Manufacturer Part Number: CONVMBSH
What's new in Converter Utility 1.6.4
- Downconverter settings saved in HDMI to SDI when power cycled
- Embedded audio issue resolved
- General performance and stability improvements
Build your SDI studio with the world's most advanced and easy to use converters! Only Blackmagic Design Mini Converters include auto SD/HD switching, redundant input, AES/EBU and analog audio on standard 1/4 inch jack connections, combined with advanced 3 Gb/s SDI technology.
Auto Switching SD and HD
Mini Converters instantly switch between standard definition and high definition video formats and changeover is automatic when the video input changes. A huge range of video standards are supported including, NTSC, PAL, 1080i/59.94, 1080i/50, 1080psf/23.98, 1080psf/24, 720p/59.94 and 720p/50 formats, plus new formats can be added via USB.
Redundant SDI Input
Mini Converters feature a unique redundant input for mission critical tasks such as broadcast or live events. You can connect a redundant cable to the second input, so if the main input is lost due to cable damage or any other cause, Mini Converter will automatically switch over to the redundant input cable. This lets you use Mini Converters in locations where crowds or the environment might cause cable damage, or lets you place Mini Converters in hard to reach locations such as roof mounted video projectors. A loop though SDI output is also provided for connecting to other devices. A loop-thru SDI connection is also great if you need more than 2 audio channels, as you can connect the loop-thru to another Mini Converter to de-embedd extra audio channels!
New 3 Gb/s SDI Technology
Only Mini Converters include the latest 3 Gb/s SDI technology and upgrades can be loaded via the built in USB connection for future video format compatibility. 3 Gb/s SDI is also fully compatible with all your standard definition and high definition SDI equipment.
Built in AES/EBU or Analog Audio
Standard 1/4 inch jacks are built in for balanced analog or AES/EBU audio. Because Mini Converters use standard 1/4 inch jack connectors for all audio connections, you can use standard cables commonly avalible from any pro audio store. Unlike other converters, Mini Converters don't need custom cables, as any balanced 1/4 inch jack cable can be used. Mini Converters are also unique as the same 1/4 inch jack connections can be switched between professional balanced analog audio, or AES/EBU digital audio. This means you only need one model of Mini Converter for both analog and digital audio. You can select the type of audio from one of the mini switches on the side of the Mini Converter unit. On modes with AES/EBU digital audio in, a sample rate converter lets you connect to any AES/EBU source, either synchronized, or un-syncronized. On HDMI models, you also have full access to the HDMI audio embedded in the HDMI video connection.
Mini Converters are built to highest quality standards with low SDI jitter so you get the longest SDI cable lengths combined with multiple internal power supplies for ultra low noise broadcast quality analog video and audio. Unlike other converters, Mini Converters don't use "low grade" video electronics just to save cost. Mini Converters feature the highest grade broadcast quality analog audio and video electronics. In fact, Mini Converters uses the same analog video design as our most expensive and award winning Multibridge Eclipse! That means you get the highest quality, all in a very affordable and incredibly compact unit.
International Power Supply
Unlike other converters, a universal power supply is included with international socket adapters for all countries. This lets you take Mini Converters with you to any location worldwide, and plug directly into the local power sockets. To stop power accidentally being disconnected, a cable tie point is included to lock down the power connection tight!
With Blackmagic Design's Mini Converters, it’s as simple as using a pen to change settings.
Industry Standard Format
Connect to any SDI deck for all industry tape formats, from DV, Digital Betacam™, D1, up to HDCAM SR™ and HD D-5. Using capture cards such as Blackmagic Design's DeckLink, you can capture to formats such as JPEG, DV to uncompressed 8 bit, 10 bit or RGB 10 bit.
Uncompressed Video Quality
SDI uses a higher data rate than DV, so it’s got the speed to handle full resolution video in standard definition or high definition completely uncompressed. That means you can preserve video quality until you need to compress the video - such as the final compression pass for streaming or broadcast.
Cinema Style Monitoring
With the Blackmagic Design SDI to HDMI Mini Converter you can utilize a HDMI Television for budget sensitive client monitoring. Simply connect your SDI signal into the SDI to HDMI Mini Converter and then plug your HDMI cable to either a big screen HDMI television or video projector. Can you just imagine how incredible it would be having a massive 60 inch flat screen TV for your client monitoring?
Lock it Down
As with all Blackmagic Design products we like to think of everything. That's why we have included a handy cable tie point to lock the power down tight and prevent your power being disconnected.
Unlike analog connections, HDMI is the new digital standard appearing in the latest cameras, televisions and video projectors. HDMI is fully digital and has no video compression, so it doesn't suffer from any image degradation. Unlike DV and HDV FireWire based video standards, HDMI allows deeper bit depths and full color resolution, eliminating banding and contouring problems in high quality video. HDMI is found on the latest HD cameras such as the Sony HDR-HC3 or Panasonic HDC-SD1.
Mini Converters will keep up with you when quality really counts. Its fully SDI digital construction means it never suffers from video noise and will always connect video cleanly between equipment, without any change in quality.
Flexibility for High End Production
The SDI video standard was designed for total flexibility. All equipment connects together using simple coax BNC cables and the connection can be more than 100 meters or 300 feet apart. SDI doesn't use compression so you can record video to any kind of broadcast or high end consumer deck completely independently of the tape format. Modern equipment such as Mini Converters allow for video rate switching between standard definition 270 Mb/s, high definition 1.485 Gb/s or high definition 3 Gb/s video rates, so newer HDTV equipment can be integrated into existing systems.
Unlike DV, which is only 4:1:1 color sampling with only 1 red and 1 blue video sample per 4 luma samples, SDI is normally 4:2:2 with twice the color resolution. Traditionally SDI equipment has been expensive, however Blackmagic Design has changed the industry and finally made SDI affordable for everyone. Now SDI is the production format of the choice for high end, corporate, on-location and live broadcast video worldwide.
Compatibility when it Counts
SDI has the compatibility to connect every kind of video equipment together, from all tape format decks, monitoring and distribution. No matter what the tape format, there will be a model with SDI connections. This means you don’t have to worry about tape formats and non linear editing file formats standards, with SDI it all connects together seamlessly. SDI has absolutely no latency, so unlike FireWire you get instant response on NLE timelines. SDI also allows direct monitoring, as all good video monitors have SDI input options or use analog converters such as Multibridge and HDLink for LCD monitoring. For audio perfectionists, SDI has a massive multi-channel audio capability with video capture cards such as DeckLink using up to 12 channels for HD audio capture.
That’s great for 5.1 surround sound work. And like the video, all audio is digital so there is no generation loss of any kind combined with perfect AV sync. There are thousands of SDI based products on the market ranging from million dollar telecine film scanners down to low cost analog converters for a few hundred dollars, and they're all fully compatible with each other.
Serial Digital Interface
For over a decade high end post production companies have used the Serial Digital Interface (SDI) to connect all kinds of equipment together at the highest quality possible. Unlike DV based consumer video standards, SDI uses 10 bit video quantizing which allows 1024 video levels, 4 times the quality of the 8 bit DV video, totally eliminating banding and contouring problems in high quality video. DV uses only a quarter of the horizontal resolution color so graphics can look soft and suffer from color fringing making multi-layer keying complex and inferior in visual quality.
Standard Definition and HDTV
All Blackmagic HD products support dual rate SDI so you can instantly switch between SD and HD. This is ideal for modern workflows where HD maybe a smaller part of the market for most people. Most people run standard definition for 80% or more of their work, but need high definition capability for specific spots. With SDI products such as DeckLink cards and Multibridge, you can immediately switch over to HD when a job comes along.
Go the Distance
SDI video connects long distances up to 300 feet or 100 meters, so you can connect everyone together in your facility. Cables are simple BNC coax cables, so you can easily make cables to the perfect length for your needs.
- SDI Video Input: Switchable between SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI.
- SDI Redundant Input: Automatically switches over if main SDI input is lost.
- SDI Video Outputs: Switchable between SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI.
- Dual Rate Support: Auto detection of HD or standard definition SDI inputs.
- Updates and Configuration: Via USB 2.0 high speed. (480 Mb/s)
- Re-clocking: Yes
- Analog Audio: 2 channels of professional balanced analog audio with standard 1/4 inch jack connections
- Digital Audio: 2 channels of professional balanced digital with standard 1/4 inch jack connections.
- HDMI: HDMI out
- Analog Video: None
- SDI Format Support:
- 625/25 PAL
- 525/29.97 NTSC
- SDI Compliance:
- SMPTE 292M
- SMPTE 259M
- SMPTE 296M
- ITU-R BT.656
- ITU-R BT.601
- SDI Video Sampling: 4:2:2
- SDI Video Rates: SDI video connections are switchable between standard definition and high definition.
- SDI Color Precision: 4:2:2
- SDI Color Space: YUV
- SDI Audio Sampling: Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24 bit.
- SDI Auto Switching: Automatically selects between SD SDI, HD-SDI and 3 Gb/s SDI.
- Analog Format Support:
- 625/25 PAL
- 525/29.97 NTSC
- Analog Color Precision: 4:2:2
- Analog Color Space: YUV
- HDMI Format Support:
- 625/25 PAL
- 525/29.97 NTSC
- 625/50p PAL
- 525/59.94p NTSC
- HDMI Color Precision: 4:2:2 and 4:4:4
- HDMI Color Space: YUV and RGB
- Software Control: Mac OS X™ and Windows™ software upgrade via USB.
- Settings Control: Mini Switches or USB software.
- Firmware Upgrade: Via included firmware updater application.
- Power Supply: +12V universal power supply included. Cable tie point.
- Minimum system requirements for 32-bit editions of Windows
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3, Windows Vista SP1 and Windows 7
- Any Windows XP PC with a free USB 1 or USB 2 port.
- Minimum system requirements for 64-bit editions of Windows
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows Vista SP1 and Windows 7
- Any Windows XP PC with a free USB 1 or USB 2 port.
- Mac OS X 10.6.6 Snow Leopard.
- Any Macintosh with a free USB 1 or USB 2 port.
- 1024 x 768 resolution computer display.