BirdDog Announces First NDI Hardware Decoding

Australian developer BirdDog has a new ultra-low latency NDI decoder available via a free firmware update for Studio NDI and Mini.

BirdDog says decoding NDI in FPGA gives the highest possible video quality and ultra-low latency of just 1 frame from NDI input back out to baseband video. This, it suggests, opens up many more possibilities for NDI as a content distribution platform and propels BirdDog into new markets such as digital signage, IMAG, video distribution, classrooms, and many more. 

“Adding NDI Decoding feature to the already feature rich Studio NDI and Mini opens up so many more possibilities for our customers to use our products,” said Dan Miall, Co-Founder and CEO. “We’ve always been able to do NDI Encoding in a single frame and now with NDI Decoding we complete our vision of NDI from glass to glass. By that we mean from camera lens to television screens.”

“Central allows our customers to push NDI content from any device, including our encoders, laptop computers, and NDI enabled live production systems to screens with just two clicks of a button,” said Miall. “When you team up Central and BirdDog NDI Decoding function you have a very easy to use, but very powerful, content distribution system. We can see this being of enormous benefit to customers across many markets. “It’s also important to note that this release of firmware has been thoroughly field tested for the past three months by select BirdDog customers and the feedback has been super positive. We’ve had one extremely high profile customer running NDI Decode 24 hours a day, for 12 continuous days without a hiccup.”

It is also developing an NDI routing application called Central to make the content delivery even easier. Central is due for release in Q2, 2019.

The firmware is available for download from the company website.

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