Blackmagic's new Micro Converter 3G models are effective and affordable.
Blackmagic has revamped the world of affordable video converters with its Micro Converter 3G models that feature 3D LUTs for color-accurate monitoring, fully embedded audio, timecode, and an array of supported video formats across NTSC and PAL.
If you need to convert HDMI video to SDI or SDI to HDMI, Blackmagic has three different options available.
- Micro Converter SDI to HDMI 3G: Converts SDI video to HDMI
- Micro Converter HDMI to SDI 3G: Converts HDMI video to SDI
- Micro Converter BiDirectional SDI/HDMI 3G: Converts both signals, plus camera control support
All three models are equipped with 3G-SDI connections and support SD and HD formats up to 1080p at 60fps.
The company says they've been engineered for very low SDI jitter, which allows you to run cables over a longer distance. The Micro Converters work with both 8-bit and 10-bit video formats in RGB or YUV. In addition to supporting 1080p at 60fps, they also support 24p, 47.95p, and 48p.
Timecode is important to any multi-camera workflow, and the Micro Converters support HDMI and SDI timecode conversion. This allows any HDMI device that supports timecode to be converted to SDI for larger broadcasts.
The cool new feature is the ability to add custom looks, color, and gamma changes through 3D LUTs. Even better is that LUTs can be applied to the 3G-SDI loop output so that the converter can be used as a 3D LUT processor.
Each unit is powered through USB-C, which can be powered via a laptop or through a television. AC power is also an option for an additional cost.
Additionally, the Micro Converter BiDirectional SDI/HDMI 3G model does support camera control, so you can use it with the Pocket Cinema Camera and ATEM SDI Switcher or ATEM Mini, which is nice for multi-cam productions or livestreaming.
What's great about these converters is their size, as they're small enough to incorporate into an Atomos Ninja V or Shogun workflow.