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Mike Healey
Question about Micro Converter: HDMI>SDI
on Mar 1, 2018 at 6:29:50 pm

Greetings!

I want to take the HDMI output of my MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014) and send the signal to my Panasonic 17" 1080p SDI broadcast LCD monitor. I don't want to mirror the second screen. I only want to see the program video full screen. I'm editing in Premiere Pro CC. Will this box do the trick? Thoughts and/or recommendations appreciated.

Cheers!

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/microconverters

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Chad Pearson
Re: Question about Micro Converter: HDMI>SDI
on Mar 3, 2018 at 3:26:01 am

Directly to the monitor? Yes. But you must make sure to change the display settings on your Mac to a supported resolution that is compatible with both the converter and the monitor. If one of the default resolutions does not work, try holding down the Option key when you click the "Scaled" radio button. That will unlock several other resolutions that may work better.


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Mike Healey
Re: Question about Micro Converter: HDMI>SDI
on Mar 3, 2018 at 4:41:52 am

Yes, I plan to buy a converter box to feed the HDMI output of the MBP into the SDI input of the Panasonic monitor. I've seen several threads and posts for different boxes with different experiences and they all leave me wondering what the simple solution is.

Thanks Chad!

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Kevin Rag
Re: Question about Micro Converter: HDMI>SDI
on Mar 5, 2018 at 4:19:07 am

Hey Mike,
This is what you should do. Hook up the converter to the HDMI port. Take the SDI and plug in to your monitor. In PrPro playback preferences, the SDI monitor would show up as something like this

And you should see the pic on your SDI monitor:)

K


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Kevin Rag
Re: Question about Micro Converter: HDMI>SDI
on Mar 5, 2018 at 4:20:07 am

It should show up as monitor 3 after your VGA and laptop screens.

K


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Mike Healey
Re: Question about Micro Converter: HDMI>SDI
on Mar 5, 2018 at 5:23:49 pm

Perfect! Thanks Kevin! I ordered the box online yesterday. Thanks for the input.

Cheers!

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Mike Healey
Re: Question about Micro Converter: HDMI>SDI
on Mar 7, 2018 at 7:02:38 pm

Hey Kevin,

Hooked up the Micro converter and this is what it shows in PPro:



I also downloaded the latest drivers for BMD converters but it doesn't recognize the Micro HMDI>SDI.

I'm able to see video on the SDI monitor but it's not quiet full screen. Slight letter boxing top and bottom of the screen and the video from Premire plays back a little choppy. Not sure if this is as good as it gets or a step I might be missing.

Thoughts?

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Jeff Pulera
Re: Question about Micro Converter: HDMI>SDI
on Mar 30, 2018 at 3:17:25 pm

Looking at your original request, and some of the replies, I think something got lost in translation. You don't want to take the HDMI output from the computer display card and simply convert to SDI. Rather, you want to have Premiere DIRECTLY feed video to an SDI output, meaning for instance using a Black Magic Ultra Studio Mini Monitor which is specific to that purpose.

I'm assuming you have a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port on the MacBook? Install Black Magic drivers, connect UltraStudio device, and in Premiere Playback Preferences you would check-mark Blackmagic Playback and then click Setup to adjust video output format settings as desired.

You can see the Blackmagic option in the image below, borrowed from Kevin's post.



Computer display cards don't output the same frame rate as video, which typically uses fractional frame rates like 29.97 or 59.94 and also the color is different, like RGB versus Rec. 709 of actual video. So converting HDMI out of computer to SDI does not really provide optimum results.

By using the UltraStudio Mini Monitor, that perfectly outputs a proper VIDEO signal from Premiere, having nothing to do with the computer graphics card in the computer. That is the desired workflow to properly monitor what you are playing/editing in Premiere.

Thanks

Jeff Pulera
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Jeff Pulera
Re: Question about Micro Converter: HDMI>SDI
on Mar 30, 2018 at 3:20:04 pm

PS - no drivers are needed for the HDMI > SDI converter, as it is a totally stand-alone hardware device that just gets connected inline with the video cables. Nothing to do with the computer and won't show up in Premiere Prefs.

Jeff Pulera
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Mike Healey
Re: Question about Micro Converter: HDMI>SDI
on Mar 31, 2018 at 3:03:44 am

Thanks Jeff!

The reason I wanted to utilize the HDMI output is I typically already use both Thunderbolt ports on my MacBook Pro for my RAID, hard drives, audio I/O, etc. The little BMD box I purchased seems to be doing the job just fine at this point. It's just feeding a Panasonic broadcast SDI monitor for client viewing so we're all set.

Cheers!

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