Blackmagic Design Announces New Micro Converter 12G Models | Business & Finance

FREMONT, CA – (BUSINESS WIRE) – November 11, 2021–

Blackmagic Design today announced a new family of Micro Converter 12G models, which allows customers to use HDMI equipment with professional SDI systems. These new models feature custom hardware developed by Blackmagic Design and include features previously only available on high-end converters. The Micro Converter 12G models include features such as 3D LUT and more SD, HD and Ultra HD video formats.

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The Blackmagic Design Micro Converter 12G models add all SDI and HD formats to the 3G models plus powerful Ultra HD and 4K formats. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Micro Converter 12G models are available immediately from Blackmagic Design distributors worldwide for $ 109.

The new Blackmagic Micro Converters are incredibly small video converters that allow customers to connect between consumer HDMI and professional SDI equipment. The sturdy and miniature design makes them small enough to be used anywhere. Customers receive professional 3G-SDI or 12G-SDI connections, depending on the model, so customers can work with SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60. Micro converters use USB for power, so they can be powered directly from TVs or laptops. Customers can even buy them without power. Only Blackmagic Micro Converters have custom electronics that meet global broadcast specifications and can be updated to new standards in the future.

The Micro Converter SDI to HDMI 12G model is ideal for monitoring in all SD, HD, 4K and Ultra HD standards up to 2160p60. It includes a 17-point 3D LUT for color calibration monitors. Customers can also output a 3D LUT to the output of a 12G-SDI loop. It also supports DCI movie speeds, including 4Kp24, 4Kp47.95 and 4Kp48.

The Micro Converter SDI to HDMI 12G model is ideal for connecting HDMI cameras and computers to professional SDI equipment. Customers receive two 12G-SDI outputs for connection to SD, HD or Ultra HD equipment. When running in HD, it supports 3G-SDI level A and B. This model also supports movie standards, including 4Kp24, 4Kp47.95 and 4Kp48.

The Micro Converter BiDirectional SDI / HDMI 12G model can convert in both directions, in different standards simultaneously. Customers can convert SDI to HDMI and HDMI to SDI simultaneously. It also supports camera management protocol conversion, so customers can use Blackmagic Pocket Cinema cameras with professional SDI switches for live production.

Unlike other small SDI converters, Blackmagic Micro Converters have the highest quality broadcasting technology, miniaturized in an incredibly strong metal housing. Each converter has SDI and HDMI connectors with the highest broadcast quality in the industry. Blackmagic Micro Converters include a USB power connection as well as for changing settings via the Mac and Windows conversion utility. Because USB powers the converter, customers can even power it from TVs or laptops. There are even status LEDs. Customers can also purchase Blackmagic Micro Converters with AC power, including 4 adapters for international use.

Unlike low-cost converters, Blackmagic Micro Converters include the highest quality signal processing and a deep bit depth video pipeline. The micro converters are designed with precise electronics so that customers receive very low SDI oscillation, which allows customers to extend SDI cables over long distances. This is vital for live production, where equipment such as cameras can be far away from switches. Blackmagic Micro Converters work with both 8 and 10-bit video formats, in RGB or YUV, and in all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats, depending on the model, up to 2160p60. They even support movie speeds of 1080p24, 1080p47.95, 1080p48, 4Kp24, 4Kp47.95 and 4Kp48. In addition, customers receive full built-in audio and time code support.

For accurate color monitoring, some models include 3D LUT. Customers can apply custom changes in appearance, colors and range in real time for on-site observation. Plus LUT can also be applied to the output of an SDI loop, allowing customers to use the converter as a 3D LUT processor. 3D LUTs are great for allowing a cheap computer monitor or TV to be used as a calibrated broadcast color or rating monitor. 3D LUT are included in the SDI to HDMI 3G, SDI to HDMI 12G and BiDirectional SDI / HDMI 12G models. Customers can even use DaVinci Resolve to create custom 3D LUTs. Since DaVinci Resolve can be downloaded for free, it costs nothing to start creating your own 3D LUT library. Imagine you are playing old movie stocks.

The Micro Converter 12G models have everything for the latest HDR workflows. Just connect an HDR monitor, projector or TV and customers are ready for HDR surveillance. Static metadata PQ and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) formats in VPID are processed in accordance with standards ST2108-1, ST2084 and ST425. The Micro Converter 12G models process the ST425, which defines 2 new bits in the VPID to indicate the transfer characteristic of the SDR, HLG or PQ. In addition, the ST2108-1 standard defines how to transport HDR static or dynamic metadata over SDI. There is also support for ST2082-10 for 12G SDI as well as for ST425 for 3G-SDI sources. Both Rec.2020 and Rec.709 color spaces are supported.

The Blackmagic Micro Converter 12G models add all SDI and HD formats to the 3G models plus powerful Ultra HD and 4K formats. 12G-SDI formats include 2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97, 2160p30, 2160p47.95, 2160p48, 2160p50, 2160p59.94, 2160p60, 4Kp23.98 DCI, 4Kp24 DCI, 4Kp25 DCI, 4Kp29.97 DCI DCI, 4Kp47.95 DCI, 4Kp48 DCI, 4Kp50 DCI, 4Kp59.94 DCI and 4Kp60 DCI, 4KPsF25 DCI, 4KPsF29.97 DCI and 4KPsF30 DCI. All of these formats mean that the Micro Converter 12G-SDI models have the film and television standards of the future, so customers can switch to Ultra HD whenever they want.

“Our micro converters are very popular and these new models now use a custom design that works with Blackmagic OS, so we can now include many more features than the old models could support because these new models are smart,” Grant said. Fifth, CEO of Blackmagic Design. “We think customers will like these new models and look forward to releasing new software updates for them as we add more features!”

Features of 12G micro converter

  • Extremely small design for portable work.
  • Supports software upgrade via USB connection.
  • Includes 3D LUT for SDI to HDMI model monitoring.
  • Includes HDR support via SDI and HDMI.
  • Supports standards for 12G-SDI and HDMI timecode.
  • It has 12G-SDI technology with built-in SDI re-clocking.
  • Includes Blackmagic ATEM switch camera control functions.
  • Supports all video standards in NTSC, PAL, 720 HD, 1080 HD and 2160 Ultra HD.
  • The models can be purchased with or without power supply.

Availability and Price

The Micro Converter 12G models are now available for $ 109, excluding local duties and taxes, from Blackmagic Design distributors worldwide.

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About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, CCTV, routers, live production switches, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real-time movie scanners for gaming film, post-production and television broadcasting industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink imaging cards revolutionized post-production quality and affordability, while the company’s Emmy-winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industries since 1984.

Blackmagic Design continues innovative innovations, including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by the world’s leading editors and post-production engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to

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