Decimator Design’s MD-DUCC product has bailed me out of a jam more times than I can relate. A few years ago they came out with Mac based software to program it, and that made my life a lot easier too. They don’t make a ton of gear, but what they do make is choice.
I get the impression they’re getting some price pressure from another Australian company, but competition is a good thing as they’ve lowered the price on their quad-split by a grand to $295 U.S.! Nice. They’ve also launched a very inexpensive bidirectional HD-SDI/HDMI converter box called the MD-LX. For $99 U.S., here’s a list of what it does:
1. Auto Select (Active input to all outputs or if both
inputs are active SDI to HDMI and HDMI to SDI)
2. HDMI IN to SDI OUT and SDI IN to HDMI OUT
3. SDI IN to HDMI and SDI OUT
4. HDMI IN to HDMI and SDI OUT
Like its competing product from another manufacturer, I’m not crazy about the fact that the USB power input appears to be only soldered to the interior board and not bolted to case, but they do appear to have at least surrounded the input with the casing material. Unlike the competition, it is bidirectional.
I generally use these boxes to convert HD-SDi to HDMI to go into the back of a consumer flatscreen. The nice part about the MD-LX being USB powered, is the fact that most flatscreens now have USB ports, so you only need a cable and not a separate wall plug to operate these units. Sweet!