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Blackmagic Design HDMI to SDI Battery Converter

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Product Highlights
  • Converts an HDMI Input to 2 SDI Outputs
  • Allows Use of Longer-Distance SDI Cables
  • Both the In and Outs Support 1080p60 HD
  • Supports HDMI and SDI Embedded Audio
  • Built-In Rechargeable Battery
  • AC Power Supply Included
  • Features Battery Toggle Switch

The Blackmagic-Design HDMI to SDI Battery Converter converts an HDMI input to up to two SDI outputs. The outputs automatically match and output in the quality of the HDMI input, whether HD or SD; whatever comes in is what automatically goes out. Both the HDMI and SDI connections support up to 1080p60 HD, which on the SDI side is equivalent to 3G. The converter also supports embedded audio on both the in and outs.

One reason for converting to SDI is to take advantage of the longer distance that SDI cables can carry a signal. If your camera has an HDMI output, this converter will let you instead output by SDI, allowing professional connectivity on location.

Power is supplied by a built-in lithium-ion polymer rechargeable battery that allows on location work without external power, and an AC power supply is additionally also included.

Sophisticated Conversion
  • Converts an HDMI input to up to 2 low-jitter SDI outputs
  • Conversion allows the use of longer professional SDI cables
  • The SDI outs auto-match the SD / HD quality of the HDMI input
  • Both the HDMI and the SDI connections support up to1080p60 HD
  • Audio embedded on the HDMI in goes out embedded on the SDI outs
Battery and/or Adapter Power
  • A built-in battery provides more than 2 hours of charge
  • The battery can be recharged while the converter is in use
  • A toggle switch allows you use the battery only when needed
  • An LED indicator displays what the charge level of the battery is
  • An adapter is included for external power and to charge the battery
Super Tough Design
  • Machined of aircraft grade aluminum
  • Can be run over by a truck and still work
  • Small enough to fit into the palm of a hand
  • Scratch-resistant labels / non-slip rubber feet
Inputs/Outputs SD/HD-SDI output x2, automatically match the SD/HD HDMI video input
HDMI input x1, type A
USB 2.0 input x1, 480 Mb/s
Multi-Rate Support Auto detection of HD or SD HDMI inputs
SDI Compliance SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 296M, ITU-R BT.656, ITU-R BT.601
SDI Video Rates SDI video connections are switchable between SD and HD
Sampling SDI video: 4:2:2
SDI audio: television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24 bit
Color Precision SDI: 4:2:2
HDMI: 4:2:2 in all formats and 4:4:4 up to 1080p29.97
Color Space SDI: YUV
HDMI: YUV and RGB
SDI Auto Switching Automatically selects between SD-SDI, HD-SDI and 3G-SDI
Format Support SDI:
525/29.97 NTSC, 625/25 PAL, 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94 and 1080p60

HDMI:
480p60 NTSC, 576p50 PAL, 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94 and 1080p60
Copy Protection HDMI input is unable to capture from copy protected HDMI sources /
always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content
Video Lock Indicator LED indicates input video signal lock
Software Update Via USB
Internal Software Upgrade Via included software updater application
Power Supply Integrated Lithium-ion Polymer rechargeable battery. 12V-31V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter with international socket adapters for all countries. Cable tie point.
Battery Over 2 hours battery life. Battery charge indicator with On/Off switch to preserve battery life.
Power Consumption Typically 2.3 W
Operational Voltage Range 12 - 31 Vdc
Blackmagic Design HDMI to SDI Battery Converter
  • 12V AC Adapter with International Socket Adapters for All Countries
  • Integrated Lithium-Ion Polymer Rechargeable Battery
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Blackmagic DesignHDMI to SDI Battery Converter
     
    4.0

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

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    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (10)
    • Compact (9)
    • Professional quality (9)
    • Highly compatible (6)
    • Lightweight (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex projects (5)
      • In the studio (4)
      • Independent films (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Business owner (8)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Fantastic Product Line

      My main focus is event videography / projection, and I recently added this to my SDI video switching kit. This allows me to connect prosumer cameras (HDMI) to my SDI switcher when...Read complete review

      My main focus is event videography / projection, and I recently added this to my SDI video switching kit. This allows me to connect prosumer cameras (HDMI) to my SDI switcher when necessary. Having a battery is a great feature when one of my operators needs to go handheld. The size, weight and build of the item is perfect for this as well. My one complaint over some of the competing units is there's no option to attach an external battery, so you're limited to the capabilities of the internal battery, which just won't cut it if you need to film for 3 or 4 hours on battery.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Solid hardware, not-so-solid firmware

      I have two of these HDMI to SDI converters from Blackmagic Design feeding a BMD ATEM TVS. I purchased the converters a few months apart. The first works flawlessly with my Canon HFG10 video...Read complete review

      I have two of these HDMI to SDI converters from Blackmagic Design feeding a BMD ATEM TVS. I purchased the converters a few months apart. The first works flawlessly with my Canon HFG10 video cameras. The second would not lock on the signal. It turns out the issue is with the latest version of the firmware. Downgrading to version 1.9 solved the problem.

      But downgrading is not obvious or simple. The firmware loader does not report the current firmware version or provide a facility for downgrading. Through trial and error it appears that only version 1.9 will install as a downgrade and solves the problem.

      The battery is a necessity for mobile cameras, but the integrated battery has limitations. It cannot be swapped for a fresh battery or replaced with a more powerful battery. In retrospect I would look closely at competing products such as the Atomos H2S that does have an external battery.

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      4.0

      Chunky and solid

      By Tom

      from Cincinnati, OH

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • In The Studio

        Comments about Blackmagic Design HDMI to SDI Battery Converter:

        This thing weighs a lot, but is incredibly durable. The SDI ports are recessed so they are a little hard to plug in, but we're working around that.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Fantastic Product Line

        By Josh

        from Miami, FL

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • No Ext Battery Option

        Best Uses

          Comments about Blackmagic Design HDMI to SDI Battery Converter:

          My main focus is event videography / projection, and I recently added this to my SDI video switching kit. This allows me to connect prosumer cameras (HDMI) to my SDI switcher when necessary. Having a battery is a great feature when one of my operators needs to go handheld. The size, weight and build of the item is perfect for this as well. My one complaint over some of the competing units is there's no option to attach an external battery, so you're limited to the capabilities of the internal battery, which just won't cut it if you need to film for 3 or 4 hours on battery.

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          • No

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          5.0

          I would buy this product again and again

          By josepede

          from Uruguay

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Independent Films

            Comments about Blackmagic Design HDMI to SDI Battery Converter:

            Things that are great about it

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            • No

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            5.0

            Works great, nice durable housing!

            By Kevin

            from Reading, PA

            About Me Production Manager

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • In the field
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Blackmagic Design HDMI to SDI Battery Converter:

              This is another great product from Black Magic. It worked right out of the box no special configuration necessary. I would definitely recommend purchasing this versus the standard Black Magic HDMI to SDI because it has a more durable housing with recessed BNC jacks. Even if you are going to use it plugged in, having the battery functionality is great even as just a backup power source.

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              5.0

              Works Well

              By Lance from Wisconsin

              from Neenah, Wisconsin

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design HDMI to SDI Battery Converter:

                  I am using this converter to go from the hdmi output of my HMC150 to the HD/SDI input on the atem1. I am running over a 300 foot 1505a belden cable. Works as intended. I love that I can run it off of battery or power supply. I haven't tested the length of time the battery will last yet though.

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                  2.0

                  Had to down load Firm Ware

                  By None

                  from Rockwall, Texas

                  About Me Business Owner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Lacks Functionality

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects

                    Comments about Blackmagic Design HDMI to SDI Battery Converter:

                    Is being used to convert under water filming of swimmers to improve stroke technics.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Solid hardware, not-so-solid firmware

                    By RW

                    from Georgia

                    Pros

                    • Solid Case

                    Cons

                    • Firmware Quality Control
                    • Non-removable Battery

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design HDMI to SDI Battery Converter:

                      I have two of these HDMI to SDI converters from Blackmagic Design feeding a BMD ATEM TVS. I purchased the converters a few months apart. The first works flawlessly with my Canon HFG10 video cameras. The second would not lock on the signal. It turns out the issue is with the latest version of the firmware. Downgrading to version 1.9 solved the problem.

                      But downgrading is not obvious or simple. The firmware loader does not report the current firmware version or provide a facility for downgrading. Through trial and error it appears that only version 1.9 will install as a downgrade and solves the problem.

                      The battery is a necessity for mobile cameras, but the integrated battery has limitations. It cannot be swapped for a fresh battery or replaced with a more powerful battery. In retrospect I would look closely at competing products such as the Atomos H2S that does have an external battery.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Quality Product

                      By Goodwin Production Services

                      from Jacksonville, FL

                      About Me Director of photography

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Only 2 Hours On Battery

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design HDMI to SDI Battery Converter:

                      Great way to feed video to HDSDI monitors from camera that only have an HDMI output. Tough construction, works like it supposed to. Only criticism is that the internal battery only lasts 2 hours when fully charged.

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                      5.0

                      Awesome, as can be expected from BMD

                      By Topbunk

                      from Burlington, NJ

                      About Me Technical Director

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design HDMI to SDI Battery Converter:

                          I use this between me camcorder and BMD ATEM Television Studio so I can run long SDI cables. It works like a charm! I only wish there was a mounting hole, or a device that would allow me to mount it on top of, or underneath the camcorder. I intend to buy more!

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                          4.0

                          Works Great

                          By Cap'n Dave

                          from Port Clinton, OH

                          About Me Business Owner

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Complex Projects

                            Comments about Blackmagic Design HDMI to SDI Battery Converter:

                            We purchased this converter because of the internal battery power supply. Most of the time we use AC power, but when a cord gets kicked it's nice to know the signal keeps working. Sometimes we use this in the field on its own internal battery - a decided plus where outlets don't exist. The only problem is the somewhat short duration of the battery. Not enough for an all-day shoot.

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                            5.0

                            Small Package, BIG performance

                            By Red Dog Records

                            from Sacramento, CA

                            About Me Business Owner, Field Producer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Complex Projects
                              • Hdmi Laptop To Sdi Switch
                              • On-location Conversion

                              Comments about Blackmagic Design HDMI to SDI Battery Converter:

                              Although we haven't used it strictly on batter power yet, the unit works as advertised. Very solid build and all in a very small package.

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                              1.0

                              Battery Runs Dead Fast

                              By Gerald

                              from Atlanta Georgia

                              About Me Business Owner

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Lacks Functionality
                                • Poor Performance

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design HDMI to SDI Battery Converter:

                                  Well I was excited about a battery converter, this was very very disappointing.
                                  It failed on conversion and would not lock to the camera signal, it was defective Blackmagic told me, so they sent me another one. The same thing happened, I am now stuck with a converter that doesn't work, even if the battery worked - which it doesn't I would never buy this again - I need a refund!

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Awesome!

                                  By BrYan

                                  from Prescott, AZ

                                  About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Battery Life 2hrs

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Complex Projects
                                  • Independent Films
                                  • In The Studio
                                  • Live EventsSwitching

                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design HDMI to SDI Battery Converter:

                                  Works wonderfully!!! I bought several of these to work with my ATEM TVS and HDMI camera's and it works great! Also, the build quality of these are SOLID. Much heavier and stronger than I imagined.

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