Blackmagic allows spin knob scrolling with Videohub Master Control
Blackmagic Design has created a new style of router control panel that allows spin knob scrolling of all router sources and destinations as well as direct button entry of any router crosspoint.
Named Videohub Master Control, the system provides a built-in LCD with anti-aliased graphic labels for full access to every single cross-point on the largest 288 x 288 Videohub routers. The system offers two main methods for changing cross-points on Videohub routers, for which the simplest way is to select either destination or source and then scroll through all the cross-points in the router using the larger knob on the right side of the panel. The built in LCD shows cross-points as the user scrolls using large easy to read labels, and scroll order is based on alphabetical order of cross-point labels. It also includes direct entry of cross point labels via built in buttons, which are a combination of numeric buttons and customised buttons such as ‘Monitor’, ‘Deck’ or ‘Edit’, which can be entered into by pressing the custom button followed by the number. Direct entry buttons also allow limiting the scroll list when using the spin knob.
The unit also features YRGB illuminated fake crystal buttons combined with a colour LCD for status and an aluminium knob for scrolling cross points. Using standard Ethernet networking, Videohub Master Control plugs into the existing computer network although it can also be connected to a dedicated switch and powered via power over Ethernet (PoE) without the need for a power supply.
The manufacturer has also added two new models of Mini Converter for easing the transition into 4K workflows and to allow lower cost 4K studios to be built. Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K is a Quad Link HD-SDI to HDMI 4K converter that also works with new Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI 4K connections. It allows monitoring using the new HDMI 4K devices that are being released. The Mini Converter SDI Multiplex features four SDI inputs and four SDI outputs allowing conversion to and from Quad Link HD-SDI and Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI 4K signals. This model can also handle 4:4:4 Single Link/Dual Link conversions.
The new converter will allow the four HD-SDI links to be connected to an HDMI 4K device, whilst also handling the manufacturers’ Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI 4K connections built into the new UltraStudio 4K and DeckLink 4K Extreme capture and playback products. Using 3GB/s SDI allows the same 4K signal to be connected between devices with only two BNC SDI cables, instead of four and so the Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K supports both older Quad Link and new Dual Link 4K SDI connections. It also switches between SD and HD video formats automatically so can be used for any task required, in SD, HD and 4K. The new Mini Converter SDI Multiplex is designed for converting between equipment using Quad Link HD-SDI and equipment using Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI. It features four SDI inputs and four SDI outputs, so it can convert to and from both these formats by selecting the desired conversion using mini switches.