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Blackmagic Design HDLink - Convert HD/SD-SDI to DVI or HDMI

Item # BMHDLDVI (Part # HDL-DVI)
Discontinued Brand new, USA Warranty
Item Description:
HDLink is the world's most advanced full HDTV resolution monitoring converter for DVI computer monitors. Only HDLink includes professional features such as HD-SDI 4:4:4 quality, audio monitoring outputs, lookup tables and USB software




HDLink is the world's most advanced full HDTV resolution monitoring converter for DVI computer monitors. Only HDLink includes professional features such as HD-SDI 4:4:4 quality, audio monitoring outputs, lookup tables and USB software for configuring on Mac OS X and Windows platforms. HDLink is the perfect true HDTV monitoring solution.

Full Resolution HDTV Monitoring
HDLink connects SDI video directly to any supported DVI-D LCD computer monitor for incredible true HDTV resolution
video monitoring. With every individual pixel in the HD-SDI video standard mapped digitally onto the pixels of a 1920 x 1200 resolution LCD display, you get a perfect digital-to-screen pixel for pixel HDTV display. There?s simply no higher resolution HDTV monitoring possible!

Connect DVI or HDMI Displays
HDLink supports all DVI-D computer displays and features HDMI video support via an included adaptor. Connect any 23 inch
1920 x 1200 (16:10) resolution DVI-D display for 1080 HDTV formats, or a 1280 x 800 display for 720p HDTV formats. Connect HDMI televisions and projectors for cinema style monitoring.

World's Highest Quality
HDLink is the world?s first full HDTV resolution 4:4:4 digital monitoring solution that supports both standard definition SDI, HD-SDI and new dual link HD-SDI 4:4:4. Dual link HD-SDI 4:4:4 is the newest television standard using two HD-SDI video cables for twice the color resolution as supported on the Sony HDCAM SR broadcast tape deck.

Custom Lookup Tables
For matching LCD display colorimetry, independent 10 bit RGB gamma tables are
fully adjustable via a high speed USB 2.0 host computer connection on Mac OS X or Windows XP. Customizable gamma tables also allow film industry log video to be converted to linear for monitoring when used for feature film work, or for color calibrating monitors. Preset tables for Panasonic, Thompson Viper and Panavision Genesis cameras are included, great for on-set video assist monitoring.

Standard Definition or HDTV
HDLink supports all SDI based formats from standard definition NTSC/PAL to HDTV 1080 and 720 when used with DVI displays. HDLink's video input auto switches between SD-SDI, HD-SDI 4:2:2 and HD-SDI 4:4:4 video formats, so you'll get the best image quality possible with format compatibility guaranteed years into the future.

Incredible Audio Monitoring
Built in monitoring audio outputs are de-embedded from the SDI video input and then converted to analog RCA outputs at an incredible 24 bit. Connect to standard HiFi systems for the perfect audio monitoring solution. If the connected display requires pull-down processing then HDLink will automatically apply a variable audio delay to match, for perfect audio to video sync.


  • SDI 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 support.
  • HD format support: 1080 lines at 24p, 25p, 30p, 48i, 50i, 60i, 720 lines at in 30p, 50p, 60p.
  • HDMI video support: 1080i/50, 1080i/59.94, 720p/59.94/50. Audio via HDLink's analog audio out.
  • SD format support: NTSC, PAL.
  • SD anamorphic mode, 16:9 support.
  • Color precision support: 4:2:2 10 bit, 4:4:4 10 bit, 4:4:4 12 bit. Color space support: 4:2:2 YUV, 4:4:4 YUV and 4:4:4 RGB.
  • Gamma correction via independently adjustable 10 bit lookup tables per color component.
  • Automatic adjustment to native display resolution using VESA E-EDID1.3.
  • Adaptive pull-down processor guarantees smooth motion display on DVI-D computer displays.
  • Selectable 2x resize of NTSC and PAL on 1920 x 1200 pixel displays.
  • Analog 24 bit audio output using RCA connectors.
  • USB 2.0 High Speed (480Mb/s) interface.
  • Firmware upgrade via USB on Mac OS X and Windows XP.
  • Interactive gamma table manipulation via USB. Display recommendations:
  • Recommended display resolution for 1080 line formats: 1920 x 1200 (16:10). 1920 x 1200 pixel displays are recomended for 720 line formats.
  • Recommended display resolution for 720 line formats: 1280 x 800 (16:10)
  • Recommended display frame rate support: 48-72Hz.
  • Minimum display frame rate support: 60Hz.


SDI Video Input 2 x BNC inputs for SD-SDI, HD-SDI 4:2:2 and Dual Link HD-SDI 4:4:4 when using both inputs.
SDI Video Output None
SDI Audio De-embedding 2 channels out de-embedded from SDI input.
Multi Rate SDI Support 270 Mb/s standard definition, 1.5 Gb/s high definition 4:2:2 and Dual Link 4:4:4.
Analog Audio Output 2 x unbalanced 24 bit analog outputs on RCA connectors -10db.
DVI-D Video Output Supports DVI-D displays up to 27 inches 1920 x 1200 in size..
DVI-D Configuration Automatic adjustment using VESA E-EDID1.3.
Manual override of display configuration via HDLink Utility software.
DVI-D Resolution Pixel-for-pixel display on LCD displays.
DVI-D Connection Via any DVI-D or DVI-I cable. Compatible with single-link and dual-link DVI cables.
DVI-D video support only. Audio via RCA analog outputs.
HDMI Audio Output Audio not available in HDMI connection.
Use RCA audio outputs.
HDMI Video Output Supports HDMI displays, such as a TV or video projectors up to 1920 x 1080 resolution.
HDMI Configuration Automatically configures to connected display.
HDMI Resolution Pixel for pixel HD resolution input to connected device.
HDMI Connection Via included DVI-D male to HDMI Type A female adaptor. Plug into HDLink when connecting to HDMI devices. HDMI video support only. Audio via RCA analog outputs.
Gamma Correction Independently adjustable 1D 10 bit lookup table per color component. Interactive real time gamma adjustment added to lookup table.
Updates and Configuration USB 2.0 High Speed (480Mb/s) interface.
HD Format Support via DVI-D 1080PsF23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080i48, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 720p50, 720p59.94 and 720p60.
HD Format Support via HDMI 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 720p50, 720p59.94 and 720p60.
SD Format Support via DVI-D 625/25 PAL and 525/29.97 NTSC.
SD Format Support via HDMI Not supported.
SDI Compliance SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 296M, ITU-R BT.656 and ITU-R BT.601.
SDI Video Sampling 4:2:2 and 4:4:4.
SDI Color Precision 4:2:2 10 bit and 4:4:4 10 bit.
SDI Color Space 4:2:2 YUV, 4:4:4 YUV and 4:4:4 RGB.
SDI Audio Sampling Television standard sample rate of 48 kHz and 24 bit.
Software Included HDLink Utility included free for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Mac OS X Universal Binary for Intel and PowerPC based Macs.
Firmware Upgrade Automatically when new HDLink Utility is installed.
Real Time Processing Adaptive pull-down processor guarantees smooth motion display.
Video Scaling via DVI-D Pixel for pixel display.
Setting for 2x resize of NTSC for displays with at least 1440 x 972 pixels.
Setting for 2x resize of PAL for displays with at least 1440 x 1152 pixels.
Installation Small brick style compact design.
Power Supply 5 Volt universal power supply included.
IEC power cable required.
Warranty 3 Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.
Display Requirements
Interface DVI-D digital type connection to LCD computer monitor or HDMI Type A digital type connection to HDMI display, e.g. TV or video projector.
Resolution via DVI-D 1920 x 1200 required for HD1080 video SDI formats. 1920 x 1200 recommended for 2x resize display of NTSC and PAL SDI formats.
1280 x 800 recommended for HD720 video SDI formats. Please note that few, if any, DVI-D displays support 720p50.
Resolution via HDMI The HDMI input of a display must accept either:
? 1920 x 1080 for HD1080 video SDI formats or
? 1280 x 720 for HD720 video SDI formats
Please note, that the native resolution of an HDMI display will often be less than full resolution HDTV, even if the display is rated to accept HDTV signals. This is a physical limitation of the display itself and full-resolution HDMI displays, or DVI-D displays, should be considered if pixel for pixel video is required. Please also note that only a small percentage of HDMI displays support 720p50.

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