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BirdDog 4K 12G-SDI NDI Encoder/Decoder

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BirdDog 4K 12G-SDI NDI Encoder/Decoder
Key Features
  • Up to UHD 4K/60 Input
  • Full-Bandwidth I-Frame Compression
  • 12G-SDI Input, 12G-SDI/HDMI 2.0 Output
  • 3.5mm Audio Input/Output
Based on BirdDog's custom NDI silicon chip, the BirdDog 4K 12G-SDI NDI Encoder/Decoder supports up to UHD 4K/60 video input for distribution on NDI networks in full-bandwidth I-frame compression. The compact device is housed in an aircraft-grade aluminium case and features a 12G-SDI input and 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 individual outputs. It also has a built-in cross converter that allows the SDI input to be looped out via the HDMI output.
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BirdDog BD4K Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Key Features
  • 3Network Connectivity
  • 4External Interface Support (Requires Optional Cables)
  • 5Included Comms Lite Software
  • 6Additional Features with Optional Comms Pro Upgrade

Based on BirdDog's custom NDI silicon chip, the BirdDog 4K 12G-SDI NDI Encoder/Decoder supports up to UHD 4K/60 video input for distribution on NDI networks in full-bandwidth I-frame compression. The compact device is housed in an aircraft-grade aluminium case and features a 12G-SDI input and 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 individual outputs. It also has a built-in cross converter that allows the SDI input to be looped out via the HDMI output.

Another major feature is an SFP+ expansion slot that supports SFP+ modules for fiber connectivity and Ethernet protocols from 1-10GbE. A tally system with a large bicolor tally light is also built for indicating which camera is live to on-air talent. The tally system also allows user-selectable tally borders on loop out. The device is complete with 3.5mm audio input/output, a 4-line OLED display, and USB 3.0 interface. It can be powered by a standard power supply or over PoE+.

The 4K 12G-SDI NDI Encoder/Decoder comes with the BirdDog Comms Lite audio intercom software, which supports up to four BirdDog devices. Comms Lite is Windows compatible and offers features such as director push to talk, mute camera operator, auto-detect NDI sources, monitor camera audio, and shortcut to web console. For a more complete version of the application, an optional upgrade is available to Comms Pro. The Encoder/Decoder is also compatible with the optional BirdDog Central software, which helps you decode NDI back to SDI or HDMI.

Key Features

  • Up to UHD 4K/60 video input
  • Distribution on NDI networks in full-bandwidth I-frame compression
  • 12G-SDI input
  • 12G-SDI output
  • HDMI 2.0 output
  • 3.5mm audio input/output
  • Built-in cross converter
  • SFP+ expansion slot
  • Bicolor tally light
  • Selectable tally indicator on video loop outputs
  • PoE+ support
  • 4-line OLED display
  • Includes BirdDog Comms Lite audio intercom software for Windows (upgradeable to the complete Comms Pro application)
  • Compatible with the optional BirdDog Central software for decoding NDI back to HDMI/SDI
  • Aircraft-grade aluminium housing
  • Control any PTZ camera that supports NDI, NDI|HX, or Visca over IP using an optional USB-to-Ethernet dongle

Network Connectivity

  • Ethernet RJ45 1000baseT with integrated PoE
  • Open SFP+ Cage (10GB SFP+ adapters sold separately)
  • Embedded Web configuration panel

External Interface Support (Requires Optional Cables)

  • USB to RJ45 for additional network in device support
  • USB to RJ45 for VISCA over IP PTZ control
  • USB to Serial PTZ control (RS-232)
  • USB ISO recording

Included Comms Lite Software

  • Windows 10 and above compatible
  • Groups: 1
  • Max BirdDog devices per group: 4
  • Live video windows: 4
  • Director Push to Talk buttons: 1
  • Director to All
  • BirdDog to Director
  • Mute Camera Operator
  • Shortcut to Web Console
  • Monitor Camera Audio
  • Auto-detect NDI sources
  • Volume sider bar

Additional Features with Optional Comms Pro Upgrade

  • BirdDog Push to Talk
  • Director to Group
  • BirdDog Operator Broadcast
  • Mix Minus
  • Keyboard shortcuts / hot case
  • Refresh NDI Sources

BirdDog BD4K Specs

Input
Video Input Connectors1 x BNC (12G-SDI)
Input Video FormatSDI
UHD 4K: 23.98/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps
1080p: 23.98/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps
1080i: 50/59.94 fps
720p: 50/59.94/60 fps
Audio Input Connectors1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS
Embedded Audio InputSDI: 2-Channel
Output
Video Output Connectors1 x HDMI (HDMI 2.0)
1 x BNC (12G-SDI)
Output Video FormatSDI
UHD 4K: 23.98/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps
1080p: 23.98/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps
1080i: 50/59.94 fps
720p: 50/59.94/60 fps
HDMI
UHD 4K: 23.98/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps
1080p: 23.98/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps
1080i: 50/59.94 fps
720p: 50/59.94/60 fps
Audio Output Connectors1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo
Embedded Audio OutputSDI: 2-Channel
HDMI: 2-Channel
Connectivity
Other I/O1 x USB Type-A PoE
Expansion Slots1 x SFP+ Slot
Tally LightYes
Power
Power Connector1 x Barrel (12 VDC) Input
1 x RJ45 Input
PoE SupportPoE+ 802.3at
Power ConsumptionDevice: 16 W
General
Dimensions5.31 x 3.35 x 0.98" / 13.5 x 8.5 x 2.5 cm
Weight0.57 lb / 260 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.995 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.9 x 5.4 x 4"

BirdDog BD4K Reviews

Firmware still in Beta, buggy

By Jacob
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-20

I've been excited about this product for about a year now, but held off because I knew some features were to be released in a future firmware update. I've been watching the updates and when I saw enough of the features I was waiting for get posted, I purchased a set. Well, to get the advertised features, requires a firmware that is still in beta, and it's buggy, and not reliable. Getting 4 signals to detect and lock, is a test of patience. Web interface is clunky and slow to update. Interlaced formats (a standard broadcast format), are not clean with jagged edges making them unusable. I reached out to support and they escalated my case to engineering. I've gotten acknowledgement that the case was created, but a week later and no response. Ended up returning the items and will go with the Kiloview N3 which I've had much better success with.

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