Blackmagic Teranex Express

Blackmagic Teranex Express

The ultimate 12G-SDI real time up, down, cross and standards converter with 1089 conversions, embedded audio, closed captions, timecode and more!

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Blackmagic Teranex Express

Blackmagic Teranex Express is the world’s first real time SD, HD and Ultra HD broadcast standards converter! Featuring advanced patented algorithms, Teranex Express gives you the visually transparent, high-quality conversions that are mandated by major broadcasters and studios worldwide! You get an incredible 1089 SD, HD and Ultra HD up, down and standards conversions in full 10-bit quality! You also get amazing processing with high quality de-interlacing, noise reduction, automatic cadence detection, removal and correction even with edited content, adjustable scaling and aspect ratio conversion, all with full timecode and multi-channel audio conversion.

 

Convert Anything to Anything

More real time conversions so you’ll be ready for anything!

Whether you’re out in the field or in the studio, you never know what kind of video format you’re going to get or which video format you’re going to have to provide. Teranex converters give you so many realtime conversions that you’ll be ready for anything at anytime! Convert incoming feeds from overseas, use them in front of older broadcast decks to ensure they always receive the correct signal, or carry them in broadcast trucks so you’ll be ready to work with anything that comes your way! With Teranex converters you can even convert SD to HD or Ultra HD in real time and then display it on massive outdoor LEDs or digital signs at live concerts or sporting events!

1089 Conversions

More SD, HD and Ultra HD up, down and standards conversions!

Teranex Express and Teranex AV can perform 1089 different conversions between SD, HD, and Ultra HD in real time with visually transparent results that are so good you won’t be able to see a difference from the original! The incredible power of Teranex processing includes up and down conversions, cross conversions and standards conversions with cadence detection, removal and insertion, optical quality scaling, and more. Conversions retain timecode, ancillary data including closed captioning, 16 channels of audio with support for remapping and up to 1 second delay, and perfect frame synchronization so your video is immediately ready for editing or broadcast.

Teranex Quality

Amazing detail, sharpness and clarity

Teranex converters feature advanced patented algorithms that allow for the processing of millions of pixels simultaneously in X/Y positions and between video frames, so you get true super computer imaging power! You get full 10-bit image processing, extremely high quality de-interlacing and optical quality scaling. That means your video is converted in real time with amazing detail, sharpness and clarity. That’s why Teranex conversions are often indistinguishable from the original source video!

Quality

Optical Scaling and
Sub-Pixel Processing

Incredible conversions between SD, HD and Ultra HD!

Teranex converters can perform up and down conversions between NTSC or PAL SD, 720 or 1080 HD and Ultra HD. They feature a wide range of aspect ratio options and real time, optical quality scaling algorithms that simulate an optical zoom. Sub-pixel processing and multi-directional diagonal filters are also used to eliminate “jaggies.” That means you get the cleanest looking conversions and images retain as much detail and clarity as possible!

High Quality De-Interlace

Patented PixelMotion technology and multi direction filtering

Teranex’s proprietary and patented PixelMotion de-interlacing algorithms create perfect progressive frames for conversion by adjusting the aperture on a pixel-by-pixel basis. That means you get improved image quality because the vertical resolution is maintained and source detail is preserved!

Cadence Detection and Removal

Remove 3:2 pulldown even on edited masters

In the US and Japan the broadcast video frame rate is 29.97 fps, while the feature film rate is 24 fps. This means when film is converted to video a process called 3:2 pulldown is used to duplicate film frames across video fields. This causes problems when preparing film content for distribution online with streaming files that are encoded at 24 fps. The residual 3:2 pulldown from the video can detract from the image quality and make it appear to stutter. Both Teranex Express and Teranex AV can detect the pulldown and remove it. This “cadence detection and removal” process produces much cleaner film looking results and can remove the pulldown even when the video has been edited and the cadence is broken.

Familiar Design Advanced Teranex control panel

Familiar Design

Teranex converters have all of the controls you need at your fingertips. The built in LCD monitor lets you easily navigate menus and see source format and frame rate with live video, so you don’t have to use an external monitor. With an elegant machined metal front panel, its compact 1RU size and built in international power supply, Teranex converters not only look great in your studio, but are also perfect for portable racks and outside broadcast vehicles.

12G-SDI Technology

High speed multi-rate SDI for SD, HD and Ultra HD

Teranex Express and Teranex AV are the world’s first broadcast converters to include 12G-SDI connections so you can work in formats up to 2160p60 with the cables you already have! The 12G-SDI connections are multi-rate so they automatically switch down to 6G-SDI, 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and SD-SDI, making it compatible with all of your existing SD, HD, and Ultra HD equipment! The SDI connections can transfer data at an amazing 12 gigabits per second, making them fast enough to support Ultra HD 4K video at up to 60 frames per second. That makes them the most future proof converters you can buy!

Advanced Connections

Broadcast quality connections for 24/7 reliability

Teranex AV features 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0a inputs, loop through, and outputs along with BNC connections for reference. You also get 2 channel consumer HiFi and XLR connectors for 4 channels of AES/EBU or 2 channels of balanced analog audio. That makes Teranex AV perfect for presenters wearing lavalier mics or using laptop computer audio because the audio can be embedded with the video on any output! There's even an optical fiber cage for adding optional modules so you can send video and audio over massive distances! If you only need SDI, you can use Teranex Express, which features all 12G-SDI connections!

Familiar

Video Control

Adjust color, aspect ratio and more!

Now you can quickly and easily find the tools you need to correct color, convert formats or change aspect ratio! Teranex converters feature a logically designed front panel and soft menus so you can adjust luminance, saturation, hue, black level, R-Y/B-Y color difference, sharpness, and more with the built in proc amp controls. The integrated LCD screen on the front panel lets you make adjustments with confidence during live broadcasts, events and presentations.

Ancillary Data

Multi channel audio, timecode and subtitles

Video includes a lot more than images and Teranex supports conversion of up to 16 audio channels plus timecode and closed caption VANC data. Teranex converters are also compatible with Dolby encoded audio, so it never has to be decoded or re-encoded during up and down conversions. With Teranex converters, your subtitles are always retained and both audio and timecode always stay in perfect sync with your video!

Master Control

Control your Teranex remotely!

Teranex Setup software gives you remote control of your source and output selection, proc amp, color correction, aspect ratio, audio mapping and more from your Mac or PC computer. The software is elegantly designed, intuitive to use and makes it easy to share a Teranex when different people need to use it! Teranex Setup allows large broadcasters to manage multiple Teranex converters on their network all from a central location!

Quad SDI for Monitoring or Video Walls

Convert 12G-SDI Ultra HD to four HD-SDI video feeds!

Quad SDI lets you output Ultra HD over four SDI connections. That means you can use 12G-SDI or 6G-SDI, up to 2160p60 Ultra HD frame rate sources on a wider range of monitors and projectors that only support quad link SDI 1080 HD inputs. Use the Ultra HD to quad 1080 HD conversion to connect to four separate HD displays for amazing video walls, or stack large LED screens for massive outdoor Ultra HD screens that will amaze the crowd at live events!

Mandated By Broadcasters

Teranex is asked for by name worldwide!

Teranex processing is so well known for quality that it has been mandated globally by many country’s broadcasters for converting video. Because of its patented 10-bit processing algorithms and high quality de-interlacing, Teranex conversions look perfect, making distribution simple and problem free.

Tech Specs:

Connections

SDI Video Inputs

1x BNC (IN A) – 10-bit SD, HD, 2K, 3G HD levels A and B, 6G and 12G Ultra HD auto switching.

1x BNC (IN B) – 10-bit SD, HD, 2K, 3G HD and 6G Ultra HD auto switching. Usable as dual link input for 4:2:2 3G or 6G UHD.

SDI Video Input Loops

1x BNC (IN A Loop) – Reclocked, 10-bit SD, HD, 2K, 3G HD, 6G and 12G Ultra HD auto switching.

1x BNC (IN B Loop) – Reclocked, 10-bit SD, HD, 2K, 3 Gb/s HD, 6G Ultra HD auto switching.

SDI Video Outputs

1x BNC (OUT A) – 10-bit SD, HD, 2K, 3G HD levels A and B, 6G and 12G Ultra HD auto switching.

1x BNC (OUT B) – 10-bit SD, HD, 2K, 3G HD levels A and B and 6G Ultra HD auto switching. Usable as dual link output for 4:2:2 3G or 6G Ultra HD.

Quad SDI Video Outputs

SMPTE 435-1 - Quad HD Split (square division method) only. Utilizes SDI Out A for quadrant A, SDI Out B for quadrant B; reconfigures SDI In A Loop for quadrant C, SDI In B Loop for quadrant D.

Optical Fiber Video Inputs

1x 10­bit SD, HD, 3G HD, 2K, Ultra HD auto switching.

Optical Fiber Video Outputs

1x 10­bit SD, HD, 3G HD, 2K, Ultra HD auto switching. Not available while operating in Dual Link or Quad Link output modes.

SDI Audio Inputs

16 channels in SD, HD, 3G HD, 2K and Ultra HD.

SDI Audio Outputs

16 channels in SD, HD, 3G HD, 2K and Ultra HD.

Optical Fiber Connection (optional)

1x SMPTE optical fiber SFP socket.

Optical Fiber Audio Inputs

16 channels in SD, HD, 3G HD, 2K and Ultra HD.

Optical Fiber Audio Outputs

16 channels in SD, HD, 3G HD, 2K and Ultra HD.

Dolby® Support Built In

Dolby® AC-3 pass through in all conversions. Dolby® E pass through except during video frame rate conversions.

Timecode Inputs

Support for VITC/ATC. No support for LTC.

Timecode Outputs

Support for VITC/ATC. No support for LTC.

Multi Rate Support

SDI connections are switchable between standard definition, high definition and UltraHD. SDI switches between 270 Mb/s standard definition SDI, 1.5 Gb/s HD-SDI and 2K SDI, 3G HD, 6G and 12G Ultra HD.

Reference Input

1x BNC - Black Burst or Tri-level sync.

Computer Interface

1x USB 2.0 mini B port for software updates.
1x RJ45 10/100 Ethernet for remote control and configuration.

Processor Interface

Illuminated pushbuttons, status LEDs and LCD with easy to use onscreen menus.

Teranex Express

Standards

SD Video Standards

525i59.94 NTSC, 625i50 PAL

1.5G-SDI HD Video Standards

720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60
1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30,
1080PsF23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080PsF25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080PsF30
1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60

3G-SDI HD Video Standards

1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60 levels A and B

2K Video Standards

2K DCI 23.98p, 2K DCI 24p

2K DCI 23.98PsF, 2K DCI 24PsF

Ultra HD Video Standards

2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97, 2160p30, 2160p50, 2160p59.94, 2160p60

SDI Compliance

SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 372M, SMPTE 425M

SDI Metadata Support

VITC/ATC support, SMPTE 12M. Video indexing support including WSS, RP186 and AFD, SMPTE 2016. Closed captioning support for conversions to and from 608 and 708, SMPTE 334M.

Audio Sampling

Television standard sample rate of 48kHz and 24-bit

Video Sampling

4:2:2 SDI

Color Precision

10-bit

Color Space

REC 601, REC 709

SDI Video Standards

525 NTSC, 625 PAL, 720HD, 1080HD, 2K 2048 x 1080 and Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 auto switching.

Conversions

Conversions chart

Processing

Aspect Ratio Conversion

Real time variable and fixed aspect ratio conversions.

Real Time Video Processing

Includes noise reduction, cadence detection with insertion/removal, scene cut detection, color correction and proc amp control

Format Conversion

Real time up conversion, down conversion , cross conversion and SD/HD/UHD standards conversion.

Colorspace Conversion

Hardware based real time

Test Patterns

SMPTE 75% Bars; full field color bars 75%; convergence grid; multiburst ; black.

Software

Software Control

Teranex Setup software control application included free of charge for changing settings via Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and Mac.

Internal Software Upgrade

Via USB Type-B 2.0 using the included Teranex Setup application

Operating Systems

Mac icon

Mac 10.11 El Capitan, 
Mac 10.12 Sierra or later.

Windows Icon

Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.
 

Physical Specifications

Teranex Express

Physical Installation

1 rack unit size. Less than 5 inches deep.

Power Requirements

Power Supply

1 x built-in international AC power supply with IEC C14 inlet. IEC power cable required. 100-240V, 50-60Hz

Typical Power Consumption

42 watts

Environmental Specifications

Operating Temperature

0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)

Storage Temperature

-20° to 45° C (-4° to 113° F)

Relative Humidity

0% to 90% non-condensing

What's Included

Teranex Express

SD card with software and manual

2x Bumper guards with 4x M4 screws

Warranty

12 Month Limited Manufacturer's Warranty

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