Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic Mini Converter Optical Fiber 12G, a new bi directional SDI to optical fiber converter that lets customers extend SDI connections up to 10 miles away for US$155.
Blackmagic Mini Converter Optical Fiber 12G is a compact converter that extends SDI connections over distances by converting SDI to optical fiber and optical fiber to SDI in both directions at the same time. Using the new Blackmagic Mini Converter Optical Fiber 12G is an affordable way to increase camera coverage at live events because it lets broadcasters place cameras up to 10 miles away from their switchers, routers and decks using low cost optical fiber cable. That makes it perfect for placing cameras around any studio, for use at outdoor sporting events or even concerts and theatrical performances in large venues.
The converter is also bi directional which means that it can simultaneously send different video formats in different directions at the same time. Depending on the video format being used, signals can be sent up to 10 miles away from the source. Plus, the advanced 12G-SDI connections on Mini Converter Optical Fiber 12G are multi rate. That means they automatically detect the video signal and switch speeds so they are compatible with all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats and equipment up to 2160p60, including Level A and B devices.
Mini Converter Optical Fiber 12G features a standard SFP type socket that lets customers add any SMPTE compatible 3G, 6G or 12G-SDI SFP module. It also works with the same of low cost optical fiber cables that are commonly used for computer networks. This type of optical fiber cable can be run much longer distances and is much more affordable than copper SDI cable.
For power, Mini Converter Optical Fiber 12G includes a universal power supply with four international socket adapters so it can be used anywhere in the world. It also features a screw lock connector that prevents the power cord from being accidentally disconnected.