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  • Wed, May 20 2020 12:36 PM

    Do I need a (Avid Artist) I/O?

    I am currently building my first editing suite at home.

    At the moment I am having 2x normal monitors for timeline and bins and an EIZO CG279x as colour accurate preview monitor.

    For sound I got two Genelec monitors set up.

    I know that a professional post house is most likely to use a video interface like the Avid Artist I/O to connect the computer monitors and other devices using SDI cables etc. However my budget got its limits.

    I would be very thankful if someone who has experience with I/Os could answer a few of my questions:

    1. Do I need 2 interfaces. One video interface like the Avid Artist I/O and another audio interface like the prism lyra to connect everything or is there good interfaces for both at once, which is a better option / better deal for the money?

    2. Which interface would be a good pick to connect 3 monitors to it and does it improve integration of my video monitors with software like Avid Media Composer and Davinci Resolve?

    3. What benefits do I get from having the Avid Artist I/O if my computer already has good specs for editing. (Is something of the processing done by the interface (like these Afterburner cards Apple is selling in the new Mac Pros now)

    4. Do video interfaces like the Avid Artist have a long life time?
    I think I read something in another forum where it sounded like they will break every 2 years which got me worried because I would not want to invest a lot of money in it if it is something that breaks every 2 years and is therefor only suited for post houses that have the budget to change them that often.

    Thanks a lot for taking the time to read this. :)

     

     

  • Wed, May 20 2020 10:07 PM In reply to

    • Bruno M
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    Re: Do I need a (Avid Artist) I/O?

    DavidTebbe:
    1. Do I need 2 interfaces. One video interface like the Avid Artist I/O and another audio interface like the prism lyra to connect everything or is there good interfaces for both at once, which is a better option / better deal for the money?

    Depending on the type of I/O you choose, you'll get both video outputs and audio outputs of some sort. For example, at the top end of the range, the Avid DnxIQ has multiple video inputs/outputs (SDI, analogue, HDMI) as well as AES/EBU audio, microphone input, headphone output and line in/out XLR. At the bottom end of the range is something like the Blackmagic Decklink mini monitor, which will output one SDI or HDMI signal with embedded audio.

    DavidTebbe:
    2. Which interface would be a good pick to connect 3 monitors to it and does it improve integration of my video monitors with software like Avid Media Composer and Davinci Resolve?

    You don't need to worry about your computer (GUI) monitors, as they are normally handled by your graphics card, or in the case of a laptop, your laptop screen and an additional monitor connected via HDMI/Thunderbolt. You only need to be concerned with how to connect your reference monitor - in your case the Eizo. Some of the Avid range will work with other software like Resolve or Adobe Premiere, but the cheapest option (if you want compatability with other software) is probably to get one of the range of Blackmagic Decklink or Ultrastudio products.

    DavidTebbe:
    3. What benefits do I get from having the Avid Artist I/O if my computer already has good specs for editing. (Is something of the processing done by the interface (like these Afterburner cards Apple is selling in the new Mac Pros now)

    A lot of the I/O hardware just provides the connections to your device. The Avid DnxIQ has a built-in hardware decoder for  DnxHR, but this only works if you're capturing from an external device - something that's becoming less common.

    DavidTebbe:
    4. Do video interfaces like the Avid Artist have a long life time?
    I think I read something in another forum where it sounded like they will break every 2 years

    I don't think I've heard of any of the Avid IO products particularly having a short life of only a couple of years. Of course hardware sometimes breaks or gets 'bricked' by a failed firmware update, but in general, All the hardware I've owned (both from Avid and Blackmagic) have lasted several years without problems.

    If you're intending to use your hardware only for Media Composer, then the Avid range should offer you the most trouble-free operation (if you're willing to pay the extra premium for Avid hardware). If you want to be able to use your Eizo and Genelecs with other software, and you want the best 'bang for your buck', the Blackmagic range is probably the way to go.

     

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  • Thu, May 21 2020 12:56 AM In reply to

    • Martin Fox
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    Re: Do I need a (Avid Artist) I/O?

    I use a Blackmagic ultra studio mini to monitor picture and sound for mediacomposer and resolve, out to a eizo monitor.

    I don’t have capture as my work is file based

    its HD only, and I have to extract the audio from the hdmi stream with another device.

    it all works well, very inexpensive and has allowed me to really hone my colour grading in resolve, (I had the eizo professionally calibrated).

    i strongly suggest you get inexpensive gear that’s popular for easy resale and upgrade as you need, the new tech of 4K and HDR is just around the corner (too expensive atm)

    iMac Retina27 late 2017 4.5Gz i7 40GB AMD 8GB with Sata Raid OS 10.13.4 MC 2018.3 BMD mini monitor with Eizo monitor [view my complete system specs]
  • Thu, May 21 2020 6:47 AM In reply to

    Re: Do I need a (Avid Artist) I/O?

    Re 1.: MC will not be able to use different I/O boxes for picture and sound. When a video I/O is installed, that is used for audio too. No way to route it to another box.

    Re 2. An I/O does not connect to your normal interface monitors. Those would connect to the computer's graphics cards. The I/O is only used to drive the 'program' video (and audio).

    Re 3. The Artist I/O mainly offers a bunch of different input and output connectors. It will not accelerate anything. But, as any I/O box, you are outputting an actual video signal in an actual video color space at an actual video frame rate. Using a third computer monitor in FullScreen mode is very possible, but does usually mean that the video signal is modified to fit the GFX card&monitor's color space and frame rate.

    Re 4. There are many, many Avid Nitris DX boxes around, well over 10 years old. That said, the current Artist Boxes are built by BlackMagic Design and AJA. They have been serving the industry for quite some time, so I would bet these are solid products (I suspect AJA's reputation to be a little more solid, but not sure how much). The obvious reason an I/O becomes obsolete is when new formats (8K, HDR) emerge, which they may not be able to support. But it very much depends on your work and workflow it that is an issue (I have been using HD Rec709 monitoring for 11 years or so, and I doubt I will go to 4K any time soon.
    IMHO, unless you need the elaborate I/O, I would tend to go for as simple an I/O that fits your needs, you can then always get a new I/O with newer features when you need it.

    I replaced my (still fully working) Nitris DX with a BMD Decklink Mini Monitor 4K. 

    Media Composer Symphony | PT Ultimate | Win10 HPZ | OSX MBP | ISIS5000 [view my complete system specs]
  • Thu, May 21 2020 10:57 AM In reply to

    Re: Do I need a (Avid Artist) I/O?

    Hi Bruno
    Thank you very much for the detailed reply! It was super helpful and I learned a lot reading your post.

  • Thu, May 21 2020 11:13 AM In reply to

    Re: Do I need a (Avid Artist) I/O?

    Hi Job ter Burg

    Thanks a lot for telling me that MC is unable to use different I/O boxes for picture and sound. There is a good chance I would have bought an expensive audio interface first and later a video I/O hoping that I could use both together. So you really saved me here, thank you!

  • Thu, May 21 2020 11:17 AM In reply to

    Re: Do I need a (Avid Artist) I/O?

    Hi Martin
    Thank you for sharing your setup with me. I will have a look at the Blackmagic devices aswell. Buying inexpensive gear that is popular for resale at first is something I will consider now. :)

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