News: Blackmagic Design Announces New Mini Converter 4K Family
The world’s most advanced Mini Converters now support 6G-SDI and Ultra HD!
(NAB 2014, Las Vegas--April 7, 2014) Blackmagic Design today announced a new range of Ultra HD Mini Converters that feature new 6G-SDI technology allowing customers to use a single type of Mini Converter for all conversion needs in SD, HD and Ultra HD television formats. All these new models replace the previous model for each conversion type and all models retail at US$295.
The new 4K Mini Converters will be shown on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2014 booth at #SL219.
These new models are designed for high end broadcasters who need a range of affordable converters with reliable broadcast grade electronics and high end features such as independent analog and digital audio embedding and de embedding, redundant inputs, plus the latest 6G-SDI technology.
New 4K Mini Converters are the perfect solution for broadcast and post production engineers who need to install equipment that’s Ultra HD ready, as each converter operates as a normal SD or HD converter and then will automatically switch to Ultra HD when a 6G-SDI input is connected. Live production customers will love the ability to use these new Mini Converters in all kinds situations when doing Ultra HD live production work. Even connecting to old SD televisions from an Ultra HD program feed is possible, so customers don’t have to worry about what kind of equipment they might find at a venue they are integrating with.
With premium 6G-SDI connections built in, these converters feature advanced high speed design so perform extremely well in regular SD and HD installations.
New 4K Mini Converter Model Summary
Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K converts from SDI to HDMI. Includes 6G-SDI inputs allowing for SD, HD and Ultra HD automatic switching, redundant SDI inputs, loop through 6G-SDI output, built in down converter and analog or AES/EBU audio outputs de embedded from the SDI video input. This model will automatically detect a HD HDMI device and down convert when an Ultra HD input is connected. Only $295.
Mini Converter HDMI to SDI 4K converts HDMI to SDI. Includes 6G-SDI outputs allowing for SD, HD and Ultra HD automatic switching, two 6G-SDI outputs, HD to SD down conversion, plus analog or AES/EBU audio inputs for embedding into SDI output when audio from HDMI input not being used. This model features an override switch to allow it to tell a HDMI 4K device to output regular HD when HD operation only is required. Only $295.
Mini Converter SDI to Analog 4K converts from SDI to analog component, S-Video or composite. Includes SD/HD auto switching, redundant SDI input, down conversion, plus analog or AES/EBU audio outputs de embedded from the SDI video input. This model will automatically down convert an Ultra HD SDI input when detected to regular HD on the component outputs or standard definition when s-video or composite is output. Only $295.
Mini Converter SDI Distribution 4K converts from a single SDI input to 8 different SDI outputs. Automatically switches between all SD, HD and Ultra HD video formats. Only $295.
“We have been rolling out 6G-SDI products for a long time now and we are happy to have almost all our Mini Converter range changed over to more advanced 6G-SDI based designs with the ability to support Ultra HD”, said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design, “These Mini Converters show that there is still a lot of innovation that can happen even in product lines that normally we don’t think much about! We are glad we can build solutions like these converters that are packed with the latest video technology so customers can migrate to Ultra HD without giving it much thought and without any trouble at all!”
Availability and Price
All models of 4K Mini Converters are available now for $295 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.
About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to http://www.blackmagicdesign.com