Blackmagic Design Announces Smart Videohub

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New 12x12 and 20x20 size SDI routers include 6G-SDI technology for SD, HD and Ultra HD mixed format routing plus built in control panel with LCD for monitoring and new visual routing!

NAB 2014, Las Vegas, USA - April 7, 2014 - Blackmagic Design today announced Smart Videohub, a family of new mixed format routers with new and unique visual routing user interface and 6G-SDI technology allowing SD, HD and Ultra HD routing all on the same router at the same time. Smart Videohub will be priced at $1,395 for the 12 x 12 sized mode and $1,995 for the larger 20 x 20 sized model.

Both models of Smart Videohub will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2014 booth at #SL219.

The new Smart Videohub family of professional SDI video routers are the world’s first Ultra HD mixed format routers to include built in video monitoring and spin knob router control panel. The Smart Videohub family also include the latest 6G-SDI technology so customers can simultaneously connect and route any combination of SD, HD and Ultra HD video all on the same router at the same time. Even if a customer had 20 different television formats connected to the router inputs, Smart Videohub would route any of these inputs to any combination of the outputs all simultaneously.

Smart Videohub also includes elegant machined metal front panels with full router control as well as built in LCD monitoring. Using the front panel customers can perform direct entry of router crosspoint using buttons, or they can use the spin knob control.

The new visual routing combines the spin knob or button entry with large easy to read custom router labels, or the customer can select to display live video from the video inputs onto the LCD. When any input or output is selected, the video is displayed live on the LCD. This allows customers to see their router connections as video on the LCD as they scroll the knob to select routing. This unique feature means customers can route video simply by looking at the video!

Smart Videohub features advanced 6G-SDI connections that allow high resolution Ultra HD video using a single SDI connection, while retaining full compatibility with all SD and HD-SDI equipment. This means customers get the industrial strength of stable and reliable SDI video connections with the flexibility to work in any television format they like. Even if customers not running in Ultra HD now, they can still take advantage of the innovative design and lower cost of these new models, while working in regular SD or HD today, then know they are ready for Ultra HD the moment they need it.

These new models replace the previous Micro Videohub and Smart Videohub SD/HD routers from Blackmagic Design. These new models have the benefit of being lower cost, feature new 6G-SDI and Ultra HD support and include a built in power supply. Because small routers are often used for local routing, these new models also include the benefit of a built in front control panel so no external control panels are required as all routing can be completed from the front panel itself.

“We really wanted to revamp our compact router family and we are extremely excited to release these new Smart Videohub models”, said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design, “There is so much that’s new in these models, including the latest 6G-SDI technology for SD, HD and Ultra HD mixed format routing, a new design with a beautiful front panel design with built in control panel and a new lower price point. They are so much better than the models they replace and we hope customers love them as much as we do!”

Smart Videohub Key Features

  • Available as two models: Smart Videohub 12x12 and Smart Videohub 20x20.
  • Features multi rate 6G-SDI that supports auto switching SD, HD and Ultra HD formats.
  • Built in control panel allows direct entry and spin knob control.
  • Built in LCD monitor allows large labels or for display of live video for visual routing.
  • Built in crosspoint buttons on front panel allows direct selection of crosspoint.
  • Take and clear buttons allow conformation of selected crosspoint before going live.
  • Includes Ethernet port for external router control plus RS422 port for controlling router via serial link.
  • Built in menus available from the front panel LCD for selecting Ethernet IP settings for remote control.
  • Supports Blackmagic Design router control software for Mac OS X and Windows.
  • Supports Blackmagic Smart Control and Master Control hardware router control panels.
  • Built in power supply operates from 110V to 240V.
  • Compact 1 rack unit design, ideal for large systems as well as mobile use.

Availability and Price

Smart Videohub 12x12 is available now for US$1,395 and Smart Videohub 20x20 is available now for US$1,995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

Press Photography

Product photos of the Smart Videohub, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/press/images

About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to www.blackmagicdesign.com

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