BirdDog 4K Quad NDI Encoder/Decoder

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BirdDog 4K Quad NDI Encoder/Decoder

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The BirdDog 4K Quad NDI Encoder/Decoder (BD4KQUAD) is a professional-grade hardware device designed for encoding and decoding high-quality video signals over an IP network using NDI technology. It supports 4K resolution and can simultaneously encode or decode up to four 4K signals, making it ideal for use in multi-camera live production environments. It offers low latency, high-quality video streaming and includes features such as Tally, Audio Intercom, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) support. The BD4KQUAD is also compatible with a range of third-party NDI-enabled devices and software applications, making it a versatile tool for a variety of video production workflows.


The BirdDog 4K Quad NDI Encoder/Decoder (BD4KQUAD) is based on custom NDI silicon chip, the BirdDog 4K Quad NDI Encoder/Decoder supports up to UHD 4K/60 video input for distribution on NDI networks in full-bandwidth I-frame compression. This compact device is housed in an aircraft-grade aluminum case and features four 12G-SDI selectable inputs/outputs. An HDMI 2.0 output is available but is currently inactive until an expected future firmware update. When the output becomes active, a built-in cross converter will allow you to loop out an SDI input via the HDMI port.

Another major feature is an SFP+ expansion slot that supports SFP+ modules for fiber connectivity and Ethernet protocols from 1-10 GbE (you may require a free firmware update that's already available from BirdDog). A Tally system with a large bicolor Tally light is also built for indicating which camera is live to on-air talent. The Tally system also allows user-selectable Tally borders on loop out. The device is complete with 3.5mm audio input/output, a 4-line OLED display, and USB 3.0 interface. It can be powered by a standard power supply or over PoE+.

The 4K Quad NDI Encoder/Decoder comes with the BirdDog Comms Lite audio intercom software, which supports up to four BirdDog devices. Comms Lite is Windows compatible and offers features such as Director Push-to-Talk, Mute Camera Operator, Auto Detect NDI Sources, Monitor Camera Audio, and Shortcut to Web Console. For a more complete version of the application, an optional upgrade is available to Comms Pro. The Encoder/Decoder is also compatible with the optional BirdDog Central software, which helps you decode NDI back to SDI or HDMI.


  • Up to UHD 4K/60 video input.

  • Distribution on NDI networks in full-bandwidth I-frame compression.

  • 4 x 12G-SDI selectable inputs/outputs.

  • HDMI 2.0 output (currently inactive until an expected future firmware update).

  • 3.5mm audio input/output.

  • Built-in cross converter (can be used when the expected firmware update for the HDMI output becomes available).

  • SFP+ expansion slot (a firmware update may be required and is already available on the BirdDog website).

  • Bicolor Tally light.

  • Selectable Tally indicator on video loop outputs.

  • PoE+ support.

  • Integrated multiviewer (HDMI output).

  • 4-line OLED display.

  • Includes BirdDog Comms Lite audio intercom software for Windows (upgradeable to the complete Comms Pro application).

  • Compatible with the optional BirdDog Central software for decoding NDI back to SDI/HDMI.

  • Aircraft-grade aluminum housing.

  • Control any PTZ camera that supports NDI, NDI|HX, or Visca over IP using an optional USB to Ethernet dongle.

Additional Features with Optional Comms Pro Upgrade

  • BirdDog Push-to-Talk

  • Director to Group

  • BirdDog Operator Broadcast

  • Mix Minus

  • Keyboard shortcuts / hot case

  • Refresh NDI Sources


  • BirdDog 4K Quad NDI Encoder/Decoder unit

  • Power supply unit (PSU)

  • Power cord

  • Quick Start Guide


Network Connectivity

  • Ethernet RJ45 1000baseT with integrated PoE

  • Open SFP+ Cage (10GB SFP+ adapters sold separately)

  • Embedded Web configuration panel

External Interface Support (Requires Optional Cables)

  • USB to RJ45 for additional network in device support

  • USB to RJ45 for VISCA over IP PTZ control

  • USB to Serial PTZ control (RS-232)

  • USB ISO recording

  • Included Comms Lite Software

  • Windows 10 and above compatible

  • Groups: 1

  • Max BirdDog devices per group: 4

  • Live video windows: 4

  • Director Push-to-Talk buttons: 1

  • Director to All

  • BirdDog to Director

  • Mute Camera Operator

  • Shortcut to Web Console

  • Monitor Camera Audio

  • Auto-detect NDI sources

  • Volume slider bar

  • Inputs/Outputs: 4 x BNC (12G-SDI) (Switchable)

  • Audio Inputs: 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS

  • Video Outputs: 1 x HDMI (HDMI 2.0)

  • Audio Outputs: 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo

  • Tally Light: Yes

  • Dimensions: 5.31 x 3.35 x 0.98" / 13.5 x 8.5 x 2.5 cm

  • Weight: 0.7 lb / 320 g

  • Power Consumption Device: 16 W


  • Brand: BirdDog

  • Manufacturer SKU: BD4KQUAD

  • Type: Camera Mount

  • UPC: 9354873000058