Blackmagic Design Smart Videohub 20 x 20 6G-SDI

Blackmagic Design Smart Videohub 20 x 20 6G-SDI

Blackmagic Design Smart Videohub 20 x 20 6G-SDI

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Product Highlights

  • Routing Switcher
  • 20 x 6G-SDI Inputs / 20 x 6G-SDI Outputs
  • Supports SD, HD, Ultra HD 4K, DCI 4K
  • 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 Sampling
  • 10-Bit Processing
  • SDI Reclocking
  • Built-In LCD with Spin Knob Control
  • Push Buttons on Front Panel
  • Ethernet for Remote Control
  • Videohub Control Software Included
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Blackmagic Design VHUBSMART6G2020 overview

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The Smart Videohub 20 x 20 6G-SDI from Blackmagic Design is a mixed format router with 20 6G-SDI inputs and 20 6G-SDI outputs for routing any combination of SD, HD, Ultra HD 4K, and DCI 4K video. It supports 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 color sampling and 10-bit processing for smoother gradations. Housed in a 1RU frame, the Smart Videohub ideal for use in both large broadcast systems or portable mini racks for live productions. A built-in LCD lets view your sources directly on the router itself, with simple push buttons and spin knob provided for control. Routing can also be controlled using dedicated remote panels or over Ethernet using the included software for Mac OS X and Windows. You can even use the available iPad app to change routing over your wireless network.

Note: IEC power cable is not included.

  • 20x 6G-SDI inputs / 20x 6G-SDI outputs
  • Auto-detects between SD, HD, Ultra HD 4K, and DCI 4K and instantly switches standards
  • Built-in SDI reclocking on every SDI input
  • Supports 8-bit, 10-bit, and 12-bit 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 signals
  • 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 color sampling with 10-bit processing
  • UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) up to 30p
  • Supports DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 24p
  • HD Video Resolutions up to 1080p60
  • Supports 16 channels of embedded audio on each SDI signal
  • Genlock
  • Reference input compatible with black burst and tri-sync
  • Built-in video monitoring and spin knob control
  • Push buttons on front panel
  • On-screen labels support Unicode so they work in non-Roman character sets such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, German, French, Spanish, and more
  • Videohub control software included for control over Ethernet
  • Ethernet control allows direct connection to the computer network and is compatible with Videohub Smart Control and Videohub Master Control panels
  • Apple iPad control panel app available
  • Create your own custom router control with free software developer kit
  • Machined aluminum 1RU chassis
  • IEC power cable required
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Blackmagic Design Smart Videohub 20 x 20 6G-SDI
  • SD Card with Software
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Blackmagic Design VHUBSMART6G2020 specs

    SDI Video Input 20 x 10-bit SD/HD/6G-SDI
    SDI Video Output 20 x 10-bit SD/HD/6G-SDI
    Reference Input Blackburst and TriSync for SD, HD and UHD 4K
    Multi-Rate Support Auto detection of SD, HD, or 6G-SDI. Simultaneous routing of 4K, HD, SD video and DVB-ASI
    Updates USB 2.0 high speed (480 Mb/s) interface or via Ethernet
    Control 21 buttons for local control of Videohub
    6 buttons and scroll wheel for control of LCD display
    1 x RJ45 Ethernet
    1 x RS-422 input for controlling router crosspoint switching
    Configuration Via front panel LCD or use either RJ45 Ethernet
    USB 2.0 for setting IP address only
    Reclocking On all SDI outputs, auto switching between SD, HD, or 6G-SDI video
    Format Support SD Format Support
    625/25 PAL
    525/29.97 NTSC
    525/29.98 NTSC

    HD Format Support
    720p 50/59.94/60
    1080i 50/59.94/60
    1080PsF 23.98/24/25/29.97/30
    1080p 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60

    2K Format Support
    2048x1080p 23.98/24/25
    2048x1080PsF 23.98/24/25

    4K Format Support
    3840x2160p 23.98/24/25/29.97/30
    4096x2160p 24
    SDI Compliance SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 310M, SMPTE 425M Level B, ITU-R BT.656, and ITU-R BT.601
    SDI Video Rates SD-SDI: 270 Mb/s
    HD-SDI: 1.5 Gb/s
    3G-SDI: 3 Gb/s
    6G-SDI: 6 Gb/s
    SDI Video Sampling 4:2:2 and 4:4:4
    SDI Color Precision 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 10-bit
    SDI Audio Sampling 48 kHz and 24-bit
    SDI Color Space YUV or RGB
    SDI Metadata Support Video payload identification ancillary data as per SMPTE 352M
    Software Control Router control included free for Windows and Mac OS X
    Internal Software Upgrade Via included updater application
    Display LCD for video and menu settings
    Power Supply IEC power cable required
    90 to 240 VAC input
    Power Fail Protection Router connections preserved and restored instantly at power on
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Storage Temperature -4 to 113°F (-20 to 45°C)
    Relative Humidity 0 to 90% non-condensing
    Rack Space 1 RU
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 19.00 x 1.73 x 6.30" (48.26 x 4.39 x 16.00 cm)
    Weight 4.4 lb (2.0 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.3 x 7.6 x 3.2"

    Blackmagic Design VHUBSMART6G2020 reviews

    Smart Videohub 20 x 20 6G-SDI is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from DOA Mine had rolling green lines of noise across all the even numbered ports (bottom row) that could only be solved by pulling the power and rebooting. This was on a brand new unit, and the problem happened repeatedly. I spoke to a Blackmagic support person who said he'd replace it but their return/exchange process was beyond frustrating so I returned it to BH instead. I'm currently looking for a comparable product from a different manufacturer.
    Date published: 2014-12-16
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from OK if you don't need long runs HD-SDI is typically rated for coax runs up to 300ft. In fact, all of our equipment seems to work with cables runs at that length. This unit however only works with coax runs less than 150ft. in length. We tried adding repeaters to the line and only were able to increase the distance to around 250 ft. For use in the field, it's hardly practical. We'll be looking elsewhere.
    Date published: 2015-04-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product for the money The build quality of the Smart Videohub 20x20 is pretty decent. It doesn't appear to run too hot and feels solid. The front panel buttons unfortunately are membrane-style buttons and therefore cannot accept custom labels which is a little disappointing for a router this size. This is a basic router that with the right firmware and software upgrades could be great. Currently you must make at least 3 button presses to execute any route. I'm hopeful a future firmware release will allow additional control options like disabling the Take button and setting the default mode to SRC so that one-button routes could be performed. Another feature that would be nice is the ability to make use of the multi-color backlit keys to designate different source/destination formats. But overall this is a great product for the money that can only get better with future upgrades.
    Date published: 2014-09-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wish there was a 12G version of the 20x20 While I work with engineers who use the front panel to route, I'm a fan of managing all my Blackmagic gear over ethernet with a shared spreadsheet for my crew. If you're buying BM gear, you know what you're getting. Manage your expectations, but also remember: they're designing gear for the base, and at this price point, how can you complain? Well one complaint... how about a 2/3 Teranex size router? Next to your 8 way DA, it could be a great 2nd slot in a compact rack.
    Date published: 2017-05-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to use, does what it says. Works fine. No glitches and UI/Program is nice. I do however wish there was more room in between SDI ports. I understand this had 40 SDI ports on the back, but it gets difficult when it starts to fill up.
    Date published: 2018-09-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would buy this product again. We had so much success with our Smart Videohub 40x40 that when the time came we ordered this 20x20 model to replace a different router that was end of life. Install and setup was straightforward. The video monitor on the front is such a cool feature. We're very pleased.
    Date published: 2017-08-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid, Modern Router The Smart Videohub is a solid, modern router with great features at a good price.
    Date published: 2016-05-24
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