AJA BRIDGE NDI 3G carries out high density, high quality conversion to and from SDI and NewTek’s NDI video-over-IP protocol. The device, rack-mountable and serving as a gateway, supports multi-channel 4K and HD workflows and is designed to help broadcast, production and proAV professionals move directly between various platforms, protocols, and connectivity types.
BRIDGE NDI 3G has dual 10GigE onboard NICs (network interface controllers) for NDI I/O, and has high-density SDI connections for up to 16 channels of 3G-SDI I/O. This results in up to four channels of 4K or 16-channels of HD, or a mixture of HD and 4K NDI encodes/decodes in a compact form-factor. The device also has a straightforward interface and system administration screen for quick, secure configuration.
Using a standard web browser, users such as technicians, engineers, operators and producers can access the interface remotely to view and manage content, including local monitoring preferences. Operators are also able to browse, select favourites, label and filter a large volume of NDI sources on the network, as well as label any SDI inputs or outputs, and see all I/O activity at any given time.
A practical application of BRIDGE NDI 3G is converting SDI camera and playout sources into NDI streams, allowing simple integration into NDI supported workflows including virtualisation productions using NDI-based switchers. By using a common network, these sources can be located anywhere within a facility, supporting the integration of various production islands into a unified workflow.
Conversely, via BRIDGE NDI 3G’s configurable I/O, NDI signals can move back into SDI routing systems and traditional baseband workflows.
Device configuration and management are handled locally via a local interface, or remotely from a web browser interface or REST API. The appliance supports UYVY and UYVA 4:2:2, 8-bit and P216 for NDI, and for SDI, YCbCr 4:2:2, 10-bit. It simplifies the integration of graphics and/or 4K sources into workflows with one-click grouping controls for video-and-key, and for 4K via 3G I/O. BRIDGE NDI 3G includes dual power supplies for redundancy and AJA’s 3-year warranty. www.aja.com