Introducing the Avid Artist | DNxIV 4K Thunderbolt 3 I/O device

At IBC 2017, Avid was happy to announce the Avid Artist | DNxIV. David Colantuoni goes into detail on the new Avid family member. Following on from the launch of the 2RU, rackmountable Avid Artist | DNxIQ at NAB earlier in the year, the Avid Artist | DNxIV offers much of the same connectivity, but in a smaller, more portable form factor. 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. So apart from being different sizes, what’s the difference between DNxIQ and DNxIV, and which applications are they best suited to?
Avid Artist | DNxIQ Avid Artist | DNxIV
I/O 3G, 6G, 12G SDI 3G, 6G, 12G SDI
SDI monitor output
HDMI 2.0a HDMI 2.0b
LTC In/Out LTC In/Out
Device Control (RS-422) Device Control (RS-422)
Audio Punch-In Audio Punch-In
Composite / Component Connectors Audio Break-out Cable with 8 I/O
AES/EBU, XLR Audio Reference Input/Internal Clock
Optical Fiber SDI (video & audio)
Form Factor Rack-mountable Desktop
Host Connectivity Thunderbolt 3 Thunderbolt 3
PCIe Gen 3
Format Support SD, HD, UHD, 2K/4K DCI HD, UHD, 2K/4K DCI
DNxHR Encoding Hardware encode Host CPU encode
Miscellaneous Support for Davinci Resolve
Universal Mastering
LCD Panel on Front

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