnectorsAudio Break-out Cable with 8 I/O
AES/EBU, XLR AudioReference Input/Internal Clock
Optical Fiber SDI (video & audio)
Form FactorRack-mountableDesktop
Host ConnectivityThunderbolt 3Thunderbolt 3
PCIe Gen 3
Format SupportSD, HD, UHD, 2K/4K DCIHD, UHD, 2K/4K DCI
DNxHR EncodingHardware encodeHost CPU encode
MiscellaneousSupport for Davinci Resolve
Universal Mastering
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.

Beautiful performance

Avid Artist I/O interfaces offer extensive format support, enabling you to respond quickly to changing demands and deliver content to a wider range of channels and devices.

Senior Director of Product Management at Avid & Liaison to Avid Customer Associations Products & Solutions Advisory Council, with a focus on Audio, Video, and Asset Management/Storage.