NDI Workflows with BirdDog

2023-10-13 15:17:00 /
NDI Workflows with BirdDog -

Welcome to NDI! BirdDog converters make your video signals fully NDI capable.

Using NDI, video signals can be transmitted via Ethernet, even within the in-house network. This is not only cost-effective but also convenient for any setup that needs to connect numerous AV devices or cover long distances, whether it's for live events, sports broadcasts, or video conferences.

The converters are of high quality, robust, and compactly built. They are the perfect HDMI/SDI to NDI encoders/decoders for your production!

The Encoder and Decoder - Flex 4K

The Flex 4K family can either encode HDMI to NDI (Flex 4K In) or decode NDI to HDMI (Flex 4K Out) - and it does so with Full NDI at resolutions up to 4K. These remarkably small converters can seamlessly integrate into any setup. However, these are not just simple encoders or decoders. Thanks to their features, they perfectly complement an NDI workflow:

  • very small HDMI to NDI or NDI to HDMI converters
  • 4Kp30
  • Halo Tally
  • Audio-Intercom
  • PTZ control
  • PoE with 15W-DC-Output power

PLAY - the affordable decoder

Do you just need to display the NDI signal on a single screen? Then PLAY is the right choice. This small decoder makes any NDI signal HDMI-compatible. This way, the image can be easily displayed on your TV or another screen. PLAY can be controlled with the remote control as it has integrated CEC control.

Please download the latest firmware 1.0.30 for PLAY, which, among other things, offers SRT support and makes the device compatible with BirdDog Cloud Connect.


  • NDI to HDMI decoder
  • Video transmission up to 4Kp60
  • Easy operation on a tv monitor
  • Very compact dimensions
  • Automatically detects NDI sources
  • Supports NDI 5 and NDI HX; NDI Bridge; NDI Remote
  • Supports Consumer Electronics Control (CEC)

All in One - die 4K Family

The converters in the 4K series function as both encoders and decoders. As the name suggests, they support video signals with a resolution of up to 3840x2160p at a frame rate of up to 60fps. They come in three variants: 4K HDMI4K SDI and 4K Quad. The name also indicates their capabilities: the 4K HDMI can convert HDMI to NDI, while the other two versions can encode SDI signals.

All of them share the feature of decoding NDI to SDI/HDMI. The Quad version even has four SDI inputs and outputs. Additionally, they offer some other useful functions:

  • Encoder & Decoder up to 4Kp60
  • 12G-SDI
  • SFP+ for 10GbE and extended range
  • NDI Tally system
  • PTZ control (with optional USB-to-Ethernet dongle)

MINI - the cost-effective all-rounder

The MINI serves as both a decoder and an encoder. Like all our products, it features a robust casing and can easily be integrated into your desired workflow. If you want to transmit HD signals in your NDI production, the MINI, with its features, is a great choice:

  • Encoder & Decoder up to 1080p60
  • Integrated multi-color LED status and tally display
  • 1/4''-20 thread for tripod
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) or through a camera's battery using D-Tap

OG4 - NDI openGear Card

The openGear Card OG4 features four configurable 12G-SDI inputs and outputs, making it suitable for use as an encoder or decoder for SDI-NDI.


  • NDI-OpenGear-card for the modular 2RU openGear rack system
  • 4x 12G-SDI inputs and outputs
  • Full compression for NDI i-frame
  • Dashboard Support: Software for MacOS, Windows, Linux (available for free separately)
  • SFP+ compliant for fiber optic connections
  • Ethernet protocols from 1 GbE to 10 GbE
  • Encoding- & Decoding-support up to 4Kp60 resolution
  • Independent configuration of input and output frame rates and resolutions
  • Compatible with 2RU and OG-3-FR openGear frames

If you'd like an overview of BirdDog's product portfolio, we recommend watching this video where our product manager, Adrian Böhm, provides insight into NDI and its capabilities. The video is in German, but we offer English, Polish, and Romanian subtitles.