The Best SDI To HDMI Converters (2020)

The Best SDI To HDMI Converters (2020)

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This is a list of the SDI to HDMI converters I recommend and use.

In this list you'll find:

Let's get started.

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Signal Converters

These converters only do SDI to HDMI conversion.

They do not change the resolution or the frame rate.

Atomos Connect Convert SDI to HDMI

Atomos Connect Convert

Top Pick For 2020!

Rock solid, excellent price, and checks all my boxes for a great converter.

If you're looking for a reliable SDI to HDMI converter, scroll no further.

Formats: Broadcast formats up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps

My Favorite Feature: Locking HDMI and power ports

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Decimator MD-LX Bi-Directional SDI/HDMI Converter

Decimator MD-LX

Previous Top Pick

Very popular, reliable, and still a solid choice.

If you want bi-directional conversion in one box, this is the one.

The USB power port can be troublesome at times, so the MD-LX usually works best for permanent installs.

Formats: Broadcast formats up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps

My Favorite Feature: Bi-directional and simultaneous HDMI/SDI conversions

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Blackmagic Design Micro Converter BiDirectional SDI/HDMI

Blackmagic Design Micro Converter BiDirectional

Budget-Friendly With A Caveat

Popular units at a low price.

If you're on a tight budget, this can get the job done. Just know that paying only a few extra dollars will usually go a long way in terms of reliability and longevity.

Formats: Broadcast formats up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps

My Favorite Feature: Price Point

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Theatrixx xVision SDI to HDMI

Theatrixx xVision

The Crème De La Crème

Wow! Theatrixx is taking video conversion to a whole new level.

The integrated power supply (no external power bricks or wall warts), integrated AC outlet, protected ports, and clever mounting options are just a few of the tricks up Theatrixx's sleeves.

If you're in a mobile environment and need tour grade durability, this is what you've been waiting for.

Formats: Broadcast formats up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps

My Favorite Feature: Integrated power supply with PowerCON connector

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AJA Hi5-12G

AJA Hi5-12G

4K60 Option

There are very few reasonably priced converters capable of handling 4K at 60 fps, but thankfully AJA has delivered.

The Hi5 series has been one of the industry standards for many years.

If you need full 12G-SDI capability, this the Decimator 12G-Cross in the scaler converters section below is about the best option for the price (for now).

Formats: Broadcast formats up to 4096 x 2160 at 60 fps

My Favorite Feature: 4K60! 12G-SDI! What more do you want?

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Scaler Converters

These converters not only do SDI to HDMI conversion, but they can also change the resolution and frame rate of the input(s) before sending it to the output(s).

Atomos Connect Convert Scale SDI to HDMI

Atomos Connect Convert Scale

Top Pick For 2020!

Reliability, tons of features, and all for a smashing price.

It scales, converts frame rates, outputs VESA formats, has proc amp adjustments (brightness/contrast/hue/saturation), can output test patterns, and has DIP switches to control the most popular settings.

This converter packs a punch and doesn't hold back!

Formats: VESA output formats up to 1920 x 1200 at 60 fps and broadcast formats up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps

My Favorite Feature: VESA output formats with region of interest

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Lumantek ez-SHV+ SDI to HDMI with Scaler and Display

Lumantek ez-SHV+

Coming In A Close 2nd

Amazingly useful features at an outstanding price.

This unit is great for testing cable runs or situations where the destination can't be seen. The built-in display provides visual confirmation of video and audio being sent to the outputs.

Formats: Broadcast formats up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps

My Favorite Feature: Built-in display for video and audio monitoring

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Decimator 12G-CROSS HDMI/SDI 4K Cross Converter

Decimator 12G-Cross

4K60 Bang For The Buck

The same great features and reliability we've come to expect from Decimator cross converters, now with 4K60 capabilities!

If you need 12G-SDI or full 4K60 functionality, this is by far the best option for the price.

Formats: VESA and Broadcast formats up to 4096 x 2160 at 60 fps

My Favorite Feature: As if 4K at 60 fps isn't enough - genlock input and 4 SDI outputs give it a ton of potential

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Decimator MD-HX HDMI/SDI Cross Converter with Scaling & Frame Rate Conversion

Decimator MD-HX

Previous Top Pick

This has been the Swiss Army knife of HDMI/SDI conversion for many years.

It has more inputs and outputs than most and a long track record of reliability, still making it an excellent choice in many cases.

Formats: Broadcast formats up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps

My Favorite Feature: 4 SDI outputs give it awesome versatility

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Datavideo DAC-70 SD/HD/3G-SDI Up/Down/Cross

Datavideo DAC-70

Old Faithful

When others say it can't be done, the DAC-70 says "Hold my beer."

This can usually handle tricky input signals that many other converters can't.

It rarely hurts to have something this versatile, reliable, and capable in your system or kit.

Formats: VESA input formats up to 1600 x 1200 at 60 fpx or broadcast formats up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps

My Favorite Feature: VGA and analog audio inputs

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