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Blackmagic’s 3G Mini Converters Return

 

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The HD and SD Mini Converters from Blackmagic are back. These are the little dutch-boy of many, and I mean many, broadcast facilities I’ve worked along the way in my career.  Look under any news anchor desk, master control, or any place video is in need of monitoring and one of these mini converters is making it happen. I personally have three on hand and I’ll never part with them because when you need them in a pinch, they just work. 
 
Now Blackmagic already has 4K converters, the ones returning are the SD and HD versions. These 3G mini converters can convert between all SD and HD formats and frame rates, and feature 3G-SDI technology that makes them compatible with all existing SD and HD equipment. These proven and reliable Mini Converters are perfect for SD and HD facilities and include features such as redundant SDI inputs, AES and Balanced Analog Audio, upgradability via USB and some models include down conversion for working with HD on SD equipment.
 
Since these 3G-SDI models of Mini Converters were replaced by Blackmagic Design’s 6G-SDI range of Ultra HD Mini Converters for the same price, customers have been able to get the latest Ultra HD technology at no extra cost. Since that time, Blackmagic Design has been working with its supply chain to reduce component costs and this has resulted in the older models being reintroduced at a price $100 less than they previously sold at and for the audio models $300 less than the previous price. This means all these 3G-SDI Mini Converters now have a whole new life at a much more affordable US$195 price point.
 
“Although many customers are transitioning to Ultra HD, there are still a huge number of broadcasters, studios and audio visual professionals that need high quality converters for their existing SD and HD equipment,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “For customers that don’t need the extra cost of Ultra HD, our new 3G Mini Converters deliver broadcast quality conversions at an incredible new low price that’s more affordable than ever before!”
 
New 3G Mini Converter Model Summary
 
Mini Converter SDI to HDMI converts from SDI to HDMI in all SD and HD formats up to 1080p60! Audio is embedded into the HDMI output and output separately as balanced analog or AES/EBU audio. Mini Converter SDI to HDMI is perfect for using HDMI televisions and video projectors as SDI monitors for all SD and HD formats.
 
Mini Converter HDMI to SDI converts HDMI to SDI in all SD and HD formats up to 1080p60. Audio can be embedded from HDMI, balanced analog or AES/EBU inputs. Mini Converter HDMI to SDI is ideal for adding an SD or HD-SDI output to computers and cameras that have HDMI connections.
 
Mini Converter SDI to Analog is perfect for converting from SD and HD-SDI to analog component, s-video or NTSC/PAL composite. Mini Converter SDI to analog supports all SD and HD input formats up to 1080p60 and includes a down converter for when you need to convert from HD to standard definition analog formats such as s-video and composite. Audio can be de-embedded to balanced analog or AES/EBU. Mini Converter SDI to Analog is ideal for converting to older analog equipment.
 
Mini Converter SDI to Audio de-embeds audio from any SDI source in SD and HD formats up to 1080p60. Audio is output on 1Ž4″ connectors for balanced analog and AES/EBU audio output to equipment such as mixers, analog decks, audio monitors and more.
 
Mini Converter Audio to SDI embeds audio into any SDI source in SD and HD formats up to 1080p60. Audio is input as balanced analog or AES/EBU using 1Ž4″ connectors from equipment such as mixers and analog decks.
 
Mini Converter SDI Distribution distributes a single SD or HD-SDI connection up to 8 different SDI outputs at the same time. You get a true 3G-SDI design with fully re-clocked outputs and automatic switching between all SD and HD formats up to 1080p60. You also get support for all ASI, ancillary and embedded audio formats.
 
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Brian Hallett, is an award winning cameraman, editor, and producer. He has shot everything from Network broadcast news, promotional image campaigns, music videos, short films, and documentaries. Check out his reel at hallett-brian.com

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