AJA Introduces BRIDGE NDI 3G Gateway Appliance for NDI / SDI Conversion



AJA Video Systems today released BRIDGE NDI 3G, a stylish, high-performance 1RU appliance that provides reliable, high-density, high-quality conversion to / from SDI and NewTek’s NDI video over IP protocol. The flexible and intuitive gateway device supports multi-channel 4K and HD workflows and is designed to help broadcast, production and proAV professionals move seamlessly between different platforms, protocols and types of connectivity.

BRIDGE NDI 3G packs a punch with two built-in 10GigE network cards for NDI I / O, as well as high-density SDI connections for up to 16 channels of 3G-SDI I / O – offering up to four channels of 4K or 16 channels of HD, or a mix of HD and 4K NDI encodes / decodes in a compact format. The device has an intuitive interface and a system administration screen that make it easy to commission, run and configure BRIDGE NDI 3G quickly and securely. Using a standard web browser, technicians, engineers, operators, and producers can access the interface remotely to view and manage content, including local monitoring preferences. Operators are also able to freely browse, bookmark, tag and filter a large volume of NDI sources on the network, as well as tag all SDI inputs or outputs and see all I / O activity. S at any time.

BRIDGE NDI 3G can easily be used to convert SDI camera and broadcast sources to NDI streams, allowing easy integration into workflows supported by NDI, including virtualized productions using NDI-based mixers. Using a common network, these sources can be located anywhere in a facility, allowing seamless integration of various production islands into a unified workflow. Conversely, NDI streams can be converted back to SDI ecosystems via the configurable I / O of BRIDGE NDI 3G, allowing NDI signals to re-enter traditional SDI routing systems and baseband workflows.

Device configuration and management is simple via a local interface or remotely from a web browser interface or REST API. The rack mount 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 dongle, and for 4K via 3G I / O. BRIDGE NDI 3G includes two power supplies for redundancy and the legendary AJA 3-year warranty.

The strengths of the BRIDGE NDI feature include:

  • Up to 16 NDI outputs or up to 16 NDI or NDI HX inputs
  • 16 channels of 3G-SDI I / O, allowing up to 16 channels of HD, up to four channels of 4K / UltraHD, or a mix of HD and 4K / UltraHD NDI encoding or decoding
  • Dual 10GigE Integrated NICs for NDI I / O
  • UYVY and UYVA 4: 2: 2, 8-bit NDI I / O and P216 NDI output support
  • YCbCr 4: 2: 2, 10 bit support for SDI
  • Reference inputs to correctly time SDI outputs
  • Video processing for scaling NDI inputs with non-standard rasters
  • Video and key support for NDI (Video plus Alpha) and SDI (dual 3G-SDI)
  • Up to 16 audio channels, floating uncompressed, 48 kHz sample rate, via NDI connection
  • Up to 16 channels of 16- and 24-bit SDI embedded audio, 48 kHz sample rate, synchronous via SDI connection
  • A compact 1RU chassis with redundant power supplies
  • Intuitive user interface and system administration screen for easy and secure setup
  • A robust web browser-based user interface that allows users to view and manage content and preferences locally or over the local network
  • AJA’s three-year international guarantee

“As the benefits of IP become more evident, NDI is gaining momentum in the broadcast, production and proAV markets. Going all-in-IP, however, is not a reality for installations with a large SDI infrastructure, which is why we created BRIDGE 3G NDI ”, shares Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “Facilities can use BRIDGE NDI 3G to easily integrate a range of 3G-SDI sources into NDI workflows. It is designed to help customers get the most out of their current equipment while taking advantage of popular IP video advancements in the market.

Pricing and availability
BRIDGE NDI 3G is now available through AJA’s global reseller network for $ 11,995


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