BirdDog came out with some new hardware at NAB 2022, bringing even more NDI inputs/outputs into the video arena. I stopped by during the show to check them out.
BirdDog P110, P120 PTZ Camera
With four output options, these cameras give you everything you need to record, stream, review, and more. Using the Sony Exmor R sensor inside, the P110 and P120 cameras give you SDI, HDMI, NDI, and even USB (2.0) connection for production.
So the in-house crew can monitor the camera, and a virtual crew can be in a Zoom or Teams room also keeping a tab on what’s going on.
2 Ethernet jacks on the unit, one for network connection (with PoE), and one for an RS 232/422 joystick connection.
These cameras can be set to full NDI, or using the NDI|HX2 or HX3 formats. SRT and h.264 formats are also available for lower bandwidth needs.
Built-in Mohawk Tally, LCD displays
The camera has a tally light system built-in, that can be seen from front to back, so on-air personalities and staff can know what camera is active. The PTZ comes with a silicon numbering system you can place on each camera that illuminates in green or red – ultimately knowing that camera 1 is live, while 2 and 3 are in preview mode.
OLED Panel Display, Resolution Control
An OLED panel is in the front of the BirdDog, displaying IP address, resolution the camera is set to, frame rate, and the name of the stream. This display can be turned off in the BirdUI software.
The P110 and P120 cameras can send video up to 1080p/60fps. You can set the resolution from the DIP switches on the bottom of the camera.
Differences of P110, P120 Cameras
Both cameras are exactly the same except for optical Zoom. The P110 is equipped with a 10x zoom, while the P120 is 20x. If you are doing a one-on-one interview style studio, the P110 will be perfect. For halls and houses of worship, the P120 will allow you to put the cameras at a distance to capture your shot.
Or Go Full 4K PTZ
I also took a look at some of the BirdDog 4K cameras, that have many of the same options as the P110 and P120. A little more expensive, but if your workflow is in 4K, these cameras will fit right in.
Also, in the video, I take a look at some of the other ways you can use NDI into your workflow.