Heavy Duty Mini Converters from Blackmagic Design Blackmagic Design Mini Converter Heavy Duty Analog to SDI includes everything you need to convert from analog video in HD/SD component, NTSC, PAL or S-Video to SDI video, with the choice to embed SDI audio from balanced AES/EBU or analog audio inputs. Now you can convert analog devices such as Betacam SP, VHS, set top boxes and HDV cameras to SDI video, all in a compact and super tough converter machined from a solid block of aluminum! Super tough converters Mini Converter Heavy Duty models give you the highest quality SDI conversion in a super tough design that's perfect for use on location. Each converter is machined from a solid block of aircraft grade aluminium, and can withstand being run over by the largest OB vehicle! Heavy Duty models are built to the highest broadcast standards and automatically switch between SD, HD and 3 Gb/s formats. With low SDI jitter and SDI re-clocking you can use the longest SDI cable lengths. "To test how tough these converters are, we took them out and ran over them repeatedly with a Centurion Mk8 battle tank weighing 54 tons. Even after running over them multiple times while operating with live video, there was not a single glitch, and the converters kept working fine! That just shows how tough these new converters truly are!" - Grant Petty CEO of Blackmagic Design Designed For Live Production Outside broadcast, news gathering and live events are demanding production environments where equipment gets tested to its limits. Mini Converter Heavy Duty models are packed with features to withstand daily use on location. Get a choice of models that convert between SDI and HDMI for connecting to low cost cameras and monitors, and SDI and analog when you need to connect to older decks and video equipment. Standard Audio Connections Mini Converter Heavy Duty uses standard 1/4" audio jacks for connecting balanced analog or AES/EBU digital audio, so you never need to buy custom audio cables! Audio from mixers and analog decks can be embedded into the SDI video signal. Easy Settings Control Changing Mini Converter's built-in mini switch settings can be done with a pen, a small screwdriver or any similar object! This is great when you need to change settings quickly on location, as there are no complicated menus to navigate! You can also control settings using the included Converter Utility software by connecting the converter to any Mac OS X or Windows computer! All models can be updated via USB 2.0 by simply downloading software upgrades from the Blackmagic Design website. International Power Supply Unlike other converters, a universal power supply is included with international socket adapters for all countries. This lets you take Mini Converters with you to any location worldwide, and plug directly into the local power sockets. To stop power accidentally being disconnected, a cable tie point is included to lock down the power connection tight!