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Blackmagic Design SDI to HDMI Battery Converter

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You Pay: $280.25
Product Highlights
  • Converts an SDI Input to an HDMI Output
  • Also Features an SDI Loop-Through Output
  • Allows Connection to HDMI Monitors
  • 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 SDI to HDMI Battery Converter converts an SDI input to an HDMI output and additionally features an SDI loop-through output. The HDMI output automatically matches and outputs in the quality of the SDI 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.

Converting to HDMI lets you connect SDI camera outputs to HDMI monitors on location. And the SDI loop-through allows connection to further SDI equipment.

Power is 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 SDI in to an HDMI out / features SDI loop out
  • Conversion allows connection to professional HDMI monitors
  • The HDMI out auto-matches the SD / HD quality of the SDI input
  • Both the SDI and the HDMI connections support up to1080p60 HD
  • Audio embedded on the SDI in goes out embedded on the HDMI out
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 SDI input x1, switchable between SD, HD and 3G
SDI output x1, SD/HD-SDI loop output
HDMI output x1, type A
USB 2.0 input x1, 480 Mb/s
Multi-Rate Support Auto detection of HD or SD SDI 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
Color Space SDI: YUV
HDMI: YUV
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, 1080PsF23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080p23.98, 1080p24,1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94 and 1080p60

HDMI:
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
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 2.2 W
Operational Voltage Range 12 - 31 Vdc
Blackmagic Design SDI to HDMI Battery Converter
  • 12V AC Adapter with International Socket Adapters for All Countries
  • Integrated Lithium-Ion Polymer Rechargeable Battery
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Blackmagic DesignSDI to HDMI Battery Converter
     
    3.8

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    73%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (8)
    • Professional quality (8)
    • Compact (7)
    • Highly compatible (3)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

    • Poor performance (3)

    Best Uses

    • In the studio (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional artist (6), Business owner (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Converted

    I have been a DSLR shooter for a while and have relied on the Small HD DP4 for my monitoring needs. I have since switched to shooting on the 2.5k EOS Mount Blackmagic Cinema...Read complete review

    I have been a DSLR shooter for a while and have relied on the Small HD DP4 for my monitoring needs. I have since switched to shooting on the 2.5k EOS Mount Blackmagic Cinema Camera. The Small HD DP4 has been a welcome addition to my gear bag, but it unfortunately is HDMI only. The BMCC has an SDI output and does not have HDMI out. I am pleased to have a proper professional connection, but I don't want to fork over the dough for a SDI monitoring solution. This handy-dandy converter allowed me to keep using the DP4 and works beautifully. If your indoors, the rear LCD on the BMCC is fine. However, if you have a focus puller or are going outdoors, you need a monitor. Preferably a monitor with a proper viewfinder. The glare from the LCD is atrocious. Forget about sunny day shooting on the BMCC...even with the hood that comes with the package. I felt like Ansel Adams when I tried shooting without it. I was throwing a jacket over my head so I could see what I was doing. The Blackmagic SDI to HDMI converter is rugged and has great battery life. Get a locking HDMI cable and you're good to go.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A dud.

    Aside from the fact that this device did not work with the camera I purchased it for, its battery life is next to nothing and it therefore requires a power supply, negating its title...Read complete review

    Aside from the fact that this device did not work with the camera I purchased it for, its battery life is next to nothing and it therefore requires a power supply, negating its title "Battery Converter". Additionally, there's almost no indication to let you know that the thing is on and running and costing you battery life, so it can easily be left on by mistake. A better bet would be to pay more to get a monitor with SDI input.

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    1.0

    It doesn't work

    By Shadd

    from San Francisco, CA

    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Lacks Functionality
      • Poor Performance
      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

        Comments about Blackmagic Design SDI to HDMI Battery Converter:

        Connected it, troubleshooted every possible way. Went to support sites, tried upgrading software/firmware. Nothing. There is no way of "fixing" the issue if it doesn't work.Stick with a simple non-powered converter.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        3.0

        expensive but sturdy

        By monty

        from austin tx

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • Lacks Functionality

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films

        Comments about Blackmagic Design SDI to HDMI Battery Converter:

        the battery doesnt have nearly enough juice to actually be useful but the device is built rock solid and wont break like cheaper options

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Blacks are grey

        By BC

        from Washington DC

        About Me Video Professional

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Poor Performance

        Best Uses

          Comments about Blackmagic Design SDI to HDMI Battery Converter:

          Everything works but the blackest area in the picture looks brighter than it should. I tested comparing the same HD scene coming from Sony EX3 through the BMD HDLinkPro, this Battery Converter and Ocean Matrix SDI-HDMI and the black from this is greyer than the other two.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          GOOD ITEM FOR GOOD PRICE

          By Serzh

          from Sacramento, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • In The Studio

            Comments about Blackmagic Design SDI to HDMI Battery Converter:

            Had no problems with it. great design.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Converted

            By jonwilliamwalker

            from Paducah, KY

            About Me Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Blackmagic Design SDI to HDMI Battery Converter:

                I have been a DSLR shooter for a while and have relied on the Small HD DP4 for my monitoring needs. I have since switched to shooting on the 2.5k EOS Mount Blackmagic Cinema Camera. The Small HD DP4 has been a welcome addition to my gear bag, but it unfortunately is HDMI only. The BMCC has an SDI output and does not have HDMI out. I am pleased to have a proper professional connection, but I don't want to fork over the dough for a SDI monitoring solution. This handy-dandy converter allowed me to keep using the DP4 and works beautifully. If your indoors, the rear LCD on the BMCC is fine. However, if you have a focus puller or are going outdoors, you need a monitor. Preferably a monitor with a proper viewfinder. The glare from the LCD is atrocious. Forget about sunny day shooting on the BMCC...even with the hood that comes with the package. I felt like Ansel Adams when I tried shooting without it. I was throwing a jacket over my head so I could see what I was doing. The Blackmagic SDI to HDMI converter is rugged and has great battery life. Get a locking HDMI cable and you're good to go.

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                5.0

                Great product!!

                By Coop

                from Atlanta, GA

                About Me Business Owner, Colorist, Dit, Editor, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Home Movies
                  • Independent Films
                  • In the field
                  • In The Studio
                  • On-set

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design SDI to HDMI Battery Converter:

                  As a DIT, i used the product attached to a Black Magic Cinema camera via the SDI out of the camera to allow the DP/director to monitor shooting in video village on a 32' tv (the tv's hdmi in). When the camera was handheld, i attached this little box to the top of the camera via velcro, and ran sdi out from the camera through this converter and to a 7' Marshall monitor.

                  It was great having the ability to run it on the internal battery for the handheld shots. Done with handhelds, simply plug it back in to charge up the internal battery while using it on my DIT cart with a long sdi cable from camera to then HDMI to video village.

                  It's small size is great (a little bigger than the palm of your hand) and adds virtually no weight to the camera. It's external case is rugged!! And is great for on-set or field work.

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                  5.0

                  In My World BMD has What I need.

                  By Steve @ Rutherford Media

                  from Charlotte, NC

                  About Me Business Owner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • None Noted

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Events Shows Etc

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design SDI to HDMI Battery Converter:

                  BMD has fantastic gear and this is no exception. We are a growing production and display company and this product helps make our job easy. If you have to make long cable runs and need to convert from SDI to HDMI this is a great unit. Highly Recommended.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Doesn't work with Canon out of box

                  By Jensen aka Sparky

                  from Nashville, TN

                  About Me Professional Artist

                  Pros

                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                  • Limited Compatibility

                  Best Uses

                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design SDI to HDMI Battery Converter:

                  DOES NOT WORK WITH CANON C100 (AND OTHERS) OUT OF THE BOX!!!!
                  The converter itself seems to be of good quality but the with the firmware that comes on it, it doesn't work with the Canon C100 out of the box. 'updating' the firmware to the older version 1.9.1 which can be found on Blackmagic's website fixed that problem. If you google the problem you will find many people that give the steps to do this including some youtube videos.

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  A dud.

                  By iamjohnsname

                  from silversink

                  About Me Business Owner

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Limited Compatibility
                    • Poor Design
                    • Poor Performance
                    • Pricey / Poor Value

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design SDI to HDMI Battery Converter:

                      Aside from the fact that this device did not work with the camera I purchased it for, its battery life is next to nothing and it therefore requires a power supply, negating its title "Battery Converter". Additionally, there's almost no indication to let you know that the thing is on and running and costing you battery life, so it can easily be left on by mistake. A better bet would be to pay more to get a monitor with SDI input.

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Problem...SOLVED!

                      By Randy Mills

                      from Maui, HI

                      About Me Professional Camera Op

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Shooting In The Field

                        Comments about Blackmagic Design SDI to HDMI Battery Converter:

                        I use SmallHD monitors with my Canon 7D packages but don't have the SDI versions for when I get called for jobs with other cameras. As I do a lot of shooting in the field and run and gun type of work, I have struggled to find a solution for providing power to these converters until now. I just bought this box last week and immediately put it to use on a job. It worked flawlessly! I'm probably going to add the HDMI to SDI version to my kit as well.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Pretty cool !

                        By Didier Movies

                        from Saint Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada

                        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Blackmagic Design SDI to HDMI Battery Converter:

                            Compact, sturdy, small, robust ! Well, its an awesome product. If you need to convert from SDI to HDMI, its your perfect tool !

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