Blackmagic Design ( has released
Converter Utility 1.0 for Mac OS X and Windows platforms. It’s an
update for all Blackmagic Design Mini Converter customers thata dds
new features by updating the converter software.

New features include a HD down converter in the Mini Converter SDI to
Analog model, and support for 1080p/50/60 via 3 Gb/second SDI on the
Mini Converter SDI to HDMI model. Converter Utility 1.0 takes
advantage of the built-in USB connection on all models of Mini
Converters to allow adjustments and settings to be changed. This
means all adjustments of video and audio levels.

The new Converter Utility 1.0 software update also adds new features
to some models of Mini Converter. Once this new Converter Utility
software is connected to any Mini Converter via USB, an automatic
check is performed to see if a firmware update is required. The
customer can then update the firmware and receive new features that
weren’t originally included in the converters.

In Converter Utility 1.0, an update is included for the Mini
Converter SDI to Analog model that adds a new high quality hardware
down converter. This down converter allows HD to be converted to SD
in letterbox, anamorphic 16:9 and center cut 4:3 modes. Analog
component video output can be set to directly output HD or, by
selecting the bypass switch, will down convert to SD component output.

If an HD-SDI input is ever connected to Mini Converter SDI to Analog
when the analog output is set to S-Video or composite, the HD down
converter is automatically enabled so a picture can always be seen.
Converter Utility 1.0 also includes an update for the Mini Converter
SDI to HDMI model to add support for 1080p/50, 1080p/59.94 and
1080p/60 progressive 3 Gb/s SDI video formats.