Specifications

System requirements

For Media Composer use*

Avid-qualified computer running Mac OS X 10.9, OS X 10.10, OS X 10.11, OS X 10.12, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10

Other system requirements are dependent on the software you use with your Avid Artist I/O interface.

Software compatibility

Avid Artist | DNxIQ:

  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC
  • Apple Final Cut Pro X
  • Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve
  • Blackmagic Design Fusion
  • FilmLight Baselight


Avid Artist | DNxIV and DNxIP:

*Additional software compatibility coming soon

Hardware specifications

Avid Artist | DNxIQ

Supported media
Video formats SD—PAL (625, 50i, 576p), NTSC (525, 29.97i, 480p)

HD—720p (50, 59.94, 60*), 1080i (50, 59.94, 60), 1080PsF (23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30), 1080p (23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60)

2K—23.98PsF, 24PsF, 25PsF, 23.98p, 24p, 25p 

Ultra HD—23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p, 50p, 59.94p, 60p

4K—23.98p, 24p, 25p (SDI only)
Audio sample rate 24-bit, 48 kHz (television standard)
Color spaces YUV 4:2:2, RGB 444*, REC 601, REC 709, BT 2020, P3; 12-bit (SDI) or 10-bit (HDMI); 1D and 3D LUT support
Video connections
SDI video input Two 12 Gb/s and two 3 Gb/s connectors (SD/HD/2K/UHD/4K)—supports single, dual, and quad link inputs (4:2:2 / 4:4:4); 2D/3D switchable
SDI video loop 4 x reclocked SD/HD/2K/UHD/4K linked to corresponding inputs
SDI video output Two 12 Gb/s and two 6 Gb/s connectors (SD/HD/2K/UHD/4K)—supports single, dual, and quad link outputs (4:2:2 / 4:4:4); 2D/3D switchable
SDI video repeated output 2 x 12 Gb/s and 2 x 3 Gb/s SD/HD/2K/UHD/4K. Supports single, dual, and quad link outputs (4:2:2/4:4:4); 2D/3D switchable
Analog input One Component YUV via three BNC connectors (SD—YCbCr; HD—YCbCr/RGB); one composite NTSC/PAL via one BNC connector (SD)
Analog output One Component YUV via three BNC connectors (SD—YCbCr; HD—YCbCr/RGB); one composite NTSC/PAL via one BNC connector (SD)
Digital I/O Two optical I/O supporting 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s, 12Gb/s coming soon (modules not included)
HDMI I/O HDMI 2.0 type A connectors
Audio connections
Analog input Four channels of professional balanced analog audio input via XLR; two-channel RCA input; one front-panel mic input via XLR with 48V phantom power
Analog output Four channels of professional balanced analog audio output via XLR; stereo headphone output with volume control
Digital I/O Two channels of unbalanced AES/EBU I/O, with sample rate conversion, via BNC connectors; eight channels of HDMI I/O embedded in SD, HD, UHD, 2K, and 4K
SDI I/O 8 input and 8 output audio channels embedded in SD; 16 input and 16 output channels embedded in HD, UHD, 2K, and 4K
Host connections
Computer One Thunderbolt 3 (cable sold separately), one PCI Express (card/cable sold separately)
Device control Two Sony-compatible RS-422 deck control ports
Hardware scaling/processing
Down conversion UHD to 1080 HD (SDI output only), HD to SD
Up conversion SD to HD (input only)
Cross conversion 720p to 1080i, 1080i to 720p
Other hardware conversion Color space conversion*
Real-time keyer Alpha channel over video or matte, or frame buffer over incoming video or matte
3D processing Frame-compatible/frame packed
Codec support Onboard DNxHR encoding for capture workflows (requires Media Composer 8.4.5 or higher, or a software application that has enabled this capability)**
Additional features
Clock source (selectable/detectable) Genlock/Reference Clock (BBG or Tri-level), Genlock/Reference Clock output/pass-through (BBG or Tri-level), SDI (SD and HD), HDMI
Timecode I/O One XLR Timecode input, one XLR Timecode output
Ancillary data support SDI VITC reader, RP188, NTSC closed captioning, HD-SDI closed captioning, pass-through all (HD, 4K)
Additional specifications
Power supply Two built-in international AC power supplies with IEC C14 inlet (120–240V, 50–60 Hz)
Operating temperature 32°–104° F (5°–40° C)
Storage temperature -4°–113° F (-20°–45° C)
Relative humidity 0–90% non-condensing
Dimensions (H x W x D)
2U rack (with and without rack ears):
  • With: 3.5 x 19 x 9.5 inches (88.4 x 482 x 242 mm)
  • Without: 3.5 x 16.5 x 9.5 inches (88.4 x 420 x 242 mm)
Weight 8.6 lbs (3.9 kg)

* Currently not supported in Media Composer.

** Media Composer 8.4.5 supports hardware encoding of Ultra HD and 4K DNxHR LB (Low-Bandwidth).

Avid Artist | DNxIV

Supported media
Video formats SD—PAL 25i, NTSC 30i 

HD—720p (50, 59.94, 60*), 1080i (50, 59.94, 60), 1080PsF (23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30), 1080p (23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 47.96*, 48*, 50, 59.94, 60)

2K—23.98PsF, 24PsF, 25PsF, 29.97PsF, 30PsF, 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p, 47.96p*, 48p*, 50p, 59.94p, 60p 

Ultra HD—23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p, 47.952p*, 48p*, 50p, 59.94p, 60p

4K—23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p, 47.952p*, 48p*, 50p, 59.94p, 60p
Audio sample rate 16-bit, 24-bit, 48 kHz (television standard)
Color spaces YUV 4:2:2, RGB 444*, REC 709, BT 2020, DCI-P3; 8-bit and 10-bit; 1D LUT support
Video and audio connections
SDI I/O
Four bidirectional SDI ports and one 3G-SDI monitor output:
  • 12G, 6G, 3G, 1.5G input and output
  • 12G simultaneous input and output
  • Dual 3G input
  • Quad 3G input and output, software-controllable division/interleave
HDMI I/O HDMI 2.0
Audio I/O
  • Eight channels of analog audio, which can be configured as four inputs and four outputs, eight inputs (coming soon), or eight outputs (coming soon)
  • DB25: Ch 1-8 inputs (coming soon), Ch 1-8 outputs (coming soon), or Ch 1-4 input with Ch 5-8 output (audio breakout cable sold separately)
  • Eight channels of HDMI I/O embedded in SD, HD, UHD, 2K, and 4K
  • One front-panel XLR mic/line input with 48V phantom power and gain control
  • One stereo headphone jack with volume control
Host and sync connections
Computer Two Thunderbolt 3 ports (cable sold separately)
LTC I/O Switchable LTC or video reference input on BNC, LTC output on BNC
Device control One RS-422 machine control port
Hardware scaling/processing
Down-scaling/conversion 4K to 2K, UHD to HD, HD to SD
Up-scaling/conversion SD to HD
Cross-conversion 720p to 1080i HD, 1080i to 1080p, 1080i to 720p
Other conversion Color space conversion*, hardware deinterlacing
Real-time keyer Alpha channel over video, matte, or frame buffer over incoming video or matte
3D processing Frame Compatible/Frame Packed
Additional features
Audio pass-through mixing Monitor mix the audio being captured (8 channels)
Clock source (selectable/detectable) Genlock/Reference Clock (BBG or Tri-level), Internal Clock, SDI (SD and HD), HDMI
Ancillary data support SDI VITC reader, RP188 Timecode I/O, NTSC (closed captioning), HD-SDI (closed captioning), pass through all (HD), pass through all (4K)
Additional specifications
Power (device only) 10–20V, 30W typical, 36W max, 70W max with USB-C power delivery to external devices
Power supply One built-in international AC power supply (120–240V, 50–60 Hz)
Operating temperature 32°–104° F (0°–40° C)
Storage temperature -40°–140° F (-40°–60° C)
Relative humidity 10–90% non-condensing
Operating altitude <10,000 feet (<3,000 meters)
Dimensions (H x W x D) 1.7 x 8.7 x 8.1 inches (42 x 222 x 206 mm)
Weight 3.4 lbs (1.5 kg)

* Currently not supported in Media Composer.

Avid Artist | DNxIP

Supported media
Video formats SD—PAL 25i, NTSC 30i

HD—720p (50, 59.94, 60*), 1080i (50, 59.94, 60), 1080PsF (23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30), 1080p (23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 47.96*, 48*, 50, 59.94, 60)

2K—23.98PsF, 24PsF, 25PsF, 29.97PsF, 30PsF, 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p, 47.96p*, 48p*, 50p, 59.94p, 60p
 IP video SMPTE 2022-6, -7; SMPTE 2110-10, -20, -30, -31, -40, -50 (all coming soon); SMPTE 2059-2 (Clock Source) 
Audio sample rate 16-bit, 24-bit, 48 kHz (television standard)
Color spaces YUV 4:2:2, RGB 444*, REC 709, BT 2020, DCI-P3; 8-bit and 10-bit; 1D LUT support
Video and audio connections
IP connectivity and standards
Two SFP+ cages (modules sold separately):
  • SMPTE 2022-6 uncompressed HD-SDI over IP
    • -6 and -7 up to HD, rasters up to 1080p/60
  • SMPTE 2110 video and audio over IP coming in 2018
 Audio I/O
  • Eight channels of analog audio, which can be configured as four inputs and four outputs, eight inputs (coming soon), or eight outputs (coming soon)
  • DB25: Ch 1-8 inputs (coming soon), Ch 1-8 outputs (coming soon), or Ch 1-4 input with Ch 5-8 output (audio breakout cable sold separately)
  • Eight channels of HDMI I/O embedded in SD, HD, UHD, 2K, and 4K
  • One front-panel XLR mic/line input with 48V phantom power and gain control
  • One stereo headphone jack with volume control
HDMI I/O HDMI 2.0 output only
HOST AND SYNC CONNECTIONS
Computer Two Thunderbolt 3 ports (cable sold separately)
LTC I/O Switchable LTC or video reference input on BNC (no LTC output)
Hardware scaling/processing
Down-scaling/conversion HD to SD
Up-scaling/conversion SD to HD
Cross-conversion 720 to 1080 HD, 1080i to 1080p
Other conversion Color space conversion*, hardware deinterlacing
Real-time keyer Alpha channel over video, matte, or frame buffer over incoming video or matte
3D processing Frame-compatible/frame packed
Additional features
Clock source (selectable/detectable) Genlock/Reference Clock (BBG or Tri-level), Internal Clock, SMPTE 2059-2
Ancillary data support RP188 (output only), NTSC VITC closed captioning, HD-SDI closed captioning
Additional specifications
Power supply One built-in international AC power supply (120–240V, 50–60 Hz)
Operating temperature 32°–104° F (0°–40° C)
Storage temperature -40°–140° F (-40°–60° C)
Relative humidity 10–90% non-condensing
Dimensions (H x W x D) 1.7 x 8.7 x 8.1 inches (42 x 222 x 206 mm)
Weight 3.1 lbs (1.5 kg)

* Currently not supported in Media Composer.