When Apple announced its new Pro Display XDR, an affordable desktop monitor with high-quality HDR capabilities, earlier this week, there was one glaring problem — it didn’t share many of the “pro” capabilities of its broadcast-grade competition, such as SDI input and on-screen scopes.
But Blackmagic Design says it’s got that covered
The new Teranex Mini SDI to DisplayPort 8K HDR is a conversion box that does a lot more than just convert an SDI signal to DisplayPort. It converts quad-link 12G-SDI to 8K (at up to 59.94p) for output to a DisplayPort-friendly device like the Pro Display XDR with its USB-C input, and scales output to the monitor’s native resolution. It has the ability to overlay two independent scopes on the image being monitored — choose from waveform, RGB/YUV parade, vectorscope and histogram. It supports 33-point 3D LUTs and automatic monitor calibration using color probes — the SpectraCal C6, X-Rite i1Display Pro and Klein K10-A are all supported — and is designed for either rack-mounting (with an optional Teranex Mini Rack Shelf) or desktop use.
Functionality is controlled via a front-panel LCD display with image monitoring, audio level meters, and menus for every function, including LUTs, calibration, and configuration of scopes. Basically, it turns the Pro Display XDR into a streamlined HDR monitor with the Teranex Mini functioning as a kind of combination breakout box and control panel.
“We are excited to announce the new Teranex Mini SDI to DisplayPort 8K HDR for customers working with the new Pro Display XDR,” said Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty in a prepared statement. “It provides advanced HDR and color-critical monitoring features such as built in scopes, 33-point 3D LUT support, automatic probe-based calibration and native 8K for the latest customer workflows.”
The Teranex Mini SDI to DisplayPort 8K HDR is expected to ship in October 2019 for an MSRP of $1,295, Blackmagic said. Combined with a $5,999 Pro Display XDR (with micro-etched screen) and its $999 stand, it should make a tempting HDR-monitoring package for just under $8,300.