Our first must-see of IBC is BirdDog Studio, a great solution that lets you include existing cameras in your new IP workflow. We highly recommend BirdDog Studio because a) it’s only £599 per unit and b) we really like their logo.
BirdDog Studio makes most cameras IP compatible by encoding their SDI/HDMI input into an NDI output, complete with tally cross-conversion and power over Ethernet.
While easy access to NDI is obviously the headline feature, BirdDog Studio does far more, including:
Dual colour tally. Display tally onboard or externally via tally out. You can receive Programme and Preview tally indicators over NDI, and just need to choose full or split screen tally to show one or both.
Power from anywhere. BirdDog Studio can accept power over Ethernet using PoE technology or, if you’re not set up with PoE infrastructure yet, DC power is fine, and there’s a V/Gold-mount battery plate with power pass-thorough due to be released soon.
Central fleet control. BirdDog’s control panel lets you control and configure multiple BirdDog Studio devices. It’s browser based, so is accessible anywhere you can get on the internet, and will work on desktops and mobile devices.
Monitor loop-out/format converter. With BirdDog, SDI and HDMI outputs are always live, so you switch from one to the other. You can either connect your monitor directly to BirdDog Studio, or just use it to loop out to other gear.
We’re told more features are on the way, and BirdDog’s policy so far has been to make these available as free software updates, which is very egalitarian of them. They even include a built-in deployment wizard that’ll check all your BirdDogs are updated and running the same software version, a strategy of which we approve.
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