Blackmagic Fiber Converters

Extend and fully power cameras up to 2 km video, talkback, tally and more, SMPTE fiber cable!
The Blackmagic Camera Fiber Converter and Blackmagic Studio Fiber Converter convert standard television industry connections for video, audio, power, talkback, and tally into a single SMPTE fiber optic cable. This allows cameras to be placed up to 2 km away from a studio or outside broadcast truck using a single convenient and incredibly durable cable. The Blackmagic Camera Fiber Converter also adds familiar broadcast studio camera controls to the rear of the camera, plus additional connections so you can use it with the talkback systems and switchers you already have. The Blackmagic fiber converters feature 12G-SDI and are designed to work with all HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60. Now you can transform professional cameras such as URSA Broadcast and URSA Mini into a complete professional studio camera with all of the features you need for high end work!    

Place Cameras Anywhere

Get cameras much closer to the action!
If you’re working in a studio or out at a large sporting venue, you often need to place cameras far apart. While SDI connections are common, the limited range of SDI makes it hard to use it over long distances. Traditionally, you would need to run multiple cables and expensive extenders for power, talkback, tally, video and audio. This makes set up incredibly complex and increases the chances of a technical problem. Now you can solve this problem by converting all essential connections and power into a single convenient SMPTE fiber cable that can run incredibly long distances. That means cameras can be placed anywhere and connected back to broadcast trucks parked outside of a venue or back to a central control room in a studio. Best of all, SMPTE fiber is a global broadcast industry standard so you can use cables and connection points that are commonly available. Blackmagic fiber converters are also affordable, so traditional broadcasters, new web broadcasters, AV producers, houses of worship and educators can all use the same high end broadcast technology!      

SMPTE Fiber for Industrial Strength and Safety

Built in multi layer fail safe instantly cuts power to eliminate danger
Blackmagic fiber converters work with standard SMPTE 311M hybrid electrical and fiber optic cables with standard SMPTE 304 connectors on each end. These cables feature a 2 way fiber pair, data pair and power pair, along with a central strength member that gives it the needed durability for continuous use. Once plugged in, the Blackmagic Studio Fiber Converter automatically performs safety checks and then powers up, sending an industry standard 200 volts of power over the SMPTE cable for the camera and accessories. This means you can install cameras in remote locations without having to worry about power drops over long distances. Both the studio and camera converters at each end have dedicated micro controllers that continuously monitor power status. The converters communicate with each other to ensure that both a stable optical signal is present and that the power supply is operating within safe parameters. If a damaged cable or a earth leak is detected, the power is instantly shut down to eliminate any danger to personnel.  

Blackmagic Camera Fiber Converter

  The Blackmagic Camera Fiber Converter attaches to the back of your URSA Mini or URSA Broadcast camera. In addition to converting all of the audio, video, camera control and talkback into fiber, it also adds professional studio camera controls to the back of your camera. You get control for return feeds, dual intercom controls with the ability to mix in program audio, record, focus and iris controls, headset connectors, audio and more. The camera converter also includes a VLock mount plate on the top for attaching accessories such as a professional Blackmagic Studio Viewfinder. The Blackmagic Camera Fiber Converter has connections for your Ultra HD camera feed, 3 HD return feeds, full remote camera control, PTZ, multiple channels of talkback, tally and more!        

Blackmagic Studio Fiber Converter

The Blackmagic Studio Fiber Converter is used at the other end of your broadcast camera chain back in the studio or outside broadcast truck. It converts signals from the remote camera back into standard television industry connections that can be used with your live production switchers, audio mixers and talkback interfaces. It features a high capacity power supply to drive the cable so it can provide enough power for your camera and any accessories that you might add. The studio fiber converter includes connections for tally, two dual channel intercoms for industry standard 3rd party talkback systems, and even a backup engineering talkback channel in case the fiber goes down. You get a main Ultra HD camera feed plus 3 independent HD return feeds with full remote camera control, PTZ, tracker talkback and ethernet, all through a single SMPTE fiber cable. Plus, there is a large 5 inch LCD screen right next to the SMPTE fiber connection on the front panel for monitoring signals from the remote camera. This allows for easy patching and verification of the remote camera function!  


Full Size Professional Connections

Blackmagic Studio Fiber Converter

1.Power Connector
Connect an IEC power cable to the power input on the rear panel to provide power.
2.Intercom / Tally
The 25 pin intercom and tally connection allows you to connect to third party intercom and tally systems or extend your existing ATEM converters to other analog devices.
The 9 pin D-Sub connector allows you to connect PTZ controllers to the Blackmagic Studio Fiber Converter for remote control pass through to the Blackmagic Camera Fiber Converter for PTZ heads via the Visca protocol.
4.Analog Audio Out
Four XLR audio outputs allows you to output the audio plugged into inputs 1 and 2 from your camera, and the two XLR audio inputs on the URSA Camera Fiber Converter.
5.12G SDI In and Out
Two 12G-SDI outputs connect the output from the camera to the switcher and also another destination such as HyperDeck Studio for ISO recording.
6.Ref In/Out
The Ref In connection sends traditional reference timing from other broadcast devices to your camera, and Ref Out acts as a loop output.
7.USB-C Connector
The USB-C port allows you to update internal software.
8.SMPTE Hybrid Fiber Optic Connector
Use the URSA Studio Fiber Converter’s female connector to plug in the male end of a SMPTE Fiber cable.

Blackmagic Camera Fiber Converter

1.USB-C Connector
The USB-C port allows you to update internal software.
2.12G-SDI In/Out
Connect the 12G SDI Out from your camera into the 12G SDI In on the Camera Fiber Converter or 12G SDI Out of the converter into the 12G SDI In on the camera.
Two female 5 pin XLR connectors allow you to plug in two headsets.
10 pin hirose connector, which sends out an additional intercom output and red and green tally output.
5.SDI Out
Three SDI outputs allow you to output the three return feeds coming from the switcher to other equipment via 3G SDI.
6.SMPTE Hybrid Fiber Optic Connector
Use the URSA Camera Fiber Converter’s male connector to plug in the female end of a SMPTE Fiber cable.
7.XLR Audio Inputs
Plug in external analog audio from professional equipment such as microphones and audio mixers.
8.Molex Connetor
Plug the molex connector into the molex socket to power your camera from the converter.
9.D Tap Connector
+12V Out to power accessories like an external monitor, up to +11.9V to 14V DC at 2 amps.
The 9 pin PTZ connector allows you to connect to a PTZ motorized head.