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

  • 4 x 12G-SDI selectable inputs/outputs

  • HDMI 2.0 output

  • 3.5mm audio input/output

  • Built-in cross converter

  • SFP+ expansion slot

  • Bi-color Tally light

  • Selectable Tally indicator on video loop outputs

  • PoE+ support

  • Integrated multiviewer (HDMI output)

  • 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 SDI/HDMI

  • Aircraft-grade aluminum 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 slider 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


Brand BirdDog
Shipping Width 0.135m
Shipping Height 0.025m
Shipping Length 0.085m
Shipping Cubic 0.000286875m3

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