Cobalt Digital Unveils New HDMI-to-SDI and SDI-to-HDMI Converter Cards

Cobalt Digital has announced the addition of HDMI-to-SDI and SDI-to-HDMI converter cards to its openGear family of products. The new dual and quad-channel modules come complete with built-in per-channel frame synchronizers and loads of features that maximize space and ensure greater installation integrity than throwdown devices can offer. The new 9926 series target any application requiring signal conversion from HDMI compliant devices such as computer monitors or video projectors, to broadcast quality SDI formats, while the 9927 conversely converts SDI signals to HDMI formats.

“The multiplication of formats mixed with the explosion of different delivery platforms has led to a new set of requirements for the broadcasting and pro AV communities,” explains Suzana Brady, Cobalt’s SVP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing.“As usual, at Cobalt we have listened to our customers and they’ve told us what they need to not only remain relevant, but to excel in this ‘new normal’ era of OTT mixed with traditional broadcast. Supporting HDMI devices is of critical importance now and so we’ve developed cards capable of conversion from HDMI to SDI and from SDI to HDMI. The new series increases the customers’ flexibility, opening up avenues for them to tackle more and different applications, all from a space-saving footprint.”

The 9926-2HtoS 3G/HD/SD Dual-Channel openGear® HDMI-To-SDI Converter provides two independent paths of true 3G and HD conversions from HDMI to SMPTE 424M, 292M, or 259M, while the 9926-4HtoS 3G/HD/SD version provides four independent paths. Each channel is equipped with an independent frame sync for rate conversion (from 60fps to 59.94), and built-in proc amps allow signal components to be processed in realtime.  Full input and output audio crosspoints enable program sourcing and distribution across the HDMI inputs and SDI outputs with different output formats for each path either free run or genlocked, and able to be adjusted as required. Color correction licenses are available as options.

In existing openGear installations, the cards save space and provide installation integrity as an alternative to throwdown devices. Preset save/load settings allow custom configurations to be saved but reverted to factory settings with the click of a mouse. Layered presets permit changes to be implemented only when addressing a specific area of concern (audio routing, for example) while not impacting any other processing settings or aspects.

In addition to the 9926 series, Cobalt has launched the complimentary 9927-2StoH 3G/HD/SD Dual-Channel openGear SDI-To-HDMI converter card that incorporates all the same features as the 9926 modules, including full independent frame syncs and proc amps.  Full input and output audio crosspoints enable program sourcing and distribution across either of the two SDI inputs and two HDMI outputs with individual controls and conversions available for each path. Users have full control over setting the HDMI output color space, bit depth, and other information for full flexibility and color correction licenses are also offered as options.

Both the 9926 series and the 9927 can be controlled across a standard Ethernet network by openGear DashBoard or Cobalt’s Remote Control Panel.

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