The Avid Artist | DNxIQ is an all-encompassing video capture, monitoring and output device. For anyone with the space the DNxIQ as their main interface it would probably be the most useful device in your arsenal. For those who may not have the room for such a large device, Avid once again is thinking of you. Introducing the Avid Artist | DNxIV, a smaller portable video interface. Both devices are incredible in their practical uses, but thinking of other factors that may affect your production, the DNxIV might suit your needs better. Pictured below is a chart showing just the difference between the two devices. Seeing as how Avid released the DNxIV for specific needs, the possibilities for their next achievement seem to be endless.
Both Avid Artist I/O interfaces offer high-speed Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, providing up to 40 Gb/s of bandwidth to deliver the smoothest performance and operation. Both interfaces offer a wide range of analog and digital I/O to plug into today’s diverse media productions, including SDI, HDMI, XLR, RS-422 and timecode. While you can purchase Avid Media Composer to work with either interface, you can also use another creative application, as both Apple Final Cut X and Adobe Premiere Pro are supported.
There’s a simple reason for the DNxIQ being a bigger box – it has more extensive legacy connectivity, boasting banks of component and XLR connectors. Built-in encoding to Avid DNxHR allows you to edit massive 4K files with ease and you get real-time format and frame-rate conversion on output and playback, thanks to hardware-accelerated Universal Mastering.
The Avid Artist | DNxIV, on the other hand, is more portable, and much more a product of the digital age than a bridge to the analog one. It offers quad SDI and 8-channel surround sound monitoring, so it gives you 5.1 or 7.1 directly out of the box, as opposed to having to split it out of the HDMI or SDI signal, as you would have to do with the Avid | DNxIQ....[continue reading]