Cobalt Digital Announces HDMI-to-SDI and SDI-to-HDMI Converter Cards to OpenGear Family

CDI 9926 2HS 08 smChampaign, IL – June 23, 2021 — Cobalt Digital has announced the addition of HDMI-to-SDI and SDI-to-HDMI converter cards to its openGear family of products. The new dual and quad-channel modules come complete with built-in per-channel frame synchronizers and loads of features that maximize space and ensure greater installation integrity than throwdown devices can offer. The new 9926 series target any application requiring signal conversion from HDMI compliant devices such as computer monitors or video projectors, to broadcast quality SDI formats, while the 9927 conversely converts SDI signals to HDMI formats.

The 9926-2HtoS 3G/HD/SD Dual-Channel openGear HDMI-To-SDI Converter provides two independent paths of true 3G and HD conversions from HDMI to SMPTE 424M, 292M, or 259M, while the 9926-4HtoS 3G/HD/SD version provides four independent paths. Each channel is equipped with independent frame sync for rate conversion (from 60fps to 59.94), and built-in proc amps allow signal components to be processed in real time.  Full input and output audio crosspoints enable program sourcing and distribution across the HDMI inputs and SDI outputs with different output formats for each path either free run or genlocked, and able to be adjusted as required. Color correction licenses are available as options.

In existing openGear installations, the cards save space and provide installation integrity as an alternative to throwdown devices. Preset save/load settings allow custom configurations to be saved but reverted to factory settings with the click of a mouse. Layered presets permit changes to be implemented only when addressing a specific area of concern (audio routing, for example) while not impacting any other processing settings or aspects.

In addition to the 9926 series, Cobalt has launched the complimentary 9927-2StoH 3G/HD/SD Dual-Channel openGear SDI-To-HDMI converter card that incorporates all the same features as the 9926 modules, including full independent frame syncs and proc amps.  Full input and output audio crosspoints enable program sourcing and distribution across either of the two SDI inputs and two HDMI outputs with individual controls and conversions available for each path. Users have full control over setting the HDMI output color space, bit depth, and other information for full flexibility and color correction licenses are also offered as options.

Both the 9926 series and the 9927 can be controlled across a standard Ethernet network by openGear DashBoard™ or Cobalt’s Remote Control Panel.