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The one that started it all.

Studio NDI is the world’s flagship NDI® Encoder and Decoder. Built around BirdDog’s custom NDI® silicon chip and housed in an aircraft grade aluminium case, Studio NDI has been engineered from the ground up for real-world users. Featuring SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs, built-in cross converter, active loop outs, dual NDI® encoding, audio intercom system, NDI® tally system, PoE, and compatibility with BirdDog’s Comms and Central Apps, Studio NDI is the perfect addition to any live producers toolkit.

NDI® Encode or Decode. Choose your own adventure.


Built with total flexibility in mind Studio NDI can be configured as an NDI® Encoder or NDI® Decoder with a simple click of a button. Studio NDI is the World’s Only NDI® Hardware capable of Encoding resolutions up to 1080p60 SDI and HDMI to NDI® and Decoding NDI® resolutions up to 1080p60 to SDI or HDMI.


Full NDI®. No compromises.


In the world of NDI® there are two flavours, NDI® and NDI|HX. NDI® is a variable bit rate, I-Frame codec that is reaches around 140Mbits at 1080p60 and is visually lossless. NDI|HX is a compressed, long-GOP, H.264 variant that reaches around 12Mbits at 1080p60. Studio NDI hardware only Encodes and Decodes Full YUV422 NDI®.

Extreme Speed. It’s all about the silicon.


BirdDog’s revolutionary custom silicon chip is what drives the best NDI products on the planet. Only BirdDog’s hardware can do line-based processing to give the fastest possible NDI® Encoding or Decoding technically possible.


RESTful API. DYI automation.


Download the free BirdDog RESTful API and program your own automation for all BirdDog hardware endpoints, including cameras.

Adaptive bit rate. Slide your way to glory.


Full NDI® is a variable bit rate codec. In normal circumstances BirdDog recommends allowing around 140Mbps in HD, or 6 streams per 1GbE cable with some headroom. In 4K it is recommended to allow around 300Mbps or 3 streams with some headroom to allow for any unforeseen spikes.


With BirdDog’s tools you can select the bit rate to suit your bandwidth and requirements. In both HD you can slide between 80-180Mbps and in 4K you can select the data rate to be anywhere between 60 and 360Mbps.

SDI, HDMI. Life is all about connections.


Studio NDI is the World’s Only NDI® hardware Encoder/Decoder featuring both SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs.


Cross Converter. Send it where you need it.


Studio NDI’s unique video processing engine allows for the ultimate flexibility to fit your needs. Use a standalone cross converter or choose your routing path. In single channel NDI® Encode mode both the SDI and HDMI outputs are live. Dual NDI Encoding allows for simple loop out on both inputs or routing of the SDI input to the HDMI output and vice versa. Return Feed allows the video input to be looped out either the SDI or HDMI outputs or you can chose to have the NDI® input routed to any of the outputs.

Tally. It just works.


The world’s first NDI® Tally system is built right into Studio NDI and it requires zero configuration. Includes a built-in large Tally display for your on-air talent to easily see which camera is live, plus user selectable Tally borders on loop out, and an external Tally output.


PoE, DC, D-Tap. Up to you.


Studio NDI can be powered by Power over Ethernet (PoE) or D-Tap from your camera battery. No need for a power adapter, although there is one in the box if you need it.



Beautiful to touch. Tough as old boots.


When the fingers first touch the sensuous anodised aluminium case housing the multi-layered PCB board, it’s easier to imagine Studio NDI on display within the Louvre in Paris than on a live video production set, but that is where the deception of the senses first takes place. The perfectly finished casing is actually aircraft grade aluminium and designed to withstand the rigours of life on the road.


Camera Mount. Or mount it your way.


A ¼-20” thread top and bottom allows for easy mounting on magic arms and other traditional camera mounting gear whilst the 7mm diameter through holes can be used for mounting on cheese plates. The optional camera mount adds a ¼-20 thread to the bottom for an elegant method of mounting in a hot or cold shoe with a ballhead.

Free Comms Lite. Upgrade to Comms Pro.


Studio NDI includes free Audio Intercom software, Comms Lite. Comms Lite supports four BirdDog devices and one Director.


Need a more powerful Audio Intercom solution? Comms Pro gives you all the amazing features of Comms Lite plus allows you create you up to five groups, adds additional push to talk buttons for the director, ability to change groups on the fly, plus more. 



(HD) 1080p 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94


(HD) 1080i 50, 59.94


(HD) 720p 50, 59.94




1 x 3G-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296/424 (Level A / Level B)


1 x HDMI Standard Type A connector


HDMI v1.4a, RGB or YCbCr




1 x 3G-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296/424 (Level A)


1 x HDMI Standard Type A connector


HDMI v1.4a, RGB or YCbCr




2-Channel, 24-bit SDI embedded audio,

48 kHz sample rate, synchronous


2-Channel, 24-bit HDMI embedded audio,

48 kHz sample rate, synchronous




3.5mm Microphone headset input / output




Realtime, ultra-low latency, full-bitrate NDI





Internal 355 tri-colour LED display for

information and tally indication




10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ-45) with PoE

(Power over Ethernet)


Embedded web configuration panel for

control and firmware updates




Network settings


Video settings


Tally settings


Audio and Comms settings




3.5mm 2 position +5v tally connector


SIZE (W x D x H)










100-240V, 50/60 Hz Universal Input, +5-18V DC7W Max


Power over Ethernet (PoE) 802.3af/at

  • Box includes BirdDog Studio, Universal AC adapter, D-Tap to 6mm DC cable, and quickstart guide.
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