Blackmagic Design today announced three new models of Mini Converter designed to ease the transition into Ultra HD workflows and to allow lower cost Ultra HD studios to be built. These new models are fully compatible with SD, HD and Ultra HD equipment and automatically switch between video formats. The new Mini Converter Optical Fiber 4K, Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K and the Mini Converter SDI Multiplex 4K will retail for US$495 each.
Mini Converter Optical Fiber is a new optical fiber bidirectional mini converter that includes 6G-SDI and 6 Gb/s optical fiber for automatic switching between all SD, HD and Ultra HD television standards. This model is a more advanced 6G-SDI version of the original Mini Converter Optical Fiber model which operates up to 3G-SDI which will now be reduced to $295 as a lower cost model. Mini Converter Optical Fiber 4K will retail for US$495.
The new model of Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K is a SDI to HDMI converter that features 4 SDI inputs that allow support for Ultra HD video inputs using a single link 6G-SDI, dual link 3G-SDI and quad link HD-SDI connections. Although this model allows Ultra HD monitoring using a single 6G-SDI connection, some older equipment still uses 4 HD-SDI connections to connect Ultra HD devices and Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K supports these formats using its 4 SDI inputs.
The new Mini Converter SDI Multiplex 4K, features four SDI inputs and four SDI outputs allowing conversion to and from quad link HD-SDI, dual link 3 Gb/s SDI and now single link 6G-SDI video connections. This model can also handle different types of Ultra HD SDI connections as well as performing 4:4:4 Single Link and Dual Link 4:4:4 conversions. This model is perfect for interfacing between the latest 6G-SDI Ultra HD products and older Ultra HD equipment such as displays that use 4 separate HD-SDI connections.
“With exciting new Ultra HD workflows based on 6G-SDI technology and products such as Blackmagic Design’s ATEM Production Studio family of live production switchers, there is a vital need to interface into various types of broadcast systems and between Ultra HD equipment. These new mini converters will now allow 6G-SDI workflows and Ultra HD production to be easier than ever!” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “These new converters are fully compatible with other Ultra HD and 6G-SDI equipment from Blackmagic Design such as the new ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio, HyperDeck Studio Pro, UltraStudio 4K and Blackmagic Audio Monitor! Now it’s possible to build a whole Ultra HD production studio at dramatically low cost and with the simplicity of a single BNC connection between devices!”