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Blackmagic Design announces new 4K Mini Converters and 4K Heavy Duty Mini Converters

By Abi Mandelbaum
September 15th, 2014

IBC 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands – September 12, 2014 – Blackmagic Design today announced new Ultra HD compatible Mini Converters and Heavy Duty Mini Converter 4K models that feature 6G-SDI technology, allowing customers to use a single type of converter for all conversion needs in SD, HD and Ultra HD television formats. These new models replace the previous models for each conversion type and all standard models retail at US$295 while the heavy duty models retail for US$345.

The new Mini Converter 4K and Heavy Duty Mini Converter 4K models will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2014 booth in Hall 7, Stand H20.

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 of 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.

Mini Converter Heavy Duty models feature an aluminum design that is super tough yet compact and lightweight, making them perfect for use on location. All models include the latest 6G-SDI technology, auto switching between SD, HD and Ultra HD formats, redundant SDI inputs, loop through SDI, balanced analog and AES/EBU switchable audio, standard 1/4” jack audio connections and an international power supply.

Unlike traditional converters that are suitable for indoor use, Blackmagic Design’s Mini Converter Heavy Duty is designed to meet the tough and demanding conditions of live production. Each converter is machined from a solid block of aluminum and is designed to keep working, even while being run over by a car or a truck!

New 4K Mini Converter Model Summary

Mini Converter SDI to Audio 4K de-embeds 4 channels of analog audio or 8 channels of AES/EBU digital audio from any SDI video connection. Access the audio in any SDI video connection for output to a massive range of audio equipment such as audio mixers, analog broadcast decks, audio monitors and more. Only US$295.

Mini Converter Audio to SDI 4K embeds 4 channels of analog audio or 8 channels of AES/EBU digital audio into any SDI video connection. Customers can embed professional audio from devices such as audio mixers and analog decks into SDI video connections for use with SDI routers and decks or to add extra audio channels to video converters. Only US$295.

Mini Converter H/Duty 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 an HD HDMI device and down convert when an Ultra HD input is connected. Only US$345.

Mini Converter H/Duty HDMI to SDI 4K converts form 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 is not being used. This model features an override switch to allow it to tell an HDMI 4K device to output regular HD when HD-only operation is required. Only US$345.

Mini Converter H/Duty SDI to Analog 4K converts form SDI to component, S-Video or composite. Includes SD, HD and Ultra 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 US$345.

“With these new models, our whole range of Mini Converters now supports Ultra HD so customers are ready for the future with these new designs. Thousands of our customers rely on our converters for their mission critical production and broadcast work every day, and it’s exciting to provide model updates as new technologies become available,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Our 4K Mini Converters feature the latest Ultra HD technology and the new Heavy Duty Mini Converters combine this technology with our most rugged and durable design ever, giving customers the 24/7 reliability they need in even the most extreme locations!”

Availability and Price

Mini Converter 4K models are available now from US$295 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide , and Mini Converter Heavy Duty models will be available in October 2014 for US$345.

Press Photography

Product photos of Mini Converters, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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 www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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Abi Mandelbaum

Abi Mandelbaum is CEO of YouVisit.