DECIMATOR MD-HX Miniature HDMI/SDI Cross Converter with Scaling & Frame Rate Conversion

DECIMATOR MD-HX Miniature HDMI/SDI Cross Converter with Scaling & Frame Rate Conversion

DECIMATOR MD-HX Miniature HDMI/SDI Cross Converter with Scaling & Frame Rate Conversion

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Product Highlights

  • HDMI & 3G-SDI Input
  • Converts HDMI to SDI & SDI to HDMI
  • Upscales/Downscales, Converts Frame Rate
  • HDMI, 2 x SDI Loop Through & 2 x SDI Out
  • 14 Different Conversion Modes
  • LCD Info Screen with Button Controls
  • Threaded Locking Power Connector
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  • 1Description

Combining capabilities usually reserved for a computer controlled converter the DECIMATOR MD-HX Miniature HDMI/SDI Cross Converter with Scaling & Frame Rate Conversion is a small independent device that features the same proven cross converter found in DECIMATOR's larger MD-DUCC. The MD-HX features both an HDMI and a 3G-SDI input, and can cross convert either signal to the other. It features a built-in scaler and frame rate converter as well, allowing you to convert the input signal to your required output standard.

The MD-HX features one HDMI output and two pairs of 3G-SDI outputs, controllable via fourteen selectable conversion modes, providing you with a variety of modes to fit your needs. This converter does not require a computer or DIP switches to control as it incorporates a small LCD screen for menu functions, and four buttons for control. It comes with a power supply with locking power cable to prevent accidental power loss during use.

Note: Firmware Release 2.0.6 adds 3G-SDI Level B support for 1080p60/59.94/50 for this model, as well as the ability to set the SDI output to 3G level A or B and convert between A and B. It also enables horizontal and vertical image flipping via the built-in scaler.

14 Conversion Modes
1. SDI In to HDMI and SDI Out
2. SDI In to SDI Out and HDMI In to HDMI Out
3. SDI In to SDI Out and Scaled SDI In to HDMI Out
4. SDI In to SDI Out and Scaled HDMI In to HDMI Out
5. HDMI In to SDI Out and SDI In to HDMI Out
6. HDMI In to HDMI and SDI Out
7. HDMI In to SDI Out and Scaled SDI In to HDMI Out
8. HDMI In to SDI Out and Scaled HDMI In to HDMI Out
9. Scaled SDI In to SDI Out and SDI In to HDMI Out
10. Scaled SDI In to SDI Out and HDMI In to HDMI Out
11. Scaled SDI In to HDMI and SDI Out
12. Scaled HDMI In to SDI Out and SDI In to HDMI Out
13. Scaled HDMI In to SDI Out and HDMI In to HDMI Out
14. Scaled HDMI In to HDMI and SDI Out
HDMI to SDI / SDI to HDMI
The HDMI or SDI input can be scaled and/or frame rate converted to the required standard.
Four SD/HD/3G-SDI outputs allow the converter to be used as a 1 to 4 distribution amplifier. SDI output pair 1 can either be a copy of the SDI input (default) or the same as pair 2.
The MD-HX incorporates an LCD and button control system. This gives you access to features that have usually require a computer. Adjusting DIP switches or having access to a computer to change a simple setting are no needed with the MD-HX.
The audio pairs in the SDI and HDMI outputs can be rearranged as required.
The unit incorporates a USB port for control and firmware updates.
In the Box
DECIMATOR MD-HX Miniature HDMI/SDI Cross Converter with Scaling & Frame Rate Conversion
  • Universal Power Supply
  • HDMI Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    DECIMATOR DD-HX specs

    Inputs HDMI: 1 x Type A
    SD/HD.3G-SDI: 1 x BNC
    Outputs HDMI: 1 x Type A
    SD/HD.3G-SDI: 4 x BNC (2 x Active Loop Through or addition outputs, 2 x output)
    SDI Formats Supported 3G: SMPTE 424M 2.97 and 2.967 Gb/s
    1080p: 60/59.94/50Hz

    HD: SMPTE 292M/274M/296M 1.485 and 1.435 Gb/s
    1080i: 60/59.94/50 Hz
    1080p/psf: 30/29.97/25/24/23.98 Hz
    720p: 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25/24/23.98 Hz

    SD: SMPTE 259M 270 Mb/s
    525i: 59.94
    625i: 50
    Control Buttons
    • SDI output source from HDMI IN, SDI IN, Scaler
    • SDI output 1 is loop
    • HDMI output type and source from HDMI IN, SDI IN, Scaler
    • Scaler source, reference, format and Aspect Controls
    • Audio pair routing for HDMI and SDI output
    • LCD backlight off time
    • Back to Status time
    Power 5 to 32 VDC
    Pin Positive
    Dimensions 3.1 x 4.8 x 1.2" / 79.5 x 123 x 29.5 mm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.1 x 6.2 x 2.6"

    DECIMATOR DD-HX reviews

    MD-HX Miniature HDMI/SDI Cross Converter with Scaling & Frame Rate Conversion is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 73.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from All competitors fall short of this device I will be purchasing more of these. It replaces the need for a scaler, distribution amp, HDMI to HDSDI converter, HDSDI to HDMI converter and test signal generator. The menu takes some getting use to, but it is totally flexible. With four HDSDI ports programmable in groups of two it can pass through as a distribution amp while at the same time converting the signal on the other two ports. It will cross convert everything except 4K but including standard def. I use it to make all inputs happy into my BMD ATEM switcher. Scaling quality is excellent. For the price - nothing comes close and nothing does what this device will do. Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2016-03-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scaler has no noticeable delay or latency Useful converter box, well made and sturdy. I bought it to flip the image on director's monitors when the camera is mounted upside down on a gimbal, like the Movi M15. I tested the Scaler function, that does the horizontal and vertical flip, and there's no latency. I video-ed two monitors side-by-side, with a sync slate, and both the scaled and directly-patched monitors were in perfect sync. Not everyone will find this box useful, and to be honest, I'm barely taking advantage of the things this box can do, but it does what it says very well. It took a minute to figure out how to get the signal out by going through all the menus.
    Date published: 2016-07-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A valuable tool I'm using this box to help integrate PowerPoint from a MBP HDMI into my BM ATEM M/E1 switcher, while also distributing the PPT output to floor monitors. Using the HDMI loop through allows that signal to go to an HDMI DA without messing w/ EDID. Then I'm able to take the HD SDI signal out of the Decimator into the SDI in on the ATEM. A real headache saver. The only issue that I have w/ the box is the lack of clear instruction regarding the menu set ups. It took a few hours to figure out the above workflow. I have a meeting set up w/ Decimator at the NAB to, hopefully, clarify menu situation.
    Date published: 2015-02-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely love this box. I have often had computers or other devices that would output 1080p60 - but NOT 1080i59.94. Most HDMI to SDI converters will handle some slightly odd inputs, and might even scale the size, but this is the first one I have seen that will convert the frame rate to 59.94. I have high-end frame syncs that won't do that. It will also convert YUV444 to YUV422 or RGB and vice versa. Blackmigic products require YUV, and will deal with nothing else. AND it is two-way at the same time. HDMI in to HDSDI out -and- HDSDI in to HDMI out at the same time. And threaded power supply connector - so no accidental disconnects. Literature, not so great - especially online literature. But it isn't too hard to figure out the setup without literature. The unit is solid. It is versitile. And it just works. I will not buy another Black Magic or AJA unit until they become as good as this unit. And even if they did, they would likely be 5 times the cost. This is my new go-to converter.
    Date published: 2015-03-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cheap at twice the price You WILL need this device. Convert from/to all common frame rates, raster sizes, interlaced or progressive. It lets you integrate older video equipment with more format-restrictive inexpensive equipment such as BM, not to mention the ability to easily integrate computer outputs into a video system. Don't know what the video format is? Connect it to this box and it will tell you! This device is great for mixed-equipment permanent installs. If you do conferences, etc., you might want to spend the few extra $$ for the MD-Cross which gives you everything in this box plus a very capable TPG and markers and text.
    Date published: 2018-09-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from First of many I will buy It's like a $300 Swiss Army Knife for HD Video. I can take in 1080i HD-SDI and spit out two flavors of HS-SDI simultaneously I can take in video from a go pro over HDMI and send 1080i to Comcast and 720p to FOX over HD-SDI. Croos convert/Up and Down convert/HD DA/Scaler. FANTASTIC Product
    Date published: 2016-03-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great, except at 3G with Blackmagic I'm using it to convert multiple video sources while testing assorted video hardware. It's easy enough to use, and it works well, but it's unable to talk to Blackmagic hardware at 3G speeds. So, for 1080i and below, it's great. For my single most important use, though, converting HDMI 1080p60 computer signals to SDI 1080p59.94 for our ATEM, it doesn't actually work. The problem is well-documented; there are effectively two flavors of 3G SDI: level A and level B. Blackmagic only does B. The Decimator only does level A. IIRC, Sony is A, Aja does both, and so on. It's a mess. It's not Decimator's fault, but it makes this quite a bit less useful with Blackmagic gear. It works fine if I take the HDMI out from the Decimator and feed it into a HDMI->SDI converter, but that's a hassle that I'd like to avoid.
    Date published: 2015-07-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. 6 stars if I could Look out Black Magic and AJA. This one is for the pros. 2 of these replaced 6 boxes in my work flow and gave me even more flexibility than I was previously capable of. Yes, it has a lot of options that can confuse potentially. However, if you just look through it and use it; then it makes perfect sense and is very straight forward. Up and operational out of the box and 30' up in the air in 10 minutes. Wow. Buy these. Save hours and put more capability that is straight forward in the hands of more Technicians. Tech Director in ATL.
    Date published: 2015-04-14
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