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Blackmagic Design HDLink Pro DVI

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Blackmagic Design HDLink Pro DVI

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Product Highlights

  • HDTV-Resolution Monitoring Conversion
  • Dual-link 3G SDI
  • Use with DVI & HDMI Monitors
  • Supports 4:4:4 SDI Video
  • 3D Lookup Tables via USB
  • Analog Audio Output
  • Compatible with LCD Displays
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The HDLink Pro DVI from Blackmagic is an HDTV-resolution monitoring converter for DVI and HDMI monitors. Designed to eliminate the high cost usually associated with HDTV monitoring, it includes 6 channels of RCA analog audio out, 3D lookup tables, Dual Link 3Gbs SDI input, single link 3Gbs SDI loop-thru output, and support for 24" displays for HD monitoring and 30" displays for real-time 2K monitoring.

Full Resolution HD Monitoring
HDLink connects SDI video directly to any supported DVI-D and DisplayPort based LCD computer monitor for incredible true HDTV resolution video monitoring. HDLink includes 3 Gb/s SDI for high resolution 2K film monitoring when connected to a large 30 inch DVI or DisplayPort display.
Supports both DVI and HDMI
HDLink supports all DVI-D and DisplayPort based digital computer displays and also includes HDMI video support. HDMI supports video at 1080i/50, 1080i/59.94 and 720p/59.94 on any HDMI device. DVI-D and DisplayPort supports displays at 1920 x 1200 (16:10) resolution for all 1080 HDTV formats. When working in 720 HDTV formats you can even use lower cost 1280 x 800 resolution display for pixel for pixel 720p viewing. When working in NTSC or PAL, HDLink can scale to fill the screen making viewing easier.
World's Highest Quality 3 Gb/s SDI in 4:4:4
HDLink introduced the world's first full HDTV resolution 4:4:4 monitoring solution that supports both standard definition SDI, HD-SDI and HD-SDI 4:4:4 for full resolution color monitoring. HD-SDI 4:4:4 features twice the color resolution. Conventional SD and HD video is 4:2:2 based, which limits color detail while 4:4:4 HD video preserves the full color detail which is important for critical keying and feature film work.
Standard Definition, HDTV or 2K
HDLink supports all SDI based formats from standard definition NTSC/PAL to HD-SDI 1080 and 720 and even 2K film resolution when used with DVI displays. HDLink features 3 Gb/s SDI, so also works with real time 2K monitoring as used on Blackmagic Design's Multibridge Eclipse, Multibridge Pro and DeckLink HD Extreme. With HDLink you'll get the best image quality possible with format compatibility guaranteed years into the future. HDLink's SDI video input automatically switches between SD, HD and 2K. Unlike CRT based monitors, HDLink also supports all HDTV frame rates and formats including progressive HD formats.
Color Management via 3D Lookup Tables
For matching LCD display colorimetry and simulating various types of film stocks, HDLink Pro model features more advanced 3D lookup tables. Advanced 3D lookup tables increase color control because a blend of red, green and blue video can be output to each primary color on the connected display. Only advanced 3D lookup tables can give full color control for accurate simulation of almost any feature film stock.
Supports LCD Displays
HDLink supports DVI-D and HDMI based digital computer displays. For 1080 and 720 HDTV formats, a 1920 x 1200 (16:10) resolution display is recommended. However, if you're working in 720 HDTV formats only, then a lower cost 1280 x 800 resolution display is recommended. When working in NTSC or PAL, HDLink can scale up the displayed image to fill the display making viewing easier.
Analog Audio Monitoring Output
Audio outputs are de embedded from the SDI input and then converted to analog at an incredible 24 bit. HDLink supports 6 channels out allowing easy monitoring of 5.1 surround sound audio. Audio is output on RCA connectors so you can easily connect to standard HiFi systems. If the connected display requires pull-down processing then HDLink will apply a variable audio delay ensuring perfect audio to video sync. To protect speakers and eliminate loud pops and other audio glitches, HDLink gently mutes the audio if video formats change or when SDI signals are connected and disconnected.
Inputs/Outputs SDI Video Input:
1 x BNC input switches between SD-SDI, HD-SDI 4:2:2, HD-SDI 4:4:4 and 2K via SDI or use 2 x BNC inputs for dual-link HD-SDI 4:4:4
SDI Video Output:
1 x BNC active loop through output switches between SD, HD 4:2:2, HD 4:4:4 and 2K
Multi Rate SDI Support:
270 Mbs standard definition, 1.5Gbs high definition 4:2:2
3Gbs 4:4:4 high definition and 2K film
Analog Audio Output:
6 x unbalanced 24 bit analog outputs on RCA connectors -10db, de-embedded from SDI input
DVI-D Video Output:
Supports SD, HD and 2K using Dual Link DVI-D displays up to 30 inches 2560 x 1600 in size
HDMI Video Output:
DVI-D to HDMI adapter; supports HDMI displays, such as a TV or video projector, up to 1920 x 1080 resolution
HDMI Audio Output:
DVI-D to HDMI adapter
Updates and Configuration:
USB 2.0 High Speed (480Mbs) interface
Standards 2K Format Support via DVI-D:
2048 x 1556p23.98, 2048 x 1556p24 and 2048 x 1556p25
HD Format Support via DVI-D, HDMI:
720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60
SD Format Support via DVI-D, HDMI:
625/25 PAL and 525/29.97 NTSC
SDI Compliance:
SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 425M-B, ITU-R BT.656, ITU-R BT.601 and SMPTE 297M for Optical Fiber SDI
SDI Video Sampling:
4:2:2 and 4:4:4.
SDI Color Precision:
4:2:2 10 bit and 4:4:4 10 bit
SDI Color Space:
4:2:2 YUV, 4:4:4 YUV and 4:4:4 RGB
SDI Audio Sampling:
Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24 bit
DVI-D Configuration:
Automatic adjustment using VESA E-EDID1.3
DVI-D Resolution:
Pixel-for-pixel display on LCD displays
HDMI Configuration:
HDMI automatically configures to connected display
HDMI Resolution:
Pixel for pixel HD resolution input to connected device.
System Requirements Interface:
DVI-D connection to LCD computer monitor or HDMI Type A connection to HDMI display
Resolution via DVI-D:
1920 x 1200 required for HD1080 video SDI formats
1280 x 800 recommended for HD720 video SDI formats
2560 x 1600 required for 2K feature film formats
(DVI-D displays generally do not support 720p50 or 1080p50 but most recent HDMI displays do.)
Resolution via HDMI:
The HDMI input of a display must accept either:
1920 x 1080 for HD1080 video SDI formats
1280 x 720 for HD720 video SDI formats
Refresh Frame Rate for DVI:
Nominal 60Hz (48-72Hz recommended)
Power 12VDC universal power supply (IEC power cable required)
Dimensions (HxWxD) Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Blackmagic Design HDLink Pro DVI
  • Power Supply
  • DVI-D to HDMI Adapter
  • Three-Year Warranty Against Defects in Material & Workmanship
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Blackmagic DesignHDLink Pro DVI
     
    4.4

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (7)
    • Compact (6)
    • Professional quality (4)
    • Highly compatible (3)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • In the studio (4)
    • Independent films (3)
    • Multimedia (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    One box - many uses

    I needed a box that could -
    1. Convert HD-SDI to HDMI and play pixel to pixel on my 50" Plasma 1920x1080
    2. Convert SDI to HDMI and upscale to...Read complete review

    I needed a box that could -
    1. Convert HD-SDI to HDMI and play pixel to pixel on my 50" Plasma 1920x1080
    2. Convert SDI to HDMI and upscale to full 1920x1080 so I don't get a half screen burn on my plasma
    3. Feed my 5.1 surround system from HDSDI.SDI with 6 channels of audio from my edit suites for surround monitoring
    4. Convert the output of my Avid Mojo SDI so I can monitor on my portable HDMI monitor
    5. Shoot with my Sony XDCAM EX 1 and use the HD-SDI output of the camera to feed the directors field HDMI monitor
    6. A conversion box that can sit in line with a HD-SDI feed and loop out to other boxes

    Well, I got it all in this one inexpensive box from Blackmagic Design. Hightly recommended!

    One downside (so far) is that it only has analog audio outputs although there is digital audio on the HDMI.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    So far, So good

    Because I have already a few apple displays, I use it for monitoring live shooting. It would be great if it had the possibility to upscaling to monitors smaller of 24'.

    Because I have already a few apple displays, I use it for monitoring live shooting. It would be great if it had the possibility to upscaling to monitors smaller of 24'.

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    5.0

    DVI solution

    By Mr fixit

    from dallas tx

    About Me High bandwidth user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLink Pro DVI:

          great solution for using BMD switcher with old NEC projectors through the DVI input.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          4.0

          Good for the Price

          By rickyc22

          from Bayamon, PR

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

          • Limited Compatibility

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLink Pro DVI:

          I bought the HD Link for my offline editing studio and works fine. I have it connected to a Insignia 24" LED Plasma.

          What i don't like about it, is that there's no software or tool calibration you can use to calibrate your monitor/tv. You have to do it manually.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Love the brands consistent quality!

          By ODB

          from NYC

          About Me Business Owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLink Pro DVI:

            The unit works right on spec in all conditions.The pricing beats the alternatives.This is the 3rd unit I bought for an industry that survives on reliability.What more to say.Best,Othmar

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            3.0

            So far, So good

            By Doug Pereira

            from Oshawa, ON

            About Me Hobbyist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible

            Cons

            • Limited Compatibility

            Best Uses

            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLink Pro DVI:

            Because I have already a few apple displays, I use it for monitoring live shooting. It would be great if it had the possibility to upscaling to monitors smaller of 24'.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Great piece of Equipment

            By BethTech

            from San Francisco, CA

            About Me Tech

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLink Pro DVI:

                It gets used daily and holds up.

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                4.0

                It does what its supposed to do.

                By Dave

                from New Jersey

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLink Pro DVI:

                  It makes hooking up our monitors easy.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Other

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                  5.0

                  HDLink Pro DVI, Cost Effective 2K review

                  By Allen Clements

                  from Lancaster, PA

                  About Me Multimedia Professional, Post Production, Production House Owner, Visual Effects Supervisor

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                  • Easy to Customize
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Multimedia

                    Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLink Pro DVI:

                    Our studio was looking for a 2K monitoring/coloring solution which would cooperate with our 2K SDI output. The HDLink Pro DVI by Blackmagic Design was an amazing alternative. With the low price of this unit, and an existing Dual Link DVI monitor (we are using the apple cinema display) as well as some sort of a card with 2K SDI output or SDI HD, you can have a broadcast monitor capable of showing vibrant real colors, mask edges and more. By connecting a single USB cable, the user can load custom look up tables into the unit for accurate reproduction.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    4.0

                    GREAT PRODUCT

                    By COOL GUT JT

                    from BOCA RATON, FL

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Navigate
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Multimedia

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLink Pro DVI:

                      I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER WITH MY PURCHASE!

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      Perfect solution

                      By Chief

                      from Mt. Laurel, NJ

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLink Pro DVI:

                        We needed to increase our range of color correction for our on set
                        LCD monitors. These HDLink Pro gave us the necessary flexibility to properly balance the monitors and the control interface and size made it an easy task.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Amazing equipment.

                        By C.A.V.E. Man

                        from Philadelphia, PA

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Complex Projects

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLink Pro DVI:

                          I just built an HD rig using the BlackMagic mini converters and HDLinks. The best bang for the buck. The Panasonic AV-HS400a switcher feeds the HD Link with HD-SDI 1080/59.94i and outputs DVI 1080 to my ASUS monitor for multi-view PVW. It worked flawlessly the first time and after a painless firmware update it was good to go. The level of color correction adjustability is more than I need, but I'm still glad it's there. Highly recommended.

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                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Good enough for offline

                          By -jd-

                          from Baltimore, MD

                          About Me Business Owner

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • Lacks Functionality

                          Best Uses

                          • Offline - Client Monitor

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLink Pro DVI:

                          If you just need an offline client monitor on a budget, this works great. If you plan to do critical color work, there is no hue adjustment in the HDLink Utility pane. You can adjust lift, gamma, and gain which gives you detail control over contrast, and some control over white point. But if you're colorimeter is measuring red as orange and yellow as green, you really don't have much room to maneuver if your display lacks a decent built in color management system. --HDLink Pro was not the magic bullet I was hoping for. There really is no substitute for a Professional grade 1 monitor.

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                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          One box - many uses

                          By BazinoZ

                          from Sydney, Australia

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • 6 mappable audio outputs
                          • Can run on 12v battery
                          • HDMI and DVI
                          • Small
                          • Upconverts SD
                          • USB

                          Cons

                          • No digital audio only

                          Best Uses

                          • Monitoring

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLink Pro DVI:

                          I needed a box that could -
                          1. Convert HD-SDI to HDMI and play pixel to pixel on my 50" Plasma 1920x1080
                          2. Convert SDI to HDMI and upscale to full 1920x1080 so I don't get a half screen burn on my plasma
                          3. Feed my 5.1 surround system from HDSDI.SDI with 6 channels of audio from my edit suites for surround monitoring
                          4. Convert the output of my Avid Mojo SDI so I can monitor on my portable HDMI monitor
                          5. Shoot with my Sony XDCAM EX 1 and use the HD-SDI output of the camera to feed the directors field HDMI monitor
                          6. A conversion box that can sit in line with a HD-SDI feed and loop out to other boxes

                          Well, I got it all in this one inexpensive box from Blackmagic Design. Hightly recommended!

                          One downside (so far) is that it only has analog audio outputs although there is digital audio on the HDMI.

                          Share this review

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Simple solution

                          By TanukiEngineering

                          from SF Bay Area

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • 3gig ready
                          • cheap
                          • Simple
                          • Small Footprint

                          Cons

                          • -10 audio output only

                          Best Uses

                          • HDSD-SDI monitoring

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design HDLink Pro DVI:

                          Quick and easy solution for HD-SDI and SD-SDI monitoring. I used this to quick check a SDI program backhaul on a critical send. A simple DVI flatscreen and speaker set up allowed me to confirm video and four channel audio.

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