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Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender

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Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender

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  • SD/HD SDI
  • 3GB/s SDI Technology
  • USB Powered

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Now you can route your computer monitor via your SDI router! The Blackmagic HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender lets you can extend the DVI-D connection to your computer monitor via simple SDI cables! Now it's much easier to connect your computer displays anywhere in your facility, or even to more than one monitor when using any 3 Gb/s SDI router. DVI Extender also works as a regular DVI to SD/HD-SDI video converter, that's perfect for broadcast graphics!

Route Your Computer Monitor
Imagine the creative freedom to design your facility the way you want! Now you can move noisy computers out of client rooms plus you can even have a duplicate computer monitor for your client to watch! DVI Extender is easy to use and plugs into an HDLink Pro or HDLink Optical Fiber converter at the other end of the monitor extension. This means you can use a single monitor for either computer or video monitoring!
Built in SDI Audio Embedding
DVI Extender includes a standard 3.5mm audio mini jack input so you can connect audio from your computer! That means you get full 3D accelerated graphics and audio from your computer to SDI. That's a perfect solution for digital signage, Flash playback, PowerPoint, gaming and more! Now any software can be output to crystal clear SDI video!
Convert DVI to SDI Video
With DVI Extender, you can harness your computer's built in 3D accelerated display to create realtime broadcast graphics in standard definition and high definition video. Simply set the control panel to Video Output and DVI extender will output NTSC, PAL, or 1080 HD resolution SDI video with embedded audio from your computer via the audio input jack.
Advanced 3 Gb/s SDI Technology
The latest 3 Gb/s SDI technology is built into DVI Extender, making it fully compatible with all of your SD and HD-SDI equipment. With 3 Gb/s SDI you know that DVI Extender will be fully compatible with new video formats in the future! Adding new formats is easy, as they can be loaded via DVI Extender's USB connection.
Full Digital Quality
Unlike older scan converters, DVI Extender is a fully digital converter that connects the DVI-D output on your computer to SDI equipment such as HDLink Pro. That's a direct pixel-for-pixel digital connection to SDI, which is the highest quality possible and eliminates all scaling problems!
Powers From Any USB Port
DVI Extender does not need messy power supplies because it connects directly to any USB port on your computer. That's ideal for portable use, because DVI Extender can be powered directly from your laptop. Or you could even use a portable iPod USB power supply!
Video Input DVI-D x1
Audio Input 3GB/s SD/HD-SDI x1
Audio Input 3.5mm stereo mini jack x1
Video Resolution Select 720 x 486 for 525i/59.94 (NTSC), 720 x 576 for 625i/50 (PAL),
Select 1920 x 1080 for 1080HD video formats
USB USB 2.0 port
Power Requirements Powered by USB (requires 5VDC USB / compatible with iPod USB power adapter)
Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender
  • USB Cable
  • DVI Cable
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Blackmagic DesignHDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender
     
    4.0

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (17)
    • Easy to use (14)
    • Professional quality (13)
    • Lightweight (9)
    • Highly compatible (7)

    Cons

    • Limited compatibility (9)
    • Lacks functionality (5)

    Best Uses

    • In the studio (8)
    • Complex projects (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Quality, but one gotcha

    The quality of the video that this product outputs is very good. The embedding of audio is a great feature too. If you plan to use it in a broadcast/production workflow make sure...Read complete review

    The quality of the video that this product outputs is very good. The embedding of audio is a great feature too. If you plan to use it in a broadcast/production workflow make sure that your computer's video card can output 59.94hz. It is the only way to get the DVI Extender to output 1080 or 720 that is compatible with video switchers and recorders in an HDSDI production environment.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Works with monitors, not with decks

    I purchased this in order to quickly convert Quicktime files to tape by playing the files in full screen mode and recording the output of the DVI Extender to tape.

    All the...Read complete review

    I purchased this in order to quickly convert Quicktime files to tape by playing the files in full screen mode and recording the output of the DVI Extender to tape.

    All the documentation claims that the output is "compatible with all SDI equipment", but the decks were not happy with the SDI output of the DVI Extender (SD and HD). When I called Blackmagic support on this issue, I was told they've only tested it with monitors, not decks. They didn't seem terribly interested in looking into it, either.

    The decks I tried this on were an HVR1500, F500, and SR5800 (all Sony).

    If you are looking to just display your computer desktop on an SDI monitor, it works as advertised for that purpose, and looks great.

    I would love to see a firmware fix from Blackmagic Design to stabilize the SDI output to truly work with ALL SDI equipment.

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    5.0

    Works!

    By lightplay

    from Santa Rosa Beach Florida

    About Me Live Video Producer, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Improves Performance
    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Computer Video Interface
      • In The Studio

      Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender:

      Use this to convert the thunderbolt output of an I-MAC, 27" (latest generation, late 2014 manufacture) to HD-SDI for input into a Panasonic AG-HMX100 HD Video Mixer. You are unable to use the Thunderbolt to DVI adaptor directly because this switcher does not support HDCP and Apple has HDCP riding down their thunderbolt signal. By using the DVI adaptor plugged in to the Blackmagic DVI / HD SDI extender plugged into the switch HDCP is by-passed and the set up works perfectly.

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      • No

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      3.0

      Off Laptop (yes) post DVI DA (no)

      By Matthew

      from Orlando, Florida

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design

      Cons

      • Lacks Functionality
      • Limited Compatibility

      Best Uses

        Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender:

        This product works as noted from a LAPTOP or other computer source running the software. I could not replicate the same conversion from DVI to SDI when signal was coming from a DVI DA or Splitter.

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        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great DVI to SDI converter

        By JonPerez

        from Orlando, FL

        About Me AV tech

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • Pricey / Poor Value

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects

        Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender:

        This is the best way to get DVI from a mac or pc to SDI without any hassle of DHCP (copy protection).

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        • No

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        4.0

        Works as advertised. (Read the details)

        By Jondan

        from Midland, TX

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Limited Compatibility

        Best Uses

        • In The Studio

        Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender:

        This little box does exactly whats it supposed to. Be sure to know there are only a set number of resolution/refresh rates it can do and that 1920x1080 @ 25&29 Hz will output 1080i.720x480 30 Hz, 525i/59.94 (NTSC)720x576 25 Hz, 625i/50 (PAL)1280x720 50 Hz, 720p/501280x720 59 Hz, 720p/59.941920x1080 24 Hz, 1080p/241920x1080 25 Hz, 1080i/501920x1080 29 Hz, 1080i/59.941920x1200 60 Hz, Monitoring to HDLink

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        1.0

        Found a bug for BM software team.

        By Digital Dev

        from Austin TX

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • Lacks Functionality
        • Limited Compatibility

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects

        Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender:

        Once the bug is fixed, I would give this a solid 4 rating, but the issue that exists makes this product unable to connect to a deck link duo card. Black Magic product connecting to a Black Magic product... ugh.. Hopefully going the public social route will get this issue fixed faster, as there was mention something similar many months ago.

        paraphrased from BM dev engineer.
        ("...issue was a RGB gamut error. Bug ref#9063)

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        • No

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        5.0

        works as advertised

        By DAP

        from Dallas TX

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender:

          I use it to route a computer monitor output to an HD-SDI input on a projector. The Blackmagic converter works flawlessly.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Not a Aja but it works

          By 707Dave

          from Bay Area, CA

          About Me Broadcast Engineer

          Pros

          • Compact Design

          Cons

          • Limited Compatibility

          Best Uses

          • Tv Production Truck

          Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender:

          Using this to get a clone out from a graphics machine (chyron) to display on a production monitor wall in a TV production truck. I would prefer an Aja but wanted to save some company cash.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Does a great job

          By timjsmith24

          from Gilbert, AZ

          About Me Avl System Design, Technical Director

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Computer Screen Broadcast

            Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender:

            Really easy to hook up and worked flawless right away. Planning on buying a couple more in a few months to complete our whole system

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            • No

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            4.0

            Driver Dependent

            By Kenny

            from Atlanta

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

            • Lacks Functionality
            • Limited Compatibility

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender:

            Once we downloaded the latest driver it worked well with PC and Mac.We are using it to convert DVI to HD/SDI for input to switchers.We have successively used it with ATEM and Analog Way switchers.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would buy this product again and again

            By cfionvideo

            from Staten Island, NY

            About Me Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender:

              I use this product in order to properly send a true 1080p signal to other black magic devices over SDI. This does not only work as an extender for DVI but as a signal converter for accurate signal processing

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              5.0

              Works great

              By Aka_jt

              from Chicago

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender:

                  Works great..I'm using this to connect my MacBook Pro to a Sony MCS -8M video mixer. For some reason the DVI connection from the MacBook to the mixer wouldn't work correctly and this converter did the trick. Worked perfect out of the box!

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                  5.0

                  Works as advertised!

                  By Sven

                  from Steamboat Springs, CO

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects

                    Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender:

                    I used the DVI Extender to output a HD (1920x1080) signal from a Mac Pro Tower to a Panasonic projector for a live presentation to an audience. Seamless! The straight forward hookup and installation took about 2 minutes and I was outputing a extremely clean signal. No downside that I encountered, it worked exactly as advertised! Thanks Blackmagic!

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                    2.0

                    Not working very good..

                    By TOM

                    from North europe

                    About Me Business Owner

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Limited Compatibility
                    • Poor Performance

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender:

                      I like the meaning of this product, but it is unstable. It flicker and changing colors..

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Exellent

                      By Edgar

                      from Puerto Rico

                      About Me Business Owner

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Lightweight
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender:

                        Great for Mac products

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        If only EVERYTHING was this simple!

                        By 67's Veep

                        from Ottawa, ON. Canada

                        About Me Scoreboard Show Producer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Lightweight
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender:

                            For years, I've been exporting analogue video from an iMac via FireWire to use on a video board at live sporting events. It's an effective and cost-effective way to deliver the video elements of our scoreboard show. In the coming season, we're going to play in an arena with an HD video board and their control room equipment is (of course) significantly different. In order to continue to playing back our show on the iMac, I had to find a way to convert our exported video to SDI in real-time, and in researching the matter, I came across the HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender from Blackmagic Design. I had heard good things about Blackmagic products from colleagues and, from the description of the DVI Extender (and the moderate price point), it seemed like it would be a good fit since I knew I could also export video from the iMac through its DVI port.

                            Having ordered products from B&H before, I knew I'd get the DVI extender in only a day two once I placed the order, even though I'm in Canada. Sure enough, it arrived quickly and I immediately went to the iMac to give it a try. All I had to do was drag-and-drop a file of software from the Blackmagic driver disc into my applications folder, hook up the DVI cable from the iMac to the DVI Extender and the SDI out from the Extender to an SDI monitor and bingo…we were in business. I launched my video program, set the output to the proper port and that was it…HD video from my iMAC converted to SDI in real-time. If only ALL products were so simple to install and worked so well.

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                            (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            2.0

                            Didn't work the way I needed it to

                            By Drew B

                            from Kihei, Hawaii

                            About Me Business Owner

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Lightweight
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                            • Lacks Functionality
                            • Limited Compatibility

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender:

                              I bought this wanting to use it to capture the screen of (primarily) Windows laptops, and send the signal into a production video switcher to be used as a video input in a live editing/broadcasting system. Turns out, this device has to have an input size that's equal to whatever output size you need. (I needed an output size from it, into my switcher, to be 1920x1080) Since most Windows laptops can't output 1920x1080 it wouldn't work for me. I wished it was setup to accept a broader range of input sizes and scale them to several choices of output sizes...but it can't.

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                              • No

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              Works as advertised

                              By JRAYL

                              from Birmingham, MI

                              About Me Systems Engineer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Highly Compatible

                              Cons

                              • No DVI Loop
                              • No Genlock

                              Best Uses

                              • In The Studio

                              Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender:

                              Very easy to set up and use. The USB interface is easy to install and simple to use.

                              I purchased this product to view QuickTime videos output from the second DVI output of my graphics card and input to my routing switcher to view on HD-SDI destinations.

                              Picture quality is good for the price but there is some artifacts in text. Wouldn't use it as an extended desktop or dual display. No genlock capability.

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                              • No

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Dvi Extender outputs HD SDI image

                              By max video

                              from NY, NY

                              About Me Business Owner

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • HD on location

                                Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender:

                                I plan on using the DVI extender with Qtake video recording and effects software, to output recorded HD video to on set monitors

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                                (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                Works with monitors, not with decks

                                By Mike W

                                from Burbank, CA

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design

                                Cons

                                • Lacks Functionality
                                • Limited Compatibility

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender:

                                  I purchased this in order to quickly convert Quicktime files to tape by playing the files in full screen mode and recording the output of the DVI Extender to tape.

                                  All the documentation claims that the output is "compatible with all SDI equipment", but the decks were not happy with the SDI output of the DVI Extender (SD and HD). When I called Blackmagic support on this issue, I was told they've only tested it with monitors, not decks. They didn't seem terribly interested in looking into it, either.

                                  The decks I tried this on were an HVR1500, F500, and SR5800 (all Sony).

                                  If you are looking to just display your computer desktop on an SDI monitor, it works as advertised for that purpose, and looks great.

                                  I would love to see a firmware fix from Blackmagic Design to stabilize the SDI output to truly work with ALL SDI equipment.

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                                  (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Great Quality, but one gotcha

                                  By Calvin Video

                                  from Grand Rapids, MI

                                  About Me Video Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Cons

                                  • Limited Compatibility

                                  Best Uses

                                  • In The Studio

                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLEXT-DVI DVI Extender:

                                  The quality of the video that this product outputs is very good. The embedding of audio is a great feature too. If you plan to use it in a broadcast/production workflow make sure that your computer's video card can output 59.94hz. It is the only way to get the DVI Extender to output 1080 or 720 that is compatible with video switchers and recorders in an HDSDI production environment.

                                  Share this review

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