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Transition to an IP Workflow today and reap the rewards of a more flexible and powerful production environment!
BirdDog is dedicated to simplifying your transition from baseband video to IP workflows such as NDI.
The transition to an IP-based workflow doesn’t have to involve complex and expensive equipment. It also doesn’t demand the replacement of your existing tools, which are likely doing their current job well. Ask Bruce if you are interested in understanding a little more about how IP technologies like BirdDog, can simplify, and enhance, any production environment. Get more from what you’ve got!
BirdDog News & Updates…
PTZ Keyboard Has Arrived!
First stock of the BirdDog PTZ Keyboard has now arrived and gone out! A demo unit is available if you are keen to check it out.
The BirdDog PTZ Keyboard has BirdDog’s custom NDI hardware and will communicate with your PTZ cameras via NDI, NDI|HX, Visca over IP, RS422, and RS232 all at the same time, with dedicated ports for each on the back. With NDI, it has never been easier to connect with and control your cameras!
The keyboard has a really solid feel – from the joystick to the buttons and knobs. It is weighty enough to stay put on the desk when your moving the joystick, and compact enough to fit in the restricted desktop spaces found in a lot of live production environments. Operational feedback and videos will follow soon!
BirdDog Cloud Now Available!
BirdDog Cloud pricing is now available in either a complete yearly solution, or individual modules on a monthly subscription. Call and have a chat if you would like any clarification on how it works.
BirdDog Comms Pro Now Available!
By harnessing the true power of NDI, BirdDog Comms Pro is the world’s first audio intercom system integrating live camera feeds. Be in total control and see every angle of your live production with live video windows from every BirdDog Studio enabled camera source.
P4K – The world’s best full NDI PTZ camera
It was a given that they would do it. They had the NDI cameras. They had the 4K NDI encoder/decoders. They were obviously going to release a 4K camera at some point. Who would have guessed they’d do it so well though? On paper the P4K looks like it is going to be stunning.
- A mighty 1” Sony Exmor R CMOS 10-bit back lit Sensor
- 10-bit NDI4 – A Full 10-bit workflow!
- For the first time from BirdDog, NDI HX2 support.
- P4K also supports H.264 and HEVC/H.265 in both 4K and HD resolutions.
- Two independent 6G SDI outputs, one HDMI 2.0 output and support for HDBaseT and Fibre modules
- Simultaneous NDI Return Feed – Send PGM from your NDI switcher and decode out a 6G SDI or HDMI 2.0 port
- ePTZ (Region of Interest) in HD Mode
- Front, rear, and side Tally
Introducing BirdDog Cloud
Send NDI® anywhere in the world with encrypted SRT
BirdDog Cloud allows you to distribute NDI sources beyond the confines of your local network, using the Internet to connect production locations, studios and control rooms anywhere in the world. By using the open source Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) protocol, your content is not only fully encrypted and secure, it is protected by advanced algorithms that optimise performance and provide error correction over unreliable networks.
BirdDog Cloud has been designed to be scale-able and modular, so you can get started small and add new regions and tools as you need them. With full support for Tally, BirdDog Comms, and PTZ Control, Cloud leverages the powerful ecosystem of NDI tools already developed by BirdDog and further cements their position as leaders in NDI development for IP video production.
Birddog Central Pro Now Available
NDI® Distribution Made Easy.
BirdDog Central is a software platform set to redefine the way we think about driving content to TV screens. By teaming up Central with any NDI® source, including all BirdDog hardware capable of creating NDI® sources, you can now drive your NDI® streams to any BirdDog Studio NDI or Mini to decode NDI® back to SDI or HDMI.
Three clicks. Send anywhere.
It’s really that easy to get NDI® content onto your screens. Simply select your source, select your destination, and click apply. Now you are sending your NDI® content to a single BirdDog hardware decoder or any of your groups anywhere on the network.
Built around BirdDog’s custom NDI® silicon chip and housed in an aircraft grade aluminium case, BirdDog 4K features include 12G SDI and HDMI 2.0 inputs and outputs, built-in cross converter, SFP+ port for 10GbE connectivity, active loop outs, audio intercom system, NDI® tally system, PoE, and compatibility with BirdDog’s Comms Pro and Central Pro apps. Learn More
BirdDog Central Lite
NDI® Distribution Made Easy. 100% FREE to BirdDog Studio and BirdDog Mini owners.
BirdDog Central Lite is a software platform set to redefine the way we think about driving content to TV screens. By teaming up Central Lite with any NDI® source, including all BirdDog hardware capable of creating NDI® sources, you can now drive your NDI® streams to any BirdDog Studio NDI or Mini to decode NDI® back to SDI or HDMI. Learn More
BirdDog Comms Lite
Enter the World of NDI® Audio Intercom. Comms Lite is the entry point to the world’s only audio intercom platform that supports video preview windows. With support for four BirdDog devices, plus a director, Comms Lite is a great way to start using Audio Intercom in your live productions. And it’s free for all BirdDog hardware customers. Learn More
STUDIO NDI & MINI FIRMWARE 2.0 RELEASE
Firmware 2.0 represents a major update to each and every internal component of BirdDog products, all with the purpose of giving you the best video quality, performance and reliability. It not only does more, but it does it with less – building on our already power efficient design to reduce power consumption considerably, reducing heat and network switch power draw. This is truly a milestone and we are super excited, we hope you are too! Firmware 2.0 forms the basis of all our future hardware products and paves the way for upcoming features including Comms, Central and more.
NEW FEATURES OF FIRMWARE 2.0 INCLUDE:
- NDI Decode: Decode any Full NDI source back out to SDI or HDMI. NDI Decode is another world first from BirdDog!
- NDI 3.7: Firmware 2.0 is based on NDI 3.7 which allows for much greater scale in the amount of sources on your network as well as destinations.
IBC Show 2018 Announcements!
BirdDog, NDI innovators that they are, have been hard at work completing the NDI Central production workflow, introducing a range of PTZ cameras that deliver the highest quality optics and image processing with NDI simplicity. While other manufacturers have PTZ cameras that support NDI, they have opted for the compressed NDI|HX encoder, which is heavily compressed – essentially H.264. Built on their custom NDI silicon chip, BirdDog’s new PTZ camera range are unique in their ability to deliver FULL NDI without compromises.
Featuring Sony CMOS Backlit Sensors and full Sony image modules on P200, A200, and A300, and a true broadcast sensor on P100, never before have NDI cameras looked so good. With options for indoor and outdoor use, an awesome NDI keyboard controller and support for traditional broadcast connectivity as well as NDI, BirdDog have made powerful IP workflow accessible to productions of all shapes and sizes.
Even better, these cameras are built to work with BirdDog Comms, the world’s first audio intercom system integrating live camera feeds.
Together with Studio, Mini and Central, BirdDog allows any production to leverage the awesome power and flexibility of NDI to its fullest, and do it affordably. NDI simplifies while at the same time enhancing the connectivity between people and tools within your production.
NAB Show 2018 Announcements!
Introducing new BirdDog Mini. Super small, super lightweight, super powerful.
- Pure NDI. Pristine 1080p60.
- Supports BirdDog Link. Encode from any BirdDog Studio NDI or Mini and play out to a TV or monitor.
- Supports BirdDog Comms – and you get it free until September 30.
- Flexible Power – PoE, D-Tap, DC
BirdDog Comms – Audio Intercom like you’ve never seen before
By harnessing the true power of NDI BirdDog have made the world’s first Audio Intercom system with live video windows. Now you can see live the camera feeds and arrange all your Comms on a simple Windows 10 computer meaning you can even use a touchscreen enabled device for true interactivity. Supports Push to Talk and Grouping and the best part is it is totally FREE with any BirdDog Studio NDI or BirdDog Mini until September 30, 2018!
BirdDog Central – the fastest and most convenient way to get content to TV’s and screens ever.
Simply attach BirdDog Mini or Studio NDI to your screen, plug it into a PoE switch, HDMI into the screen and you can play content to that screen from any BirdDog encoder using BirdDog Link. You can also use the BirdDog media player to play out any video file on your computer. Central will be shipping later this year and there will be a tech preview on the BirdDog NAB stand C11746.
BirdDog Makes NDI Simple
Convert your base-band SDI or HDMI to NDI and take full advantage of flexible IP networks. No need to run long SDI cables or purchase expensive video routers, simply access your live video in real time anywhere on your network.
Dual Colour Tally
We do Tally the right way. BirdDog Studio can display Tally on-baord and externally via Tally out. Due to our superior NDI integration we can provide both Program and Preview tally indicators.
Simply set the display to be full screen Tally or split screen to show both program and preview.
Power from Anywhere
We have your bases covered when it comes to power. BirdDog Studio can accept power input form the Ethernet cable via PoE technology. Don’t have a PoE network infrastructure? No worries, simply power via DC or V/Gold-mount battery plate optional accessories with power pass-through (coming soon).
Central Fleet Control
Control and configure multiple BirdDog Studio devices through our admin panel which is accessible via a web browser on both mobile devices and desktop.
Monitor Loop-out / Format Converter
SDI and HDMI outputs are always live allowing you to convert from SDI to HDMI and vice versa. Connect a monitor to BirdDog Studio or simply use to loop out to other gear.
We’re working all the time and as additional features are made available we will release these at no cost. To make updates easy a simple site deployment wizard will ensure all BirdDog Studios in your facility are updated, and all running the same software version.
BirdDog makes esports a breeze. Gamers are already operating in an IP world and BirdDog natively talks the same language. Simply attach a BirdDog Mini to the HDMI output on your gaming computer or gaming console and you then have live video anywhere on your network.
Best of all BirdDog adds no extra load to the CPU as no software is required to be installed, meaning gamers retain full fps for gameplay.
Once the video is on the network it is available as an input to XSplit, OBS, or GameShow and then easily streamed to Twitch, YouTube Gaming, Facebook Live, or your favourite online destination.
Whether you are producing the live stream for a concert to go out to a million viewers online, or you are producing your local school’s end of year drama production BirdDog makes live events simple. BirdDog allows you to attach any camera to any video network and eliminates the need for expensive and proprietary video cables and back-end equipment.
With a variety of flexible ways to power BirdDog including Power over Ethernet (PoE), D-Tap from a professional camera battery or via included power adaptor, Mini truly simplifies your next event.
HOUSE OF WORHIP. SIMPLIFIED.
Talk directly with your audience. Online.
BirdDog makes House of Worship productions simple. Save a lot of time, money, and complexity by attaching BirdDog to all your cameras and have them all talking the same language to your NDI enabled production box such as TriCaster, vMix, Livestream, and more.
Because BirdDog packs so much into a single box you can avoid having to pay additionally for:
- Tally systems
- Video transmission
- Audio Comms
- Expensive SDI or HDMI infrastructure and cabling
- Video Cross Converter
All this via a standard Ethernet cable that can also provide power using our inbuilt PoE technology.
Live sports production is a challenging environment and you need to have confidence in your gear as you only get one chance to capture that moment. BirdDog gives you rock solid reliability due to the hardware design.
BirdDog does all of its work in dedicated silicon chips. There are no moving parts and the case is constructed of aircraft grade aluminium. Mini is built to have your back, every time.
Moving your next live sports production to an NDI workflow and using BirdDog may be the winning move that gives you the advantage over your competition.
I am always looking to connect with creative industry professionals who share my passion for the technologies and processes of media creation. If you are keen for a coffee and a chat about what you are seeing going on around you – some new technology or policy; its impact and implications – please feel free to reach out and connect.