The Blackmagic Teranex Mini SDI to DisplayPort 8K HDR, which allows productions to use Apple’s new Pro Display XDR as a colour critical reference monitor on set and in post production, is now shipping.
It works with any DisplayPort monitor, and has dual on-screen scope overlays, HDR, scaled and pixel-by-pixel modes, plus 33-point 3D LUTs.
There are also two on-screen scopes that can be selected between waveform monitor, parade, vector and histogram, making it useful for studios and broadcasters that need professional but affordable colour accurate monitoring.
The unit costs €1,219/£1,189/$1,295 and has a colour LCD on its front panel for monitoring and control of settings, with audio meters (VU or PPM) and video standard indication. When used with the Pro Display XDR, this panel can control display settings such as switching reference modes and adjusting brightness.
The rear panel has Quad Link 12G-SDI for HD and Ultra HD, up to 8K formats. There is a USB‑C style connection for monitors such as the Pro Display XDR, and two full-size DisplayPort connections for regular computer monitors. The built-in scaler ensures the video input standard is scaled to the native resolution of the connected DisplayPort monitor. There is also a pixel-by-pixel mode to view unscaled HD or 4K content. Customers can also connect both 2SI and Square Division inputs.
For HDR, static metadata PQ formats in the VPID are handled according to the ST2108-1, ST2084 and the ST425 standards. ST425 defines two new bits in the VPID to indicate transfer characteristic of SDR or PQ, and ST2108-1 defines how to transport HDR static or dynamic metadata over SDI. There is also support for ST2082-10 for 12G-SDI, as well as ST425 for 3G-SDI sources. Both Rec.2020 and Rec.709 colour space are supported, and 100% of the DCI-P3 format.
Two fully independent on-screen scopes are included so compliance with broadcast standards is easy when doing critical high-end work. Scopes are overlaid on screen and users can customise position, size and opacity. Two independent 3D look-up tables can be loaded and customers can select between them from the front panel.
The unit can be rack mounted, with the addition of a Teranex Mini Rack Shelf (€85/ £79/$85).