Avid has started shipping its Avid Artist|DNxIO, a hardware I/O interface designed to simplify and accelerate HD, Ultra HD, 2K and 4K workflows. Available as standalone hardware or bundled with Media Composer software, Artist|DNxIO allows users to capture, monitor and output media quickly — in the highest quality possible. And because the interface, which includes hardware by Blackmagic Design, is designed to be open and flexible, you can use it with Avid and other creative tools too. More on that in a bit.
Currently the company is offering users a path to upgrade: between now and September 30, customers can save more than 20 percent on Avid Artist | DNxIO when they trade in Avid Nitris DX or Avid Mojo DX, or selected Open IO hardware from AJA, Blackmagic Design, Matrox and MOTU.
Built on the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Avid Artist|DNxIO is compatible with Avid Artist Suite solutions and many third-party tools, including Blackmagic Resolve, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects and others. It includes hardware by Blackmagic, which is a new I/O Connectivity Partner for the MediaCentral Platform.
Avid Artist|DNxIO enables video pros to capture, monitor and output Ultra HD, 2K and 4K media, as well as HD and SD formats. Its fits in standard 19-inch equipment racks for easy integration in equipment rooms, and it’s quiet enough to place on the desk of an edit bay. The HD display allows editors to monitor media that is being ingested into and outputted from the system, even when the software is not running. A host of connections delivers fast switching among a range of input devices and sources for capture, as well as a range of monitors and output devices. Hands-on controls allow users to easily select video, audio, and timecode inputs as well as deck control.
Avid Artist|DNxIO is bundled with Blackmagic’s Fusion Connect plug-in for Media Composer. This gives users access to this node-based effects compositing tool from within the Media Composer user interface. Onboard DNxHR encoding for capture workflows will be enabled on DNxIO via a future no-cost firmware update. Updated software for supported creative editorial applications will be required to take advantage of this capability.
Here are some details of the release:
• Capture and playback up to 60 frames per second in HD format.
• Work faster and more efficiently with realtime or accelerated encode, decode, colorspace conversion, upconversion, down conversion and cross conversion with onboard hardware processing.
• Operation reliably with a redundant power supply
• Connect to a variety of computers using PCIe or Thunderbolt connections (cables sold separately)
• Easily integrate with existing workflows using multiple connections
• Timecode in/out is available on board
• Control the system from external devices using remote control ports
• Monitor media with confidence using a bright front-panel full 1080 HD LCD display.
• Get hands-on control over sources of video, audio, timecode, and remote control signaling
• Video inputs and outputs:
– Four SDI in, four SDI loop, four SDI out and four SDI repeated out, providing 12Gb/s in/out with support for single link, dual link and quad link (quad link in coming soon)
– Dual Optical SDI in/out which support 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s SDI – 12Gb/s support coming soon (modules not included)
– HDMI in and out
– Analog video in and out—component and composite
• Audio inputs and outputs:
– Balanced analog audio — four channels in, four channels out
– AES/EBU— two channels in, two channels out
– Consumer Hi-Fi inputs for MP3 players and other devices
– Front panel features mic input with 48V phantom power, mic level control, headphone connection, and headphone level control