Product Spotlight: Artist DNxIP from Avid

The built in partnership of AJA and powered by Avid‘s MediaCentral, the Avid Artist | DNxIP (available Q1 2018) is the latest edition of the Avid I/O family of hardware interfaces that will provide the most comprehensive tools and workflow to the professional. This new portable interface will enable the big time broadcasters and large post houses to connect entire systems over IP, which defines the words “collaborative efficiency.” 

“The increased agility and efficiency of IP workflows is a must have for content creators and broadcasters in today’s competitive climate,” said Alan Hoff, VP of Market Solutions for Avid. “We’ve collaborated with AJA on the newest addition to our Avid Artist product line, Avid Artist DNxIP, which offers broadcasters and post-production facilities a portable yet powerful video interface for IP workflows.”

The Avid Avid Artist | DNxIP is a Thunderbolt 3 equipped I/O device that enables the transfer of SMPTE standard HD video over 10 GigE IP networks, with high-quality local monitoring over 3G-SDI and HDMI 2.0. The compact size is ideal for both inside or outside production and voice overs in the field is a simple audio punch-in. Sync to an external reference source or SMPTE 2059-2. Also, look to use the interface as a perfect 8-channel audio surround sound monitoring system.

“DNxIP is the next evolution of our development efforts with Avid, a trusted technology partner. We’re excited to be teaming up with them again on a next-generation hardware option that meets the needs of professional IP workflows,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems.

Specifications for the Avid Avid Artist | DNxIP provided below:

Supported media
Video formats SD—PAL 25i, NTSC 30i

HD—720p (50, 59.94, 60*), 1080i (50, 59.94, 60), 1080PsF (23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30), 1080p (23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 47.96*, 48*, 50, 59.94, 60)

2K—23.98PsF, 24PsF, 25PsF, 29.97PsF, 30PsF, 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p, 47.96p*, 48p*, 50p, 59.94p, 60p

 IP video SMPTE 2022-6, -7; SMPTE 2110-10, -20, -30, -31, -40, -50 (all coming soon); SMPTE 2059-2 (Clock Source)
Audio sample rate 16-bit, 24-bit, 48 kHz (television standard)
Color spaces YUV 4:2:2, RGB 444*, REC 709, BT 2020, DCI-P3; 8-bit and 10-bit; 1D LUT support
Video and audio connections
IP connectivity and standards
Two SFP+ cages (modules sold separately):
  • SMPTE 2022-6 uncompressed HD-SDI over IP
    • -6 and -7 up to HD, rasters up to 1080p/60
  • SMPTE 2110 video and audio over IP coming in 2018
 Audio I/O
  • Eight channels of analog audio, which can be configured as four inputs and four outputs, eight inputs (coming soon), or eight outputs (coming soon)
  • DB25: Ch 1-8 inputs (coming soon), Ch 1-8 outputs (coming soon), or Ch 1-4 input with Ch 5-8 output (audio breakout cable sold separately)
  • Eight channels of HDMI I/O embedded in SD, HD, UHD, 2K, and 4K
  • One front-panel XLR mic/line input with 48V phantom power and gain control
  • One stereo headphone jack with volume control
HDMI I/O HDMI 2.0 output only
Computer Two Thunderbolt 3 ports (cable sold separately)
LTC I/O Switchable LTC or video reference input on BNC (no LTC output)
Hardware scaling/processing
Down-scaling/conversion HD to SD
Up-scaling/conversion SD to HD
Cross-conversion 720 to 1080 HD, 1080i to 1080p
Other conversion Color space conversion*, hardware deinterlacing
Real-time keyer Alpha channel over video, matte, or frame buffer over incoming video or matte
3D processing Frame-compatible/frame packed
Additional features
Clock source (selectable/detectable) Genlock/Reference Clock (BBG or Tri-level), Internal Clock, SMPTE 2059-2
Ancillary data support RP188 (output only), NTSC VITC closed captioning, HD-SDI closed captioning
Additional specifications
Power supply One built-in international AC power supply (120–240V, 50–60 Hz)
Operating temperature 32°–104° F (0°–40° C)
Storage temperature -40°–140° F (-40°–60° C)
Relative humidity 10–90% non-condensing
Dimensions (H x W x D) 1.7 x 8.7 x 8.1 inches (42 x 222 x 206 mm)
Weight 3.1 lbs (1.5 kg)

About Avid

Through Avid Everywhere™, Avid delivers the most open and efficient media platform, connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution, and consumption. Avid’s preeminent customer community uses Avid’s comprehensive tools and workflow solutions to create, distribute and monetize the most watched, loved and listened to media in the world—from prestigious and award-winning feature films to popular television shows, news programs and televised sporting events, and celebrated music recordings and live concerts. With the most flexible deployment and pricing options, Avid’s industry-leading solutions include Media Composer®, Pro Tools®, Avid NEXIS®, MediaCentral®, iNEWS®, AirSpeed®, Sibelius®, Avid VENUE™, Avid FastServe™, Maestro™, and PlayMaker™. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit, connect with Avid on FacebookInstagram,TwitterYouTubeLinkedIn, or subscribe to Avid Blogs.

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