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The Best SDI To HDMI Converters (2021)

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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.


Signal Converters

These converters only do SDI to HDMI conversion, they do not change the resolution or the frame rate.

Blackmagic Design Micro Converter BiDirectional SDI/HDMI 3G

Blackmagic Design Micro Converter BiDirectional SDI/HDMI 3G

NEW Top Pick for 2021! Get Latest Price on Amazon

A welcomed update to a popular converter, with some surprises.

Supports a wide range of video formats, SDI levels A and B, HDMI timecode, SDI re-clocking, and fully embedded audio.

3D LUT support gives you the ability to add your own custom looks, and even apply them to the SDI loop output.

Blackmagic Camera Control conversion now allows you to control compatible Blackmagic cameras directly from all current ATEM switcher models.

While I'm not a fan of USB power ports (with no lock connections can easily come loose), it's difficult to beat this converter for the price.

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

My Favorite Feature: Blackmagic Camera Control included in signal conversion

Decimator Design MD-LX Bi-Directional SDI/HDMI Converter

Decimator Design MD-LX

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Popular, reliable, and still a great option.

My only complaint is the USB power port (with no lock connections can easily come loose).

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

My Favorite Feature: Bi-directional and simultaneous HDMI/SDI conversion in one unit

Datavideo DAC-8P SDI TO HDMI Converter with Audio Embedding

Datavideo DAC-8P

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Datavideo makes extremely solid and reliable converters, and this is no exception.

But with the bonus ability to embed 2 channels of analog audio, this unit suddenly becomes very handy.

You can either embed audio from a stereo RCA connection or keep the embedded audio from the SDI source.

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

My Favorite Feature: Audio embedding

Datavideo DAC-8PA SDI TO HDMI Converter with Audio De-Embedding

Datavideo DAC-8PA

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Another excellent converter from Datavideo with the added feature of audio de-embedding.

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

My Favorite Feature: Audio de-embedding

Theatrixx xVision SDI to HDMI

Theatrixx xVision

The Crème De La Crème Get Latest Price on Amazon

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

AJA Hi5-12G

AJA Hi5-12G

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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.

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

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


Up/Down/Cross Converters

Also referred to as standards converters.

In addition to SDI to HDMI conversion, these convert from one broadcast standard to another before sending it to the output(s).

For example, they can receive a 1920 x 1080 resolution at 29.97 fps through SDI and output that signal as 1280 x 720 resolution at 59.94 fps through HDMI.

IMPORTANT: These converters are limited to broadcast resolutions and frame rates only. They cannot handle most computer or odd resolutions and frame rates.

Sometimes they can also crop, letterbox, or pillarbox, but that can vary. Be sure to check the specifications for each converter if you need these features.

Resolutions can include:

Frame rates can include:

If you need to convert SDI to HDMI/DVI VESA formats (for example, 1920 x 1200) then you will typically need a full presentation switcher, which can get expensive. It's usually more cost-effective to convert SDI to analog in this situation unless HDMI is the only option.

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

Lumantek ez-SHV+

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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

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

Decimator Design 12G-Cross

4K60 Bang For The Buck Get Latest Price on Amazon

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 inputs up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps and DCI and broadcast formats up to 4096 x 2160 at 60 fps

My Favorite Feature: 12G-SDI and 4K60 support

Blackmagic Design Mini Converter UpDownCross HD

Blackmagic Design Mini Converter UpDownCross HD

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An awesome bang for the buck, with features that are rarely found in units twice the price.

It even includes a genlock input and cropping or pillarboxing a standard definition output.

Formats: Broadcast formats up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps and DVI/HDMI input resolutions of 640x480, 800x600, or 1024x768

My Favorite Feature: Genlock input (rare at this price point)

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

Decimator Design MD-HX

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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

AJA ROI-SDI

AJA ROI-SDI

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When you need just a little more oomph, look no further.

Standards conversion, output from 640 x 480 all the way up to 1920 x 1200, image flip and rotation, and region of interest scaling gives you loads of versatility.

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

My Favorite Feature: Region of interest

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

Datavideo DAC-70

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

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

*If you need VGA output, check out the Datavideo DAC-60.


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