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Our PN: BMDN5260018
Manufacturer: Blackmagic Design
Platform(s): Mac & Win

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When you need to access your whole router without sacrificing speed, then Videohub Master Control lets you scroll your router sources and destinations with the easy to use spin knob control or via direct button entry. You can even see all routes on the beautiful LCD! Powers via DC or the Ethernet connection! NOW SHIPPING!



Manufacturer Part Number: VHUB/WMSTRCRL

Whats New in Videohub 4.9

  • This update provides macro implementation on Smart Control Panels, ethernet configuration of Smart Control Panels, and improved locking and unlocking functionality.


Affordable family of broadcast quality routers and controls
Now you can eliminate complicated manual video patching forever! Videohub lets you connect all the equipment in your facility and easily change connections right from your computer's desktop! Videohub is a powerful broadcast grade routing switcher that features up to a massive 144 inputs, 288 outputs, 144 deck control ports, and auto switching SD, HD, and 3 Gb/s SDI, all in a compact rack mount chassis only a few inches thick. From $1,995

No Manual Patching!
In the past most studios have been forced to use manual patching to connect editing workstations and decks. However this can become too complicated for creative designers, graphic artists and editors to understand, plus it gets even more complicated as your studio grows. Manual patching also caused problems with limited SDI cable lengths, and patch cables quickly wear out, so you get glitches as other users bump them while patching. Videohub eliminates this problem because everyone is permanently connected, and no cables need to be physically changed ever. All video connections are changed from an easy to use software application right from your computer desktop. Unlike manual patching, Videohub re-clocks the SDI video signal for long cable lengths. Plus unlike manual patching, you can send one SDI video connection to as many outputs as you like, so multiple people can access any SDI video source, all at the same time. High end post production and broadcasters have understood the advantages of professional routing switchers for decades, and now with Videohub, everyone can afford these same workflow advantages.

Industrial Strength Routing Switcher
Blackmagic Design's Videohub routers are not only based on a revolutionary design but they also have the most advanced electronics technology available today. All Videohub routers include SDI re-clocking so even the longest distance equipment from your router can be connected together. Combined with redundant power supplies, power fail protection and high reliability single PCB construction, Videohub routers are true broadcast quality.

SDI Re-Clocking
Videohub also includes built in SDI re-clockers on each SDI input which regenerate the SDI video signal. Every inch of video cable from your SDI video devices degrades the SDI signal. Expensive premium grade 'digital' cables can help, however simply cannot eliminate this loss. With SDI re-clocking you can have a regenerated and clean SDI signal out to all the SDI devices in your studio. That means longer cable lengths, and no glitches in your video.

World's Highest Quality 3 Gb/s SDI
With new 3 Gb/s SDI connections built in, Videohub allows twice the SDI data rate than normal HD-SDI. Use 3 Gb/s SDI for high resolution real-time 2048 x 1556 feature film editing. 3 Gb/s SDI has full compatibility with SD, HD or 2K in 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 all with a single BNC cable. With 3 Gb/s SDI built in, you have full compatibility with all your current SD-SDI and HD-SDI equipment, plus any new formats that come along in the future.

World's Greatest Router Control
If you hate the high cost of router control panels, then you'll love Videohub because we include free software for Mac and Windows computers with incredible icon buttons! Videohub software looks fantastic, and when used on new touch screen all in one computers, you get a fantastic large screen XY control panel! We even have a new software control panel for Apple iPad computers, that lets you use your iPad as a fantastic low cost touch screen XY router panel.

Deck Control Routing
With up to 144 independent Sony compatible RS-422 serial control ports included, each editing system can control any deck in your facility. Each deck control connection is independently reversible via software control, so it's easy to connect edit stations or decks to any of the deck control ports.

Network Router Control
Videohub connects to any computer via USB and is then shared over your local network. Any computer can be the host by simply connecting to the router via the USB 2.0 connection, which activates that computer as the host and allows other computers on your network to connect. Router labels can be changed from any computer and are fully unicode compatible for foreign language support.

Simultaneous SD, HD or 3 Gb/s
Videohub makes it easy to run SD and HD equipment and add 3 Gb/s SDI equipment in the future. That's because Videohub handles mixed SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI connections all on the same router simultaneously. Videohub auto detects when an SDI input changes, and instantly sets all SDI outputs connected to that input to match. SDI re-clocking and output SDI slew rates change automatically.


No other router has more control options than Videohub!
Now you can control your router from anywhere in your building. Videohub routers use ethernet for the control panel connections so you can select from a wide range of hardware rack mount panels or control your router from your Mac, PC or even iPad! You can even customize your own control solutions using the Videohub developer SDK!

Widest Range of Control Options
Videohub routers have more control options because you can select from hardware panels or innovative software control panels that let you route cross points on your desktop! If you're using Mac or PC based editing and design systems, routing from your desktop costs nothing and saves space in your studio. In larger installations you can select from the Videohub Master Control, which is a full rack mount spin knob controller with direct label entry and elegant LCD display to see your router status, giving you control over every crosspoint on the largest Videohub model. If you want cut-bus style routing, then the Videohub Smart Control features 40 customizable buttons that can be set to any router label. Videohub Smart Control can be setup for 1, 2 or more destinations, as well as macros and more!

Route From Your Desktop
With so much post production equipment based on desktop computers these days, the best place to control your router is right from your desktop! All Videohub models include free software so you can simply install on your Windows or Mac, and get an incredibly attractive icon based router control panel. You can install on as many computers as you like! The Pushbutton view allows you to see images in the buttons of common video equipment. If you want the most incredible XY control panel, then Pushbutton view looks fantastic when installed on a dedicated all in one computer with touch screen such as a HP TouchSmart, with all routing performed by pressing buttons directly on screen!

The World's Fastest Routing!
When you are working in larger facilities with rack mounted equipment then you need a serious hardware based control panel! Videohub Smart Control is different to traditional hardware router control panels because it's low cost so it's easy to add Videohub Smart Control under all your equipment! You get 40 crystal look YRGB illuminated buttons that can be set to any router output. To set the input to any SDI equipment now just requires a single button press! Once pressed, the input set for that button is instantly routed to the router output set for the Videohub Smart Control. You can set buttons to any router input, just by using the simple Windows and Mac software! Imagine having an elegant router panel below each of your monitors or decks, and then selecting the input with a single button press! There is simply no faster way to use an SDI routing switcher!

Hardware Control Panels
When you are working in larger facilities with rack mounted equipment then you need a serious hardware based control panel! You can choose from two compact, 1 rack unit sized hardware control panels. Videohub Smart Control features 40 crystal look WRGB illuminated buttons that can be set to any router output. To set the input to any SDI equipment now just requires a single button press! Videohub Master Control allows direct button entry or scrolling using the spin knob to access any source or destination, even on the largest Videohub router. Simply type in the label, or scroll the knob! You can see the source and destination on the built-in LCD that features beautiful anti aliased fonts for an extremely attractive user experience!

Easy to Use
Videohub control panels are incredibly easy to use! Simply install Videohub Smart Control under a monitor, then the output of the router you have connected to that monitor can be set to a different source each time a different button is pressed. Thats a 'cut-bus' style of router control and is extremely fast to use! Just punch along the buttons to look at anything on your router. Install under broadcast decks or edit suites so you can set the video input the same way. If you want full control of every crosspoint on your router from a single control panel, then Videohub Master Control simply allows you type in the cross-point directly or even easier, just spin the knob and see all your sources and destinations scroll by! You can even set to use a take button! It's just as simple on your Mac or PC where you can also setup simple graphic buttons for the simple and elegant router panels on your computer!

Single or Multiple Destinations
Even though Videohub Smart Control is a cut bus type of hardware control panel, it's smart enough to allow multiple destinations! If you want a true cut-bus, such as when dedicating the control panel to a video monitor, just select to a single destination and then all buttons are sources that change the route to that destination when pressed. Of course the full Videohub Master Control lets you scroll through every single destination on the router so you can always select any destination and any source for full XY access to the router, all from a tiny 1 rack unit control panel. Videohub Master Control gives you everything!

Elegant Design
Router control panels don't need to be ugly, and Videohub Smart Control has been designed to fit into the most creative post production facilities and broadcasters! You get attractive crystal look buttons that are illuminated by both RGB and white LEDs so that a wider range of rich and clean colors can be displayed. The front panel can be unscrewed and slid off so labels can be inserted under the buttons. We even include Adobe Illustrator files with crop marks that you can use as templates to generate labels! All buttons can be variably backlit so you can always read button labels even in dark rooms! Videohub Smart Control uses only a single rack unit and is less than an inch thick!

Easy to Install
No router panel is so easy to install! You can customize the router source that's assigned to each button using the easy to use Windows and Mac software included with each Videohub Smart Control. To setup the panel, just connect to the built in USB connection and then run the software! You can select where the Videohub is on your network, as well as how many destinations you want on the panel. You can even select the backlighting brightness, as well as if you want a 'take' button.

Connects via Ethernet
Videohub Smart Control and Videohub Master Control use standard ethernet networking so you can simply plug into the existing computer network. If you want to use your Videohub in mission critical environments, you can even connect Videohub control panels to routers via a dedicated ethernet switch. Videohub Smart Control and Videohub Master Control feature power over ethernet so if used with an ethernet switch that includes power over ethernet support, then no power supply is required. For non powered ethernet switches, we also included a power supply with international power socket adapters. Videohub hardware control panels also include loop through ethernet connections, perfect for looping to other control panels or computers! You can chain dozens of control panels so you save hundered's on ethernet cabling.


Videohub allows you to work the way you want to
Adding Videohub to your facility will completely change how you work. Videohub adds a level of integration between creative users that previously only the largest facilities could afford.

Connect your Editing Workstations
If you've had experience with routing switchers, you will know that they can be a confusing mess of connectors that even rocket scientists would have trouble understanding. Videohub is different and designed for normal creative users to get up and running in seconds. Each user's connections are grouped in simple 1-16 connector blocks on the rear panel, with each user having a video input, video output, monitoring output and deck control connector. Connect the inputs and outputs to your editing system's inputs and outputs and then deck control to your editing system's deck control port using a pin-for-pin DB-9 serial control cable. Now set the deck control port to input. It's that easy.

Connect your Broadcast Decks
Connecting your broadcast decks is simple. Plug-in the video inputs and outputs, then connect the deck control port on the deck to the deck control port on the router using a pin-for-pin DB-9 serial cable. You can also connect older analog decks using an analog to SDI conversion, such as the popular Mini Converter Analog to SDI. That takes care of conversion from analog to digital and back, as well as embedding audio in SDI video connections.

Need Client Dubbing?
Adding consumer grade decks for client dubbing is easy, and you can use spare output such as one of the SDI monitoring outputs. You can add digital to analog conversion to connect video and audio to VHS and DVD recorders. Now you can dub from any source on the router, either from a deck or edit suite. You can even run client dubs while you're mastering to tape. A flexible option for doing client dubs in your edit suite is to loop video from your in-suite monitoring to consumer decks. This allows you to start client dubs without even leaving your editing suite!

Connect to Everything, Everywhere
Videohub uses standard definition and high definition SDI connections, so you can connect any device used in television production. You can connect editing systems, decks and even equipment within telecine suites. Use the Videohub for connectivity within the telecine workflow, such as color correction noise reduction, frame stores and disk recorders. You can use two inputs and outputs on Videohub for routing dual link 4:4:4 video. Videohub can even be used in transmission and streaming control because IP based sharing can be used from remote locations.

Deck to Deck Dubbing
Often tapes need to be cloned by deck to deck dubbing, and if needed, compile a few masters quickly onto a single tape. Almost all broadcast decks feature a simple auto edit controller for deck to deck editing. Unlike other routers, Videohub can handle deck to deck editing by reversing the serial port connections on the recorder deck. Say goodbye to complicated manual patch panels that are messy and complex to use. Once you've used routing in your facility and experienced how great it is to always have instant connections between equipment, you'll wonder how you ever did without it! Order Videohub for your facility today.


Take a closer look at Videohub software
Videohub has the world's most attractive, flexible and fastest to use software control panels. Videohub software control panels include multiple views so you can choose the software control that's best for your work. It's easy to customize router labels, or even use pushbuttons with icons of your post production equipment. We even include a free developer SDK so you can integrate Videohub into large broadcast facilities, or custom systems!

Flexible Router Control
If you've ever wanted total flexibility in controlling router connections, then nothing beats using software control panels. Each router destination output has a menu with all the source inputs listed. Simply select which source you want to connect to a destination, and the connection is made. Serial ports are similar, however because they are bidirectional, connected ports dim until disconnected. Communication direction can be changed on any control port allowing editing systems or decks to be connected. You can also change settings on any shared computer, with each destination being locked simply by clicking the little padlock icon.

Pushbutton View
Blackmagic Design's Pushbutton View router control software is the fastest and most intuitive way to control the Videohub router. With a library of elegant icon buttons that represent most common post production equipment, it's easy to have a router control that looks just like your facility. Pushbutton View can handle multiple pages of sources and destinations, which allows users to navigate whole pages of buttons for a massive 550 sources and 110 destinations. Being a push button interface, Pushbutton View is also designed to work on touchscreen monitors for the most fluid routing you'll ever experience.

Router Control View
Blackmagic Design's Router Control View is a different way to manage the Videohub router. Using configurable labels, Router Control View is perfect for system administrators wanting to pre-configure and label all the connections for your facility. With easy to use pull-down menus, Main Router Control View allows you to see all connections to the router, including the directions of device control.

Personal Router Views
Router control software features six separate control windows so you'll have amazing flexibility on how you use Videohub. Use the main router control window to see every connection on the router. If you're only using a few of the router outputs, then you can use the personal router window that lets you limit your view to the few connections you really need to use. This means you get a much smaller interface window that won't get in the way of other software, such as editing or design tools.

Greater Customized Control with SDK
For all 3Gb/s SDI Videohubs, Blackmagic Design has a free Software Development Kit (SDK). By using the Videohub SDK, any developer can now easily add extra protocol support for integration into other large routing infrastructures. In addition to system integrators who are building custom video systems, you can now design custom interfaces and web interfaces. Blackmagic Design's new Videohub SDK supports industry standard C++ and includes all libraries, software sample code and documentation.

Network Sharing
All communication between router software and the router is via your IP network, such as ethernet and even wireless. Videohub connects to any host computer via USB, and is then shared over the network from that computer. You don't even need to run the Videohub software on the host computer as the network sharing is done at the driver level. Any computer can be the host simply by plugging in the USB from the router. This keeps sharing simple and eliminates the need for a dedicated host computer.With video routing this simple, it's time to get connected with Videohub and allow everyone to share decks and other resources in your facility.



  • PC
    • Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit
    • Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
    • USB 1 or USB 2 port
  • MAC
    • Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard.
    • Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
    • Any Macintosh with a free USB 1 or USB 2 port.

NOTE: Please update your Videohub's firmware after installing this software. Simply double click on the 'Update Videohub Firmware' file included with this installer once the installation is complete.


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