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Avid Artist | DNxIO with Avid Media Composer and Dongle More
MSRP: $5399

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Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID) today introduced the Avid Artist | DNxIO, a hardware interface designed to accelerate high-resolution video production. When combined with the industry’s preeminent Media Composer video editing software, the Avid Artist | DNxIO delivers best-in-class high-res video ingest, editing, monitoring, and output, giving video professionals the flexible, open, and integrated creative tools they need to efficiently create the highest-quality media. Further, because it is built on the Avid MediaCentral™ Platform, Avid Artist | DNxIO is compatible with anyAvid Artist Suite solutions and many third-party creative tools, including Blackmagic Resolve, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, and more.

Avid Artist | DNxIO includes hardware by Blackmagic Design, a new IO Connectivity Partner for the MediaCentral Platform.

Avid Artist | DNxIO enables video professionals to capture, monitor and output Ultra HD, 2K and 4K media, as well as HD and SD formats, making it immediately available across the Avid MediaCentral Platform.  Avid Artist | DNxIO features a flexible form factor that fits in standard 19-inch equipment racks for easy integration into any workstation or edit bay. The HD display allows editors to monitor media that is being ingested into and outputted from the system, even when the software is not running. A host of connections delivers fast switching among a range of input devices and sources for capture, and among a range of monitors and output devices. Hands-on controls allow users to quickly select video, audio, and timecode inputs as well as deck control. 

Key benefits and features:

  • Capture and playback up to 60 frames per second in a range of formats including SD, HD, Ultra HD, 2K and 4K
  • Work faster and more efficiently with real-time or accelerated encode, decode, color conversion, up conversion, down conversion, and cross conversion with onboard hardware processing
  • Get reliable operation with a redundant power supply
  • Connect to a variety of computers using PCIe or Thunderbolt connections
  • Easily integrate with existing workflows using multiple connections, including:
    • Video inputs and outputs
      • Quad SDI in and out—both in and out provide dual 12Gbit and dual 3Gbit supporting single, dual and quad link in and out
      • Dual 12Gbit optical in/out (modules not included)
      • HDMI in and out
      • Analog video in and out—component and composite
    • Audio inputs and outputs
      • Balanced analog audio—4 channels in, 4 channels out
      • AES/EBU—2 channels in, 2 channels out
      • Consumer Hi-Fi inputs for MP3 players and other devices
      • Front panel features mic input with 48V phantom power, mic level control, headphone connection, and headphone level control
  • Ensure media is in sync with dual timecode in and out
  • Control the system from external devices using remote control ports
  • Monitor media with confidence using a bright front-panel full 1080HD resolution LCD display
  • Get hands-on control over sources of video, audio, timecode, and remote control signaling
Supported media

Video formats

SD—PAL (625, 50i, 576p), NTSC (525, 59.94i, 480p)

HD—720p (50, 59.94, 60), 1080i (50, 59.94, 60), 1080PsF (23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30), 1080p (23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 60)

High-res—2K (23.98PsF, 24PsF, 25PsF, 23.976p, 24p, 25p, 47.96p, 48p), 4K (23.976p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p, 50p, 60p), Ultra HD (23.976p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p, 47.952p, 48p, 50p, 59.94p, 60p)

Audio sample rate

24-bit, 48 kHz (television standard)

Supported color spaces

YUV 4:2:2, RGB 444, REC 601, REC 709, REC 2020, P3; 12-bit (SDI) or 10-bit (HDMI) color precision with 3D LUT support

Video connections

SDI video input

Two 12 Gb/s and two 6 Gb/s connectors (SD/HD/2K/4K)—SDI A and B operate at 12 Gb/s; SDI C and D will accept 1.5 Gb/s and 3 Gb/s as part of one signal (“quad link”); supports single, dual, and quad link inputs (4:2:2 / 4:4:4); 2D/3D switchable

SDI video output

Two 12 Gb/s and two 6 Gb/s connectors (SD/HD/2K/4K)—When using 12 Gb/s on SDI A or dual link 6 Gb/s on SDI A and B, SDI C and D will output downconverted 3Gb/s; when using 6 Gb/s on SDI A, SDI C and D will output 6Gb/s; 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 12 Gb/s optical fiber I/O (modules not included)


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


16 input and 16 output channels embedded in SD, HD, UHD, 2K, and 4K

Host connections


One Thunderbolt 2 (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

Built-in, high-quality hardware down conversion—Ultra HD to 1080 HD, or HD to SD on SDI B and SD on Component and NTSC/PAL; switch analog video to Component and choose HD or SD output; selectable between letterbox, anamorphic 16:9, and center cut 4:3 styles

Up conversion

Built-in, high-quality hardware up conversion—SD to 720 HD or 1080 HD on playback; selectable between 4:3 pillarbox, 14:9 pillarbox, and 16:9 zoom; HD outputs via HD-SDI, HDMI, and component analog

Cross conversion

Built-in, high-quality hardware cross conversion—720p to 1080i and 1080i to 720p on playback

Other hardware conversion

Colorspace 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

H.265 encoding; Avid DNxHR encoding coming soon in a future no-cost software upgrade*

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), AES/EBU, 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 (Width)

With rack ears: 19 inches (482 mm); without rack ears: 16.5 inches (420 mm)

Dimensions (H x D)

3.5 (2RU) x 9.5 inches (88.4 x 242 mm)


8.6 lbs (3.9 kg)

Software compatibility*
  • Avid Media Composer
  • Avid Media Composer | NewsCutter Option
  • Avid Media Composer | Symphony Option
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • Adobe After Effects CC
  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC
  • Apple Final Cut Pro X
  • Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve
  • Blackmagic Design Fusion
System requirements**
  • Avid-qualified computer running one of the following operating systems:
    • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
    • Windows 7, Windows 8

* Please note that the specifications and software compatibility displayed are preliminary and subject to change.
** Requirements for using with Media Composer. Other system requirements are dependent on the software you use with Artist | DNxIO.
Host connectivity cabling is NOT included with Avid Artist | DNxIO products (including standalone, bundle, and trade in options) and must be ordered separately. Options include either a Thunderbolt cable or a PCIe Connection Kit that includes both the PCIe card and connecting cable. Host connectivity cables purchased from other sources may exhibit unpredictable behavior and may impact the warranty of the unit.

Q: Will Avid Artist | DNxIO support surround sound audio output?
A: Surround 5.1 and 7.1 is supported through SDI and HDMI. In addition, Media Composer 8.4.1 provides a realtime four channel down mix of 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound sequences for output to the four analog channels in your choice of quadraphonic, LCRS, or LCRLfe configurations.

Q: How does Avid Artist | DNxIO connect to a host computer?
A: DNxIO will connect to a host computer via a Thunderbolt 2 connection or a PCIe connection to a HIB card in the host.

Q: Will DNxIO ship with a specific host connection cable type?
A: No, the host connection cable will be ordered separately since there is a choice for how to connect (Thunderbolt 2 or PCIe) For Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, Avid offers a 2 meter powered cable and for PCIe connectivity, Avid offers a 3 meter PCIe connection cable.

Q: What options are available for purchasing PCIe connectivity?
A: Only Avid sold/supplied PCIe cables and Host Interface cards will be supported for PCIe connected DNxIO configurations

Q: Will the PCIe cable and adapter that worked with Mojo DX and Nitris DX work with the DNxIO?
A: The most recent revision of the PCIe Gen2 x4 card and cable that was sold with Nitris DX and Mojo DX are supported for use with Artist | DNxIO. The part numbers for the supported PCIe Gen2 x4 cards are 7030-30048-01 and 7030-30048-02.

Q. Does DNxIO support audio punch in?
A: Yes, Audio Punch-in is supported on Artist | DNxIO. Note that the DNxIO needs to have a video signal connected to the unit even when capturing audio only. .

Q. Does DNxIO support video satellite?
A. Qualification of DNxIO in workflows that include Avid Pro Tools is not complete yet. We expect full qualification of Video Satellite and other workflows with Pro Tools in the near future for Pro Tools customers with an active upgrade & support plan.

Q. Does DNxIO work with Pro Tools?
A. Qualification of DNxIO in workflows that include Avid Pro Tools is not complete yet. We expect full qualification of DNxIO with Pro Tools for specific workflows in the near future for Pro Tools customers with an active upgrade & support plan.

Q. Does DNxIO support simultaneous capture of high res and proxy?
A. DNxIO will support a single stream of ingest- there are no current plans to support simultaneous proxy generation

Q: Can DNxIO be used with older versions of Media Composer software?
A: DNxIO is supported with Media Composer v8.4.1 and higher. Previous versions of software have not been tested or qualified. There have been several changes in Media Composer 8.4.1 to support new features not previously available in Open I/O. Media Composer v 8.4.1 is available to Media Composer customers with an active upgrade & support plan

Q: Does DNxIO support Closed Captioning and Ancillary data?
A: Not at this time; these capabilities are planned for a future release for Media Composer customers with an active upgrade & support plan.

Q: Will the Fusion Edit Connection for Media Composer plugin work on both Mac and Windows?
A: Initially, the Fusion Edit Connection for Media Composer plugin will only be available on Windows (v7.7.1). Mac support is expected to be added when Fusion 8 ships later this year.

Q: How do I access the Fusion Edit Connection for Media Composer plugin?
A: The Fusion Edit Connection for Media Composer plugin is installed when you install Blackmagic Design Desktop Video (required to connect Artist | DNxIO). The Fusion Edit Connection for Media Composer plugin will work with both Fusion Free and the full Fusion Studio

Q: Is there a feature comparison between Artist | DNxIO and previous Avid I/O Hardware?
A: Yes, a comparison of Avid Video I/O Hardware features can be found Here

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Avid Artist | DNxIO is the professional video I/O that keeps up with your creativity. Steamline your studio with connections for all of your gear. Save time with accelerated onboard processing of hi-res content—up to 4K. And monitor every moment from ingest to export with the gorgeous front panel HD LCD.

Now through the 30th of September, buy Avid Artist | DNxIO and get Media Composer | Production Pack completely free. Give your storytelling incredible production value with advanced color grading, premier video effects, and crisp audio processing. With five top-tier plug-in packs valued at $2,295 (USD), you’ll have every tool you need to tell your best stories, including:

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Plus you can now integrate Blackmagic Design's powerful Fusion compositing software directly into your Media Composer timeline—on Mac and Windows.

With Avid Artist | DNxIO and Media Composer | Production Pack, you’ll tell beautiful stories faster than ever before. Hurry, this offer to upgrade your entire studio won’t last long.  This special offer ends September 30th

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