Blackmagic Design today announced a new family of super heavy duty Mini Converters that feature a unique design that’s machined from a solid block of aluminum for amazing strength, as well as for protecting connectors. Heavy duty mini converters also include innovative features and technologies such as 3 Gb/s SDI. There are 4 models in the Mini Converter Heavy Duty product range which are all priced at only $295 US.
Unlike traditional converters which are designed using standard metal boxes for indoor use, Blackmagic Design’s new heavy duty mini converters have been totally redesigned using techniques taken from military products to allow for super strength, and are better suited for live production environments. Each converter is machined from a solid block of aluminum, and is able to withstand amazing crushing forces such as if accidentally run over by a car or truck.
Even with this super strong design, the new heavy duty mini converters also include extremely powerful features such as 3 Gb/s SDI technology, redundant SDI inputs, balanced analog and AES/EBU switchable audio, standard 1/4 inch jack audio connections and an international power supply that includes adapter plates for all international power sockets.
Redundant SDI inputs are designed to be used on live events where cables could be damaged by crowds so if video input is lost, the SDI inputs instantly change. Loop thru SDI allows the SDI input to loop to other equipment. 3 Gb/s SDI allows Mini Converters to be upgraded via the built in USB connection to support new television formats in the future. Built in mini switches allow settings to be changed for audio types, audio de-embedding channels, analog video types and more.
To see how tuff these converters really are follow the link and check out the video. The video comprises of a military tank running over the mini converter. This is a must see.