BirdDog: Join the Video Over IP Revolution

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About BirdDog…

Call now for integrated solutions built around BirdDog Studio and other NewTek NDI technologies
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 Studio NDI allows any existing video device to be added in to a new IP-based workflow. Once you convert your HDMI or SDI signal to IP, the speed and flexibility of your video workflows can improve considerably. With NDI, ANY device on every network connection has the potential to become a live video source for any other. Connect gaming systems, presentation tools, cameras, broadcast and consumer video sources to your standard network and move them around cleanly and reliably using NDI video over IP technology!

BirdDog News & Updates…

Introducing…

BirdDog 4K Family Logo

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 4K Family Specs

BirdDog Central Lite

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.

Plus many incremental improvements… Download Today and please make sure you read the notes & documentation before installation, or Ask Bruce


IBC Show 2018 Announcements!

BirdDog PTZ KeyboardBirdDog P100 WhiteBirdDog P200BirdDog A200BirdDog A300 Angle

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!

BirdDog Mini NDI Encoder

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.
  • Tally
  • Supports BirdDog Comms – and you get it free until September 30.
  • Flexible Power – PoE, D-Tap, DC

BirdDog Comms Interface

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 Interface

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

BirdDog Studio NDI Connected

LEARN MORE ABOUT NewTek NDI

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.

Software Upgrade-able

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.


ESPORTS. SIMPLIFIED.

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.

EVENTS. SIMPLIFIED.

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.

SPORTS. SIMPLIFIED.

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.

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